Assignment 3 – Technical considerations and shooting process.
A total of 314 photographs were taken for this assignment (link to annotated contact sheets), of which 23 were shortlisted and 9 made it to the pre-final selection (see below). Some are straight, one-shot images without significant manipulations (other than for adjusting lighting and converting to black and white) but many of the photographs were created in post-processing by combining various exposures, using techniques similar to those I already explored for part one of this course (link). Some of those images that were captured directly in camera make use of sequential strobes over a single long exposure shot to capture multiple impressions of myself, a technique first popularised by Harold Edgerton (link)(1) and which I had explored in a previous OCA course (link). Another set was done by capturing body movement over a long exposure, this time by taking advantage of ambient light only.
All images were cropped to a 2:3 aspect ratio and shown in landscape, to maintain uniformity of presentation. Every image features me or parts of me only. The final selection of images is shown below with some commentary on the how the images came about
All images shown above were used in the final presentation except numbers 4 and 8. In the case of image 4, I decided to leave it out because I felt there was another image that fitted better the text I wanted to use as caption. In the case of image 8, I felt that the connection between the concept I wanted to illustrate (obsessiveness) and the image itself was too vague, and the diary excerpt I had for this idea was not sufficiently related to the image itself.