Project- A comfortable Situation
This was an interesting topic that I would have to complete for part two of the course. The notes from the curse binder state that you are firstly asked to take images in a portrait situation where you and the subject are comfortable with each others company. The sessions would be planned so in theory easier for both the photographer and model.
We would now be asked to take a series of images in a public place where there were a lot of people and activities taking place.
I saw an article in the latest Nikon Pro Magazine which dealt with a similar situation.
A photographer was taking a series of Black and white images in Switzerland in order to complete a piece of work on the banking industry. Due to the problems that he may have face with the secrecy that may be involved in this particular type of industry he decided to use a large camera with a big lens. This would mean that people would see him taking the images and could object if they wished to.
I decided to set off to London to see if I could take a series of images in the street. In the end, due to very heavy rain I ended up at London Victoria Station. I arrived after the rush hour so that the concourse was not too busy. This was for two reasons. Firstly I could see my subjects and secondly they could see me.
I also had a handy lens cloth with me on the off-chance that I would run into a Police Officer.
I thought that this situation would present me with a few more problems as most traveller do not expect to be having their photographs take.
I followed this guy around for a bit as he delivered his containers, I liked the expression on his face.
This gent was collecting for charity and had stopped for a few seconds to take a sip of tea. I also like the detail in the image:
- The lady on the phone.
- The guy yawning on the right.
This elderly man was sitting waiting for what? He was very smartly dressed. You can also see who we have come to rely on mobile phones and how people of all ages are using them.
I liked the colours in this picture. The lady member of staff was rushing to my right with a bunch of flowers.
I was watching this bench for some time. There was the guy in the middle eating. Then at the same time the guys on his left and right looked down. I also have people entering and leaving the shot with cases on wheels.
To what extent did I capture the images I wanted?
Well for images 1 and 5 I had to wait some time to get either the facial expression or the composition I wanted. Standing in the centre of the concourse with a camera to your eye is not easy. I was asked by a couple of people what I was taking pictures for. Strangely not by the subjects but by others. I showed them my student card and they seemed happy.
I think that I will try another London scene in the next week to see how I manage. Would there be a difference between an area with a lot of tourists or workers?