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…
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…