The following images were taken for Creative Futures photography class to relate to my specialist subject: travel.
First image: taken on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.
Second image: taken from a train platform in Hessle.
Third image: taken of a traveller near Queen Victoria’s Monument, Hull.
Fourth image: taken of buses in Hull City Centre.
Fifth image: taken of a Thomas Cook travel agents in Hull.
Sixth image: taken in the Old Town, Hull.
Seventh image: taken down Whitefriargate, Hull.
Poppies lay at the statue built in memory of the servicemen who gave their lives for the Merchant Navy. It honours the lives lost at sea in peace and war. The poppies where laid over Remembrance Day weekend.
Monument of Queen Victoria outside the Hull City Hall and Ferens Art Gallery. Unveiled in 1903 by the Prince of Wales, 2 years after Victoria’s death. The statue is in remembrance of her time on the throne, ruling Great Britain and the countries of the Commonwealth. (The toilets situated underneath Queen Victoria’s monument have been claimed to be some of the finest public toilets in England!)
Fish tail statue outside the Hull City Hall; marking the Seven Seas Fish Trail around the Old Town, created by artist Gordon Young as an art piece, it also relates to the memory of Hull being one of the major fish trading ports. The Fish Trail is now a major tourist attraction of Hull, you can buy a leaflet to help you follow the trail from the Tourist Information Centre. It references Hull and it’s ports: Prince’s Dock, Victoria Dock, Albert Dock, St Andrew’s Dock, and so on.
The bee-printed telephone box, located outside the Kingston Communications offices is a to the Bee Lady; a tribute to Hull’s very own Jean Bishop, in recognition of her Pride of Britain Award for her fundraising achievements for Age UK, raising more than £100,000 in 14 years. The bumblebee print represents her signature bee costume she wears when collecting money.
In the session, we were given a task and 1 hour to go out and take three images of a certain subject, mine being taxi drivers. Whilst out, I asked the three subjects if they could pose for a photograph.
We also went through more of the history of photography, including photographers such as Bert Hardy, who took photographs of the Chinese community in Liverpool, post-war Britain, and the Korean War; Eve Arnold, who photographed Marilyn Monroe and Mongolia; and Peter Menzel and Faith D’Auisio, who took pictures of families and food from different countries.
Photo essay: narrative, events, emotions, and concepts.
Structure: establishing shot, full figure shot, medium shot, close up, text, action, narrative detail.
In the first session for Photography, we went through the history, which included William Fox Talbot and the first negative, George Eastman and the middle class, The Illustrated London News, Thomas Wedgwood and the fine china images, and the 1950’s when television was invented and things became more visual.
We then refreshed our camera knowledge by going through camera options. For example, manual: controlling the shutter speed and aperture, auto: sets shutter speed and aperture automatically, shutter speed: control of shutter speed, automatically sets aperture, and aperture: control of aperture, shutter speed sets automatically in accordance.
As well as this, we looked at the formal elements of a photograph, which included colour, line, perspective, texture, patterns, shadow/form, thirds, diagonals, spirals, and triangles.