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T7 – Photography Evaluation

T7 – Photography Evaluation

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T7
 Photography Evaluation
The photographs I have submitted as my final pieces were all taken at Nunnington Hall on the date of the class trip. I chose the theme of architecture and based my images around showing the buildings in both natural and artificial conditions, in order to put forward a certain artistic image in the house and grounds.
Visual Language
With my photographs I have used a wide variety of angles, shapes and architectural viewpoints to showcase the building in its natural form but also bring out certain cues in the structure, such as windows, doors, archways and decorative motifs. In addition to this, I have experimented with several vintage style effects that have taken advantage
of the building’s timeless exterior and
lack of modern clutter, which would render such filters anachronistic. Such effects include a sepia toning and use of an old paper texture to give the effect of an old, worn photograph. These images also used a slight vignette to give the illusion of being taken with an older camera.
I was inspired by Albert Levy’s work with the vintage effects, whose
Victorian era photographs greatly resembled the techniques I have used above. The other images were presented in both colour and in black and white. I used black and white to highlight some of my exterior shots because removing the colour in some images can make the subject appear very dominating and harsh, making structural aspect stand much more than they did in colour. It is also able to artificially manipulate the
image’s weather, creating quite a gloomy, overcast mood.
 On the other hand, using intensified and saturated colour has made the images appear much more warm and friendly, which was particularly useful in some of my shots that appeared slightly drab and grey thanks to the cloudy day on which they were taken. I have used cropping in several of my images to remove unwanted subjects and to bring in main aspects into the center, using the rule of thirds. One example of this is my long-range shot of the exterior house, which was cropped and adjusted to bring the building directly into the center. One criticism I can think of with my chosen effects is the lack of a universal style employed in my final submission. I can imagine that my set of photographs would have felt much more uniform and stylish had they all employed the black & white or vintage filters. I also think that I could have used a bigger variation of subjects, perhaps using some of the stonework in the gardens or more interior shots.
 
 Audience
The audience of my photographs is, in my opinion, quite specific. Usually architectural photographs are used on a professional basis, in draft work and surveying, but it is not uncommon to see such photographs featuring in magazines and galleries as buildings have always been quite a popular subject for photography thanks to their portrayal of human achievement.
I’ve found that most people in architectural fields
are male, in their 30s to 60s and this is where I have aimed, using a mature and sensible style of photography to appeal to this audience. The intended context of my images was to be appearing a magazine, book or publication, aimed at documenting the house and grounds using different effects to show it in alternate moods. These photographs could also be used to document the location for historical, educational and tourist significance, and as such the respective audiences of each would be included, such as students, historians, individuals with an interest in history, and tourists, both local and foreign.
Historical and cultural context
I believe that my work, having been taken using a modern camera and edited with current programs is able to fit into modern-day
publications as contemporary or ‘retro’ art thanks to
the usage of retro and black/white filters. These effects were inspiration from Victorian photographer Albert Levy and present day New York photographer Ty Cole, who is a user of HDR and black/white filters. I used these filters to show the house and grounds in a different light, as well as showing them in their respective time period, which would be in a time where sepia photographs would be used, as colour photography had not been invented. Thanks to the lack of modern aspects in several of my images, they could easily be seen as timeless and would be very similar if not identical to a photography that was taken using the same spot I shot from. Also inspired was the camera angles I have used in my shots. Albert Levy was fond of using full shots of the buildings he photographed, not focusing on a stylish or artistic aspect but was intending to document the entirety of the building. Modern photographers of architecture like Hélène Binet choose to go for angles and edges, giving their shots a very stylistic approach.
 
Intentions and fitness for purpose
My intentions for my set of photographs were to document the house and grounds in both natural and artificial light, featuring close ups of detail and interesting features. I would say that I accomplished this within a good margin as the majority of my final images show off the house in black and white to create a gloomy yet dominating atmosphere, with factors like shutter speed and aperture helping to illuminate the darker areas and using a tripod to acquire more stable photos with a longer shutter speed. The close-up photos I took, such as the lion rug, have in my opinion turned out to be quite effective in showcasing some interesting features of the house although a couple of people have said that this photograph was very out of place in my set. I will agree with this as the remaining photos are all focused on the interior and exterior, but I will keep this photo as it displays
one of the main features of the hall’s stone guest room.
 As architectural photos my photographs are successful because the theme is comprised of the house and its surrounding, showing intricate and detailed aspects of the construction as well as the overall structure. If my images were to be used professionally, it is likely that they could be seen in official publications, like a website, guide or leaflet and I believe they are suitable for this. Many of my images are clear and give good overall views of the house, making them ideal for tourist publications. However, I think that black and white effects may be a little unsuitable for leaflets, as the lack of colour could give tourists the wrong idea about the feel of the house and grounds. Overall I am very satisfied with my intended purpose but believe that I could have tailored my choice of colour more to make these images visually appealing.
Final Images
The collection of images I have chosen from my camera roll have been selected because their clarity, positioning, angle and relevance. I have particularly gone for images that features angles for objects that one would not expect, such as the
garden’s main gate opposite the house.
Other images have included different facades of the house, a couple of interior shots and architectural aspects of the building itself. I have found that most of my images were of the correct exposure and focus, but a lot were simply too dark or shaky to have been of any use, likely because of the extremely fast shutter speed and the
room’s lighting. Use of a tripod however allowed me to capture a good set of
interior shots without the risk of shake or blur. There was also the aesthetic side, and I omitted a lot of images that were of awkward angles or of subjects that were not relevant to my chosen purpose, such as a peacock.

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