A collaboration long time in the making, photographing the amazing Stephany Francisca
Last thursday was the very successful private view of our End of Year Show “Hidden Rivers“. Numerous visitors were on hand to admire the varied and interesting array of works presented by the Class of 2014, BTEC National Diploma in Photography, of the Kensington and Chelsea College. The 2014 End of Year Show Photography Prize was won by the talented and creative Gesine Garz, whom I had the honour of modelling for many times during the past year.
For those of you who have not yet visited our exhibition, I present my contribution.
This is a series entitled “The Internal State of Men”, created in 2014, a group of portraits inviting you to identify the internal state of the model.
The title of this picture, inspired by the oeuvre of Sarah Moon, should speak for itself.
I also included some images familiar to the visitors of this blog, “The Dowager” and “The View, Horizontally“. The photo of “Los Espantos de Baldí” was included in the post about the colours of Costa Rica.
The final image I submitted to the Exhibition was one taken during my fashion shoot. It was created using my very own technique of rescuing photos which would otherwise be discarded. I call the photo “In a Different Light”.
If you like what you see and you are within the “neighbourhood”, stop by and visit our show.
For this first #throwbackthursday post, I present to you my series “The Crowns of London”, shot in the Autumn of 2012.
Upon moving to London in August 2011, one of the first things I noticed is that you find representation of crown all over the cities, in many guises and forms. I gather that the British take their royalty very serious and it makes a perfect to decorate the city. So please enjoy the images and I look forward to your comments.
Ever since I was a young boy, I was intrigued by the idea of perception. If something is there, but you do not see it or experience it, is it there. Obviously in your occurring world it is not. How much of the world and of life itself simply does not exist for us, because we do not perceive it? Following my typology of circles, I continued to study the idea of things which are within our view yet we are not aware of their existence. Something that fulfils that description, is the horizon. The horizon is always there, even when we do not see it. And horizontal lines are an integral part of life, even if we are not conscious of them. Inspired by the typology work of Steve Tyler, I created a 9×9 grid to present a typology exploring the view we see horizontally. Four rows were left blank to create a typology of horizontal lines. Then I took the idea even further and created an imaginary horizontal line through each row of pictures. To the sweet sound of Caribbean Soca music, enjoy the View, Horizontally
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The prospect of our first road trip photo shoot was very exciting to me. I had the route from the Kensington & Chelsea College to the Tate Modern gallery, by way of the 211 bus to Westminster and then by riverboat to the gallery.
My plan was to take pictures of buildings and other signs that would indicate where I had been in my travels. As it was an overcast day I set my ISO at 400 and I set my aperture at f-8 as I wanted a medium depth-of-field. I was then ready to use the shutter speed to achieve the correct exposure. One thing I did not do was to set the White Balance to “Cloudy” to take into account the weather conditions. The lens I used was an 18-55mm zoom lens.
In all my preparations I never considered the problems of shooting in a moving object, let alone two. In the case of the bus, there was the added difficulty of shooting through the reflective glass of the windows.
When I looked at my pictures on the computer I was profoundly disappointed by the images, as they looked like the pictures any tourist would take and not the work of a budding photographer. Most of the pictures taken while on the bus were affected by reflection in the glass of the windows, even though I had tried to take that into account in my composition. Both the bus and the boat pictures suffered from me not being able to take time to frame them properly. You see something and before you can set your camera properly, it is gone.
So initially I felt I had some nice, but uninteresting, pictures. In my first edit, I selected images that would show the chronology of the journey from the Kensington & Chelsea College to the Tate Modern. I attempted to bring some humour to the collection by giving them somewhat cheeky titles based on the main subject of the image.
During a crit session with our whole class I realized that the selected images were not working as a travel log. Some of the images were found to work well together and I was adviced to look at creating diptychs as a way of presenting my photos. I also saw that I might have to consider dropping some of my favourite photos in order to develop a coherent theme for my collection. One of my colleagues, also an expatriate in London, had mentioned that she had purposely worked to avoid tourist picture and she was suggested that she have also embraced the fact that she was a tourist of sorts in London.
That suggestion inspired me to make a new edit of all my images, this time embracing their tourist-ness. So I looked for photos that a tourist would show his friends of interesting observations made on a cloudy afternoon in London. I did have to drop a few of my “babies” in order to make a visually interesting collection and found that pairing some of the images together, albeit not in diptychs, made for a more enthralling commentary on my observations.
And so, I present to you without further ado what this tourist saw on a cloudy afternoon in London.