Photography Alevel Work

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.

Street photography style portrait of a woman waiting to cross the road in london

 

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.

 

wallpaper pattern using repeated portraits as a patternwallpaper pattern design using a studio portrait session

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.

Medium format film portrait of woman

Further experimentation in the studio got us to work with Shadow Portraits, a fun alternative to the 18th-century Silhouettes.

 

shadow portrait of side profilesilhouette portrait of woman waving

Hello

Low key black and white self portrait in studio holding camera

So I’m Beth, and this is the blog I’ve decided to start, involving all things photography, whether that’s my images, crazy ideas or even just what I’ve been up to.

I studied Photography A-Level after loving cameras from an early age, being surrounded by the film compacts and 6×4 prints of everyday antics in the late Nineties and early Noughties as well as other inspirations I will divulge in another post.

I found as I grew up that I love people, especially after studying Psychology as well, and that quickly became apparent in my coursework, focussing mostly on Portraiture. (The only genre that was actually successful and enjoyable to me!) I love the studio and location shoots, whatever works for what I and my model want to achieve, which is where I’m very lucky by knowing lots of people who are, usually, creative and understanding to what we are working towards. (Unless it’s completely unrealistic and unachievable!)

After finishing my A Level Photography course six months ago I’ve suffered hugely with Photographer’s block, finding it hard to come up with new ideas, or even keeping motivated with a shoot. This is where this blog comes in!

I want to start it to try to keep motivated, keep my thoughts/ideas organised and also share my photo’s with anyone and everyone that’s reading this.

Please feel free to leave any feedback, advice and ideas that you think might work!

See you soon!

Beth.