With things getting slightly on top of me I took the time to look back at some old work, work that I’m still to this day not sure how to feel about, but have been encouraged to share. I know this is personal but I’ve always felt self conscious about my portfolio, and anxious about how others may perceive it but as it’s a Thursday I thought I would keep up with the tradition of Throwback Thursday and share some little bits.
These two were from my first Unit on my college course, a topic based on Urban Landscape and of course, me being me I managed to distort the criteria to suit my love for portraiture. Moving around busy London, being shoved in all different directions, caught in the atmosphere and a lady doing a “duck face” in Carnaby Street made for an interesting day and some real characters.
For those of you that don’t know me, being subtle isn’t my greatest talent so the image above was made even more special by the subject’s attention elsewhere. And who doesn’t love people watching anyway?
Within my Second Unit, I chose to look into pattern, another distorted topic with parts inspired by De Joode’s Wallpaper designs with the help of some lovely models.
These two were to develop my studio skills, the one below being my first attempt at Medium Format Film processing. The quality of 120mm film shocked me, I loved and loathed it, the quality was fantastic as well as the new method I was learning, but the negative sure picked up any dust it could find! This shot of Dannielle was my favourite, after three attempts of removing dust there was only a little speck, but with time gathering dust in my portfolio the shot isn’t as clean as it was, and yet its still one of my favourites.
Further experimentation in the studio got us to work with Shadow Portraits, a fun alternative to the 18th-century Silhouettes.
Another throwback Thursday, I know this is getting dull, new shoot soon I promise.
But I thought as it’s Thursday, I have to do something! Going back to last April I dragged my poor friends out into the cold to play with some powder paint. This was all aimed to go towards my Unit 4 topic for photography, of which I stupidly chose ‘Abstraction in the Landscape’. I know, I’m a portrait photographer, what part of me honestly thought that was a good idea? But me being me I managed to somehow make it link back to Portraiture with the inspiration of Tyler Shields Chromatic series.
Which brings me to gathering all my friends, twice, to attack each other with powder paint! The things I’ve made them do…
And I couldn’t leave out a bit of Bromance.
I thought I would start my official posting with a couple of throwbacks, as it’s Thursday. These are mostly my favourites from the past year of A Level, if you have any comments please let me know! (Please note: suggestive nudity)
So these were my first shoots for my A Level Unit 3: Personal investigation. I started looking into women’s body image and how we all feel about ourselves, as a baseline for my unit. I was very lucky to have the gorgeous company of Danni, who I ran up to with the idea of getting her to “strip back” thinking she would say no, but instead she was full of beans for the idea. This filled me with fear knowing I had her trust and I was basically telling her to take her top off in the college studio, which was terribly awkward when we heard a bellowing laugh from the next room, but after I was so happy about how they turned out, and how much fun we had.
I then went on to focus on our opinions of ourselves, even the more obscure ones. Like, you hear “I’m feeling fat today” quite a lot, which I worked with, but also when do you hear someone hating their body for being too skinny? It’s hidden more. (These are just my opinions that sparked my inspiration, no offence intended.)
So as a result I graffiti’d all over Danni’s body, poor girl, and used the same low key set up. (I do love my shadows!)
The one below then became my favourite and one of my final pieces for the Unit.