This was one of the quick snaps that i did with Francis last week. Getting him in his own environment. The place where he feels safe and at one with god.
I think what i see through this photograph is the hard life that hes had. I feel that you can see it through his eyes. There’s almost a pool of sadness behind his eyes but then also peace. And he is defiantly at peace ‘With the Lord’. The way he talks about life i really think is intriguing. I hope to capture it all in a short film. But i will put up the remainder of the quick snaps from last week,
When talking to Francis and taking his photography, i almost felt like he was acting up to the camera, almost like not wanting to let his guard down. Now we were not in the church. not inside in the pews. So i have done this shoot on purpose to almost see what emotion, or if there is a change in the attitude in him when we r in his personal place.
Now that you all have the image of Francis, lets see if we can actually see the real him, instead of the mask he puts on. i suspect so he doesn’t get hurt or people don’t but him down.
I also feel that video portraiture, not only allows people to view individuals in a different way to seeing them on a still photograph but also allows the individual being filmed to open up to the camera, not using words just being in there own space, being themselves where they feel comfortable.
A man named Francis who i mentioned in my first draft of statement of intent, is a fellow who i increasingly find more interesting every time i see him. Therefore tonight i managed to get in contact with him and so did a few shots, almost like a passport photograph.
I shall put the photographs up, and then do my analysis.
This space is where our opening up occurs. We feel secure enough to share our experiences, feelings, and thoughts in this space because it’s comprised of close friends. In the church, this space is typically (ideally) found in off-campus home groups, where people find that they are more comfortable and at ease with one another.
Part of the church’s task in our fragmented, isolated, and lonely society must surely include cultivating environments that allow for such spaces to exist. These are the spaces in which people sense they belong. It’s in these spaces that people can know and be known by others (publicly, socially, or personally) as they follow Jesus together.
From viewing Kelly Neal’s photograph of the women in the church and reading this, makes me even more confident that i want to show the space where i do my video portraiture as well as the individual.
Kelly Neal Photographer from NY.
This image is taken from a project he did named ‘Personal Spaces’ Where he photographed the person in their own personal space.
This stood out to me not only because of my project i want to go forward with but because of actually how public it is. This got me thinking on how i should shoot my portraits, and that the space around them and where they sit is actually very important. the space around this individual in Neal’s Photograph is only personal when they are in there own bubble i suppose there own prayer.
Short of the Week—Watch, review, & discuss My Favorite Picture of You. Oscar-winners TJ Martin & Dan Lindsay direct a short tearjerker about TJ’s grandparents as they explore memories of youth and struggle with age.
This short film defiantly made me have a tear in my eye, its put together brilliantly, with the motion of the photographs going past signifying the amount of time that has gone past. The talking is almost like a reminiscing about their life.
I love the still photographs incorporated in with the small video clips. It really makes you listen, especially to the women when she wants to speak, as you can hear it is quite a struggle.
Throughout this video it is filled with emotion, and i would love to convey that in my short videos.
I know that this project will be more of a challenge to me with the people that i use for it. my last project i knew the people i filmed and was comfortable with them. I know that with this subject i don’t know the individuals, and to ask them to be filmed will take a lot of trust from them to let me continue with my project.
I have a few candidates who are exited to see my old work and are interested in what i may produce, and i feel that this project can also help that church become more popular and, they have also offered me exhibition space for the final outcome.
For this project I want to revisit a technique I used called video portraiture. What I find interesting is how a great number of people who are complete strangers come together and have one thing in common. Faith. I want to create a 2 minute video on different characters that attend the Church of England, and then audio record a separate conversation on how and why they became part of one of the biggest organisational faiths.
I already have a few candidates in mind, one of which called Francis. He is a man who was consumed with drink and drugs and served time in prison for a number of offences. Yet now he has "devoted his life to Jesus" as he has said. I would love to know more about his story.
There is also a homeless Jamaican man whom attends church every Sunday and even though has no home, no shelter he walks in with a smile on his face every weekend. From talking to him on odd occasions there is something to show with him.
The way I want to film these video portraits is in the church, however I will allow the people I film to choose where they sit in the church, as regular attendees without fail not have their spots where they sit all the time. I know Francis throughout any service kneels at the front.
I hope I can produce what I am imagining in my head. I have such a clear vision on how I want it I feel this could be a strong project for me and to carry on a technique that I am familiar with and a technique that is completely unique.
