Assignment 1 – Final Prints

Now I have finished all of my prints I am going to go back to what my idea was. I wanted to photograph a variety of strangers in which I would ask them a few questions related to my project. I am now going to talk about each of my photographs and include the information that was given by that person.

1.

Alexandra

Question 1 : What is your favourite genre of music?
Alexandra : Pop/Rock but I don’t mind listening to other stuff.

Question 2: Were you put in a stereotypical group whilst at school?
Alexandra: Well because i’m from Bulgaria we don’t really have stereotypical groups, it is very chilled and relaxed.

Question 4: What is your opinion on judging someone by the way they look?
Alexandra: I think it is wrong to judge someone by the way they look. Everyone is different so we should be allowed to be who we       want to be.

This was the first person I photographed. I was extremely nervous as I had never asked a stranger if I could photograph them before. However she was extremely friendly which made it much easier to relax and ask her the questions I needed to ask her. The reason I wanted to photograph her was due to her natural beauty. There was no sign of any make-up giving her a sense of confidence as she feels comfortable in her own skin instead of hiding it behind a mask. Due to me still being quite nervous my composition was slightly off center. I also think the eyes could have been a little lighter as I feel the eyes are the key to a persons identity.

 

2.


Akram

Question 1 : What is your favourite genre of music?
Akram: Rock.

Question 2: Were you put in a stereotypical group whilst at school?
Akram: I was known as the geek.

Question 3: Do you still think you are a part of that stereotype?
Akram: Yes, I am definitely still in that stereotype.

Question 4: What is your opinion on judging someone by the way they look?
Akram: I think it’s just silly. But I still feel that everyone does it because we always have.

When I photographed Akram, he seemed extremely shy and quiet and I feel this really shows throughout this photograph. The way his eyes form a sense of innocence and timidness makes you want to know more about this teenager. Does he feel that because he is a geek he doesn’t fit in as well? However when you look back at my research a geek is supposed to be wearing glasses with a tucked in shirt right? I guess this single images breaks the ‘stereotypical ways’ in which a ‘geek’ is supposed to look. So this proves you really can not judge someone by the way they look as you could seriously misjudge a persons identity and character.

 

3. 

Liam

Question 1 : What is your favourite genre of music?
Liam: I like to be diverse, so I listen to pretty much anything.

Question 2: Were you put in a stereotypical group whilst at school?
Liam: I was known as the quiet one, the more louder crowd was quite intimidating.

Question 3: Do you still think you are a part of that stereotype?
Liam: I am still quite quiet but I have gained confidence as I have grew up.

Question 4: What is your opinion on judging someone by the way they look?
Liam: I don’t think you should judge someone by the way they look, you should give a person a chance and get to know who they are.

When I spoke to Liam I feel he related well to the answers he gave. He was rather quiet when he answered my questions but it could be due to the fact he also was talking to a stranger. It took me a while to get some answers out of him because he did not full understand what I was asking him, so I had to rephrase the question. His little smile draws you in, making you want to smile with him. I wanted all of the people to feel comfortable whilst infront of the camera so I let them have free reign on how they wanted to smile, or if they did not want to smile at all. Liam was quite tall, so because I am rather small you can see a slight tilt in the camera angle but I still think the final outcome is very good.

 

4.

Parie

Question 1 : What is your favourite genre of music?
Parie: Hmmmmm, I love a lot of music but if i had to pick a favourite it would probably be RnB.

Question 2: Were you put in a stereotypical group whilst at school?
Parie: I thought I was quite normal, but I don’t know what other people thought of me.

Question 3: What is your opinion on judging someone by the way they look?
Parie: I think it is wrong.

When I first asked Parie if she would allow me to take her picture she was very reluctant. She slowed down but was debating on whether she really wanted to. I did not push her or force her into it, I just said its only two photographs and a few question. She then decided that she wouldn’t mind. She was not so giving on information compared to my other people but I think it was because she was shy and a little nervous. When taking the photograph I told her she did not need to smile if she did not want to, then when I was about to take the photograph she was about to smile. So I held back a little longer and wait for her to relax a little more and then I took the photograph. One thing I have learnt throughout this project is how patient you have to be, especially when you are photographing someone you do not know, as they are being put into a completely different environment compared to models who get paid to pose infront of a camera. I think a key element that works really well in this photograph is the contrast, it has allowed shadowing to be more prominent causing a nice shading around her lips and chin.

 

5.

Yao

Question 1 : What is your favourite genre of music?
Yao: I like music that is in the charts, so Pop.

Question 2: Were you put in a stereotypical group whilst at school?
Yao: I think I was classed as the geek.

Question 3: Do you still think you are a part of that stereotype?
Yao: I think I am still in that stereotype, but I am proud of it.

Question 4: What is your opinion on judging someone by the way they look?
Yao: I don’t think its right.

