Term 4 Week 4 - Independent Reflection

October 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Another interesting week.  In terms of my marketing plan I have now create an online portfolio which I have split into two areas; one for my MA project and one for other miscellaneous work.  It is just a start and will need t one weeded and continually developed. Likewise this website which needs serious weeding.  I also intend to contact a number of military charities such as Help for Heroes, Royal British Legion, Army Benevolent Fund and the British Limbless  Ex-Servicemans Association to try and get some interest in supporting/funding me with my  final project.

I produced two prints that I scanned from Hong Kong in 1985,  the first was of the base where I served in Sek Kong which doesn't really show any of particular note. in relation to my MA project the second one id reminiscent of my current work where I like to take portraits that the  subject is unaware. I like the 'realness' or 'trueness'  of shooting in this way. There of course is some humour aslo in this in this picture as it is clearly not a Salad House.

In terms of my WIP my style suits the taking of environmental portraits.  Environmental portraits are portraits taken of a person or people in a situation that they live in and a place that says something about who they are. This makes a lot of sense for  my project as I want the subjects to look normal and taking part in sport like anyone else. 

Environmental portraits work well with  my project because:

1. They give context to the subject.

2. They give points of interest to shots without distracting from the subject too much.

3.  They help the subject relax resulting in the portraits looking unconstructed.

4. They often give the viewer real insight into the personality and lifestyle of the subject.


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