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Analogue Photography

Personally, analogue photography, can allow for a much deeper insight into your chosen subject than when shooting on digital. This is due to the fact that you cannot see your outcomes until they are developed, thus ensuring that the photographer takes the time and care to curate the shot that they envision. This is how magic can happen with analogue photography. When in Barcelona, I used a film camera, alongside my phone to document my time there. When I returned to the UK I got the film developed and revisiting this trip allowed all the memories to come flooding back. After admiring Gaudí’s craftsmanship for many years, seeing the Sagrada Família was such a special experience. All the photographs I took here, hone in on the incredibly intricate and stunning detail of the architecture. I love how the elements at both the foreground and the background contrast amazingly with the vast amount of negative space in this shot. This draws the viewer’s attention to the stunning details presence in this structure, being captivated by the strong, solid lines and dynamic shapes.

 

Hampstead Heath Garden and Pergola is such an extraordinary space. The structure is so rich with a sense of grandeur and discovery that it just envelopes you, immersing you into the location. Again, the contrast between the predominant focus of the structure and the negative space present from the centre of the image to the left, allows the wooden strips across the top of the pillars to create such an amazing pattern that is so striking to the audience. The tonal range present in this image is very well balanced, thus evoking a strong feeling of harmony. Although it is a visually stunning location, the vantage point at which this was shot, being below the subject, automatically puts it above the viewer, thus creating a dominant effect. This element, combined with the contrast between jet black and bright white, present a Gothic-esque feeling that radiates through the shot, juxtaposing with the soft and calming presence of the actual location itself when in the space.

 

I love the contrast between the strong vertical lines presented by the pillars the lead us deeper into the shot and the dark horizontal lines that also work to lead us further in they work to evoke feelings of both confusion and balance simultaneously. Ultimately, this element introduces an ambiguity to the shot as well as an intriguing hypnotic feeling, almost like an optical illusion, that instantly pulls the viewer in deeper, urging them to want to see what lies deeper within this photograph: Where does it lead? The juxtaposition also present from the powerful straight, solid lines and the dome wooden structure with beautifully curved lines, seen at the top of the piece produces yet another interesting contrast, that adds to these conflicting emotions of feeling lost but also intrigued by the sense of what could be discovered here. This particular aspect works to make this a very visually dynamic piece.

 

I love the immersive element that this shot has, instantly grabbing the attention of the viewer with the way in which the pillars appear at the foreground of the image, and progressively deeper and deeper into the photograph. Thus, introducing a hypnotic and entrancing feeling to the piece. The contrast between the presence of both powerful vertical and horizontal lines work to give the photograph create balance. The composition of this image is very aesthetically pleasing, adhering to the rule-of-thirds, and the aforementioned element of the repeat pattern of the uniform structures of the pillars, bring great depth to the piece. The tonal range is quite balanced; however, I would’ve liked for the lighter elements to be slightly brighter, just to make the photograph even more striking.

 

I cannot believe the amount of detail that is present within the design of Gaudí’s Sagrada Família. Every time I look at a photograph of a different area of it I am stunned by the intricate carvings and pure craftsmanship that radiates through his work. It is this mind-blowing concepts for design, that were so far ahead of his time, that make Gaudí’s buildings truly iconic. The tonal range in this piece is very aesthetically pleasing, with the light and dark elements not being so severe. The tones gradually shift throughout the image, and blend to make the overall shot so captivating and appreciate every detail instead of a case where the drastic tonal shifts highlighting specific sections. This element introduces a softness and delicacy to the piece, thus evoking a calming presence.

 

The way in which the wooden slabs are laid out over the top of the pillars, mirror that of a train-track structure, introducing a sense that there is a journey to be had here, evoking a powerful sense of adventure. This is an incredibly captivating element for the piece. Although, I would have liked there to be slightly less grey present in this image, I love the drastic tonal shifts between the contrasting jet black vertical and horizontal lines of the track-like structure and the brilliant, clear white of the sky. The relationship between these two particular elements highlight the juxtaposition between what lies in the foreground of the shot and the negative space in a way to works to grab the audience’s attention. I love that you can tell there is more that beyond this image, thus urging the viewer to want to go further, go deeper, to get lost in this amazing space.

