PHVP 3409 Week 19 (Long Post)

In the last tutorial I have mentioned many things and during the time, I tried to achieve it.  After looking at Jim Rice photographs I have tried to experiment slightly in overexposing the faces that they would be more noticeable in the photographs. Here is couple of examples from before & after:

The difference is not that huge, but it still makes a face to pop out more. In my point of view, face in portrait is most important part ūüôā 

Before my interim assessment presentation on Wednesday I had still some time to capture some people and decided to concentrate more on timeless locations. In my previous examples of work it is possible to see various distracting shop signs, posters and etc. which just really don’t add anything for the picture. Viewers attention goes on them rather than on the subject. So, from now on I will try to pay attention to details and avoid unnecessary objects in my portraits. I noticed from my work and also from the others that timeless locations makes you wonder more about the picture itself and when these photos were being taken.

Last time I mentioned here, that I will share a photo copied photos from The Forgotten Ones by Milton Rogovin and here they are:

As you can see from these images above, everything just works. It is difficult to explain of how I work with the strangers, but I want to show them in serious way and maybe an eye contact creates that look which keeps you watching and thinking about the portrait. 

A little bit more contemporary photographer called ZOLT√ĀN J√ďKAY has done series of portraits around 2000s as well. He used colour film and probably a 35 mm film camera to achieve such results, however most of his pictures are slightly out of focus… For the wish to separate subject from the environment, photographer needed to blurry the background while using fast lenses and wide apertures. Nevertheless, of not perfect focus, all his subjects are having their own time and Zoltan captured them in the way of how I am trying to do it. For me it is quite easier to focus, I guess, because my widest aperture on Bronica is only 2.8 and he probably used 1.4.

Talking about colors and remembering William Hoiles about which I wrote in previous post as well, colorful portraits are more vivid and provides you more visual information in my opinion. However, I noticed that when you tell your subjects that you still shoot on b&w film, I can spot their even bigger confidence in me.   

You may ask, why I like stronger contrast in my all b&w portraits and the answer is quite simple. According to my practice, higher contrast and adjustments in middle tones allows me to highlight a face, the details of skin, clothes and a blurry background.  For example: in the photo album Asakusa Portraits by Hiroh Kikai photographer captured all his really great portraits in the same location, however the soft contrast just doesn’t look great for me. Subjects are all fine, but contrast not. 

Here is my couple of portraits which I have captured before my presentation for Wednesday:

During my presentation Greg and Nick were really positive about my experiments with strangers and encouraged not to stop and keep taking such portraits. They offered me to see some of the Daniel Meadows portraits made during the 70s because both of them agreed that my way of showing and capturing people is quite the same to Meadows. According to tutors it is quite unique nowadays to see such portraits. Here is a couple of examples of Daniel Meadows portraits which are actually quite similar to my work.

Last week I was looking through my all negatives since the 1st year and found this image with the dog & his owner. Personally, I like this portrait because of their gaze and position and it made me to make a short experiment. Now, I am taking pictures with people and asking some general questions, however I thought that I could try to photograph people but WITH their dogs. That would be something different and more interesting perhaps because everyone likes the dogs and it wouldn’t be so similar to my inspiration – Humans of New York. I tried.

So, I have met couple of owners and with each had a great chats about their dogs, however I found it quite difficult to capture, because dogs were moving, waving their heads… I realized that this idea is worth expanding, but certainly not on the film camera and surely with colors, not in black & white. 

During the presentation Greg offered me to check Keith Arnatt’s series called Walking the Dog and when I took a book I’am real photographer from the library, I smiled. Those pictures with dogs and their owners were so good, that I will definitely try to keep doing this project behind my main one. I am not sure if I should use color film on this or just capture it digitally, but I already feel that this project could receive a lot of feedback. 

During my 2nd year, Nick had a lighting workshop in the studio where he explained and showed such technique. You underexpose the picture and compensate the difference with a flashgun. The results are always eye catching because you don’t see such images everyday and so I wanted to experiment that technique on my Bronica SQ-A.

 I felt a need to add something to my portrait images and after spending about 10 minutes, I managed to capture the image. I don’t know if you can see the light coming from the right side, but with more practice, I reckon I could achieve even better results.

That’s it for this time. I am going to take some images now.

PHVP 3409 Week 17. New Inspirations

To begin with, let me remember you what my inspiration was for this staged portraiture project. In 2013 summer I came up with a very successful and famous internet blog called Humans Of New York. Here is the link for it. Photographer Brandon photographs people, their portraits, asks something and than writes a caption next to the image. Such idea really fascinated me and I have decided to begin taking portraits in Leicester and see what is going to unfold.

