Reflection on tutor Report, Assignment 4 ‘Image and text’
The written tutor Report was a follow up to an Assignment tutorial via Google hangout audio. Both the tutorial and report gave me valuable perspectives on the Assignment.
The reworked series is shown in Gallery 1 below. I agree that the added photographs are compositionally stronger than those removed as well as possessing a tension which I had not appreciated when I edited the final series for the submission. In this regard the Report’s comments on my use of a long exposure photograph (and Titarenko’s work) was interesting and informative for possible future work.
I agree that the text I used for the series is sterile and in parts repetitive. At the time I did search for alternative text to use but most of the material related to immediate and transitory problems with the traffic and city roads. I agree that these latter type of texts have, as the Report suggests, an immediacy that reflects the tension of city living. For my purpose however, I needed the text to related to semi-permanent situations in order that I could visit (if needed more than once) in order to photograph. The text I used fulfilled this criteria and the form it took is a limitation that I had to live with. An alternative that I considered was that I attempt to react in time to texts and notifications of traffic disruption so that I would arrive at the scene during or shortly after the traffic chaos or whatever. This would have the advantage that I could time-stamp both the text and the photographs. I did monitor some of these types of reports but in the end decided that the logistics of travelling to specific areas of the city at specific times would prove too difficult so that I might too often be left with nothing of visual interest to photograph.
Gallery 1 (click to enlarge) Reworked series from Assignment four submission
Gallery 2 below shows a monochromatic conversion on image #_1174604.CR2 as suggested in the Report. Black-and-white images:
are not just colour images with the colour drained from them; they represent tonality, shape and texture more explicitly. Black-and-white photography is about the presence or absence of light and its creation of texture and form (Prakel, 2012: 82).
These very general criteria were a guide when considering whether ‘the contrast and resulting tonal range could work for this series’ (tutor Report). I converted the image seen in Gallery 2 using a Photoshop ‘Black & White’ conversion layer and accepted the defaults. The sense of ‘light and dark’ appears stronger in the colour image, however, a strength of the black-and-white image is that it allows for extensive manipulation of tone. Gallery 3 below shows the same image but with tones manipulated to accentuate ‘presence or absence of light and its creation of texture and form’ (above). On this example the conversion works for the overall success of the image, and would likely do so also for those images in the series where light and shadow are integral to the composition e.g. _1174441, _1174452-(ii). However, the series also contains images composed of general scenes and semi-individual portrait shots where a conversion to black-and-white is less likely to yield as many benefits to the composition or to the overall aesthetic of the images themselves and consequently to the complete series.
Gallery 2 (click to enlarge) #_1174604 in colour and converted to black-and-white
Gallery 3 (click to enlarge) #_1174604 further processed in black-and-white
As suggested I will revisit my learning blog post ‘Project 2 Memories and Speech (1)’ to write a conclusion containing my opinion.
Overall I found the tutorial and written report to be most useful and relevant to the work I did for the Assignment itself and for future work. In addition, I welcomed the feedback on my learning blog as well as the ‘Suggested reading/viewing’ and the ‘Pointers for the next assignment’ sections of the Report.
Präkel, D., 2012. Basics Photography 01: Composition. 2nd ed. Lausanne: AVA Publishing.