The newest version of my “Hard Hats and Horses” photo book. I have now added quotes/text and slightly adjusted the layout. My words still need work/editing and I need to slightly adjust the positioning of them. Feedback greatly appreciated!
Hard Hats and Horses (4)
Art of darkness: Animals display their sinister sides as they pose for moody black and white portraits
“Photographer Alex Teuscher pictured a range of exotic creatures including tigers, rhinos and elephants with his artistic project which took him more than two years to complete.”
This black and white project demonstrates that whilst some bodies of work are meant to be spontaneous and quick, others need time and careful planning to produce the best results. Whilst I shall be shooting in the spontaneous category I agree with Teuscher that the black and white really enhances his work and gives it a much deeper meaning and sense (“My aim was to show the magnificence of these animals and capture a little bit of their soul. The black and white brings out their personality in my opinion.”) I usually stay away from black and white as I much prefer the richness of colour but after seeing this work (despite being digital rather than film) I am excited to try out the black and white medium on subjects I would usually always shoot in colour. It has filled me with confidence that such beautiful images one personally would expect to see in bold colours look so magnificent in deep black and white tones. It does not phase me at all now that I shall not be working in my preferred way, on the contrary I feel quite impassioned about the task ahead!
Just because its adorable!
Cute Tiger Cub
An illustrated talk by award-winning photographer Nick Danziger.
His book, The British (2001), was selected by The Sunday Times as one of its Photography Books of The Year. He has since travelled the world taking photographs and making documentary films, and has become one of the world’s most renowned photojournalists. Nick has spent much of the last 25 years photographing heads of state as well as the world most dispossessed and disadvantaged.
PhotoVoice Presents: ‘An Evening with Nick Danziger’
Some more inspiration with a variety of new perspectives for me to consider when completing my own story on the racing yard (rather than a ranch). Particularly like 1, 3 and 7, they are the ones most accessible to me and my style of photography.
My proposal for this module is:
I’m going to shoot “The Uni Student” and document my life as a student in Cheltenham 2014. As captain of the basketball team, living in a pub, regular nights out, scuba diving, part of the shooting club, working in the boxes at the race course, training for the London marathon and 10k extreme assault course, going to a 21st in Ireland, general day to day life and of course studying I think I’ll have a huge scope to work with giving me plenty of opportunities to capture variety and interesting shots. I struggle a bit with film so having an accessible subject (myself) I’ll be able to concentrate on the technical side of things rather than seeking a subject. I’ll take the camera around with me and it’ll become second nature!
This emotionally beautiful document of this elderly couples life has reinforced that having your own life as the subject can produce a very powerful piece of work indeed. People can relate or emphasise or compare or laugh or think “thank god thats not my life” but they all generate emotion towards your work which makes it memorable and interesting.