Introduction to Practice in Wet Photography

This introduction provides you with an orientation to the core visual ideas in terms of elements and principles, the History of Photography and darkroom practice via photograms, chemograms, sun pictures, pinhole photography and a series of constructed images.

One of the first tasks on your term project sheet is a labeled collection of images in your Photography Portfolio that relate to ‘Ways of Seeing’ i.e., ‘center of interest’ ‘different points of view’ ‘rule of thirds’ ‘abstract patterns and textures’. This is just an exercise in training your eye to identify visual characteristics.

Below are examples that roughly demonstrate the idea behind balancing composition using a grid aligned to the ‘rule of thirds’.

You can download the current task here

Download the Pinhole component of the task here

 

Images sourced @ www.photographymad.com and stillphotojournalist.com

Images that demonstrate ‘center of interest’ could include photographs such as;

Note: The center of interest does not have to be visually in the center of the image. However it’s always the dominant focal point in the photograph’

Images sourced @ blog.syracuse.com, theartofphoto.wordpress.com and www.hongkiat.com

Photographs that demonstrate ‘different points of view’ (high / low) or unusual angles could include examples such as;

Images sourced @ dailypost.wordpress.com , www.mrboothby.net, www.pickchur.com , photography.tutsplus.com  and www.examiner.com

Images that relate to textures, patterns and abstraction could be represented by examples such as;

Images sourced @ www.picturecorrect.com , www.ronbigelow.com , digital-photography-school.com, photography.nationalgeographic.com, www.photographymad.com , eswalls.com and fourwallsonly.com

 

History of Photography Research Task

As the name implies this research task gets you to look at and create an overview (in time-line style) of significant events in the history of photography up until the late 1890’s.

Points that you should cover inlude;

  • Mo Ti 5BC and Alhazen 10AD (earliest observations of the ‘principle’ of inversion)
  • 1300 -1700 Camera Obscura, Camera Lucinda and Camera Lucida
  • 1700-1800 Joseph Schulze and Thomas Wedgewood
  • 1826 Joseph Neipce ‘View from the window at Gras’
  • 1839 Daguerreotype (Louis Daguerre)
  • Sir John Herschel (Sodium Thiosulphate) Hypo or more commonly known as today as fixer
  • Calotype (Henry Fox Talbot)
  • Collodion Process (Frederick Scott Archer + Gustave Le Gray)
  • Dry Plate Process (Richard Maddox)
  • George Eastman (Roll film / Box Brownie) 1889 – 1890’s

Present this in an appropriate digital format e.g., Word, PDF export from Publisher or Pages, Powerpoint / Ketnote / Prezzi or Acrobat Portfolio.

Design based Collage / Re-Constructions

Examples for 2a

Images sourced @ www.thisiscolossal.com and awaitingroomaquarium.blogspot.com

Examples for 2b

Images sourced at TinTin Cooper

Examples for 3

Images sourced @ Maxomatic

Examples for 4 (Surreal / Designed image) Made from a collection of photo’s and found images inspired by Sarah Eisenlohr.

Images sourced @ malformedmentality.deviantart.com , patternbank.com and  Saraheisenlohr.com

Examples for 5. Cutting & re-assembling images for impact. Inspired by Matthieu Bourel.

 

Images sourced @ EKDOJO

You can download the current task here

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