 

I am absolutely in love with this shot. The composition adheres to the rule-of-thirds and think it is a very well-crafted photograph. With the window archway sitting just off-centre at the very back at the image, even though it is the predominant focal point of the shot, makes it instantly demand the attention of the audience. The staggered layers of the brick walls reaching out further and further towards the centre of the piece, work to introduce a sense of balance and harmony to the image, leading the viewer’s eye around the image beautifully to the arch window. The presence of nature contrasts beautifully with the sturdy, solid, structure of the brick walls enhances the true beauty of the location as St. Dunstan in the East is no longer a building, the church it once was it no longer, it remains ruins of a religious space. Thus, the way in which the nature is so imbedded in within the ruins and the two elements have essentially become one, bring life to the space, enveloping you in warmth and comfort.

 

 

The first image is a stunning shot taken at Hampstead Heath Garden and Pergola. The clarity in this image is brilliant, with the tonal range introducing balance and contradicting feelings of both adventure and a sense of detachment, thus ultimately creating a powerful feeling of intrigue. The overall grey tone of the piece, works to elevate that Gothic-esque element that is forever-present in the photographs that were taken in this location. The black and white form seems to transform the rather majestic, peaceful space into one that could urge the viewer to feel fearful and unsure of what the space represents. Indeed, it is undoubtedly a place that promotes power and stature with the incredible display of craftsmanship and stunning architectural design but it is interesting that the feelings this location can evoke when shot in observed in both colour and black and white format is amazing, thus proving that it is a formidable location that will captivate the audience when featured in my film.  The second image is a photograph of the mesmerising details from an area of Gaudí’s Sagrada Família. I feel that the contrast between black and white could’ve been much better in this image as it’s tonal range is predominantly quite greyscale. However, I feel that this aspect of the image, introducing a rather intriguing element to the piece, as it presents the details of the building on a much more balanced level as it doesn’t draw the viewer’s attention to any particular section of the structure, thus making the viewer really observe the photograph in order to discover the most interesting and dynamic design elements.

 

The spectacular nature of this building and the true artistry that it conveys is evident in this image. The wonderful detail in the design and the execution in the build of the structure is simply magnificent. It’s extraordinary display of grandeur works to evoke a feeling of power and status, thus marking the structure one to be rivalled. The contrast between the perfect circular shapes and the strong, solid lines present throughout this image work beautifully to captivate the attention of the audience. My use of black and white film for all the shots taken at Sagrada Família, heighten the Gothic theme of the design of the structure, thus illuminating the feeling of intrigue and potential danger that this building presents. This Gothic design element combined with some stunning religious scenes carved into the structure, introduces an intriguing juxtaposition that, again, works to evoke a strong feeling of power and influence.

 

 

I am in love with the intense exposure displayed in the first image – it is so heightened that it has created a silhouette effect for the structure, and leading out into those beautiful clouds makes this such a visually dynamic piece. There is such a strong contrast here. The pillars presenting strong, solid vertical lines juxtaposed with the grid-like curved lines present in the dome above, combining to introduce great harmony and balance to the piece. Although the severity of the tonal range is very demanding, evoking strong feelings of dominance, control, and power, the sky introduces a softness and stillness to the image that works to create an overall sense of calm. The obscurity introduced with the nature element being the in-focus element of the second image, with the stunning structure being shot out of focus in the background immediately captivates the attention of the audience.  Although a dominant focus of the image, the nature element is not at all encroaching on the rest of the image and allows for the background section of the photograph to shine through. I love how there appears to be a white light on the concrete floor guiding the viewer all the way to the end of the shot, in a very hypnotic way, almost like its enticing you, urging you, to go over the edge – testing your limits to see how far you will go.

 

Natasha Perkin

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