Whilst I was talking to Yao I could tell she was a very happy, bright and bubbly person. When she smiled it was extremely natural and she did not seem phased at all about being infront of a camera. I feel this is why it made this photograph look so natural and not forced. I think the worst thing is when you tell someone to smile, because their smile always ends up forced. One thing I would of wanted was a litte bit more of an opinion regarding whether you should judge someone by the way they look. I did try an encourage to elaborate but she did not know what else to say. I am slightly disappointed with myself for accidentally moving the paper whilst using my last piece of paper, but luckily I feel the images still works and fits in well with the set.

 

6.

 Benedicte

Question 1 : What is your favourite genre of music?
Benedicte: I think my favourite has to be country.

Question 2: Were you put in a stereotypical group whilst at school?
Benedicte: I was known as the smart girl who knew all the answers

Question 3: Do you still think you are a part of that stereotype?
Benedicte: Well I am actually doing graphic design at University right now

Question 4: What is your opinion on judging someone by the way they look?
Benedicte: Everyone judges people by the way they look these days, and I think it is wrong and it should be about their personality.

I noticed Benedicte watching the squirrels in the park. She seemed in her own little world and rather happy, so I thought I would ask her if I could take her photograph. She asked me what it was for, so I told her I was studying photography and how I was doing a project based on judging someone by the way they look. She then said yes that fine and she didn’t mind. After taking the photographs she told me that she was doing graphic design at Coventry University and that she also is quite interested in photography. I do not feel this is one of my strongest photographs in the set as she is slightly more angled than my other photographs and due to this being taken in a different location to the others there is a slight change in the lighting. However as I added more contrast to this photograph in the darkroom, it managed to fit back in with the set a little more. Unfortunately, I did have to slightly crop this image as I had scratches on the negative on the right hand side.

7.

Gemma

Question 1 : What is your favourite genre of music?
Gemma: I like anything that is pop and in the charts.

Question 2: Were you put in a stereotypical group whilst at school?
Gemma: I was the type of person that people didn’t really want to socialise with and they always looked down on me.

Question 3: Do you still think you are a part of that stereotype?
Gemma: I still sometimes feel like that, but not as much as when I was at school.

Question 4: What is your opinion on judging someone by the way they look?
Gemma: It’s wrong!! It’s just wrong!! It shouldn’t matter what you look like, you should get to know the person before hand. I think people are extremely judge mental these days.

One thing I really liked about Gemma was how opinionated she was. She is not afraid to speak her mind and let her opinion be heard. She had no problem at all with me having her photograph taken when I asked her, and she did not force a smile, so again the image is very natural. I like how much detail has been captured throughout her eyes, I was a little worried as she was facing towards the sun so I thought she may have squinted but it turned out a lot better than I had thought.

 

8.


Lucasz

Question 1 : What is your favourite genre of music?
Lucasz: Any form of rock is my favourite

Question 2: Were you put in a stereotypical group whilst at school?
Lucasz: I didn’t really know where I belonged, so I tended to go in between everyone

Question 3: What is your opinion on judging someone by the way they look?
Lucasz: I think it is wrong, it’s not fair to judge someone by the cover.

Lucasz was extremely friendly and even stayed a little longer to ask about what I was doing at University and told me his friend had just graduated. Once again I told him he did not have to smile if he did not want to, but one key thing I noticed him do was tilt his head slightly. This minor act made him stand out from all the other people I had photographed. One thing you could also notice is he was very tall, so he is looking down at the camera. I feel that this could relate to how people look down on others if they do not fit in.

9. 

Qianyi

 

Question 1: What is your opinion on judging someone by the way they look?
Qianyi: Its not good.

As you can see Qianyi struggled when trying to answer the questions. She was with her friend and she couldn’t stop laughing. This allowed me to get a sense of her personality. Personally this is one of my favourite prints, there is a wide variety of tones throughout the photograph. One thing that allows you to see this is the small highlights that are going through her hair. One thing I wish I could change would be the two people that are in the background on the right, however due to the background being rather dark I do not feel they are too distracting.

 

10.

George

Question 1 : What is your favourite genre of music?
George: My favourite music is metal.

Question 2: Were you put in a stereotypical group whilst at school?
George: I was put in the nerd category.

Question 3: Do you still think you are a part of that stereotype?
George: Yes, I am still known as the nerd.

Question 4: What is your opinion on judging someone by the way they look?
George: It shouldn’t be done because it wrong, but to be honest it happens, everyone does it.

This is probably my favourite photograph from the whole set. I feel his style and look is different from others I have photographed during this project. The way his hair falls down half of his face, adds a sense of mystery like we don’t fully know his identity or who is and what he stands for. I also like the way his hair has cast slight shadows across his face as it adds a different tone throughout.  I had to burn in the background a lot for this photograph and I am very pleased with the outcome. I feel if I had left the background as white as it was it would have lost a sense of depth and atmosphere that it has now.

Overall, I am very pleased with all of my final prints. In past film based projects I have not been so persistant and petty. However I really wanted to push myself when it came to being in the darkroom and I feel these are the highest quality prints I have taken so far. In the past I have drove away from darkroom because it is very time consuming but now I have produced these prints, I can see me using the darkroom a lot more in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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