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First Shoot – The Surrounding Landscape

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I took it upon myself to explore the area first with my camera to get an understanding of the scale and what was being offered by the building! First approach was of two large gates and on first sight it was unable to be seen further exploring With myself and my assistant further through the gate and then continuing up after grass and forest until we found it! On first seeing the building I was almost excited as to see how nature has overtaken with its power of trees and other plantation. On second glance I was almost uncertain and at this point as looking at the research there was much to offer as one look as if it was ancient ruins like building also has a romantic feel to me to the building we noticed that there was a great deal left to explore coming for several buildings with many other floors. With nothing more than the building shell left it was almost exciting to then see how such details still prevailed through just the walls. It was almost stagelike and also unnatural to see certain aspects of the building still remaining four example on the second floor there was a fireplace it was attached to the wall where is everything else was gone. Exploring building further across the room seen on my research when With almost several arches and a tree to one area there is another part such interest was because I found that as I need further back away from the more more more of the same became revealed the larger scale of this enabled me comparison to myself included in the moon we see such scaring vulnerability as well as the landscape showing its power and force through it’s overtaking of the human landscape. Not only has this building got the opportunity for me to shows such flammability because of had a landscape has taken over there is such a vast space for me to work in the notion is produced 10 images all different and unique yes still continuing to feel the same and show such response of the vulnerability through the use of oneself. Furthermore as I approach further and deeper into the scene I came across much more and arches and rooms however the look didn’t seem to have such the same effect or feel! I can honestly say that this room was the reason that I came such a building but as I began to explore and much deeper at what had to offer there was nothing more that I could do! For me the fact that this was a room that needed attention from my photographic Portrayal! Below is a much further look into the building!

Second Shoot – Exploring the Grounds

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The building has so much potential and so much to offer for a photographer I was almost overwhelmed as to what I was witnessing furthermore there are so many rooms that could individually allow me to create 10 different images however personal approach as well as personal opinion suggested that it was best to create such a film attempt for this because although there was at least three or four different rooms which could offer different photographic Approaches and feels i need to 10 images that could allow such strength and understandably although there was so many other rooms in different layouts if I was to produce 10 images from such a scene they will all have different qualities and I need to 10 images there was strong not only photographically but as a series all ten needed to be of a quality that didn’t let the idea down it allowed any weakness! As well as equally fluent unfortunately all of the different angles could produce different looks however there wasn’t as such strong rooms is the one that I was witnessing this room lets particularly take my interest will be shown furthermore in the next blog.

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Experimental Shoot – Birmingham – Decaying Building

The Building

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Here I decided to just get a few shots of the building first before I went ahead and photographed. The reason for this was the access wasn’t easy with the builders on sight giving me access for only ten mins as they wasn’t aloud to give access to anyone other than other colleges I took the chance to just get as much of the building as I could. The reason for this was for not just the project but the building with history such as its own really interests me thus the fact I had visited such building in its last condition before its full demolish was something which made me happy. Further more after such studio plan at the beginning of the project to get an understanding of the best ways to approach the nude without being to the exposure that is unacceptable, with this It wasn’t the notion that realistically thinking such positions which could be suggested as seductive wouldn’t even be considered with this setting mainly because I felt it was unacceptable but also the positioning could only rely on the area itself rather than previous thoughts.

After looking at the building I thought I could have access to the other building which seemed to be scaled much larger to this one. However due to asbestos the access regardless if i could have got in without access was personally something I didn’t want to approach especially due to health harms asbestos can cause. However The image below was an area of the building that Allowed access through image of the main area of the building as well as the backgrounds detail. The plan for the images wasn’t really set out as I wasn’t particular sure of what was available for me especially as I wasn’t sure of the buildings existence as well as access. Now I have realized that I had gained access I didn’t really have time to particularly plan the whole images direction I needed to get the nude photographs most importantly as this was the only aspect as well as the vulnerability attempt of portrayal as the background to my images approach. Understandably the direction of small connections to the sublime was no longer considerable as the scale of the place was average and the use of myself in the image was minor. However knowing that the project needed 10 or more images the best approach I could think of on the top of my head was to set up my tripod and photograph myself in different areas of this composition creating almost a circuit of movement that myself had used. Understandably looking at this idea if in final print could becoming confusing to the audience however thinking quickly it was the understanding that the images show vulnerability through the nude as well as the derelict and decayed scene and the the loneliness and vulnerability to such movement around the scene as well as the nude and my positioning of the area.

