concept

My context in the elements of objects. Not necessarily small objects and not necessarily small elements of the object. It could be a wall or a train or a car as the object and the element could be the bonnet or whole section of a wall it doesn’t just have to be a little section of stones or bricks within the wall.

Element within my project mean a part of an object or thing. “a component or constituent of a whole or one of the parts into which a whole may be resolved by analysis:¬†Bricks and mortar are elements of every masonry wall.”

It can be the majority of an object – as long as it is not the whole object it is an element of the object. I have decided to specify what type of elements and objects i would like to picture because it is not the objects that are my concept but the the actual element itself.

I may specify after the formative assessment and for this my ideas are more the elements in nature and natural objects – plants, trees, stones, wood, the different natural elements within them, the patterns and textures within them. How those elements are what makes the main object so beautiful. What most people focus on when they look at a tree or a flower, that the tree or plant would look different without that element how they would look strange without the patterns and textures – it would affect the aesthetics and even make it look unreal.

It is the tiny details in things that interest me, the things that most people ignore or take for granted. For example the bolts on train table, the shoe lace holes on a shoe, the curve or the ridges in a coat hanger, all of these things people don’t even think about but most people use them without even realising that they are there. When people look at plants they usually focus on the flowers or the leaves but usually forget about roots or the stems and these are the most important part of the plant as it would not be a live without the roots or the stems, yet they could live without the flower or the leaves and these tare the things that people notice most.

While writing this post my thoughts are expanding and i am coming up with more and more ideas with bigger and better possibilities for my project, and how more focused and detailed my concept could be. I am not going to focus on the elements of objects that are important to the structure of objects and how they are important to the final object, the parts which most people take for granted and don’t even notice but are extremely important. Looking at objects is closer detail to see the important elements within them, these elements are usually a lot more detailed and are a lot more satisfying to photograph and more interesting when looking at in a picture.

I have already started my experiments so i am going to keep them at that experiments and start again shooting film because now i have a clear idea of what i want to be taking pictures of and have even started thinking in more detail about where i want to start, i have named a few within this post so that is where i am going to start.

  • roots and stems of a plant.
  • hinge on train tables.
  • lace holes in shoes.
  • coat hangers – the hook and the ridges.
  • hinges on doors.
  • screws within a door handle.
  • cement within a wall.
  • the spine or wire on a book.

These are just things i have began with and a few pictures from my previous shoot connect with what my concept has now evolved into so if when i look at them properly they do work well within this concept I will use them as possibilities for the final outcome.

Second experiments

The next time I went out shooting film this was a lot easier than previously. This was because I had made lots of mistakes on the last experiments, from this I was able to change and learn from them. So far I have developed the film and it is drying but from what I have seen so far on the negatives looking at them in front of the light they already look better than last time.

I am just waiting to go back and make contact sheets as that is when you can really see if the film has been developed well and if the pictures have been exposed properly with the right shutter speed.

The problem with this time shooting film was the processing of the negatives. This was because I found it hard loading the film into the spindle and the tank was broken. This made me worried about whether the film would be eddected and not be properly developed. This is another reason to why I need to make a contact sheet and then go on to making prints. This then will show me whether the film is correct and if the pictures will come out correctly.

The actual shooting of the film however was a lot simpler and easier as I had practiced with the camera and looked up tutorials and other blogs which gave explanations as well my own previous experimentation and figuring out when I made mistakes. This made me better equipped to be taking pictures and made me calmer when taking pictures as i knew more about what I was doing.

For this second set of experiments I took pictures around my garden as well as around Plymouth town centre. This was another thing that got better after the first experiments, my confidence with taking pictures out in public. Instead of being shy and taking bad pctures because you do not want to be obvious and get stared at but because of this project I have gained confidence and have been able to take good pictures because the pictures matter more than what people think of me. This means that the overall quality of my pictures have improved.

There is still a while left for this project and I still have experiments left to do before the project is over. Over this time I hope that my knowledge and techniques are a lot better and film processes come more naturally.

beginging

For this brief we have to create 4 black and white film prints, in the first experiments i worked out that exposure is key. If the aperture is wrong then your prints could be ruined and nothing will come out they will either be too light or too dark appearing either white or black. For me i over exposed my film and most of my pictures apart from a few came out black, barely recognisable if at all. This is so unlike digital which i am used to using, i found this hard because in a digital print you can see the image straight away after being taken and decide whether or not to re-print it. You could even take lots of pictures to make sure you get the right shot which can be looked at closer on the computer afterwards. This is very different to film which i found frustrating.

I don’t like waiting to see whether something worked or not. I am one of those people who take lots time taking lots of pictures just to make sure it is right, where as with film its like shooting blind! Not being able to see the final image until the very end, and even when the final image appears you cannot edit it without scanning the image in and digitally editing it.

After this first exercise i came out with a lot more knowledge, knowing more about aperture especially. When i was doing my A-levels i knew nothing about film cameras, the camera guy gave me a film camera and put it on an aperture he thought should be suitable for what i needed it to be, then i hoped for the best when developing my prints. Since starting this project i feel a lot more comfortable putting film into the camera; taking it out; taking the pictures; developing the film ready for printing, i do however need to work on the next section of actually making the print. I have made contact sheets which i seem competent at, but have not developed a print in a while, which makes me nervous. This though i hope will be the same as shooting the film and like most other things, after a little experimentation and practice, developing film should start  to become easier and I hope the prints will start to become better.

Process

How to develop film…

  • go into an absolutely pitch black room and put your unprocessed film into your developing tank, once closed shut you can take it out into normal light.
  • Add 150ml developer and 150ml water into the tank – this process takes 13 minutes – rotate for the first minute and then the first 10 seconds of every minute after that until the 13 minutes are up. Now you pour the liquid down the sink.
  • Next you add 300ml of stop and continuously rotate for 30 seconds, you can pour the stop back into the bottle.
  • After you can now add the 300ml of fix, this is similar to the developer except it is for 5 minutes, rotate the tank for the first minute and then the first 10 seconds of each minute after until the 5 minutes are up.
  • When this is all done the film is now safe to remove from the tank, the spindle should now be put into a bath of water which should be flowing continuously throughout for 20 minutes. This can be left for longer if wanted.
  • After this is done you can now take the film out of the spindle and either put in a heated dryer or be left out over night to dry – just make sure that the film is completely dry before making your initial contact sheets.

Equipement for making contact sheets…

  • Devere 504 enlarger
  • Neg carrier
  • 35mm apature
  • 50mm lens
  • contact printer
  • Dev tray and tongs

BRIEF

Using both analogue and digital cameras you are required to produce a series of images related to the title ‘Elemental intervention’. These images must include a range of techniques that demonstrate a clear understanding of camera control, and the use of formal elements to portray a story/stories.

You will work on a series of tasks on a weekly basis that will help to develop your photographic, conceptual, research, and creative skills.

You will present your work as it progresses at group critiques and tutorials throughout the module, and you will receive formative feedback on a regular basis in order to help you improve your work and achieve the best of your ability.