My project title is ”People fear what they don’t understand”. This project is based on Effy Stonem who suffers from a mental illness called Psychotic depression. In this project I am not glamourising the illness but I am portraying how she, as a character may be experiencing it in a particular scene. I am trying to portray the emotional truth behind her illness. The project guidelines was ‘image making’. I feel like I have achieved this as I have created a documentary fiction style project. I have carefully constructed my scene and used photographic techniques to undergo image making.
Within this project I used many research sources. I started to analyse The UK’s tv series called skins. This is what my project is about. I did do a lot of research at the start into different aspects of photography and analysing a lot of photographers, to find what I wanted my project to consist of. After my researches and my project developed, I started to do more relevant researches as I went on.
Within my shoots I ensured I planned well. In planning I had to make sure that I had the right equipment list which was tripod, props, fairy lights, and model. I also had to stick by a shooting timetable of shooting at night-time as my concept is based on the night-time and using lights as my way of working. I didn’t need to stick by a particular timetable for my close up shoot because it was taken indoors in a room where there was black out blinds and the lights already in the room. Planning was relevant to my project because it was what I needed to do to make sure that I got my shot.
Some types of experimentation I have done is the colour of lights I have used. I haven’t partially used colours to represent an aspect but I have tried using all colours. I have also tried using motion within the camera to make my images blurred. And finally, I have used models and I have not used models in certain images/ shoots.
In post production I used Photoshop but I couldn’t quite edit them to how I wanted them to be due to the bright lights in my images. I kept my images nearly al the same as shot as I liked how they originally looked. In my project I developed some strengths by working in the dark to shoot which I haven’t done much of before and I feel a lot more confident in doing it now. Some weaknesses within this project was in post production. I found it hard to edit as the lights wouldn’t look as good as they were originally. When I did my close up shoot I noticed a dramatic change in colour scheme. I didn’t like the colour change as it wouldn’t look right together as a set so I edited my first image to look more pink.
Overall I am somewhat pleased with my outcomes. I did enjoy this project and I enjoyed being able to focus on Effys character throughout. I feel like I have achieved the task set for this project.
This is my layout for my Zine. It was created on Indesign. I had help with this from Nina and some class mates until I got the hang of it as i was slightly unsure how to do some things. Indesign is a good way to make a zine because you can zoom out and have a wide view of your layout. It also allows you to see each page and the measurements of them which makes the layout easier. In my zine i wanted it to have different kinds of spreads so that it didn’t look too boring. I used a mixture of full bleed, two landscape images to make the reader feel less lost. I also included images from all my current shoots and all my test shoots i have done. I used clear titles so the reader doesn’t get confused. All my images are relating to each other so its to random or messy. I left white boarders around the left hand side and kept the right relatively clear as that’s the page people’s eyes are drawn to first. I wanted the text to be shown first.
I am pleased with my zine and I am looking forward to creating a phonebook next with my final outcome images.
At the start of my project on this subject I initially wanted yo shoot on location using a forest. A forest is where the original scene I am referencing from was shot. A forest would also allow me to hang lights round the trees and also include trees within my shoot as ‘props’ as in the episode you can clearly see they’re in a forest and surrounded by trees. Using a forest would need a lot of planning and equipment. I wanted tot use a LED light, which was my first thought, so it would light up the whole scene, however I have already experienced with lighting up my scene and I didn’t like how it looked as i preferred the added lights to be the main light source.
Overall, a forest at night will be much darker than an open area due to trees blocking the evening light and moon light. This may cause shooting problems as the area won’t be lit enough. A problem I will now come across is where I am using fairy lights. I would only be able to use battery-powered lights, but they won’t be very bright and i wont have access to a power socket for my regular lights. My electric lights are much more visually pleasing and bright to light up my whole scene.
So, with all this into consideration, I feel it is best to base my shoots on a non forest location in an area close to a power socket and extension leads, even though a forest would heavily relate to my concept. This type of location wouldn’t be suitable and would need a lot f time and equipment gone into it.
In today’s workshop I found out that I can in fact take a power back on a location without the need of a plug socket. I could in fact create my camping scene in the forest and use the power pack to create a soft light over the scene to act as a natural light source. At this point I have already finalised my final outcomes to try it out for myself. In a future project I will have this in mind to use.
For my next shoot I am going to be including a model. This is what I didn’t do last time as I just needed to get the set up right. This time I used a tripod and used a different location with more trees and bushes around. I m also changing up the colour of the lights in this shoot to see which I prefer.
My aim in this shoot is to create long exposure images to show movement through lights. I am doing this in a light paining style.
Long exposures in my images and the use of light painting within my images is a way I feel I can express Effys thoughts. The very manic and fast and confusing movements is what she may be experiencing. Along with the hallucinations the movement of light and how you can see a face on the model is something she my be experiencing.
focal length is something I have taken into consideration. I wanted the whole scene to be in shot, as this is a wide focal length at 18mm. I did think and consider a closer focal length but I didn’t think the scene would look successful.