The task we were given last was to create an image, which was previously created by the selected famous photographers given. The image had to replicate the original as much as possible; we were only allowed to use a few adjustment tools such as the colour balance and basic cropping action. After viewing everybody’s work I was really impressed, I think it was a big improvement on the previous task, which was to take a portrait of a colleague in the class. I think everyone use the class reflection which helped them with this project. I found the class coming up with some brilliant creative ideas. After viewing everyone’s work, their were a few peoples work in the class which impressed me the most, one of them being Adams work. Adams work impressed me because the level of effort he put into his work, not only the effort but also the creativity was astonishing and on top of both the image he took was almost identical to the original by Hiroshi Sugimoto. Kate’s image also impressed me, although many might say that it was one of the easier images to replicate, you have to respect the fact that she got the shadow of the fork almost dead on, and at glass they really do look identical.
During the task I did find it quite hard to find an image which I had the resources to replicate. Most of the images were nude or impossible to replicate, due to the editing restrictions or location because they were taken so long ago.
The task we were given last week was to take a portrait of a fellow class member. The portrait had to not only tell us about the person’s characteristics but also had to tell us about the persons personality and they’re interest. After viewing everyone’s work I was impressed with the portraits on a photography level as in the proportions and clarity of the pictures but wasn’t too impressed with the thought that went into them. The positives were that most people in the class produced a picture with a basic meaning, meaning that there was a message behind each picture, most likely showing the persons primary hobby, which seemed to the most easiest way to portray someone through a portrait, this isn’t really a bad thing because it meets the brief requirements but I thought as digital media arts students I thought we could have been more creative with our photos. The negative side was that everyone’s photo seem to be similar and a bit cliché.
The portraits that stood out for me was the portrait of Huss taken by Adam, this particular piece of work grabbed my attention because of how different it was, not that it was a great photograph but the fact that it was so different to others my class has taken showed that a lot more thought had been put into the portrait. However I wasn’t quite sure of how Huss was meant to be portrayed because the face gesture suggested that he was angry which is totally the opposite to Huss’s light, fun and bubbly attitude. The fact that I was quite puzzled wasn’t a bad thing because it left me wondering on what the picture meant (even after I left the class room). Another Portrait that stood out for me was Raphael’s , the fact it was out of focus and conventional made me look twice.
During the task I did find it quite hard to generate ideas but after getting to know my colleague the ideas came flowing in. My portrait was quite disappointed, primarily because I don’t think the people in class my are able to get at what I was trying to go for without reading what I wrote about it, next time I shall make my intentions clearer through the photo being more blunts and obvious. In general I don’t think my ideas have grown much in terms of photography, nothing from the course has inspired me to try something new, maybe subconsciously but currently I think its fair to say am having difficulty developing my ideas. My progress on the course is going quite well, am dealing with most tasks quite comfortably, although the course does not explore the avenues I initially thought it would am still learning a lot more. Am disappointed that the course doesn’t have much graphic design elements, am also disappointed it doesn’t focus on any sort of on screen graphics except for Mondays class with Tahira. The course seems to be for photographers or art students and not ‘digital media’ students but either way I’m still learning, and this should enhance my overall practitioner skills.