Photography

Final Project: Landscapes?

I am now entering the final phase of the MA in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography. The final project will run from now (April) until mid – end November. Thats roughly six and a half months. It seems like a lot of time, but this is no time to get complacent.

I have been thinking what subject to explore / investigate for the final project. Initially I thought I would like to do something along the lines of Alec Soth’s photography. Wikipedia describes his work as cinematic in feel with elements of folklore: Nice description.

There are so many things to think about: timeframe, cost, accessibility, equipment, to name a few.

Alternatively, I have been thinking of doing a set of landscapes on a particular stretch of land near where I live. I’m just wondering how I can tie in the two ideas together?

Answer: more research and much thinking.

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Photography

Panoramas

I dont often do panoramic photos, don’t really know why, maybe I’m just not that creative, or maybe I avoid fashion trends. However, when done right I think they can look great.

The picture below was made with nine separate vertical handheld shots, which were then stitched together in Photoshop – which did a pretty good job.

The Rollei 35S is a beautiful small 35mm film camera with a fantastic lens. I am a sucker for good design, and the Rollei is a great design. It is probably no bigger than a 20 pack of cigarettes. Its only real flaw is that focusing is done by distance estimation.

We lived here for two years while my wife studied to be a pastry chef. You can see her blog here, and her facebook page here.

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Landscapes #1

I’m almost finished editing the ghost estate (temp title) series. The wall in my study is covered with 6×4 black and white prints of abandoned buildings, decaying buildings, and scarred landscapes. I have edited the photos down to around 25 images, and am now agonising over the sequencing.

As an antidote to all this black and white grimness, I dusted off the old Hasselblad, loaded it up with Kodak Portra 400NC (RIP), and ventured into the great outdoors. These photos are like a breath of fresh air.

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