Events

For this assignment we were asked to photograph an event. We were told to choose two picture’s, one that represents what is happening at the event, and one that represents what it means to us.

I chose to cover a club night I run in Leeds. Iv been hosting the night monthly at Wire night club since February and have had various dj’s coming from all over the country to play at the event.

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This image I feel best describes what’ happening. The photograph is of dj / producer LKID playing to the crowd. The night is all about good music therefore I feel this image best signifies the mood of the event.

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To me this image signifies having a good time with your friends as overall that is what the nights about. As well as this it signifies us promoting are events company as the t-shirts being worn in this picture are from the clothing line we have recently tied in with are business.

Bounce Flash

For this assignment we were asked to take a photograph of something in are room using a bounce flash, the subject of the photograph was to be something that tells the viewer something about us.

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As you can see I bounced the flash from the ceiling in order to capture the subject with out creating a shadow.

I chose to photograph my BMX as I think it portrays me as an active person. I have ridden this bike for years and although I don’t  jump it half as much as I used to, I still love using it to get around on. Especially in the city. I think there’s something so satisfying about bombing past traffic in rush hour on a bike, and getting to wherever your going quicker than those people sat impatiently beeping their horns whilst waiting for the lights to change.

Portrait Assignment

For this task we were asked to take two portrait photographs, one of some one we know and one of some one we don’t. The aim was to capture them in the same visual style and then describe what are image say about these people.

Here are my Images.

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This first photograph was of someone I don’t know, his facial expression is stern portraying him as possibly quite a serious person. In the background you can see buildings at the university campus, suggesting he’s  a student at Leeds met.

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This portrait is on someone I know, In this image Barney has a slight smile suggesting a more joyful nature. Again you can see the university campus in the background, representing him as another student at Leeds met.

These photographs were taken in exactly the same style with the only difference being the subject and the facial expression they chose to represent themselves.

 

Semiotics 2

For this assignment we were asked to chose one of are own photographs and answer the following questions.

This is the photograph I chose

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Identify the signifiers in this picture?

The signifiers in this picture are the building its self, the decrepit state of the building and the overgrown shrubbery that surround it.

What do they signify?

They signify abandonment and decay.

What does the signifier and it’s signified form?

They for a representation of a place forgotten by the community in which it sits, left to over grow and decay, a waste of space that is no longer needed by the people who created it.

How do the signs in this picture combine to form a message?

This image is of an old metal merchants and the land that surrounds it is an old industrial site with many other buildings similar to this one, left out of use to decay. How apparent the message is from this image alone I’m not sure but I took this photograph as part of a larger piece I did on industrial abandonment and decay.

For me both when taking the series of photographs and when looking at them, the message I was trying to portray still stands. With the recession are country had found its self in still being a fairly fresh topic when these picture were taken. It was apparent to be that many of the things the country now needed we had either sold, abandoned or discarded. In a country that now has so few exports and so many imports. In January 2004 a trading economic report showed that exports of goods and services only equated to 25.47 % of the countries GDP. How could the country expect to have stayed afloat when it produces so little to be sold overseas.

The message I was aiming to portray through not only this image but through the series of images I had taken, was that maybe in hindsight the things we abandoned and left to rot, were exactly what we needed.

 

News Photography

For this assignment we were asked to look at two news stories with two different types of coverage and assess how they differ.

The two stories I have chosen are about 3 UK soldiers that were recently killed in an armoured vehicle by a road side bomb in Afghanistan. One of these articles is form the Telegraph and the other is from BBC news.

Photograph from The Telegraphs article.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/10029962/David-Cameron-we-will-look-at-armoured-vehicles-after-Afghanistan-deaths.html

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Photograph from the BBC news article.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22376266

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Both these stories cover the same incident however the Telegraph article puts its main focus on David Cameron with no mention of the men who were killed or their positions in the military.

The article written by the BBC news focuses more on the men that were killed, their loved ones and the sacrifice they made for their country.

Both the addresser and the addressee are extremely different for these two texts.

