Exercise – An Active Portrait Part Two
For Part two of this exercise, I found an interesting Bakery/Restaurant in Dorset.
After speaking to the baker he allowed me to take a number of images as he set about his work.
I have tried to capture his facial expressions as he makes the dough. What you can really see in his face is the passion that he has for his work and the satisfaction in his face when
the job was completed.
Image Seven – Black and White Conversion
And when it’s all over a nice cup of Tea !
I am now ready to move onto my first Assignment of this course- A Portrait
Whilst looking at magazine and newspapers for interesting portraits I saw a report that images by Cecil Beaton were to go on display.
I decided to take a closer look at him and to see why he is described as having a major influence on a number of photographers including David Bailey.
He was employed by Vogue and Vanity Fair.
Two things that must have been interesting for him, taking pictures of the Royal Family and his work for the Government. He was asked to document images from the war.
I looked at a few of the images that he had taken
The first image that I chose was the lady welder, carrying her welding/cutting gear, what a powerful image this is, what appears to be a ship yard behind her. She stands next to the heavy metal door with the large bolt , the rivets standing out on the left and forming a nice line.
Although she is wearing overalls and is wearing a welders hat there is a nice contrast with the silk looking scarf. What appear to be railway lines lead you into the image.
I liked the second image as it shows what could be described as an intimate moment between the soldiers. The smoke rises through the centre of the image.
The third image is also a very powerful one. The statue, apparently undamaged, is surrounded by debris from what must have been an explosion.
Again smoke rises throughout the image.
Three very strong images, there were many to choose from.
Exercise – An Active Portrait
This exercise reminded me of some images I took in the middle of the night prior the the Wedding Of Catherine and Prince William. I was working and got chatting to a News reporter and his Reuters cameraman.
I walked around with them for a bit and took a number of images as they interviewed some of the people that were preparing to spend another night sleeping on the pavement.
They just carried on as they had a job to do. No plan on my part , just capture them as they carried on working.
There are three main things that I like with this image
- The look of concentration on the face of the cameraman
- The reporter listening intently
- The guy lying down getting his point across
A close up shot of the cameraman
A further view of the reporter asking questions.
An close up shot of them both reviewing the nights work.
I liked capturing these guys in action