Although these images are under exposed, they have a certain charm to them. The under exposure is only evident in the facial area which adds a certain mystery to the photographs overall.

The reason I’m putting this body of work in, is just to note the drastic necessity for the right type of lighting in a shoot. It can make or break the photographic work.

I’m also putting this in though because I like it, the colours of the clothing and the hair is bold and stands out but the facial features are hidden to the world. The viewer would never know what the person truly looks like. The surrealist element to the photographs adds to the overall effect, the fact that a viewer can only see the eyes and just the nostrils of the nose catches them off guard.

Although the shoot was intentionally under exposed, I never thought the colours would pop so much. I was delighted but taken aback by the outcome.

As much as I am surprised with the images, they still show the importance of the right lighting in a photograph. Who knows, if these were exposed correctly they may have been stunning.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

On Tuesday I went down to Dorset to photograph my first collection of my Novel PhotoBook potential series. I visited Corfe Castle, Poole Harbour and Swansea steam train station to photograph the settings in the book.

Now that I’ve photographed the settings I’m happy with the outcome, some of the images I took I’m really proud of. However, I have learnt a few things that If I carry it on I would change.

–          Find exact settings and spend all the time I need finding the perfect setting around the area

–          Try to make the photographs more like a document of what is there instead of interesting angles.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Now that I’ve finished the photographs I have created a PhotoBook online which is being printed and sent back to me. Once I have the finished product and have gotten feedback, I’ll know whether its something I want to continue or not.

Otherwise, really happy with the first try.

For a while now I have wanted to create a body of work which has meaning behind it. Finally, I have thought up something which has relevance to me as an individual.

A project idea I have is to visit the inspirations for places i have read about it books. I would then like to photograph these places and see how they compare in the real work to the imagery created for the reason in the novels. This to me is a perfect idea, it gives me opportunity to travel (which is my main aspiration as a photographer) and also gives me something to channel my personal work into.

My first collection will be based on Enid Blyton’s Famous Five books. As a child I loved the books and was read them as a toddler and began reading them myself when I could. I have very fond memories of the collection and had no idea the inspiration came from somewhere so close to me in Dorset. Over the next few days I plan to visit some of the places associated with various books and start this project.

The first set of photographs I make will be the most important collection I create; this will be because if I like the outcome and think the project works as an idea I will continue it on with other books and authors.

I have had this idea for quite a while now and so have decided that if I did go forward with the idea, I would present the collections as photo books entitled the same as the original novels.

I am very excited to get started.

My first source:

During my A levels I did a module on the Punk era. During this time I created some images which I was, and still am, really happy with.

Though Punk was the module for which I did this photo shoot, it was more something I did in response to the artist Richard Avedon. Avedon’s models were real working people (opposed to models acting the part). Therefore, in order to put these people at ease while photographing them he would take his set to their natural environment. However, this was not a part of his photographs directly. The photographs only show the person and the white backdrop in the frame, the way in which the images were achieved make for a much more relaxed and natural portrait to be taken.

Because of this I felt almost cheated. The viewer is being lured into a sense of the image being in a studio, when really this is just an assumption on the viewers part due to what is the norm.

As a response, I wanted to be honest with the viewer, let them know it was a set with a model, lights and a backdrop while also exposing the surrounding area.

After several attempts at placement of lighting I found the perfect composition. I am very proud of the light in these images; I think it creates a sense of warmth which keeps the anger in the frame. A cold setting would diffuse tension and lose the atmosphere. I also think the background with the bricks with the white backdrop makes for an interesting photograph. It makes the viewer consider the image as well as the realism being an image.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The images below are my photographs. After all the research into working with light I decided I would try to do something interesting with light that I hadn’t seen before. However, although the images are basic, the concept is the interesting part.

After looking at some of the light graffiti artists below I realised how hard it is to create something amazing using slow shutter speeds. However, I then looked into the work of Jeff Ascough and his natural light documentary wedding photographs I thought it would be interesting to combine the two ideas.

The images below are taken with lights within nature. I wanted to capture movement in the photographs and so asked someone to drive me though town while I took photos of the surrounding lights during the night. Most of the images are of traffic lights as we passed, some are of street lamps and there are a few of the moon.

Most of the images show a real sense of movement and I am happy with the outcome. However, the thing I’m most happy about is the way I’m thinking. Like I’ve said in previous posts, I want to take throughout and interesting/clever photographs. I think this series is the start of this thought process.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

So i am aware that this is the third example that i have noted which uses light painting in its technique. However, i think that although painting a picture with light is very difficult (for a good quality). This video pushes the genre of art to a whole new level.

The video features light painting all the way through and manages to create many affects within the painting. I do not know if these affect are added post production or if the artist has painted the feature to incorporate the affect… But either way it is very impressive.

A beautiful Mind is a brilliant psychological film (and book) which follows the life of a young mathematical genius named John Nash (Russell Crowe). At the start of the film Nash arrives at Princeton University as one of two winners of the prestigious Carnegie Prize for mathematics. Although Nash is promised a single room, his roommate Charles Herman arrives and soon becomes his best friend. Later in the film, Nash becomes a highly esteemed mathematist and code breaker and finds himself working as a spy. However, as the film develops, it becomes clear that Nash is schizophrenic and a number of things (including his life as a spy and his best friend Charles) are not real.

However, this is not a film review as such,  although it is by far one of the most moving and through provoking films i have ever seen. This post is to document some inspiration so to speak. While John Nash is attending Princeton University he says to some of his peers

‘”Classes will dull your mind, destroy the potential for authentic creativity.”’.

Because of this, Nash refuses to attend any classes until he has found, what he calls, his ‘Original Idea’.

 ‘” Find a truly original idea. It is the only way I will ever distinguish myself. It is the only way I will ever matter.”’

This original idea is exactly what I have been working on. Of course I do not expect to find this original idea right at the beginning of my photographic career – no matter what I am doing on a day to day basis. I believe that an original idea can only occur to an individual by being in the right place at the right time in order to see the inspiration for it – Much like in A Beautiful Mind -. If this moment passes and it is missed, the person will then have to wait for a new one to arise…

All quotes are from the film 

Mayumi Lake was borin is Osaka, Japan in 1966. She studied at the studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. She is also the recipient of a 2001 Art council artist fellowship grant.  

Mayumi Lake’s photographs depict phobias, myths and stereotypes of Asian women. Most of these women’s faces are darkened or are completely concealed from view; however the women often wear beautiful costumes which make the photographs so stunningly mysterious. This mystery is added to by Lakes use of a completely black backdrop with only a small amount of concentrated light on the models.

Lake’s work is particularly interesting to me because this type of photography is something I plan to pursue for a project of my own. I have been planning for a while to do a photographic shoot on tattoos. I have always planned to do this shoot with a limited amount of light so that only the tattoo and the body part it is on is showing. I also planned to entitle (or give a caption) the pieces which explains the individuals reasons for getting the tattoo and why it is where it is on the body.

This work would (in theory) be a lot like Lake’s ‘Aether’ not only in the ways described above but also in that the model’s faces wouldn’t be shown. This would be because i feel that showing too much would take away from the main feature.

I have not yet started this project, but once I have the knowledge where I feel I can do my idea justice I will start.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


Flickr Photos