Please note all images shown here are just rough unprocessed j pegs only for the purpose of drafting ideas:
I began photographing this location over a year ago, initially I shot another as well, however once my interest and confidence with this site grew I focused on this site only. I decided to concentrate on an area of no more than 20 metres square in this woodland spot just off a footpath on a frequent running route, I knew the spot would change throughout the year as it often floods.
To begin with my focus was on a couple of fallen trees which I thought would be a good subject. I shot them from a variety of focal distances and perspectives, but my photographic vision, and I think my technique grew enormously over the time especially after a few months when I began using a prime lens; this meant that I had to move around much more and it helped me to observe more keenly and look at subjects from more viewpoints.
These images give a flavour of the location and ways that I was photographing initially:
I soon noticed a pallet just on the peripheral of the space and began to photograph it a little, and when I realised that it was deteriorating I observed and shot it more often. My interest in the pallet grew to the point that I thought I would intersperse images of the landscape transitioning with the pallet changing; I shot for the last half of the time span with this in mind.
At the same time I began to photograph the space more instinctively rather than having a set pattern of “views” that I looked for each time I visited; photographing subjects within the space that attracted me. This project has shown me how much my photographic practice has developed over the period, and I think this is why my ideas on what I would use to show transitions in this landscape changed over the time. If I was starting the project now I would attack it completely differently, in fact I am going to continue photographing this space but with a different emphasis.
PHASE 1 DECIDING ON MY CONCEPT
When I had to call time on this project I reviewed my images. Although I had some “picturesque” images of the spot they are of less interest me than they were a year ago. I still had in mind to use the transition and demise of the pallet but I had a real “mixed bag” of images, focal distance, lens, lighting conditions, and perspective.
I also had many images that I found very interesting that I would have liked to use, particularly close ups of the landscape:
These are some of my favourite images currently but I am inclined to steer away from these as close ups, they are possibly too close to my work in assignment 5. This is work that I will continue with myself.
Two possible series to develop for the assignment:
Although not my intention when photographing in my location, having reviewed my images I am now considering using those of the sawn ends of the trunks of the fallen trees. It’s unfortunate that I didn’t begin photographing in this way until the last third of the period; I have put together a collection of these images to see if I can make a series of the tree trunks ends transitioning:
I am also still considering a series featuring the transition of the pallet, although I have to solve the problem of the variation of colours and lighting, caused by the images being taken over 14 months at variable times of day, seasons and conditions throughout the year. I did intend to present the pallet as alternating shots with others of the landscape but I think this dilutes my concept. This is a draft set of ideas for a series on the deterioration of the pallet:
I am undecided at this point which series I should develop for my transitions project, whichever I chose although I have to solve the problem of the variation of colours and lighting, caused by the images being taken over 14 months at variable times of day, seasons and conditions throughout the year.
I am also undecided whether to present as prints or a slideshow, I am thinking at the moment that a slide show might strengthen the idea of transitions, whilst also overcoming the problem of the inconsistency between the image tones.
PHASE 2 EDITING TO FORM A SERIES
At my feedback session with my tutor for assignment 6 I shared my above ideas for the transitions series.
Like me she was divided about which of my two transitions ideas to move forward with, the pallet or the log ends. Following our discussion I have decided to develop the log ends for my transition project but to close off my pallet project by creating a slide show of it for my own satisfaction, see my Transitions slideshow here: https://vimeo.com/382047564
I have chosen to present my “log ends” for my transitions series for several reasons. Firstly I am more attracted to it, I find it more interesting, focused and much more representative of my current work. However as this was not my intention over the course of photographing of my location for transition, but photographs that I took as a side product, just because I was drawn to them when on location, I do not have the breadth of images that I would like to form a quality series with. It is unfortunate that due to time constraints set by this course I must form a series now with the material that I have; therefore I am going to treat the images that I have as a precursor to a body of work which I will develop further from this point- almost as the preliminary sketches for a series on transition in the landscape.
I revisited my contact sheets of material for log ends to ensure I hadn’t missed any good images so I can form the best series that I can from my existing material. I want to reduce the number of images a little to tighten it up and have decided that they best way to present this work is as prints.
In the series that I presented as my draft submission to my tutor I dropped the two location images at the beginning and end of my rough draft series:
I also dropped 2 close up images that I feel were repetitive:
Now I feel I have a tighter more focused series which represents a changing and evolving landscape, that will be a good platform for developing a body of work going forwards.
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