The Telegraph

Here the addresser take’s a political standing on the coverage of this article. Basing the piece around David Cameron looking into the safety of the armoured vehicle the soldiers were in. The article quotes spokesmen, Nick Clegg and David Cameron suggesting a political incite into the matter in hand. This in turn suggests the addressee is likely to have an opinion on political agendas, and if they don’t one is likely to be created through reading this article.

For example why is David Cameron looking into the £1 million pound vehicle these three men died in. This heavily armoured vehicle that is said to be most resilient to road side bombs and favoured by soldier’s as the safest option.

Maybe David Cameron is looking to make cut backs to the M.O.D’s budget. After this incident he may decide these vehicles don’t properly do their job, and are therefore are no longer a necessity. This is simply an Idea raised from the kind of questions bought up by the political standing of this article.

The BBC

This article is written more for the common reader with its basis being more on what happened and the soldiers that were lost. The article puts the addressee in a position of pity and draws a negative conclusion on the war in Afghanistan the natural political position of the addresser tells us about the institution from which the article came. With the BBC being paid for and created for the people it can often be seen to cover articles in the ways we what to read them. For example the article focuses on the knock on effect of losing a loved one for the soldiers families and partners. With a quote from a soldiers wife on how devastated she is to have lost him. This article over all portrays a negative view on the war, an opinion that seems to be shared by the majority. It is clear that this article was written by the addresser with this in mind.

Reflection

This article has helped me look deeper in to news article and the institutions they come from. It has also helped be look deeper in to the standing point of the addresser and the addressee, how articles can be written to incite a feeling or provoke an idea. As well as this it has helped me to understand why the addresser might take a certain position when creating a text, what might be their agenda or goal for the piece they have created.

Travle

For this assignment we were asked to take a bus or a train to a place we haven’t been before, with me being me I didn’t do this. Instead I took a train to Manchester a city I know reasonably well and then a bus from Oxford Road to Fallowfield to meet a friend I was going out with latter that night. I arrived In Manchester relatively early giving me most of the day to wander the city with my camera before moving on to Fallowfield. I took numerous Photographs of the city from various viewpoints such as platform 13 at Piccadilly Station, the top floor of the multi-storey car park in the northern quarter, and various street corners. I tried to take photographs of sights I had previously seen in the city and thought would make a good photograph.

Platform 13

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Buildings outside the station

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Piccadilly Gardens

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Sculpture In The Northern Quarter

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Views From the Top floor Car park

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The Palace theatre on Oxford Road

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This Photo shoot became split in to two parts as I continued to take photographs on the bus to Fallowfield, by this time it had gone dark allowing me to capture the city in a new light.

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On The Bus

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As I took pictures through the window of the bus I noticed I could also capture the reflection of the other side of the road and the people behind me, adding a surrealist aspect to my Images.

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This Image of a musician crossing the road with his guitar on his back is my favourite picture from the shoot. I’m unsure why, it just seems to appeal to me.

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After Looking back across these picture I felt the night time images, especially those taken on the bus, better portrayed the madness the city. I then took 3 of these images and enhanced their surrealism using various Photoshop techniques.

Here are my edited images.

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Reflection

Over all I think this assignment went well, I feel I captured the essence of the city and although I didn’t do exactly what I was asked, I believe I made this task my own covering the city in different lights from different view points. If the point of going some where we had never been was to discover, then I guess the point of my shoot was to rediscover.

Here Is some more travel Photography taken my me In Marrakech and the Atlas Mountains.

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As I was stood on a roof top coffee garden taking photographs of the views out across the market place, a fight suddenly broke out between locals in the busy court yard below me. Luckily I had my camera at the ready.

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Location

For this assignment we were asked to take two photographs one of which the subject was supposed to fit the location, and the other was not, creating a contrast between the two images.

Here are my Images.

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Reflection

As you can see In my first image I tried to recreate an office environment and had my subject wearing a suit. Unfortunately the lighting was poor and I think I could have benefitted from using a extendable flash. For my second Image we recreated an office environment in the woods to create a contrast in location. As you can see the subject is wearing a different suit, as we managed to misplace the original in between the two shoots. Despite this I think I managed to create a strong contrast between the locations. I’m not sure why but regrettably my images have become less sharp when I uploaded them on to my blog.