In its basic form, below I outline the aim for this next module in terms of my own photographic practise.
- To develop my portraiture style so I can feel confident towards approaching editorial commissioners.
- To Improve my narrative telling within a series of images, which will also strengthen my portfolio to show picture editors and potential clients.
I have spent a great deal of time recently looking again at artists using photography as well as editorial and commercial photographic practitioners. The more I study the inspirations and driving factors for these people making work, the more I realise that I don't want to be labeled as "A Portrait photographer", "A Landscape Photographer", A fashion Photographer". I have started to see and photograph all manner of things between photographing people, landscapes and details of things. Only in the last week or so I have gone back to using film where I can stop, slow down and really think about the process of making the images and not just snapping away with hundreds of frames on a digital SLR.
I think for me to really explore what it is that I am trying to say I must first continue with this slowed down process. Whilst making portraits I have also noticed that I really love suing the waist level finder as it doesn't intrude in the relationship between photographer and subject. Shooting through the viewfinder instantly puts a blockade up between you and I think this makes a different kind of image all together.
I think what I'm interested in is creating a narrative, but not necessarily always giving the answers. I want people to wonder what happens next. I'm interested in using images side by side, and as we heard from Felicity McCabe back in the sustainable prospects module that we shouldn't be afraid to place images next to each other even from different projects. This influence of pairings can transform work and take it into a new place.
So my initial statement of intent for this module was all about portrait photography aimed at editorial commissions. This is still the case but I think I am going to take myself out of the box of "Portrait Photographer" and just think of it as creating narratives and answering questions. I think being comfortable with my own practise will certainly help me with my aim fo getting some commissions. Perhaps they may not just be in the area of Portrait stories...
I also have a meeting with Andy Greenacre who is the picture editor at The Telegraph Magazine next week so fingers crossed.