SUBJECTS OF CONTEXTUAL RESEARCH ALREADY UNDERTAKEN
Level 3: How Blues lyrics have changed over time.
How textures in landscape painting compare in Romanticism, Post-Impressionism and Modern Contemporary art.
Foundation: Is the National Geographic overrated?
Level 4: How album cover and poster design responded to events between the 1950’s and the 1970’s.
Level 5: Documentary and photojournalism: Steve McCurry, Martine Franck
Level 6 (this dissertation): How colour changed documentary photography. Limit it to a specific part of documentary photography: landscape/wildlife? Or ask Which is better, black and white or colour?
AIM AND/OR OBJECTIVE OF YOUR PROPOSED CoP3 PROJECT
- Outline, compare and contrast the different ideas/concepts. Has colour really made an impact, or is it just adding another tool to the toolbox?
- Give my opinion so far
- To challenge key ideas within the chosen topic
- To take on different ideas
- Compare and contrast these ideas/concepts
- Give my opinion if it has changed, or why it hasn’t changed
- Compare and contrast my idea to existing ones
- Open up the subject for more thought for the reader
1. What research needs to be undertaken into the general and specific contexts of your practice?
- Science – the actual chemical process and techniques.
- Technology – digital photography, circulating images.
- Political – did it cause a reaction in politics?
- Social – how did the introduction of colour have an impact on viewers?
- Cultural – are there any cultural standpoints?
- Economic – did the more expensive process affect people or businesses?
- Artistic – could photographers express themselves more through colour, or is B&W sufficient?
- Historical values – what does colour mean to the history of photography?
2. What approach(es) will you take and what processes, methods, materials and tools are to be involved in research into your practice?
- Beginning with secondary research: How-to and contextual books, journals, interviews, lectures, talks, films, online.
- Move on to primary research, whilst continuing with secondary research: Take and process my own photos, ask for opinions, interviews. Switching between film and digital.
The relation between the techniques that you use in your practice to other techniques in the sector: I’m going further in depth by using film as well as digital. With digital, I will be using the same processes as professionals. Apart from when it comes to finding things to photograph – I will have to do my own research, rather than receiving a brief.
Changing the materials that I use can affect my practice in the sense of how long it takes me to produce a final piece and the way I reach my audiences.
Processes of creative practice that are essential or integral:
- Going out and taking pictures
- Experimental editing
- Processing film
- Annotating contact sheets
Factors could disrupt my creative practice: Weather and lighting, other briefs and modules, accessibility of ideal locations, accessibility of equipment and computer software.
3. What preparation or investigations do you need to undertake for your creative practice to take place?
I am reading a Canon’s guide to landscape photography, picking up advice, techniques, hints and tips. I will read more how to books.
Cross reference my research: Talk to professionals about what I read. Conversation (and experimentation) will help synthesize newfound knowledge.
Divide and conquer: Splitting the essay into sections, treating each one individually, but making sure they all relate to one another. Doing a bit of work each day to ensure steady and solid progress.
Researching equipment and computer software I will need.
Experimentation and exploration of different locations and light conditions will help me to generate my creativity and ideas.
4. What research do you need to undertake regarding who your creativity is for?
My audience will be those interested in journalism, photography and the history of the two.
It will be based around professional sectors of journalism, photography, media and printing.
Tone of voice would change depending on if I wrote on a sociological view, a technological view, a historical vue or a media point of view.
If my audience didn’t have technical knowledge of a camera, I would have to keep my how-to research to myself, and put it in use rather than explain it, or explain it in a minimal way.
Collaboration in research: People who know the history of colour photography, the reaction to it, and the technological side of photography.
Challenges the concept of whether black and white or colour, digital or film is better.
PRIMARY SOURCES OF INFORMATION
My photography: Experimentation
People’s opinions of colour vs back and white photos.
SECONDARY SOURCES OF INFORMATION
How-to and contextual books
PERCEIVED PROBLEMS OR DIFFICULTIES
How realistic is your proposal?
It is an ongoing debate.
Will it involve you having to travel half way across the world at a prohibitive expense?
Will have to avoid war and conflict photography, or mention it briefly.
Can you access all the sources that you require for your research?
Depends if the photography workshop will have the lenses I need.
More importantly, we would like you to consider the possible ethical implications of your study in this section. Is your research legal?
I will need to remind myself of a photographer’s rights.
Will it require the consent of others?
Possibly, depending on who or where I photograph.
Will it cause offence or harm anybody (physically or mentally)?
If I were to photograph in dangerous predicaments, there’d be a chance of me or my equipment getting harmed. If I photographed a sensitive moment, it could cause offence.