 

Chosen Approach

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My Approach

 

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Unfortunately the images where done so quickly because of panic in ensuring I got something have become over exposed. At the time I set up the camera to such exposure levels that where equal however from the transition to taking the first image to the final image the light got brighter and understandably then detail became lost. However this was an error that should ave easily been corrected regardless of nudity excuses and lack of time its something that can possibly be corrected as I have an original shot and thus using Photoshop I could rely on the image and introduce it as an overlay to re correct the exposures setting. nevertheless I expected more images yet Its obvious I got what I needed and realistically looking so far all shots have been limited with the amount of images taken. Normally I could say the more the better. the more means you have images to fall back on just in case. However currently this is something that has been struggled with. I am grateful of the lads who let me in however I do wish i had more time to capture the scene.

 

Now looking at this shoot the understanding of lack of planning I would say I was successful in using what I had however lack of planning has led me to realize that regardless of the space being there or not and really relying on the existence of the places to be online and then luck I think using previous images found from those who have previously explored could allow some brief areas of image planning especially because then I can use what I have planned briefly and adapt to what then is found. However After this look to really think that its portray of the vulnerable is lacking and the imagery is to detailed to see the movement of myself and the use of the building. Taking this further speaking to the lads on sight about the idea and the initial approach of the project with the nude and the involvement with the original Nude and the Landscape they had said that the St. Johns Asylum in Lincoln was no longer accessible yet the understanding that there could be a natural and more nature taken approach a building called Nettleham Hall,they said the building was secluded and accessible.

I then Googled the place and the images I had witness had taken my heart and collapses all layers to this project and combines all approaches into one. Although not an original plan nor was it of a focus however I was astounded to the view and what could be accessed.

The link bellow shows the area as well as http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/main/showthread.php?t=22290

 

 

Landscape Woodland Experimenting

This set of images was taken on a location called Toy Hill in Sevenoaks! The reason for photographing just the landscape was to allow the involvement of a larger scale! Encouraging just a practice shoot of this kind has opened up the understanding of ensuring that there is a much larger photographic scene and the incorporation of the nude would seem much easier relatable as well as successful! I also feel such closer shots of the nude within such settings encourages the suggestion of slight erotica although not particularly suggestible through position the idea that the nude is so frontal to the images as well as almost subtly suggestible can be removed and such strong involvement with a larger scene reduces such size if the body as well as enhances such scale of the environment!

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Not particularly involving the nude I used this walk to get an understanding of my background as well as places which could seem accessible as well as easy to allow such nudity! The park was busy but I think that it is possible images such as

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I think use he previous attempts if the fallen tree but could through thoughtful composition encourage such vulnerability! Still using the idea if possibly laying in the layers if the tree could help with the notion if almost becoming one with the nature as well as almost taking shelter!

Nude In the Landscape

After looking at photographing within the seascape it came apparent to me that the use of such natural areas really allows such emphasis on the beauty behind the vulnerable! Not only does the woodland seen benefit for comfort ability and scaling there are many areas which will allow me to feel comfortable and photograph largely at a time rather than an image the strop because I was worried with exposure! For this next area I wanted to look at research on such land to understand how and what will be enough to photograph to ensure such vulnerability but also emphasis such beauty!

Research

Before I went into much deeper attempts of this area of the photography I wanted to ensure that the work area of photographing was strong and then the attempts would move much deeper and become more stronger in portraying such vulnerability. Moving further I went for a walk into my local forest and looked for a spot which would allow me to remove my clothes without being to exposed but not only this it allowed me to photograph an area which was of the forest approach. The most important part of this is to also look at when I do photograph such areas if the close up approach would be as effective or if such distance would be better.

