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Photography AS U1 PSC : skate park portraiture
Max Murphy
Candidate No. 6279
2013/2014
Film1: Introducing myself to ideas.

film 2: Freespace
film 3: white trees-orange evening.
This is my third photo-shoot, I decided to focus on the
portraiture
of the people.
film 4: Red Shirt.
Key images
With these images I got a rough idea of what I wanted to continue to take pictures of. I wanted to take
portraiture
with the contrast of the
bmx
and try to show the subjects personality
Experiments
this image I have edited as I wanted a more direct view of the rider. The
cropping
gives a
cleaner focus
.
key ideas
With these images i have tried to get an understanding of the view,
emotions
and ideas when riding.
Key ideas
These two photos I have decided to use as
inspiration
to continue taking
portraiture
and
riding
photographs.
Experiments
With these images i'm starting to focus on the
portraiture
rather than the riding but i still try to include riding.
Experiments of personalities and faces.
With these images I want to get
closer
to the person in the photo. I
don't
think I will be
continuing
with this close up style.
I also have
experimented
with cropping, distance and focal points.
Wolfgang Tillmans
Biographical information that affect his work.
• He is
German
so the cultural differences could affect his work.
• Studied at
Bournemouth university
: southern England
• He does charitable work, this could give him a point of view that could only be achieved of people in poverty or in worse off situations.
• His work is equally affected by political views and
aesthetic
factors.
• His work to be displayed could sometimes be
taped directly
to the wall of the viewing gallery.
• 1998: worked In a co-lab with
ID magazine
• His work has got a lot to do with
identity
,
sexuality
and
personalities


The windowsill work.
Who: Tillman’s

What:
punnets
, blue colour.

When: 2007, mid-day/evening, spring/summer

Where: windowsill , second story house/building, private room

Why: wanted to
express
the
colour
vibrancy of the punnets.

Experiments
With these i wanted to get the
natural expressions
of the riders. so i took the pictures with out them knowing,this give me the natural yet
surprised
facial expressions.
these photographs are more about the bikes than the people
Can other photographers be linked with my work?
Exploring Imogen Cunningham's work
I liked her work as these portraits seem to
express
what the people are thinking or feeling. they display how the people are figured, their
body language
shows their
personality
. these images make me want to
ask questions
about them.
Exploring William Eggleston's work.
These images have helped me decide on a
light style
, I like the
strong
yellow tinge to the photographs.These have a
warm
and bright aspect.
Exploring Stephan Gill's work
These have given me the idea to have a focus on the
mechanical
and
structural details
of things.
Exploring Bruce Davidson's work
These images have been taken by the photographer
Bruce Davidson
. his work seems to be
personal
and has the effect to make the mind wonder.
Colour Splash?
From my last film '
Red Shir
t', my eye kept being dragged towards the colour of red. From this
captivation
from the red i thought of
isolating
the colour.
1. What's the first thing I notice?
the dwarf's face as it the most
CONTRASTING
with the ground.

2. What is the affect of it being in black and white?
it makes the image seem colder and highlights the
LONESOME
feeling of the dwarf.

3. What could you not see, that you fill in?
looking at this picture i I
MAGINE
the surrounding environment, such as fun fair surroundings and dark muddy fields.

4. What does the photographer's position impact on?
This picture is taken from an angle that fills most of the shot with the background and environments with the dwarf in the bottom left. this makes the dwarf seem not I
MPORTANT
or of lesser authority.

5. How do i respond to this image emotionally?
I respond to this with slight fear as the dwarf has a
SINISTER
face and hand. The surroundings also provide a lost sinister feel.

6. Why was the photograph taken?
The photograph could have been taken to capture the dwarf smoking as
STEREOTYPICALLY
it is that dwarfs are happy and/or clean living individuals.

7. What do I like about it?
This image is obviously intended to be a
PORTRAIT
but could be a photograph of the landscape.

8. If this was part of a bigger collection of photographs, what would the others be like?
This image could be a part of a bigger collection of images that could be focused either on
PORTRAITURE, LANDSCAPES
or a collection of images that try to
UNDERSTAND
peoples lives.

9. If I had taken this photograph what would I want to change to the image?
I would take it in colour and then colour splash it and either
HIGHLIGHT
just the dwarf or the tent in the
BACKGROUND
.

10.What are the ideas behind the photograph?
the ideas behind the photograph could possible be conveying the idea of
ANGER
,
REGRET
and perhaps the
SOLITUDE
the clown feels when it looks back over his life.

11.The lighting affects the image by creating a
DARKER
and more
MYSTERIOUS
image. making the image become more and more
SINISTER
.