It is not a surprise that Leicester is very multilingual city and I thought that it should be a very good place for taking portraits with a different kind of cultures people and to see and feel diversity within their opinions. Unfortunately, my idea didn’t work out because most of the Muslims, Indians or Asians quite frequently used to refuse or even not to understand what I wanted from them. This led me to focus more on British people and looking from the photographs this tendency is quite clear. 

Straight from the beginning I showed and still show interest in capturing slightly older individuals and it is probably because I feel that they have greater or more interesting stories.

These portraits are most recent ones and quite soon I will upload some more.

During tutorial this week, tutor Greg noticed that in couple of my photographs it is quite hard to say in which period they were being taken and this made me to think for a while.  We agreed that various modern logos on the windows and lights distracts viewers attention from a subject and it would be better to avoid adding such objects in the pictures. So now, I have decided to add slightly more attention into composition and try to capture people in timeless location.

In my previous post I did mention that I will write about some my new found inspirations and here they are: 

London based photographer Jim Rice had extremely interesting project in London years ago. According to 20thcenturylondon, between 1990 and 1993 Rice explored an extensive documentary project, recording the industrial area around Deptford Creek. Several businesses and Deptford Power Station were among buildings being demolished to make way for riverside redevelopment. Rice’s award-winning project resulted in a book, an exhibition at the Museum of London and widespread coverage.  

Unfortunately, there isn’t any photographs online, so I had to take some on phone. 

Despite the fact that I love urban, industrial landscape between those pictures I found many portraits of man who used to work there, I suppose. While looking at them I saw how well Jim composed the photographs and how high contrast perfectly reflects working conditions. 

Between many books in our library I accidentally found a book about world wide famous portrait photographer Yousuf Karsh (1908 – 2002). He mainly worked in the studio and it is quite different from what I do now, however I really like how he made some of his subjects to look just a slightly over the lens and not straight to it. Perhaps to avoid same compositions in my images I could try to take couple shots with the same person. For example: a close up and medium shot. In opinion, when subject is looking just over the lens, pictures is even more bizarre  and interesting.

According to Peter Granser, project “Sun City” is a series about a retirement colony in the American southwest, where you are only allowed to live, if you are over 55 years of age. In this book, Peter captured the true daily life of real Americans and despite of urban landscape shots, withing his portraits he perfectly revealed subject personalities. Maybe it is because everyone knew that there is a photographer between them and inhabitants felt just relaxed about that. Leicester is not a small city, and such type of shooting wouldn’t work I guess. 

Quite by accident in Flickr I found one photographer who does similar thing as me and Brandon (author of Humans of New York ). His name is William Hoiles and he shoots on film as well. As far as I can see from the pictures, photographer only snaps the photograph and doesn’t speak much with the subjects. However, that doesn’t make pictures boring. I have decided to shoot on black and white because I can develope it by myself and it is cheaper, but looking at William’s pictures I tend to say colour may be even better for such type of photography. Pictures are definitely more vivid and has more visual information in the background because on B&W we cannot see and understand it.
Here is the link for more of his photographs on flickr.

My last inspiration for this time is going to be a book called The Forgotten Ones by Milton Rogovin. Unfortunately there isn’t many photographs online as well, so will photo copy them and talk about in my following post. Here is the link on Amazon.

In the last tutorial I did mention that my portraits becomes boring from my point of view, however after looking through so many artists I came up with a couple of new ideas. I will try to show them in the next post ūüôā 

 

PHVP 3409 Week 15

Hello again and happy New Year!  A lot of time passed since my last post, but I haven’t disappeared. Previous time I wrote just after my formative assessment and during the holidays I have received an interim assessment mark which was 70%. That really pleased me and showed that I am on the right direction. For Christmas Holidays I went back to the Lithuania with all my stuff and it was a nightmare as usual while passing the customs, but everything finally went ok.

To sum up my holidays, I can say that those 3 weeks passed really quickly, however during that time I could have done more work for sure.  Talking about this module, I took my Bronica with me to the Lithuania because wanted to try to take some portraits. I had an idea about comparing people and finding their stories, however I have produced only two portraits . The problem I noticed was that British people are much much camera friendly and willing to be photographed. While walking through the streets of Vilnius I asked many people for the picture, but majority of them always refused it. Damn..   

Here are two portraits which I have made:

According to Vytautas, aged 84 years old by now, story who is on the left hand side, is a writer who published a new novel not so long away and reckons that life hasn’t changed that much during the last 30 years. Of course, Lithuania became independent but now we have different problems such as emigration. With Zigmas, who is on the right I talked less, but find out that he knows where the UK is because his wife’s sister’s daughter is coming back for Christmas.

