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Portfolio - WK 6 Contextualise and Presentation Questions

Its week 6 and my purpose for doing this project remains the same.  That is to produce beautiful portraits of family and friends.  Throughout this whole process the thing i wanted to emphasis was that my portraits remained true to the subject.  Ultimately I want my subjects to see the beauty that i see in them.  Coming from a culture, maybe even a generation of people which down plays personal successes and self validation.  Being a New Zealand born Samoan there's a heck of a lot of influences which have moulded these ideas.  On top of all that as a youth worker one of the saddest things to see is young people who simply cannot see how beautiful and talented they are.  I guess in some way this is my way of giving those i love an opportunity to affirm themselves.

What is your project about?
This particular grouping of portraits i chose as my final images represent three families, from three ethnic backgrounds.  They are all connected under the umbrella of a blended family.  For this…

Digital Technology 2 - Wk 3 Exercise: Richard Mosse Interview

Richard Mosse is a photographer filmmaker who focuses on war-torn regions.  He captures images of the landscapes and people who live within these regions.  Our task was to watch his interview and answer the following questions.  Here is a link to the Richard Mosse interviewon youtube.  


History of war photographyFine art, documentary, photojournalism genresPhotos of Eastern Congo, people and tribes in conflictHistorical framework (war of Eastern Congo)
What genre does Richard Mosse's The Enclave fit into? Documentary, War and contemporary fine Art
What is the history that relates to this project?
Enclave = Eastern Congo on the boarder of Rwanda and Uganda.  In the mid 90's the Rwanda genocide happened, the tribes who commited the genocide fled west into Congo.  This whole group has destablized East Congo.
Is there anything in his own history that influences this work?
Since his early 20s he had been visiting spots like the Enclave.  Referring to this as his art practise.  He was…

Digital Technology 2 - Wk 3 Contextualise a photograph by someone else

Who took the photo and Why?
The photographer is Reg Graham (1930-2007), this photo is part of a project he began in 1993.  His work consists of portraits of New Zealanders in the arts predominately.
What is his ethnicity and does this influence the work?
He is European.  I'm not sure if this influenced his work but the majority of his subjects are of European descent.
When and where did they take this photo?
This photo was taken in Graham Billing's hotel balcony in 1998
What are his political beliefs and are these relevant to the work?
I could not find anything regarding his political beliefs however he was a passionate supporter of the arts which suffered a lot of funding issues for people and organisations in the arts.  He photographed shows and did publicity photographs for theatres.
What was his social status and background and how does this relate to his subject matter?
Reg Graham spent most of his life in education.  He taught in schools and colleges of education.
In what dec…

Wk 6 - Portfolio presentation the saga continues

KILL me NOW!!!.... times ticking and i'm still trying to figure out my portfolio final edits.  This week i decided to cancel any further photo shoots i had in mind (i had about five people lined up!).  I have a good body of portraits to work with, so now its just a matter of what's going to go up and whats not.

After going to the wall and seeing the possibilities, I've been milling over whether i want to present six photos or more.  Money is the main player in this game so i have to be very considered as to what i want to do.  The last thing i want is to produce work that looks and feels unfinished or lacking in something.  I remember seeing the work from last semester and being really inspired to produce a solid body of work.  At the end of the day, i want to be proud of the work i do and i want people to see the effort that I've gone through to present it.  It's not just a tribute to me but to all those who have participated in this project with me.

Below are my …

Wk 5 - Portfolio

I've been asked to consider how i would like to present my portfolio.  If i had the time and finances i would present my final work as an A3 embossed book.  The reason for this is because my photos are personal pieces.  I think that having the photos in a book provides a sense of intimacy and personalize each portrait.  The book requires the viewer to get up close to the portraits; while also giving them the opportunity to reflect over the images at their own pace.

Framing was another option.  I really liked how Allan McDonald's photo were framed.  The framing allowed people to get close up to the works, it was consistent and reinforced the lines which appeared throughout the photos.

Research:
Cost of printing at MIT ranges from $60 - 1 metre of double weight matte, glossy or photo paper or $100 - 1m for Hammulher paper (Fine Art print paper)Binders - University Binders Cost for binding is about $66 however as i was binding under 10 prints they were not that keen to take it on. …

Aaron K

Aaron K - Commercial fashion photographer

Research:
Aaron K is an advocate for photographers to maintain copyright of their images.  As executive director of AIPA he shared some important information regarding our rights and various resources we can access to ensure that we retain control over how and where our images used.  Here is a link to the AIPA website.

