Photographic Practice A – Self Evaluation – Daniel Hancox

When I started this project I had no idea what I was going to create, the act of testing and trials and my research into Duane Michals is what actually gave me my concepts. Taking the images for my piece was harder than I initially thought because I didn’t want distracting qualities in the images which took away from the statement and narrative I was making; that is another big quality of my work which needs to be addressed and thats the fact I’m also making a statement about light and its importance to us in terms of technology, advancements and being a never ending property which constantly drives us forward. However I was jubious about my concepts throughout this project, I really liked my narrative idea of travelling through the lenses using light and creating this calendar and statement but this was also hard to achieve, this work is definitely more conceptual and about the context rather than the images, but I did hit points where I felt that my narrative structure could be stronger in terms of aesthetics within the images; I did find this difficult achieve.

A good learning curve from this module was the understanding of creating a narrative structure with my photography, this is my first attempt to do so and feel it can definitely be grown in terms of this project but it has made me be more open when it comes to linking images together to create a narrative, plus the research I have undertaken was really interesting and helped me a great deal when it came to creating my own narrative.

I feel that I may have gone off my trail of thought at times with maybe involving too many elements and thoughts within my narrative, I got a little confused later on in the project to which of these elements was the most important. However when I finished editing my images and put them together I actually liked the subtlety of the images; I feel this gives the viewer a canvas to share their thoughts about what I am trying to say or do. Another aspect which I would like to see is the advancement of my calendar, when the cameras are next to each other on the black long back board I feel its rather easy to see the technological advancements with the cameras and get a good sense of what I’m trying to do; however I feel if this was to happen the importance of the light source may be lost. I seem to be finding many parallels in this piece which could be described as a ‘catch 22 situation’.

I have definitely learnt from the project and gathered skills to take forward into the future and into other projects, but being injured throughout this project has set me back and makes me feel that I couldn’t put as much as I wanted to into taking my images; I think this is the main catalyst for the reasons behind my chosen images and concepts but I am happy with my overall results.

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Final Narrative

My Final piece

https://www.virtualgallery.com/danielhancox_a2443042/light_has_drove_us_forward_s11980

gallery – PDF

I wanted to see in some way what my narrative might look like in a gallery, I have to admit though that I haven’t found one website or program which I deem good to carry this out. I have tried to put my work in a virtual gallery on VirtualGallery.com however I find this website really disappointing, clunky and basic. I couldn’t change the formats of the rooms or give any sense of a real space.

Not at all happy with the results from this virtual gallery space. I want to actually show my narrative as one image, my final long sequence but could not get it right on this site.

However through a fellow student I got recommended another site which I hadn’t come across. So I created another gallery space on this site and the quality far exceeds the Virtual Gallery Site.

This website allowed me to view my piece as intended in its long format.

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Because My final narrative is to be viewed in the intended strip with the black background I simply added some images from my achieves just to fill the walls and add more of a gallery effect. This website is ten times more user friendly then the last and you can get a good sense of what the work looks like in a white space. I’m attracted to the long, thin collection of images and when presenting them in this format adds value to the narrative because it pretty much makes the viewer follow the sequence from left to right.

NarrativeGallerySpace – PDF

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How To Present My Sequence Narrative.

From thinking about how I want my images to be displayed I have to think about how to order them, I don’t want my images to be underneath in rows, I’d like them to be in one straight line on a big black background layer. My images are 600×600, having this square format has allowed me to only have whats important in the shots and also I feel that square formats keep a clean and consistent format for a sequence.

Looking down my blog I feel that the image being on top of each other or having  row of 3 then another row of 3 underneath breaks up my narrative. I want a clear run through of what I have taken so running the image in a straight line is the best idea I feel.

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I think having the banner is more inviting to a gallery also, It’s crisp and clean to follow with no jumps or breaks with the links between the images.

I did some sums to make sure that I create a accurate background for my images to be layered onto, so my images are 600×600 square formate and there are twelve image. So I times 600 by 12 = 7200, I want inches so its 72; then I equal proportions either side and between the image with a rough guess, I made it 82 inches long. The depth was more simple, I wanted small space between the edge of the background and image, this didn’t have to be so accurate, I like a bit of space to play with. I made that measurement 8 inches.

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Then it came to making them equally spaced and even, a rather annoying and fidgety tasks.

Final Piece

First Image – I took an image of the sun in a clear sky and have to be honest it’s not what I want at all, it’s too simple, dull and there is no real aesthetic pleasure within the image so this made me understand that I needed some texture in the sky and therefore in the image.

