50 Photos

Brief

One of my favourite all time university projects. This brief was divided into two parts that would get us to develop our conceptual thinking and to learn new skills in film photography. Part I was to take 50 colour landscape photographs with a film camera using the subject titles given - and they were not to be edited. Some subjects including 'clumsy', 'Sometimes', 'Black and White', and 'Elevation'. Part II was simply: 'do something with them'.

Development

Part I First I made a list of photographs I wanted to take for each subject. Then, I went for several walks around the city, with all these words/subject titles racing through my mind. I would look at something and think "Could that be 'Getting Narrower'...It could look like 'Belonging to a particular area'...Ooo, that is very much 'A Source of Danger'....hey that could be 'Author Unknown'.." etc. This kind of word association has now become part of my personal creative process. Secondary research from photography books and articles were collected to help me along the way with skills. Part II I had many ideas for developing these photographs, the closest to the one I chose was to illustrate on top of them turning them into the opposite subject matter. However, a better Idea came to mind - a deck of cards. I researched into rankings and the symbolism behind 'Ace', 'Spades', 'Clubs' & 'Diamonds' and realised they too could be ranked.

Outcome

Part I Some photographs intended for a subject came out differently and suited another - or I reshot to suit another. I have learnt new skills in film photography and can't wait to continue working with it! (Some of my favourite photographs are above, however you can see all 50 in the slider below.) Part II The photos were ranked by 75% subject matter and 25% how the image reflects the subject matter. So for example, 'Commotion' would score a 2, however the photograph reflected it quite well so scored an overall ranking of 3. 'An Object of Wonder' scored for an overall ranking of Ace. I tried to keep the ranking as objective as possible by asking lots of people for their opinions.