My idea for my project is to do some low key, black and white portraits focusing on framing just the head and shoulders. I want to make my lighting the main point of the portrait by this I mean directing light on certain parts of the face to illuminate certain spots while the rest falls into darkness. Adding an air of mystery to the image as not all the portrait will be visible. I want to incorporate the light by using different light directions and reflections of light maybe using mirrors or reflectors, bowl reflectors, snoots and barn doors to give direction of the light source.
With my project I want to keep with my portraiture as this is the avenue I want to go down in my professional career. Moving away from the traditional sense of portraiture to push and excel my creative portraits. By creating these using the skills and techniques I’ll be using I can further my knowledge and strengths to push through into my professional career. Although everyone wants there traditional portraits or traditional family photo with the times and technology changing some people like something a little different, out of the ordinary or abstract. So by experimenting I can then adapt it to offer to my potential clients, supplying diverse pieces to the market.
My inspiration for this project is Giacomo Brunelli in his work he uses soft focusing with a harsh contrast which gives the image a more dynamic twist for its dream like state treading into the harshness of contrast. Which is a great feeling for the image and something I would like to incorporate in my own images. After visiting galleries in London I went to view the collection by Julia Cameron – INFLUENCE & INTIMACY. She doesn’t seem to be bothered too much about focusing in her images, but they still work. She too uses soft/out of focus technique, giving her images a dreamy feel also like Brunelli. She fuels this dream state further by recreating scenes from plays and books and with religious text. With her out of focusing approach I can try it out within my own project to create the soft focused area with the illuminated spots sharp and crisp.
Using children for my portraits might prove as a problem area, children are sometimes difficult and don’t always like to sit still. But as I have 2 children of my own and feel my skills lay in this particular area I create a strategy for each child’s needs. Some children have shorter attention spans than other so the key is to have my equipment up and ready with everything in place ready for the child to sit and me start snapping. I’ll be setting my studio up at home and aim to have all the children shot in one weekend. This can be done by me reflecting on the test images I will take and choosing which lighting set ups I want to go for with the final images and shoot day. Making it easier to get my images done with the children having my plan in place. With 7 weeks left before the project comes to the end I have mapped out a working schedule to keep me on track. The next 2 weeks I will be doing my test shoots that takes me till the 2nd May, I will then be reviewing my images and building on this ready for my final shoot this takes me till the 16th May. Which leaves 3 more weeks till the 6th June, within these 3 weeks I will be completing my final shoots, choosing my images and editing ready for printing to display. As long as I keep within my times limits everything should run smoothly and on time, if by any chance children are ill I have enough time on each time frame to fit them in once they are better hence the 2 weekly time frames.
I want to print the final images on a large scale and frame them. Looking around exhibitions I was drawn to the large images framed and hung rather than the smaller images displayed. As a viewer my eyes stayed with the larger images for a longer duration than others. That’s what I want to do with my audience entice them into my images, not to just look but for their minds to wonder into the image and concept behind the images. I will be doing research into more photographers for some inspiring ideas to take the images further.