I took these photographs on Brighton Pier during a sunset in winter. My aim for this shoot was to explore different camera settings in low-lit situations whilst improving my ability and knowledge when using a digital camera. These are my favourite images from this photographic shoot as they are very visually pleasing and work well as a set of images to display the natural beauty of a sunset and documents important aspects of Brighton Pier. Due to the time of day I took these images I was able to create a calm and warm atmosphere throughout the photographic sequence, I am very happy with how this looks as it creates beautiful landscape imagery. This was really helpful to me and can be used when I take photographs for my ‘Sense of Place’ project, this is because I will be able to use lighting more efficiently and create a unique atmosphere to make my images more interesting. Another aspect of this shoot which I am happy with is how I was able to work under time pressure due to the sun being at the prime height for only a short amount of time. This is a skill I will be able to use when completing my project as I want to capture moments in time, meaning I will have to be quick to capture a photograph for it to have a candid and natural effect. Overall, I am very pleased with the outcome of my photographic shoot as I was able to take good quality images and explore how changing certain camera settings (ISO, aperture, exposure) can completely change the outcome of the image.
I took these photographs whilst at the University of Brighton’s Art School as I wanted to produce images which work as a coherent set to display the visual aesthetic of Art School and highlight its individuality. To do this, I focused on the subject matter, style, flavour, colour pallet, composition, and format. I also incorporated a range of techniques to make the photographs more diverse and able to stand out, one of these methods I heavily focused on was the depth of field. I chose to do this as it is a very simple, yet effective method of placing focus on a certain area of the image and it gives off a unique effect. I really like this outcome as from having areas in the image blurred it allows viewer’s attention to be placed on where I would like. In addition to this, when choosing my images it was important to have a set which works well together, this is because it allows them to compliment each other and show how I followed the same approach throughout the photographic shoot. Overall, I am very pleased with the outcome of this shoot as I was able to practice various techniques whilst improving my knowledge of a digital camera. This will help me when working on my photographic project as I will be able to incorporate these new techniques and ideas to produce a good quality set of coherent images which explore my sense of place.
Alex Webb is an American born photographer who is best known for his vibrant and unique colour work, especially his images from Latin America and the Caribbean. Throughout his career, he has published and produced 16 photography books, his most famous one – The Suffering of Light. This is a survey book of over 30 years of his colour photographs, and more recently, Memory City, a meditation about film, time, and the city of Rochester in New York. Webb has also had his exhibited at many museums worldwide, these including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the High Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts. To do this day, his work is in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Guggenheim Museum. Alex became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1979. I am going to take inspiration from Alex Webb as his photographs portray similar themes and ideas to how I want to photograph my ‘Sense of Place’. In addition to this, I really enjoy how he captures candid images and uses his unique techniques to make his work more diverse.
Copyright – Alex Webb @ Magnum Photos.
Wayne Miller was born in 1918 in Chicago, before perusing his career in photography he studied banking at the University of Illinois and worked part-time as a photographer. Miller also studied photography at the Art Centre School of Los Angeles in 1941, and in 1946 he won two consecutive Guggenheim Fellowship awards. In his later life, Miller taught photography at the Institute of Design in Chicago, then in 1949 moved to Orinda and worked for Life Magazine. He became a member of Magnum Photos in 1958, and was named as its president from 1962 to 1966, throughout this period he inspired to ‘photograph mankind and explain man to man’. After he retired from professional photography in 1975 he spent his time working to protect California’s forests. Prior to this, Miller co-authored ‘A Baby’s First Year’ with Dr Benjamin Spock and published his own book ‘The World is Young’. I am going to take inspiration from the way Wayne Miller works as he effectively takes candid images which portray the theme sense of place.
Copyright – Wayne Miller @ Magnum Photos.
Burt Glinn was a freelance photographer who was born in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia in the 1920s. During his life before his freelance photography career, he served in the US Army, studied literature at Harvard University and worked for Life Magazine. Glinn became an established member of Magnum in the early 1950s with his first publications being a colour series of the South Seas, Japan, Russia, Mexico, and California. By the late 1950s, he was awarded the Matthew Brandy Award for Magazine Photographer of the Year from the University of Missouri. Alongside this, he has received numerous awards for his editorial and commercial photography, including the Best Book of Photographic Reporting from Abroad from the Overseas Press Club and the Best Print Ad of the Year from the Art Directors Club of New York. Glinn has served as president of the American Society of Media Photographers. I really like how Burt Glinn takes his photographs as they appear very candid and seem natural, I will use his work to generate my own ideas. I am going to work similarly to this when taking photographs for my project as I want to represent my sense of place through candid imagery of my close friends and family.
Copyright – Burt Glinn @ MAgnum Photos.
Erich Lessing was a renowned documentary photographer born in Vienna in 1923. Lessing used his photographs to document many significant political and social events, including the reconstruction of Germany after the war and the dramatic events of the Hungarian Revolution. In addition to this, he spent most of his later career working around the world with different companies and has had photographs published in renowned magazines including LIFE, Paris Match, Epoca, Picture Post, and Quick. I really enjoy his style of photography as he documents natural images of friends, family, and strangers at different events in a variety of locations. From doing this, he indirectly portrays a sense of place from photographing in a variety of locations and documenting cultural events. This is similar to the style of photography I want to explore throughout my project as I want to produce a range of candid images which represent what ‘Sense of Place’ means to me. I intend to do this in a similar way to Erich Lessing, however, I am going to take images of people close to me in a range of locations.
Copyright – Erich Lessing @ Magnum Photos.