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Year 12 photography week 1

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Year 12 photography week 1

  1. 1. Due to our new circumstance it is to challenging to continue with our current topic without the photographic facilities we could provide you with at school (the work you have done so far should be completed and will be marked as part of your threshold grade). There is still lots you can practice and learn at home exploring photographers and then practicing and exploring the different settings, compositions and lighting needed to take effective photographs. This new part of the project will also be marked and should hopefully build on new skills for your year 13 project. We will set you a different task each week considering different types of photographic skills using photographers and inspirations for the shoots you will complete. The plan will be that you will create power point documents of your photographic studies, contact sheets and enlargements and submit these to us at the start of each week to mark and guide you with (like we would have done at school)
  2. 2. Paul Graham (born 1956) is an English fine-art and documentary photographer whose work has been exhibited, published and collected internationally. The subjects of Graham’s Television Portraits all look away from the camera, their gaze focused on the television outside the picture frame, and their bodies in a passive state of watching. At ease in the environment of their own homes, they appear relaxed and unselfconscious. Graham uses photography as a means to explore, literally and metaphorically, the ways in which societies mask or conceal their historical wounds. With his Television Portraits, he has discovered a means of eliminating much of the masking conventional to portraiture. This has resulted in images which reveal aspects of people not normally on public view.).
  3. 3. Describe • To what extent has the subject matter been stylised? Has it been set up? • How has lighting affected the photo? • What can you say about the depth of field? • Is the focus sharp or unusual in some way? • How is the distance organised? Close/Medium/far? Foreground/ background? • What has been included and what has been excluded from the frame? • How is the picture composed in terms of blocks of colour? • Are main lines in the picture vertical, diagonal or horizontal? • How much of the picture is filled with people or objects? How much his empty? • Describe the use of colour. For example, is the colour exaggerated or does it closely resemble the colours of the actual subject? • Describe how colour is used to convey mood and atmosphere. For example, describe the use of complimentary colours, hot and cold colours etc. • Describe the composition. For example, are there dramatic angles, is it made up of horizontal or vertical shapes, is the subject being viewed from above, below, eye level?
  4. 4. Evaluate  Describe the subject matter of the photograph and ask yourself “What is the artist trying to communicate?”  Describe the mood and atmosphere of the photograph.  What feelings and emotions does it convey? For example, is it about joy, melancholy, passion, horror, anger, intimacy etc.?  What ideas and thoughts does it explore? For example, is it about politics, class, nature, gender, society, consumerism etc.?  Or is the subject matter of the artwork the artwork itself? For example, is it just about line, colour, composition, texture, mark making, shape etc.  How successful do you think this image is? Do you like or dislike it? Why?  Do you think the image is effective at communicating a message? What does it tell you?  Do you think the image is well made? Does it look skilful?  What are the strengths and weaknesses of the image? How would you improve it?
  5. 5. Analyse • Discuss the biographical details and historical context of the artist. For example, outline the development of the artist’s personal life including birth, marriage, death etc. and describe what events were unfolding at the time, such as war, industrialisation, unemployment etc. Discuss the effect these factors had on their work. • Discuss the influence other art had on the artist’s career? In what ways did their work differ from what had gone before? • What art movements were the artists associated with? What were the aims of the movement? How did their work develop throughout their life? What artists did they influence? • Quote the artist’s comments on their own work and the work of others. • Quote other artists’/writers’ comments about the artist’s work.
  6. 6. Link • Describe why you have chosen this particular photographer. What do you like about their work? How the subject and style compare with your own work? • What would you like to learn from studying the photographer?
  7. 7. 1. Create a Powerpoint and call it ‘Photography Influences and Skills (add your name)’ 2. Complete Powerpoint slides on the Photographer Paul Graham focusing on his series ‘Television’ You will have to explore a range of websites to get information on this Photographer but remember your descriptions and opinions are key to getting a good mark for this. You must explain how you will use his work to take your own shoot! Please use the support sheets you have at the back of your sketchbooks (remember it is useful to evaluate a specific photograph in depth and detail). You can also use the ‘Deal With It’ slides on this powerpoint to support you with your analysis. 3. Take a shoot exploring Graham’s ‘Television series’ make sure you consider composition and lighting to create quality images. Present this on a series of power point slides including contact sheets with analysis and at least three enlargements (if you have facilities these could be edited a little on photoshop (no worries if not though).

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