Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Evaluation

Over the course of the year, I have engaged a lot with the professional environment.  I have assisted on a Bridal editorial shoot with a professional photographer, assisted Nicole Jopek on two fashion/ hair shoots which were an amazing and invaluable experience for me.
I have also collaborated with a Fashion Design and Marketing student at the university, which was a great experience to see what it would be like to collaborate with professionals when I graduate and also work towards a number of deadlines.

I have also attended many talks by professional photographers both inside and outside of university.  Hearing professionals speak about their own work in person is great because I was able to ask them questions about their work and also have them look at my own work.  I was able to get great feedback from Seba and Layla when they visited the university, which really pushed my project along.
I have attended The Photography Show where I was lucky enough to meet Lara Jade and ask her first hand advice about where to start if you are a fashion photographer looking to create your own style.

Overall, I feel I have progressed significantly within the professional environment and gained many invaluable skills and also started to build up a network of fellow photographers that I can collaborate with in the future.

The professional practice module has been an enjoyable part of the course for me and I will continue working on my blog and post regular updates with what I'm getting up to!  In terms of future steps, I will be using my spare time to work on my fashion portfolio to really get some good work out there and continue to build up my skills and networks.

Here are a few images to sum up the highlights of Professional Practice for me this year:







Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Fashion Shoot @ The Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield.

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to do a shoot for a Fashion Design and Marketing student at my university.  The shoot was held at The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, luckily we had glorious sunshine all day which made lighting the shoot a lot easier!

The shoot was for a look book to showcase Sasha's collection and how she would style them.

Fashion Design Student: Sasha Morris
Model: Lo Green

Here are some snaps of me behind the scenes!






Here are some of the final images:






It was great to collaborate with a fashion student on a new piece of work to do something different to my final major project!

Interim Exhibition - 2

Before Easter, my class mates and I exhibited one image each from our final major projects in an interim exhibition, again held at the Byram Arcade, Huddersfield.

This work, still in progress, was a lot more refined than the last exhibition we did.  The work as a collective was a lot better technically as well as contextually.  For my image I decided to exhibit a diptych.  I chose to show my portrait of a re-creation of 'Fevvers' a character from the novel, Nights at The Circus' written by Angela Carter.  I exhibited this along side an image of a snowy forest scene, as the place associated with this character.



My project has moved away from this imagery now but it is great to share as my project progresses and to look back on how far my work has come from just a couple of months ago!

Assisting a Wedding

In the summer I assisted a photographer that I had worked with on my placement year in a beautiful summer wedding, at Victoria Baths in Manchester.

I was technically the second shooter for the wedding, getting all the close up, detailed shots that the main photographer didn't have time for on the day.

It was an amazing experience to be involved in capturing such a special day.  I hope to have the opportunity to collaborate with many other photographers on weddings, and also do some weddings of my own, so I can branch out further from my comfort zone of just shooting Fashion photography.

Here are some images from the day;




Monday, 9 May 2016

FMP Progress

In the last couple of months, I have made significant progress with my final major project. I have decided to create a book as my final piece to exhibit my images.  I am no longer recreating fairytale characters, and have decided to focus on photographing the forest, as a place of mystery and transition.  The forest is an interesting and important aspect in most fairytale stories, and for the most part, stepping into the forest is at the forefront of a transitional process for fairytale characters.

The title of my book is; Arboreal, which translates to, living in trees.

Here are a few images that will be included in the series:





Alec Soth at 'The Photography Show'

During the Easter break, I went to Birmingham to see The Photography Show, where I saw Alec Soth do a talk on all of his projects to date.  It was amazing to hear the man himself speak about his own work and also see the way he presents his work.  He was very casual and laid back considering the amount of incredible work he has produced.

My favourite project of his is; Sleeping by the Mississippi.  This work evolved from a number of road trips along the Mississippi river.  He shoots on large format film which shows from the amount of detail and colour captured in his images.  Despite the somewhat light hearted pastel colours throughout his images, this series portrays themes of loneliness and isolation.

This is one of the images from this series:




Soth also talked about some of his other projects; Broken Manual, Songbook, and NIAGARA.  He has also created a book called 'Gathered Leaves' which is displayed in a box and has samples of each of his main works included.

It was great to hear him speak about all of his different projects and also to hear about how he comes up with ideas for projects, and how to stick with something to make it successful.  Overall it was a very inspiring talk and it has made me now look at his work in a different way.

Here is a link to Alec's website:

http://alecsoth.com/photography/

Friday, 6 May 2016

Interim Exhibition - 1

In December, my fellow class mates and I had an Interim exhibition at the Byram Arcade in Huddersfield.  We all exhibited one image each from our projects, which were all in progress at the time.  
I exhibited a cosplay image of The Queen of Hearts, from my fairytale characters project.  My project has moved on an incredible amount from this image, however, it's great to look back and see how far you've come in terms of developing and project and finishing with a great series of images.

The exhibition was a great success and we had a great turn out.

This is the image I exhibited at the show: