Collaborative Project: Joiner Photographs (Visit to Brick Lane)
Artist research - Thomas Kellner
Untitled photograph - by Thomas Kellner.
Genre is artistic as well as being documentive.
When looking at this photograph of Stone Henge, I can see the artistic value in it, and I can see the amount of effort put into it. However, even though Kellner wanted to produce something pleasing to the eye, I think this photograph actually has another meaning to it. This photo could symbolise Kellners worry about such a big landmark deteriorating before us for some reason or another, whether it be the age of it, or something else. This feeling he had may have provoked him to create this ‘crumbling’ photograph for the audience so we respect it more before it possibly gets taken away.
I personally think this is a great photograph. The way Kellner has produced this image let’s us, the audience somewhat connect with his feelings and emotions towards the landmark. I also think his technique on making the photograph has been used well. The panoramic style enables him to create more of the image, which in returns gives us more to look at, making it slightly more eye-catching and even drawing us in. I also feel that his technique of using smaller squares and repeating some of the same parts was very good as it draws us in closer because we don’t usually see this landmark in such a strange manner.
Group Joiner -
My individual section -
Evaluation of Group Joiner -
When starting this group joiner, I was a little apprehensive about doing it because i’m very strict with the way I like my work to look, and I wasn’t sure on how the out come would turn out, nor was I sure if other members of my group were going to dedicate the same amount of time and effort that I was prepared to do. When we got to Brick lane we all decided upon a certain building that stood out to us. Some of the group was unsure on whether we was taking a full photograph, or little individual photos to then piece together in post-processing. We all then as a group agreed on what had to be done, yet some people still drifted away from this which in return made it harder to complete our final joiner piece. In my opinion, after looking at our final piece I feel that there was a lot that we could have improved on in order to link it to our artist more clearly and just in general to make the photo look cleaner and sharper. Some sections of our joiner don’t fit into place at all which make it look quite odd and other bits are very uneven, though overall the final piece was good and stood out in it’s own way.
Individual Joiners -
Evaluation of Individual Joiners -
I decided to create two individual joiners because I felt that having just one of a lamppost wasn’t good enough for me. With both of my joiners I took multiple photos of a subject and then later joined them together in editing. Making joiners in this way was something that I had never experienced before and not only was it very enjoyable to do, but it also improved my photography and post-processing skills which is something I am always willing and open for. I feel that the end results of my joiners were good and an overall success but the joiner of the painting on the wall tops it for me. This is because the joiner looks so busy and it is clear where the individual photos are positioned, yet it still completes the full picture. My joiner of the lamppost was also good, but I feel as though it’s far too empty for my liking. After creating it, I realised that in order to make it more successful, I should have definitely taken more of the scenery surrounding the lamppost to give the picture a more fuller look. Though also doing this could have potentially caused the joiner to look more like a scenic photo of a street and not of the lamppost. However, seeing as the final photo would be completed via editing, I could have made the lamppost slightly bigger than in person and positioned it in the centre to make sure it was the main focal point of the image.
Documentary Photographs -
Evaluation of Documentary Photographs -
I feel that my documentary photographs were very strong, and I loved taking them as it also improved my camera skills. A lot of the photos I took at first were quite boring and had nothing interesting about them as they tended to be of peoples backs. This was all due to me being fearful of invading peoples privacy to get a natural shot of them undergoing normal routines such as just simply walking down the road. After I got over the fear, I started to take some nice shots. With my photos I wanted to try and capture people doing something interesting, or wearing something interesting. I feel that I achieved this and produced some shots that I am proud of. I also improved the overall appearance of my photos by editing them where I increased the contrast and black levels slightly to make my subjects stand out clearer. I like all of them just the same but for me the women in the purple coat stands out the most for me. This was because it was a classic street photography moment, where I turned around to see exactly the same shade of purple as if she was camouflaged.