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For the next approach a photographers who’s work has taken slight influence in this would be Imogeon Cunningham! Looking previously at her work on the nice in general her approach to such a genre of photography has been subtly erotic yet keeping such an approach of beauty as well as strength of character however one image in particular would be her work Covelo! I came across this when looking at her work! I chose to look at this because it was hard to find work which payed close attention to such nature and the nude but on a much closer scale! The interest for me in particular is the notion she has captured the female body inline and shaped with the tree! Such bind and fluently is what will make the imagery much stronger her use of this allows the model to become almost fitting with the landscape, this approach Is one I shall take with me for when I photograph!
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The attempt (Below) Was for quickness however such planning was necessary such as the weather wasn’t brilliant but I manged to have enough light ti ensure that the images came out well balanced. Because the forest is of such natural colors I was happy to allow the colour of my hair to be involved. I was skeptical with the understanding that my hair would be of some distraction. nevertheless I could encourage such use. Not only this if distance between myself and the camera was in use then such colouration would allow such attempts of notice in the viewer to spotting myself. However the understanding is that I want to be seen. Such attempts of the photographic has allowed me to understand that the imagery witch is close up is not an approach I wish to take. Thinking back to the sublime and the understanding of scale with comparable subjects its more effect. Looking at Gursky previously we could see that such landscape (Contemporary) choice allowed the man made portray that the human form is so vulnerable as well as the scale of such landscaping emphasizing the size of the importance of the human race. My imagery will take a much more simpler form with the focus of the natural landscape however I want the images to produce such loneliness and vulnerability of such an individual however using such scale to suggest such power of the landscape and such uncomfortably of myself.

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Moving to another area of this forest I had come across some fallen down tees that created almost layers. From the previous images where I used the standard approach of photographing the model in portrait I wanted to attempt to use this positioning of the trees to almost have an experiment with composition. Not particular sure what my achievement was for this however I though that It would help in the photographic to help understand that scaling is important. The understanding after looking at these images would be that if i was a good couple of feet away and photographed them such use of myself and the fallen trees would I feel have more of successful approach not only would it look like i have taken almost shelter as well as comfort with the tree there would be more understanding with the vulnerability as it could be suggested that the vulnerability has been emphasized with the broken and unhealthy tree. where as looking at the rest of the imagery of such scale would see the healthy trees and the vulnerability.

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I would also say that the use of the trees in the foreground and the background was for purpose. the reason was because I wanted to add such separation between the audience and myself. The emphasis of distance as well as more of an underlying meaning of isolation. The nudes involvement however with this image i don’t feel encourages what I have been aiming for and that is the vulnerability of myself as well as the power of such a landscape and unfortunately this has not been displayed in this approach. Further more I think it would be good to not only research more into photographers approach of the nude and the landscape in particular the Forrest scene but also photograph more areas of such places that offer scale of the land which could be possible shoot settings. I think that using more of a larger scale would also show that this was less of an image of someones back garden but more of a thought out out use of such landscapes.

 

 

Sea Shoot….Plan and Images

Plan

For my first approach top experimenting I wanted to look at areas of the landscape that allowed such form of causing such terror and uncomfortable feeling and that would be the use of the Seascape not only can such terror be encouraged from such an area but it also can be calm and peaceful as w

ell as beautiful. The understand of the landscape use is to encourage such feelings of feeling small and powerless especially with the comparison to mother nature.

I wanted to look for a scene which was out of the way for the majority of the general public because when it comes to photographing in the nude I don’t want everyone to witness as well as I want a successful shot.

I wanted to look at photographing towards dusk because the use of the lack of light also encourages such vulnerability feelings.

I have decided to photograph on Broadstairs beach. Because it is not only away from such crowded areas but also the scaling of the cliff edges.

Exquipment –

Camera – 600D as well as standard 18-55mm lens

When setting up a shoot which effectively looks at capturing the sea especially at an attempt for power regardless if it is computationally or technically photographed there is a way to ensure such successful attempts. First tripod. To show the motion of the waves there is no doubt but the use of a much longer than average shutter speed. Handholding will cause some unwanted blur in the image.

With this shoot I plan to photograph capturing such beauty of the sea as well as capture the waves at their most powerful state. The weather for the day is meant to be mildly windy. As the day gets later the colder it currently gets thus the wind also picks up. What is particularly interesting about Broadstairs beach in particular is that the sea front is not a straight edge but winds in and out with the cliff and beach edges so the waves at peak time hit and bounce of the edges causing multiple waves in different direction. The plan is to capture the waves but also ensure that the beauty of the sea is still apparent.

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Using a shutter speed of .4 seconds captured the motion of the waves nicely. The low and close composition puts the viewer in the frame!

Such inspiration  would be from photographer Ben Neumann. Not honestly sure on how I originally came across his work but in thought of this attempt of the photographic I had automatically though of his work and his imagery of waves. Not only is the colour of his images powerful and balanced there is such strong beauty behind them. Not only this the main area of interest is what he has actually captured in his photograph. For me the strength of the motion and then such strong focus in the center is an approach of what I would like to capture especially knowing that when I come to involve myself there needs to be strength of focus of myself. This strong focus allows an area of importance regardless if necessary or not.