Cecilia and I put together an invoice for a job we did photography food for MIT School of hospitality.  Prior to the job, we did not get any formal agreement on paper, which Aaron say's should be the first port of call.  This job was done before our meeting with Aaron K, so the invoice was just an indication of what we did and what the school had offered us.

I think that as a student having these precautionary measures outlined early on will ensure that you are not taken advantage of or that your work is not used in ways which may compromise your values or ethics.

Experimentation:
In terms of my portfolio, i really liked Aaron…

Portfolio Wk 6 - presentation ideas

My plan for printing this week has been halted because i have two options in mind.  Last week i was really pushing to get some tests prints done so that i could make a decision on which paper to print on.  The four images i chose were ones that i thought signified the vision of my work.  This is to produce images which showed the nature of my subjects.  An embodiment of their personality, from my perspective.  These four images were strong edits i thought, and captured a side to my subjects well, these came out of a natural flow and connection in the studio.  In terms of paper i have chosen the Hammulher paper, mainly because i like the warm tones that it gives to the black and white images.  I also like the defined details in the textures which elevate the photos when they're viewed up close.  The test printing was valuable because i was able to see the images on the prints, which gives me a better perspective as to how the work will be viewed close up.

I got on the buzz of prese…

Allan McDonald and Contextualisation

McDonald is interested in the role of photography as an archival tool, and believes it is important for photographers to chronicle their specific time and place. This idea "goes back to photographers like Eugene Atget, a Parisian photographer of the late 19th and early 20th century. He was the model of a particular type of photographer who records and documents things about to disappear because of the forces of change. I align myself with that role and feel a part of that tradition."
From the article A cry for protection from The NZ Herald.

Allan McDonald Talk
Genre: Documentary photography, Street photography and Fine Art.
Ideas which are present in his works:
The Unstable City -

The theme of these works came out of the Christchurch earthquakes and the issues which arose during 2010 and 2011.  His aim is to document or shoot images which are quite historic.  Using this as narratives to develop thinking about what may have been or is to come  The freedom farmers show / Relocati…

Portfolio Choosing the images - Wk 4

Wk 4 Sara Orme Response

Sara Orme
Commercial photographer
Photography influences - Art history referencing paintings
Passion for sociology, documenting and narratives
Always looking for the unconventional

Advice
Don't be complacentCollaborate (learning and working with others)Never let gear stop you from moving forwardThink about your concepts (reference to history, classical paintings or portraits etc...)Challenge yourself and your subjects (push out of the comfort zone)You're the boss, its your vision take ownership of your shootsBe aware with whats happening in the worldTry to stay relevant, keep reinventing How Sara's advice relates to my photography The thing that really struck a chord in me is her commitment to challenge herself.  I really admire her commitment to understanding what's going on around her.  Especially as she works within an ever changing environment (fashion photography).  From my end what i would practise is to reflect as much of my subject as i can.  Not get to comforta…

Portfolio Wk 3 Photo shoots

Digital Technology 2 - Wk 3: Questions for Portfolio project

What were you thinking about when you made this work?
I wanted to challenge myself and do something that would involve people.  I thought about how these images would be received by those i photographed, and i wanted to produce images which they would not commonly have in their homes; but most importantly images which they would appreciate and be proud of.

I chose black and white photos because there's a quality and skill to producing really beautiful black and white photos which i wanted to try.  I also like the idea of neutralizing the images so that the subjects consume or own every part of the photo.

What was going on in the world and did any of these events influence your thinking at the time?
A common theme in the media is poverty, especially in South Auckland.  I feel for all those out there struggling to make ends meet.  I'm so thankful for the sacrifices my mom went through to invest in our lives.  My sisters and i are so lucky and thankful for everything shes done fo…

Portfolio Wk 3

There has been so much to consider in regards to my portfolio.  Although i am focusing on individual photos, i am also practicing group portraits.

Last week i did my first photo shoot with my model, which was exciting and daunting.  Thank goodness my model is my sister!!  During the shoot i gave my model alot of direction which seemed very foreign to my model who commented on how awkward the poses felt.  The main poses that i suggested was to sit up straight, pull her head right up and bring her chin forward.  This is a high angle shot where i used Rembrandt lighting.  This was achieved using the back light with a honeycone snoot.  This is a great angle for her, you can see the contours of her cheeks which is emphasized by the high angle and the shadow which has been cast by her nose.  Her pose gives a sense of strength with a coyness that is seen in her eyes.


This is my favourite photo, it captures her personality and playfulness .  My model is relaxed with me, she is framed well wit…