Bruce Davidson
1.Although at the time I was unaware, the aims for this photograph was to get an understanding of the
emotions
and ideas of the riders.
2.When I took this picture I decided to have the camera
low down
and because of that it gives the image a more
personal
effect.
3. If I could make a change to this image I would of
lowered the shutter speed
slightly so I got a warmer image.
4.The improvement I would make is I could remove all of the colour except from the green object in the
foreground
of the image.
5.What is the key thing in this image is how the bikes could reflect the
personality's
of the riders. to make this aspect stand out more i would take the image slightly higher and include a wider look of the bikes.
6.This image is similar to the other images in the same film in that the
camera is low down
and the image has been taken whilst using sections.
7.This image was influenced by the photographer
Bruce Davidson
's clown dwarf picture. the aspects of this image is that the colour and how the image seems very personal and intrusive.
8.The subject matter that others may see in this image could be about bikes and bike parts, not necessarily the
feelings
that the riders have in that moment of time.
9.In terms as my project as a whole this image seems to fit in after the half way point as it contains all the
aspects
id like to continue with. but id like to adjust the brightness and tweak the image until a brighter image is created.
10.When I look at this image I feel as it throws the
determination and comical nature
of the riders towards the viewer.
inspiration.
On '
RideUK
' i found an article about how to film an edit and found these images interesting as they showed how the riders and photographers film an
chill out
.
Analysis of my image.
Refining images.
with the image on the left I started to
reduce
the background colour and
highlight
the
green
section. I had not adjusted the image in any other way.
With the right hand image I have
adjusted
the
vibrancy
,
gamma
correction and the contrast to make the shades of black and white stand out more.
Comparing?
The image on the top right has been taken by
Bruce Davidson
and this image inspired me to take photographs that
catch
people
off guard
or acting as natural as possible.
Imagined final image.
Colour splash.
I have decided to continue with the colour splash technique of
highlighting
certain sections of the image.
This highlighted section would be the riders "favorite or most prize component."
The lighting.
I have chosen to use the lighting and settings from film 3 as it give me a good basis to change my images into black and white while still
retaining the detail
.
Other Possible final image ideas.
With these images I have tried to get a varied array of images in the style of
Bruce Davidson
. I particularly like the pictures
2
.
7
and
8
.
1
2
3
4
5
6
8
7
Analysis of my image.
1. Describe your first/initial response to the image you've just been given
The image is
shocking
at it highlights two "bad" things but are common in the bmx scene.

2. Subject matter: What's it about? - ideas/theme/topic?
The image is about the
individual
and his drink and tattoo.

3. Imagine what the other 34 look like - how are they a) connected but also b) different.
This image doesn't include a bike in the image but it does
still sum
up the individual.

4. What was the function/intention/hope? What was trying to be achieved?
To show-case the drink and tattoos
colour
.

5. What single change would you make, either now or when the picture was taken/made, to improve it?
If the image had a
clearer
shot of the tattoo and where to look more
natural
.

6. What has been depicted? List all the elements/aspects.
The use of
colour selection
in the image plays a part as it helps highlight the colour in the otherwise grey image.

7. Which visual element is most active? Why and how?
The visual element of the highlights of the colours is active as it shows how the
individual
could be a
colourful character
.

8. How could it be described as a genre it doesn't seem to be on the surface?
it could be described a
personality portrait
.

9. Where is the center (of gravity/attention/focus) in the image - NOT necessarily the center of the sheet of paper of course!
The center of the image is the Tattoo.

10. What does the image remind (associations, memories) you of...and why?
This image reminded people of a
festival
sort of atmosphere.

12. What has not been shown that could or perhaps should be (excluded from the frame accidentally or with full intention)?
The rest of the skatepark


Film 5: White trees and street.
These images are a range from portraits to
medium shots
and riding photos.
Experiments
With these images I have tried to get a "
caught off guard
" approach with the image style. I found that I didn't get the images I would of liked to. As they
didn't include
the bmx, I wanted the bmx to show the
riders personality
as well as the riders
expression
.
Key Images.
These images have been taken with the
primary focus
to include the bike and the rider to get an idea of their expressions.
Colour selection photographs.
Key images.
these images I think will be the four I'd choose from for deciding my final piece. This is because the
personality's
are displayed clearly.
Final images
These images are the
colour selection
photographs I have been working on throughout my project.
Introduction
Evaluation.
1: While looking back over this project I would of made my shoots focus on one
specific
thing at a time.
2:I feel as if I have met my aims to
explore
the people of the skate park and how their bikes relate to the rider.
3:There are
weaknesses
to my project that include my way of laying out the topics and the
progression feels jumpy
.
4:My work shows that I can take images that can
vary
in styles but can also show my
progression
using a camera.
5: During this project I have learned that my riding friends are
passionate
about their bikes and that their riding styles reflect their
personality's
.
6:The single most
specific problem
I've had to overcome is the
organization
to get people out to ride and the
weather
played a part in my work as it needed to be dry to get the images I wanted.
7:While doing this project I have got skills that without doing this project I wouldn't of thought to learn. Such as
Photoshop
skills. I have also discovered what
photography styles
I like.
8: My work is different from others peoples work as I have been able to make a
connection
between the rider and the bike and how they
convey
their personality's through their parts.
Magazine inspiration.
These images have been taken from a
magazine article
about street riding. They have a
documentary style
to them. i like the way they're taken.
My project is all about
skate park portraiture.
I have been focusing my photographs at a local skate park, and various ledges and banks around the area of "WhiteTrees".

The experimentation through my project has been
colour selection
.

My inspiration for my work has been by the photography style of
Bruce Davidson
.

Also the cold metal and warm colour of the wood inspired me to do colour selection.

I found Bruce Davidson's work useful as it gave me a basis to build my work around.

The
contrast
between the wood and metal of the ramps helped as it gave me ideas to contrast colours.
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