Unit 31 Introduction and Intent

In this blog post, we look at my initial ideas paired with the original statement of intent for Unit 31 Specialist Location Photography. This brief we had to fully document our ideas for what we would shoot and where our research should be focussed. I started by breaking the categories up and writing bullet points for each one.

  • Advertising Photography on the theme of Britain Today. Could be about the modern day development in smaller towns (For example Northwich Town Centre Development). Or larger scale developments in cities
  • Fashion Photography on the theme of Britain today, could be about the modern day trends, the diversity of clothing worn today, Indie fashion brands trying to break out in the cities of Britain and Citizens of Britain trying to break out of the standard fashion response.
  • Social Photography on the theme of Britain today, could be about the modern day party compared to the traditional party and how it has changed, conventions and how they change hobbies today, the impact of social media at events
  • Industrial/Commercial Photography on the theme of Britain today, shooting images about climate change and impacting the local environment (flood control in Northwich), taking images of abandoned buildings (possible redevelopment areas), the level of quality maintained at local chemical plant or the increasing traffic issue. Or the problems with building on floodplains.
  • Documentary Photography on the theme of Britain today, could be about the impact of social media causing isolation in personal life and wider communities, break out of the standard fashion response.
  • Architectural Photography on the theme of Britain today, could be about the development in styles of buildings, how areas have changed and how cities have grown with the rising population. Or the problems with building on floodplains.

For the statement I first introduced the area’s of location photography I would be focussing on and provided a little background research on each type.

Street Photography can also be seen as a type of documentary photography (or social documentary), as it features the “human condition” (human condition can be defined as the characteristics, key events and situations which composes the essentials of human existence (such as birth, growth, emotionality, aspiration, conflict and morality)) within a public place.

  • Street Photography can focus on human emotions displayed; this can allow us to look back at recorded history to gain a sense of emotion from a point in time. This means framing and timing can be key in certain aspects of capturing a street photograph. Therefore street photographers document people, and their behaviour in public places. This can be used to document life for history or for art.

Documentary Photography is used chronicle events both significant and historical events and the everyday life of that period. Therefore, documentary photography is photographing anything, for the purpose of and their behaviour in public places. This can be used to document life for history or for at.

Photojournalism is a type of photography and a type of journalism combined to tell a news story. Photojournalism is very similar to types of documentary photography, but is distinguished by complying with an ethical framework, which requires work to be both honest and unbiased whilst telling the story.

Equipment:

The equipment used within all three of these types of photography can range from what camera you use to if you forgo the use of bringing a tripod. Nowadays you have to main choices for your camera on the street digital or traditional film. Some photographers still shoot on film because the cameras are compact and blend into the scene (This is however impractical for a photojournalist who want there out there as quickly as possible for news publications). Where as digital cameras only in the recent years have been able to fit a full frame digital sensor into a relatively small-bodied camera (Digital cameras are now able to communicate with internet connected devices allowing photographers to publish their work quicker and are sometimes fitted with GPS to document the location of the photograph). Some photographers prefer to move around the subject un-noticed allowing them to achieve photographs that don’t look staged and purely natural (This can be done in Street Photography and Documentary for the purposes of art but is going against the ethics and code of Photojournalism).

What’s the Difference? (Documentary, Photojournalism and Street Photography)

Street Photography and documentary photography have both been compared but many people question whether or not they are same. Most definitions of Street Photography run along the lines “is a type of documentary photography” or “can be seen as a type of documentary photography”. They can be very similar genres of photography that often overlap whilst having distinct qualities. Documentary photography is defined by the images taken by the photographer chronicling the event.

If we then summarise documentary photography to chronicling events to be looked for historical purposes, where does this leave photojournalism? Photojournalism is concerned with breaking news and getting people to see the news rather than just hearing about it, whist documentary photography generally relates to a longer term project with a more complex subject matter.

Statement:
For this brief I would like to shoot a series of images in Manchester. Recent years have shown that Manchester is the “powerhouse of the north”, London maybe the capital of England. Manchester today is beginning to rival London with an equally diverse culture (albeit on a smaller scale).

Photographing the people of Manchester and the fashion that they wear and photographing the modern architecture of Manchester. I believe that this would fit the theme of Britain today. I would like to have at least 5 to 10 images documenting my exploration of Manchester.

References:

http://street-photography-manifesto.tumblr.com/post/24670707296/essay-why-street-photography-is-not-documentary

http://photojournalistjournal.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/what-is-difference-between-street-and.html

http://photo.net/street-documentary-photography-forum/009NK1

http://niemanreports.org/articles/photojournalism-and-documentary-photography/

Update:

This unit will have an extension to it due to issues with completing the assignment. But the first part of the assignment will be posted then the extension will be added later. These posts might be inconsistent as I am currently working on my Final Major Project, but I do want to start the posts soon!

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