To move forward to Part Three that I already started a while back, I am going through the suggested links by my tutor. Andrea had provided some great inputs and recommended sources to have a look at how photographers worked with contact sheets. One of them was the video below by Chase Jarvis and it is such a great way to present or showcase one’s work. Am sharing the video below as I feel it really is useful for a few things-
- It allows one to creatively present one’s work which probably will not even be looked at otherwise and will get lost in the editing process, where only a few make to the final selection.
- The longer hold on the selected ones in the video make it easy to understand which out of the ones are the chosen frames.
- It makes the rejected work also a part of the process by making it as interesting as the final chosen ones, while keeping the interest of the viewer alive.
Indeed a great recommendation by Andrea. I await my Magnum book on contact sheets to look at how some great minds approached the selection and editing process of their work. There are numerous discussions that I referred to on you tube about this and the links for the same are in the bibliography for who ever would like to see. The one on Thames and Hudson collection of photographs talks about how the digital era has taken away from the physical process of printing contact sheets, which actually forces one to look at their work differently.
Another video of Magnum contact sheets by Kristen Lubben talks about how contact sheets were not only a process tool for editing and selecting one’s work but also a pre-requisite for entry into the prestigious Magnum club. One had to present their contact sheets as a selection process to its members who then were able to understand your approach to how you worked with your subject, your process of understanding one’s subject and how a photographer evolved.
Our next point of discussion was my approach to the next part of the coursework, where I am solely focusing on the animal world, mostly birds where understanding the behaviour of your subject becomes crucial. I order to be successful in the world of wildlife, it becomes important for the photographer to study their subject and know their behaviour patterns as much as they can in order to maximise successful image making. Andrea suggested some further readings for this and directed me to a great source of reference – a book The Creative Habit by Tywla Tharp, that I have just received in the mail yesterday and will be reading it. She specifically pointed out to a chapter in the book on skill, where the author talks about how Leonardo da Vinci would study things in great detail, water being the subject in this particular example. She talks about it and an excerpt can be found here.
I think its crucial for any photographer to explore and study their subject in detail and the example of how Vinci through his illustrations of the flow of water and its qualities, greatly enhanced his understanding of a subject that he spent a large part of his life documenting. He looked at water from so many different perspectives and thats so important in studying and researching in order to document different perspectives of the same subject. He is called the master of water for his actual research and fascination with his subject that lasted through his life and I believe that a similar understanding of your subject before you begin to shoot is very important for a successful run in the field with it. His illustrations of water do not represent a single moment in time but represent his years of studying his subject thoroughly and come across as a representation of his thought process. Similarly, my final assignment that will be attempted as a project, is based on the common pigeon; a subject that I have been fascinated with since 2009 and have been observing and studying.
In continuation to looking at objects from within your homes, I was recommended W H Fox Talbot’s early works where he photographed objects from his house, which I already had covered earlier during researching the origins of photography. What was really interesting is the recommendation by Andrea to look at artist Cornelia Parker’s interpretation of this work in One Day This Glass Will Break , where she experiments in photography and printmaking, presenting twenty large-scale photogravures from three series: Thirty Pieces of Silver (exposed) (2015), One Day This Glass Will Break (2015) and Fox Talbot’s Articles of Glass (2017).
The discussion on reinterpretation of works by different artists also came by because I was inspired by the Ravens series by Masahisa Fukase where he has photographed Ravens for several years to be then documented into a successful photobook. That he took and ordinary subject and made it extraordinary was a concept that I strive to bring about in my third assignment with a similar subject – the common pigeon.
I was recommended to put all the references under one master source reference list that I have done as well. It is divided into different pages as per the coursework division in the order that they are attempted in.
Broomhall, S., Ivey, G. and Jones, N. (2020) How Leonardo Da Vinci, ‘Master Of Water’, Explored The Power And Beauty Of Its Flow | The Conversation. At: https://theconversation.com/how-leonardo-da-vinci-master-of-water-explored-the-power-and-beauty-of-its-flow-112401 (Accessed 3/07/2020).
First Hand Films (2020) Contact | OFFICIAL TRAILER. At: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDLpLIFvGQk (Accessed 3/07/2020).
Forbes, T. (2015) Magnum Contact Sheets At: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAQRZTRAM-E (Accessed 3/07/2020).
Jarvis, C. (2007) Hasselblad Masters | Chase Jarvis FRAMES | Chasejarvis. At: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKK9-HEDa8I (Accessed 3/07/2020).
Lubben, K. (2018) Magnum Contact Sheets. At: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rel7dchUrGs (Accessed 3/07/2020).
Parker, C. (2017) One Day This Glass Will Break | Hayward Touring Exhibition. At: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OLRLzfTRy0 (Accessed 3/07/2020).