Thursday, 6 November 2014

Street Photography Evaluation

Street photography: Street photography is photography that features the human condition within public places and does not necessitate the presence of a street or even the urban environment.

Street photography has allowed me, not just as a photographer, but also as an individual, to comprehend the typical everyday life is actually art forming in front of our eyes. Capturing photographs with a 35mm SLR camera, I had taken to the streets to capture candid photographs of people in the street. I began to recognise subtle stories transforming all around me, each and every person was doing their own thing. Some people would be oblivious to the fact I was taking a photograph of them, while others would look directly into the lens, some even stopped to pose for a photograph.
My assertiveness when capturing my first photo shoot wasn’t as strong, but as I gradually began to capture more photographs, I realised just how close I could get to the subject I desired to capture. I found the way I interacted with my environment reflected just how worthy of a shot I could acquire. The module introduced me to appreciate each and every shot I captured, for the reason that I was working with 36 black and white film frames per roll. I had to be cautious of what I was capturing, but at the same time I had to be fast if I wanted to capture a moment in a split second.
For the project I visited a number of city’s including, Hartlepool, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Gateshead, Stockton, Middlesbrough and Darlington. My first photo shoot was captured in Hartlepool, the lighting was bright and the area was busy enough, but I didn’t have the courage to get close enough to the subjects. My second photo shoot was captured partly in Hartlepool and a couple of frames captured in Newcastle. Being critical, after I developed the first and second rolls of film, I realised my shots weren’t to my standards. Knowing what I had previously captured, I was then inclined to capture enriched photographs. It is evident that in my third roll of film I gathered the courage to get closer to my subjects in a Bruce Gilden type of fashion. The photographs I had captured on my third roll of film were capture in Newcastle, on the Millennium Bridge. There were people bungee jumping on the quayside; therefore I was able to capture my subjects looking in the same direction. Overall I have used 10 rolls of film, but one got trapped in my camera resulting in me capturing 9 successful rolls.
When developing the film, I was able to see my photographs on the negatives and depict which ones I wanted to print. When printing in the darkroom, I exposed the films for no longer than 6 seconds. Overall, I have gained experience of shooting candid photographs, developing film and working in the darkroom. Also I was able to achieve my 5 final prints for the module in response to Street Photography.

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