Last week we had an interesting talk from Laura Bird, Laura is so good at making things easy to understand and the standard that is expected in the working world once we leave university. The first thing I thought when hearing about this talk was.. ‘when was the last time I even looked at my CV let alone update it!’. We were acked to bring in a copy og our CV so i spent the night before adding some bits on but also getting rid of any old errelvant jobs to make it more photography focused.
The talk was really helpful, but not only that it also highlighted to me how important it is to keep my CV not only updated but in relvance to the job that I am applying to.
Today I was lucky enough to attend a talk by photographer Danny Treacy. I have previously research Danny’s work in the body project during second year and found his project ‘them’ very interesting, so was very happy when I heard he would be giving a talk.
His talk was very interesting and Danny discussed his work since studying his MA through to his work or today. Danny began his work with a medium format camera where he found an interest in spaces. Danny would gain access to buildings that were abandoned or that were soon to be demolished however he was not just interested in making images, he was interested in documenting what was happening in that space. When photographing this spaces Danny treats each space like a tomb, he wouldn’t touch or move anything. Danny discussed how he felt privileged to be able to see things no one else had seen.
This then leads Danny’s work that he is most known for, his series of images ‘Them’ where he stepped away from the spaces but instead substituted them for items of clothing he’s found in these buildings. Danny first began setting his camera up on a tripod in the flats and took self-portraits of himself there. However, he soon decided to swap to a studio to bring out more detail and make it less about the space.
“Spaces didn’t need to be seen, they were seen in the clothing” – Danny Treacy
I believe that this was not only a brave decision by Danny as he hadn’t done anything like this before but also was a very successful decision after seeing the images of him in the spaces compared to them in the studio. Not only do the details come out but it makes it all about the clothes, the colours against the black background really make his work eye catching. Danny posed the same in each different outfit, he described his pose as ‘dressing up like a crap superhero’.
“Them is not me, them is other people” – Danny Treacy
Although’ Them’ was exhibited Danny did not stop there with this fascination with the exploration of the contemporary world and how spaces are constantly shifting and moving. Danny has chosen to carry on within these lines as a collection speaks best, sometimes images speak best in numbers.
As part of innovation week yesterday Sebastiaan Hanekroot came to the university to do a workshop on the essentials for an expressive print which I attended and found very valuable. Sebastian is dedicated to getting the best out of your image after the image has been taken, through post production, printing and the production of your photo book.
“That is what I love, but what is it what I do? I don’t print books. I don’t design them. I don’t bind them. I don’t publish them. I do something else. I make sure that the colour reproductions in books are all you ever wished for. That pictures and colours come to live as vibrant as the originals did. Then again, to achieve that, I have to know everything about printing, designing, binding and publishing books. And I do. Decades of experience in one of Hollands leading printing plants/publisher and decades of working with the most talented graphic designers and accomplished binders guarantee that. ” Sebastiaan Hanekroot taken from http://www.colourandbooks.com/work/
I decided to take in a new image I had just taken this week of Alan at the arcade in Bridlington. I am happy I decided to use this image after Sebastian’s talk around 15 minutes in I was already looking at the previous edit I had done to the image prior to the workshop. I highlighted to me that, I wasn’t thinking enough about the post production I was doing on these images, I know don’t feel as though I have been putting enough thought and reflexion into the importance of how my images are edited and printed and what a massive difference it can make to my series of images.
Sebastiaan asked some important questions to ask ourselves when we take an image.
What is the essential to you about your image?
I believe the most essential part of this image, in particular, is representing Alan and showing his personality to the audience. I want the image to be fun to look at, the image of Alan makes me smile, and I want it to have that same effect on its audience.
Where should I look?
The focus of the image should be on Alan, however, I feel that the light of the arcade machine draws the eye to the left side of the image. I didn’t notice this prior t0 seeing the print at the workshop but when looking at the image in print the image looks like two separate images which the line for the arcade machine divides and stands out. Which therefore takes the eye away from Alan.
Does the print best represent my intentions in post production?
Do to Alan not being the main focus point due to the light is distracting some of that attention I feel that this is slightly blocking my intentions that were answered in the first question. However, I believe my colour balance and the way the light falls across alan cheek and down his coat is highlighted well in post production.
What did I want to express?
Fun, Happiness & relationship.
Overall the workshop was very worthwhile, it has made me think and consider the importance of post-production so much more. It has made such an impact on how I am now looking at past images I’ve edited.