Ever since i have seen Harry Potter as a hopeful photographer the thing that stuck out the most from the films, were the moving photographs. With old frames and paintings of all the great wizards and witches, as soon as they move it captures your attention. I love how they are made too look like frames and photographs on a wall as well instead of being modern.
Using video portraiture i know that you can produce still like photographs that are really videos. that’s what i love about this technique is making people look twice and really looking at the image. taking it all in.
So for P10 i would like to create another video portraiture project on a different subject to body image.
Fcp4 at first was a bumpy road, i panicked and didn’t really know what to do. I knew i wanted to carry on the campaign portrait photography, so after a tutorial and some research i decided to so a Sun damage campaign to warn people to look after their skin. After researching into how dermatologist take UV photographs of peoples skin i worked out a way to do it a lot cheaper then using very high tech equipment.
Cara Phillips was a big inspiration to me as she imitated a dermatologist skin photograph and did a series called ‘ultraviolet beauties’ which in fact is trying to horrify people on what lurks underneath the skin. What you cant see in normal daylight. Having done all the research before i experimented i knew what i need to do and get.
The shoots were very organized and everything went smoothly, except for a few cancellations with people, but that is expected. I am really proud of myself for getting 11 people involved in the project. As soon as i started to explain what my project was about to my models, they all seemed up for it as they are intrigued to know what ‘lurks underneath’. I did promise them all a print of themselves for there own interest.
I don’t feel this project is as strong as my body image piece but i feel i could improve on it after the project is handed in and that’s what i intend to do. I like producing portraits which are for a reason, an issue, something to help people feel better about themselves or even to just help with a health issue. I feel that my portrait photograph is unique enough to campaign with.
I worked really hard when i did the shoots and especially on the research, but because no one has really attempted it as a project before there was no research into it except for articles which i have linked up on my blog. This i feel helped me more than anything in understanding what i was looking for in the photography. I think like my body image piece it defiantly needs a statement next to the photographs to briefly explain what it is. otherwise people will just think they are portraits of middle aged men and women with bad skin!
Overall the whole project went really well, i got 10 finals all together that all fit together. I chose to do them as Polaroids as they were the classic holiday snap shots, people sun bathing on the beach. so replacing the sun bathing photos with sun damaged pictures, i feel will get out more to the public and to warn them about sun damage and to help them be more careful in the sun. I’m happy with the result of the project and look forward to seeing my mark from it.
I have followed my statement intent i feel for once, really well. It was straightforward and understandable for what i wanted to do. At first i was a little apprehensive especially with the first experiment with the film, i really wanted it to come out and when i developed it it came out really well.
I did say to Dan (tutor) that i wanted to get at least 6 finals with different people and i exceeded that and photographed 11 people but chose 10 finals for the evaluation. I am really proud of myself because i went outside my comfort zone asking people if they were willing to have a portrait done in the dark under UV light. I think i was incredibly lucky to be able to photograph that many people in such a small amount of time. Each person i did i did 3 photographs at different exposure times which worked well as it gave me more of a choice on which ones looked better.
I did state that i wanted it to be only women, but after the women i photographed first asked why? and said i was being sexist i decided that i should have men in the project as its not just women that get sun damaged.
For the statement of intent i think i followed it really well, a few changed were made here and there but overall feel as if i stuck to it and created a good body of work.
The most research that had an impact was the Cara Phillips photography called ‘ultraviolet beauties’ which was an imitation of a dermatologist UV skin camera and set up to take photos and shock people on skin damage. Her work was fascinating and all done digitally, which i wasn’t able to do. But i am glad i used film as i have become fond of it again.
The articles inspired me too, as a health side of things reading journals on Sun damage for example;
I feel that the articles and Phillips work together inspired me.
Also i feel as if my own personal experiences have helped me with this project from wanting to warn people like someone warned me about sun-damage, but not in a shocking way.
I have learnt a lot during this module, first of all was how to create the UV photography to show up sun damaged skin, researching into it i realized i could not do it with a digital camera, but with one that had had the infrared sensor taken out. That meant modding my camera which i was nit prepared for. So thinking about the infrared sensor i realized that you can get infrared black and white film, expensive available. This gave me a chance to see if the technique worked, which it did! After an experiment i went on to shoot 3 different shoots using all of my 5 films.
Using Bronica for the medium format film i have become more fond to the camera and in fact have made my self want my own one! I feel i have learnt many skills through this project, and especially knowledge on sun damaged skin!