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  • AS Photography ExamEncounters, Experiences and MeetingsHannah Beedle

  • First Artist AnalysisWhat I find particularly interesting about this photo is the composition. The power lines in the photo almost divide up the image into three sections. The main subject lies only in the bottom two sections, leaving blank sky above. I can also see that the photographer has used a fast shutter speed, and therefore is able to capture the flying birds which make the photo more interesting. I like how the birds lie only in the middle of the photo, in between the power lines. The use of black and white helps to enhance the contrast between the positive and negative space, which definitely leaves us with an aesthetically pleasing photograph.I have chosen to take photographs involving a similar subject matter to this photo. I want to focus on how the sky meets the the highest points in photos i.e. rooftops, the top of trees etc. Similarly to Browns photo, I will edit my photos into black and white to boost the contrast between positive and negative space. The photo also has a tranquil atmosphere, which is something I want to achieve in my own.Aaron Brown Birds and Chimney

  • First Initial Photographs

  • Initial Photographs

  • Initial Photographs

  • Initial Photographs

  • Evaluation of PhotographsMy original intention was to take photographs that explore the visual idea where sky meets or has an encounter with rooftops and trees at their highest points. In order to focus on this I had to consider the composition of the photos. For example, none of my photos reveal the full object, and the ground isnt visible. I think I have achieved this effect quite well in my photos, particularly with the black and white editing.When I took the photos I used quite a small aperture because I wanted everything to be in focus. Although it wasnt sunny outside, it was quite bright, and a fast shutter speed allowed me to focus the photo properly without a tripod. In some ways I think the cloudy sky was beneficial to me because the sky is one white colour, so theres a clear contrast between the blank sky and the subject. However, some sunlight may have had a completely different effect on the photos because they are quite dull. Some light areas and shadows on the rooftops may have improved them. However, Im generally pleased with the focusing and lighting in my photographs.Overall, I am happy with the composition of my photographs, particularly the first and last photos because of the angle I took the photo at. The rooftops slant in in a diagonal fashion. I felt it was important to be more creative with angles instead of photographing them directly in front of me, just to make them more interesting. I also thought it was a good idea to have the trees fill the width of the frame, to create a clear meeting boundary between the sky and the treetop. Im not as pleased with the composition of the fifth photograph, because of the angle the roof slants at. However, I think the snow on the rooftop compliments the white sky, adding to the wintery atmosphere.I think my photos will have a visual impact on the viewer visually. The contrast in the black and white editing is strong and draws attention to it. I asked other people what images came to mind when looking at the photos. They all said that they have a cold or bleak aspect to them, and remind them of winter. It was also said that it brings back memories from childhood, with the old-fashioned buildings and the paneled housing. I wanted my photos to symbolize that winter atmosphere, and the great distance between the rooftops/trees and space. Although they technically meet the sky in the photo, its hard to define or understand where the sky stops. It allows us to question what is beyond our reach. I think I achieved this in my photos, and I think some viewers would be able to understand it. However, I would consider including an explanation with the photos if they were on display.

  • Developmental Photographs

  • Developmental Photographs

  • Developmental Photographs

  • Developmental PhotographsDevelopments by Photoshop experimentation

  • Evaluation of Developmental PhotographsMy original intention was to produce a set of developmental photos from my original images, showing an encounter between two different places. This involved printing out the photos from my trip to Whitstable and Canterbury, and re-photographing them to replace objects in my area. For this developmental set, I also experimented with symmetry in Photoshop to show repetition with the same image, meeting itself. I think I have achieved what I wanted to, but probably not to the highest standard I could have. I based my idea for my developments on photos like this that I have seen lots of times before, showing an encounter between the past and present with a photograph. However, mine is based on the idea of two different places meeting. I wanted the photo and the background to both be in focus, meaning I had to use a small aperture. The problem was that it was quite dark outside, despite it being daylight. After trial and error, I found an ISO of 800 worked. I would have liked the background to be focused more, so if I was to do this again I would have tried for longer. If it was brighter outside, I would have left the background of the photos in colour, to make them less dull. Although I was limited with the angles I could photograph from, Im quite pleased with the composition. I wanted to use my digital skills too, and am pleased with the results from my symmetry experimentation in Photoshop. Its interesting to see the abstract shapes that can be created. I particularly like the image with the triangular roofs. I wanted my photos to have quite a strong visual impact on the audience, due to the black and white, and the contrast between the positive and negative space in the photographs. The same technique is used to combine old and new (like in the photo to the right.) I think this has more of an impact in regard to symbolism because it reflects history with the present. It looks at how things can change, but also how things can stay the same over time.In my photos I wanted to symbolise two different places coming together. Although everywhere around the world is different, there are things that are still similar among these different places, which can make it hard to establish where they came from. This is quite visible in the photos involving the trees. The lamppost photo is interesting because although you cannot see the top of the lamppost in my street, it has a much more modern design compared to the one in the photo being held up (taken in the old beach town of Whitstable).

  • Second Artist AnalysisHidden Face by Drussawin LeepaisalDocumentary Photograph

    I found this woman waiting for her husband after finishing her work. Her eyes are very interesting for me.

    I feel this photo is important because it gives us an insight into a different culture. This one is from a series of photos Leepaisal took in Thailand. The woman would seem quite poor, and perhaps cold as she is wrapped in a blanket/thick material. I find it interesting how most of her face is hidden, except her eye which is looking directly at the camera. This demonstrates an encounter/meeting between the photographer and the subject. The womans eye is very bright and stands out in the photo, and also most of her face is covered. Unless a viewer researched into this photograph, it could be difficult to establish the nationality of this woman because of the black and white editing. I think this photo conveys a deep message that no matter where in the world you are from, or what colour skin you have, or how rich or poor you are, everyone has eyes; everyone has a nose and mouth. We are all human beings and everyone deserves the right to be treated in that way. For my next initial set of photographs, Im going to focus on the idea of the encounter between the photographer and subject, mainly focusing on that eye contact between them.

  • Second Initial Photographs

  • Evaluation of PhotographsMy original intention with these photographs was to focus on the encounter between the photographer/camera and the subject, through eye contact. To do this I had to ensure the eyes dominate each photo as much as possible, but in different ways, and I think I achieved this. In order to achieve the desired effect on the eyes, I had to adjust the focus correctly to produce a sharp image. I believe I have done this well, as none seem to be out of focus. I also softened the other areas surrounding the eyes on Photoshop to define them. I think the lighting was a very important aspect to consider. I decided to take the photographs outside with an ISO of 100 or 200 because it was a very bright day. The natural sunlight was beneficial to me because it cast good shadows and is soft on the face. The best thing about this sunlight was the reflections it made in the eyes. In some of the photographs this is very clear, and you can actually see me with the camera in the reflection. This is a good way of showing that meeting between the photographer and the subject. I edited a lot of the photos with a low vibrancy or in black and white, because I like the soft look it gives to the skin whilst allowing the eyes to stand out. Overall, I am pleased with the composition of my photos too. I tried to photograph from different angles where the eyes follow the camera, such as above and to the side, however I could have been more experimental with this.I asked people for their opinion on how the photos impact them. The people asked all said they see the eyes in the photos as the dominant part, and that they stand out the most. This feedback is good because it shows that I have achi