Despite the fact of only two portraits, I have captured some city urban landscapes as well, in which I am extremely interested and always dedicate some frames in the film when I see something strange in the ordinary. 

Just before leaving to the Lithuania I had some shots left in my Bronica so decided quickly finish it and see what I’ve got. After developing and scanning this film I noticed once again that I am leaving too much of headroom in the photographs which doesn’t look great. In this term, I must fix this problem. ūüôā

Keep an eye on my blog because soon in the next post I will talk more about my new found inspirations of stranger portraiture!

Fred Herzog

 Another Monday came and I am dedicating this lovely morning to a very interesting photographer about which I have never heard before. His name is Fred Herzog (1930 September 21). In De Montfort University library, I came up with this monograph and tried to look and get deeper with his works. This photo album with artist essay and interview can be easily bought from Amazon.

 

Fred Herzog had a hard childhood because during his early childhood he lost his both parents, abandoned school and moved to Canada from Germany. Eventually, he established in Vancouver and straight away started taking photographs in the streets because he felt particular interest in taking photographs with people..

While spreading pages through the book, only then I realised that he is one of the first 35 mm colour photography pioneers. During the 50s, 60s serious organisations such likeMagnum and many other photographers were shooting entirely on Black and White films because it seemed to be more appropriate at that era, not that distracting and much cheaper. Colour Photography during those times were related with special occasions or travel snapshots. To make prints from color slides were not only difficult to produce around 60s but also they were very expensive and often chemically unstable.

Fred Herzog wanted to intimate journalism in a city environment and felt that someone has to do it, because people in the future would only be able to see how people looked at those time in Life or Time magazines‚Ķ

Personally, while looking at the pictures I couldn‚Äôt believe of such great quality colour images taken with the film camera around 1960s. Most of them looks like photographed with Digital camera. Another quite interesting thing which I have noticed looking at Fred‚Äôs images is that he also tended to photograph and capture neon lights at night, shop display windows, cars, various companies signs, all the suburbs and back yards with interesting stuff.  (There are some similarities to another very famous still living street and fashion photographer William Klein works.)This year while taking photographs in the streets I became interesting in familiar subjects and, perhaps, for the next year, I will dedicate one module for Urban Landscape theme.

To sum up, Fred Herzog is very interesting and talented photographer who is still living and I reckon, that every photographer should take a look to his works. It is uncommon chance to see early 50s and 60s America in colour!

  

Fuji Superia X-TRA 400

Hello Hello!!

Today I want to quickly share some photos taken with¬†Fuji Superia X-TRA 400 film and Yashica Electro 35 GSN rangefinder.I decided to try shooting on colour again, however this film slightly disappointed because of colour tones. I reckon that other films such like Kodak Ektar or Kodak Portra could be able to produce better results. I will test these in a couple of weeks ūüėČ

Enjoy!

P.S.¬†I am currently preparing an interesting review about Yashica Electro 35 GSN camera with photo examples! Don’t miss it!! ūüôā

Yashica Electro 35 GSN

Yashica Electro 35 GSN (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fred Herzog

Another Saturday came and I am dedicating this lovely afternoon to a very interesting photographer about which I have never heard before. His name is Fred Herzog (1930 September 21). In De Montfort University library, I came up with this monograph and tried to look and get deeper with his works. This photo album with artist essay and interview can be easily bought from Amazon.

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Fred Herzog had a hard childhood because during his early childhood he lost his both parents, abandoned school and moved to Canada from Germany. Eventually, he established in Vancouver and straight away started taking photographs in the streets because he felt particular interest in taking photographs with people..

While spreading pages through the book, only then I realised that he is one of the first 35 mm colour photography pioneers. During the 50s, 60s serious organisations such like Magnum and many other photographers were shooting entirely on Black and White films because it seemed to be more appropriate at that era, not that distracting and much cheaper. Colour Photography during those times were related with special occasions or travel snapshots. To make prints from color slides were not only difficult to produce around 60s but also they were very expensive and often chemically unstable.

Fred Herzog wanted to intimate journalism in a city environment and felt that someone has to do it, because people in the future would only be able to see how people looked at those time in Life or Time magazines…

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granville and robson 1959 by fred herzogPersonally, while looking at the pictures I couldn’t believe of such great quality colour images taken with the film camera around 1960s. Most of them looks like photographed with Digital camera. Another quite interesting thing which I have noticed looking at Fred’s images is that he also tended to photograph and capture neon lights at night, shop display windows, cars, various companies signs, all the suburbs and back yards with interesting stuff. ¬†(There are some similarities to another very famous still living street and fashion photographer William Klein works.)This year while taking photographs in the streets I became interesting in familiar subjects and, perhaps, for the next year, I will dedicate one module for Urban Landscape theme.

