I was very pleased with this set of photographs. I feel that my research paid off and I improved greatly from the street photography in Assignment 2. In Assignment 2 the mistake I made was literally interpreting the brief of “crowds”.
Many of the images I shot worked well in both colour and black and white and comments from my tutor advises that I should undertake a project where the outcome would be a black and white set of shots – I will remember this for future projects.
I too like Images 5 and 6. Just after I shot image 6 the little girl ran off and I managed to capture a shot but because of her height her head was obscured by the railing bar and it was not so strong. Had I managed to get a shot with her head above the railing it would have been an even better shot.
In Image 7, which is not so strong I think if I had been a little closer to the subject it would have been stronger. This was a favourite with many of the people I consulted with.
I will endeavour to make my research more visual by including contrasting images.
Overall, I am pleased with this feedback.
For Assignment 2 I chose crowds as my subject. Big mistake. I realised without doubt that street photography is not my forte. That was confirmed by the feedback from my tutor. Although, some shots were OK many (and I really knew this when I submitted them) were not well composed and the framing was not always satisfactory.
My tutor cites image 8 as an example of where the framing is detrimental to the shot. I hadn’t even noticed how close the man in the right hand bottom corner was to the edge of the shot, so caught up was I in getting the shot of the boy climbing on the sculpture. This until the feedback, had been one of my favoured shots! I guess I’ve still got a lot to learn.
However, Image 5 was a better example of well composed crowd street photography with the eye being drawn into the man who is looking towards the woman who is purchasing an item from the stall. I did think this was one of the better images too.
Having reviewed my submission following tutor feedback I feel that Image 4 is a particularly bad example of composition and Image 2 is not particularly well framed with my “spot Darth Vader” being tucked away at the bottom of the shot.
I have followed up my tutors recommendation of looking at Lee Friedland’s work and his use of reflections to frame his work. I have also tried to emulate this technique in my photography. This is a shot I took on an unofficial study day to Bath.
Overall the feedback has been very useful and has made me assess my approach to street photography.