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This shoot Was I would this shoot was particularly successful. I used the tripod because when I arrive the light had already been going slowly and thus the tide was also coming in fast. So I wanted the tripod to allow such long exposures however allowing such focus. Within the sea there was a pole to ensure such depth is aware for people. However I used this as a point of focus for the image the reason is because If I was to introduce myself within the image this ‘pole’ represents where I could be. The scale of its height obviously will be a lot larger than myself but imaging such scale and how macro it looks introducing myself would be much smaller. With the obvious understanding that I will also be naked possible approaches cold see my floating on the surface of the water or just bobbing in the background.

The images I would have to say are not particularly the best but for a first approach have made me understand some aspects that will need to be considered for further photographs. Understandably colour is what needs to be take into account. The reason for this is the use of the blue I think is particularly not attractive and with my body as well the colours are bland. However the seascape is pretty boring unless I was to involve much larger scaling with the introduction to the sand. However maybe If I position the camera so in the distance areas of man made landscape is involved. Thus allowing more of a modern approach and suggesting such connection.

Further more Looking at the images my comfortably in mind I am not sure I could submerge myself within it at such great distance away from land. For health and Saftey reasons there are so many aspects that need to be considered. With the understanding that possible lighting might need introducing to allow balancing of the light of myself and the background and by the sea this is risky especially as its temperamental behavior. Not only this the idea that I am not a great swimmer (Although encourages my vulnerability especially as facial expression will prob show true fear) I cant risk putting such danger in order to have photograph. Not only this I will need an assistant to take the photographs and I couldn’t guarantee that once I had sorted the settings and balanced the zoom when it came down to focus that would be in their hands as well as ensuring the image look how I wanted it. There is to many areas to consider and I particularly don’t think that an experimental shoot will portray or give me any understanding as to how I want my images to look. The most unsatisfying thing is getting images which don’t articulate what you want and as the sea is so unpredictable I don’t want to attempt this.

The next approach would look at the woodland setting to create such scaled imagery.

Studio Experimentation – The body

The idea of the nude so far has really challenged my idea of how I wish to photograph myself. Obviously thinking there are several approaches of photographing the  body and form which can cause such diverse understandings of what the images wish to reflect. Positioning of the body is important as I don’t want any underlying meanings to the imagery. I want to ensure that there are no sexually implications. Thus the way the body will be shaped is important. I want to suggest as well that this studio work is of experimentation reasons for the body and thus the lighting was not of importance thus I wanted to light the room in a way that all areas of the body can be seen as well as ensuring when looking back for body for form references.

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The images above I would have to suggest bring forward such suggestion of the naked and ensure that the body has been hidden or covered in certain ways. Such modesty has been ensure that it is kept. With this set of images I wanted to ensure that I covered all aspects of positioning and ensure that I encouraged such use of the face as well as removing it completely. Creating an anonymous approach. The reason for this is that removing the face will allow strong connection of the body to the landscape as well as making sure that the images although nude don’t introduce any unwanted suggestions.

Further more introducing such positioning will become more explored with the introduction of the landscape. However until then I wanted to use something other than the floor to encourage the positioning to take more of an approach which involved such prop so I get a feel of being raised of the ground. The landscape has natural seats like rocks and trees thus I wanted to use a bench (although not mimicking these correctly) It allowed me to get an understanding and feel of how positioning will really rely on the environment.

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Overall I would suggest that this shoot in the studio has really benefited me. The reason for this is that it has brought to my attention that the positioning is important and I wasn’t aware until now of how uncomfortable I was in front of the camera. Hopefully with the introduction of the Landscape I would feel more co operative. The reason was in the studio setting It was just me and I felt watched to a more judgmental approach. Looking at the imagery as well I would have to say some of the imagery did also slightly show some Nipple. I would have to say that I ensure the majority of coverage such as the vagina was completely covered this is because regardless of how much or how little is shown the area of the body is very sexualised regardless of how artistic the images it. I want to ensure that there is no issues with the imagery as well as ensuring this is covered for me is important. Not only this because of such lack in confidence there is no way that there will be any exposure. However the use of the nipple and its accidentally display I don’t think will be of an issue obviously there maybe issues depending on how much is exposed but the use of the eye contact and the anonymous approach is important because having someone look onto an image rather than into the eyes encourages that it is not of anything sexual nor is it of purpose but more with the understanding that its a natural area of the body.

Further more after this shoot I aim to photograph the landscape and also then begin to approach different landscapes and photograph myself within it.