Assignment 2 – Revised.
After looking at my feedback for the first images I sent in for this assignment was not really happy with the results. My tutor suggested that I dont just look at the assignments as pieces of work that I have to complete but take a wider view use them as a starting point to a piece of work.
So I decided that I would look at another activity to see if I could capture a set of images that would show to the viewer, not just the activity but the activity as a whole.
In effect I wanted to show a story from start to finish. The meeting up, the equipment used and in action. One shot of the kit in use and what happens after.
I remembered on a previous trip to London that guys use a section of the Southbank to skateboard, I thought that it would be interesting to have a chat with them and see what they did.
I met a guy called Josh Ward-Bricket, from a company called Skates and ladders. He is a private skateboard and snowboard instructor from Hertfordshire. After chatting to him I managed to capture a few images of him at work.
Image One set the scene for the day. The location to me is just as important as the event. The brightly coloured walls covered in street art can mean many things to different people, urban decline , danger and menace to some or to many others a place where people can enjoy themselves.
The guys talking, I have used a pillar-box style here as I think it shows the line that the guys form against the back wall.
This is Josh Ward-Bricket a very nice guy and a skate-boarding instructor. (WWW.SKATESANDLADDERS.COM)
The trusty skateboard, rucksack jackets and hoodies that seemed to be the unofficial uniform of the skaters. All necessary as they did have a lot of spare parts, tools and other things with them.
I thought that this shot was interesting. The lads told me that the wheels and “Trucks” where both expensive and prone to damage, as you can see above.
Ready for the jump, Josh sets off at a great pace using one leg to push them along. The correct term is pumping I was told!!. They head for sets of steps or other ramps and fly into the air at great speed. It’s not something I would do.
Josh in the air, I converted this image to black and white after I had decided to shoot into the light to give a silhouette effect.
It’s now down to the landing and the pickup.
Most of the time they stayed on the boards, sometimes they took a tumble, it seemed to be all part of the fun. They either stood on the end of the board and just flicked them up or grabbed hold of them. Nobody seemed to care if they fell or not.
I had an interesting morning with Josh and his friends. If I had done this for my first project I probably would have made the same the same mistake as I did with the paragliders , too many shots of them flying. So as you can see above I only chose one shot of Josh flying and he is in shadow.
If he wanted a publicity shot then it would have been better to show his face. But taken as it is we can concentrate on the action and not his face.
I will inform my tutor that I have revisited this assignment and will see what he thinks.
These prints, although covering an activity, differ from my first submission as I think they give a more personal view rather that a technical one. On reflection there were just too many shots of the first guys in the air. Taking the images was a lot harder due the the way that the guys flew around and maybe this was the reason I think that I failed to submit images that told a complete story. I was too busy trying hard to get the shots and not thinking of the end results.
A great technical shot may not be what the customer wants to see. There has to be some form of personal interest.