To sum up, Fred Herzog is very interesting and talented photographer who is still living and I reckon, that every photographer should take a look to his works. It is uncommon chance to see early 50s and 60s America in colour!

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University – Done!

Tomorrow is my last day at University, so I will have lots and lots time for my lovely streets and you.

This summer I will try to shoot on film and share my results with you as well and this evening I would like to offer you something quite interesting.

I have posted my collection of images which I have presented for my assessments for sale on ebay. How knows, maybe I will be lucky. : ))

More information is inside the link.

Enjoy!

Here is the link: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DAILY-LEICESTER-by-Lukas-Salna-Street-Photography-Series-of-14-B-W-A3-prints-/230974573014?pt=UK_Art_Photographs_RL&hash=item35c72849d6

Daily Leicester

Hello Everyone!!

I must apologise for such long silence from me.. During this period of time I was so busy working with my university works that I didn’t have enough time for this blog. Today is Monday the 29th and that means that in a morning I will be handing in my final project for university. Do you want to know more about this project??

For this assessment I am handing in 14 best images taken from 2012 September until 2013 end of April. This series I called¬†Daily Leicester¬†(currently I live in this city) which shows and represents the daily life of my¬†neighbourhood. I tried to concentrate on interesting people and worth capturing moments which could show Leicester as a fast pace city. I don’t want to¬†expand¬†very much because I think that photographs should be able to speak for themselves.

In previous post I have mentioned about 5 rolls of different films about which I really haven’t forgotten. On Tuesday I have my last handing in for Uni and then I will dedicate more time for this Blog and Street Photography.

I am attaching a gallery of images which you have probably seen already for my final assessment. Please take a look and leave a comments if you like it. ūüôā

One Week – Summary

Here we go!! One week passed from the start of this Daily Streets blog. I am very happy of such decision to begin one and I will certainly try to keep it on track. As you can notice from my categories, every Saturday I will dedicate for some kind of inspiration, during the summer or other holidays I will try to post my works taken in the Lithuania, from time to time I will try to create some reviews about different cameras, techniques or lenses in Equipment category and other post behind Daily Streets name. Perhaps, in the future I will create more of them.

Tomorrow my last term starts in University and I have to do only 3 weeks until the end. It’s not going to be very easy, because all assessments are coming closer, but with¬†the module which I have dedicated for street photography I am doing really great. Monday I will be developing 5 roll of black and white films and should get a lot of good stuff from them. As I remember on Fuji Neopan 400cn film I made lot of images with shadows and interesting shapes and one 120 film dedicated for long exposures during the day. So, I hope everything goes smooth tomorrow and I will¬†definitely¬†post some images in the afternoon.

Very excited how prefocus technique worked.

 

Raymond Depardon – Manhattan Out

From now on, I will try to dedicate every Saturday for someone who inspires me or are worth looking at. I will try to concentrate more on street photographers from all around the world, but if I will find someone  interesting from different area I will share with you as well.

Raymond Depardon – Manhattan Out

Last I week I went to my University Library and I took a huge bunch of various photo albums for deeper investigation. I really didn’t mind the author ¬†because for me it’s more interesting to find something new which I haven’t heard about before. So, this Saturday I am dedicating to still living French¬†photographer,¬†photojournalist¬†and¬†documentary filmmaker Raymond Depardon. I don’t want to expand very biographically but I will mention that Raymond belongs to Magnum Photographers community and has won¬†Pulitzer Prize in 1977 as a photo-journalist.

The book which I found in library has quite interesting story. Raymond has never been a street photographer but at 1980 winter he came to the New York with his friend. While she worked, Depardon used to walk around the city and take photos of random people. He was teriffied of New York, because couldn’t speak in english etc. ¬†He decided to never look through viewfinder and take pictures from the waist level.

Despite the fact of those photographs, Raymond didn’t felt quite confident somehow and even had a fear to develop the films. ¬†When he saw pictures for the first time, Depardon was disappointed of bad compositions ¬†and simillar things and put all those photographs away for 27 years. After such long period of time, Raymond ¬†with the help of friend had a chance to see and enlarge them again and eventually noticed something very unique. ¬†A lot of Americans were looking stright at the camera lens!

Personally, after seeing this photo album which you can purchase from Amazon for quite reasonable price, I came up with conclusion that taking photographs from the waist level is really good technique because people have no idea someone is taking a photographs of them and sometimes wrong composition just makes image more stronger.

Here is some images from the photo album.