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Much more atmospheric and pleasing to the eye than a image of the straight sun, the clouds add some tones and texture to the image but don’t take away the focal point of the Sun.

Second Image

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Third Image

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Fourth Image

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Fifth Image

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Sixth Image

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Seventh Image

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Eighth Image

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Ninth Image

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Tenth Image

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Eleventh Image

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Twelfth Image

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Building My Narrative

First Image – Light Source – The Sun.  I don’t really want this image to be a landscape or city scape, I think to get my messages across I need to keep this image as clear as possible, however I do feel that this may be too obvious but when I think about having more than just the Sun within my image I’m worried that the Sun will no longer be the focal point therefore taking away it’s importance and possibly clouding the rest of the narrative. So I am going to stay safe, to have a image of the Sun where it is undoubtedly the main focus of the image and allowing that impression of the light travelling through the lenses.

Second Image – Brownie Camera – Close up on view finder containing the first image. This is to be the first image which contains the previous, this will carry on until we reach the light source again. Also the first impression that there is more going on here than meets the eye, using my inspiration from Duane Michals this is the first step into travelling through the ages of the camera. I want this shot to be a close up of the viewfinder.

Third Image – Brownie Camera – Full Shot.  This is to contain the full body of the Brownie camera, probably the first strong sense of retracting distance through the first few images. This is the image which will be carried on into the next camera. Showing the full body of the camera allows the viewer to see the type of camera, specular on a era and get a sense of old technology.

Forth Image – Folding camera – Close up on view finder containing second image. Moving forward with the technology of cameras and into a folding cameras, the first jump between cameras with a clear advancement in technology. This once again is to be the establishing shot which concentrates on the previous image within the view finder and the first jump along the light beam.

Fifth Image – Folding Camera – Full Shot.  Full shot of the folding camera, the action of zooming out in this fashion is adding a steady movement to the narrative which will carry on till the end. These full shots describing the cameras don’t have to be from the back of the camera and same physicality that the close up shots are, they can be a descriptive image which shows the body of each camera and how they have developed over time.

Sixth Image – Twin Lens Reflex – Close up on view finder containing fifth image.  Moving on with the technology, this image introduces the Twin Lens Reflex camera, one of my favourite cameras. The Twin Lens has a great view finder to use for this project, a square format viewfinder on top of the camera. Once again this image will contain the previous image helping to create a link between the cameras and hopefully now beginning to show a mini calendar.

Seventh Image – Full Shot of Twin Lens Reflex. Full shot showing the advancement in technology, there is a repetition within the narrative now, the viewer hopefully seeing the pattern and begins to connect the dots about my statement and narrative. The calendar is gathering more body. May involve hands within this shot, somebody holding the camera, I have been thinking about the ways to present my cameras and don’t feel like they need to be alone within the image, I like the idea of them being in use.

Eighth Image – Close up on viewfinder of 35mm Film Camera containing seventh image. Again moving through the lenses of technology to land on the 35mm film camera,  we are now moving closer to the modern day cameras and now clearly see the advancement in camera technology. The only problem I worry about here is that the presence of my light source, I don’t want it to be forgotten about throughout this narrative. But hopefully when landing back on the light source at the end of the narrative will once again bring back the attention and importance of the source and round up the narrative.

Ninth Image – Full Shot of 35mm. A full shot of the 35mm camera in the same fashion as the previous full shots.

Tenth Image – Close up on view finder of DLSR. The last camera which will be used within my narrative, this modern DSLR camera is where we are up to in terms of technology, of course there are a lot more advance cameras then these however those advanced cameras are not easily accessible to the public, I’m concentrating on the technology which we can easily use and get our hands on, this is creating a relationship with the viewer about the technology they have experience in day to day lives.

Eleventh Image – Full shot of DSLR. This full shot is the last image involving a camera, I want this image to involve the final image in some way. Because most modern cameras now have a viewing screen on the back I could load my Light source image onto the camera and have it visible on the screen. Also having the 35mm in the view finder, hopefully rounding up my calendar of cameras and hinting towards the next frame.

Twelfth Image – Back to the Light Source. We are now back at the beginning of the sequence, the light source comes back into the narrative to create a circular motion, going back to this light source through old to new technology gives the light source weight in terms of its dominance and importance in advancing us as a race. Hopefully this reenforces the act of travelling through the cameras through a beam of light and that ‘light’ will constantly drive us forward.

The idea is that this circular narrative and statement can be added to over time to create a never ending calendar of our advancements in capturing light, this could actually end up being a educational and historical library of cameras through the ages.

http://popchartlab.com/products/a-visual-compendium-of-cameras

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