Exercise 5.1 Illusion of photography – background tests and research

13th June 2020 I actually found the title and the brief confusing. Photography is always an illusion, so which way should I travel to complete this exercise? What are we actually being asked to produce? Examples of illusion photography: Post-processingForced perspective or perspective distortionsFormDouble exposureTiny planetUse of lines Camera placement EG tiltingPhoto sequences Common subjects... Continue Reading →

Exercise 4.6 Photomontage in Photoshop – background tests and research

2nd May 2020 For this exercise we are able to use images that we have already taken to create our own photomontages in Photoshop. Where does one start when you have such a mixture of photographs in your catalogue? Which theme? Do you use photographs that have a dynamic or eye-catching image? An image that... Continue Reading →

Truth: Larry Clark – Tulsa

I bought this book in response to a post I have written about Nan Goldin and her work 'The Ballad of Sexual dependency.' While researching I found that Goldin's biggest influence was the work 'Tulsa' by Larry clark, she stated in an interview, “Larry Clark’s book that was published in the 70’s called ‘Tulsa’ and,... Continue Reading →

Exercise 3.10 A formal portrait – background tests

28th January 2020 How would you make a formal portrait of someone, that tells the viewer about that person's character, life and interests but remains subtle and restrained?OCA Foundations in Photography Course Folder pg 116 To begin my research on formal portraiture I performed a google image search. I was questioning the difference between how... Continue Reading →

Exercise 3.8 Re-photographing

21st January 2020 Sometimes re-photographing a photograph or collection of images can help different elements in a composition to gel into the same visual 'space'.OCA Foundations in Photography Course Folder pg112 For this exercise we were asked to take a portrait photograph of head and shoulders of a person we know and print it out.... Continue Reading →

Truth: Nan Goldin – The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

13th January 2019 In this assignment I saw a division between ‘photographic truth’ and ‘photographic fiction’ within self-portraiture. With this in mind I recommend you look into the following artists: ‘Truth’: Nan Goldin – The Ballad of Sexual Dependency – not all self-portraits in the literal sense but does include some plus the work as a... Continue Reading →

Exercise 3.6 Mixing genres – background tests

17th January 2020 Pre-planning landscape-portrait-still lifeChoose a subject that you would like to photograph. Take this subject and add to it elements of other genres.OCA Foundations in Photography Course Folder pg110 I am quite confused with the wording of this exercise, coupled with the image in the course folder and then on further research, confused... Continue Reading →

Thomas Struth

11th January 2020 Before you start, research Thomas Struth's portraits on the Tate website.OCA Foundations in Photography course folder pg116 The Smith Family, Fife, Scotland 1989 1989 Thomas Struth born 1954 Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1995 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P77750 This is an extract of the accompanying text on the Tates website:... Continue Reading →

Jane Taylor Interiors

10th January 2020 Exercise 3.9 A Significant place looks at places of special meaning. In the introduction to this exercise, page 115 in the course folder has a photograph by OCA tutor Jayne Taylor titled 'Interiors 2.' On looking up Taylor I came across her website and was very impressed with how she captured the... Continue Reading →

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