A photograph I captured on Oxford Street in London, encapsulating a man well dressed, which leads to the assumption he is middle class, this is due to his attire and where he was located at the time when I took the photograph. I consider it to be more ordinary than the others in the series as the location isn’t as diverse in character in comparison to Camden, however the photograph is conceptually succeeding to my project, as I have captured the main point of this project on society, it fits into the series well as it shows how contrasting the city of London actually is, that a short subway journey away is Camden where a stranger side to the city can be found, which brings the city together as one working society.
During post production I followed the same criteria of black and white and high contrast to ensure that I had a continuous looking series, which is important as photographs from the same set should be similar with one another, an important aspect as viewers of my work can make easier judgement’s to which series the photograph belongs to.
A second photograph from Camden town in London, again focusing on the weird characters that are working there. These are an unusual pair of street performers where they have amazing cos-play and people actually pay them for photographs. What I love about this photograph is how it is taken candid and to me raising my camera one of them posed instinctively, a great character to photograph as I love meeting people when street photographing, who see it as just a photograph not something hurtful.
Furthermore the photograph is fitting to the concept as I have captured a diverse looking people, which adds context to the series as strange is always better than the ordinary in my opinion. I have photographed true to myself as I have used a style which I am accustomed and edited black and white as this is my preferred style to street photography specifically.
A photograph I took in London of a women who owned a small old film camera stall, I used a 50mm lens for this, with the F-stop at 1.4, I had to be careful as this creates a shallow depth of field, so I had to beware of the focusing, to ensure she being the subject was in focus. This was a technical experiment to see how using this kind of lens would be visually. Personally I think using this method has worked perfectly as she is in focus, which makes her the main focal point of the photograph. The photograph was taken in a candid style, which I took as I waited for the moment, she was in conversation with someone and I was waiting for a smile, to depict that she was happy, which by all means she seemed to be when conversing with her. Furthermore to this she seemed to be quite a strange character, this is what I was looking for as capturing the strange and diverse is much more interesting to viewers than just a normal photograph, also giving my viewers an idea of Camden and some of the strange characters you can be exposed too.
Overall a great photograph technically and conceptually as I have experimented with different lenses and settings but also captured a working class women in her working environment which is befitting to my brief.
This is one of the photographs I have chosen for my portfolio for this project, taken in Liverpool at the beginning of the course, I found that this photograph was perfect for the concepts I wanted to capture, considering it to be one of my best photographs to date, I decided it had the requirements to be part of my project.
An aspect of the photograph which makes it befitting for the project, as the photograph has captured a man in the foreground, smartly dressed who could be considered to be posh and middle class, this was captured in a part of Liverpool which would be deemed as working class. The women in the background of the photograph is dressed much more casually and is looks to be on her break, seeming more apart of working class. The photograph depicts how these people have come together in society which capture how we all live together as one in society despite of whatever social class each individual are regarded to be part of.
Here is my collection of photographs from Leeds, again there is a large quantity of photograph which essential for street photographers to do, as this creates opportunity to capture my chosen concepts, I have gone around Briggate and photographed the posh sides of Leeds, to capture the working class I decided to photograph in a bar named The Angel Inn, which with it’s cheap lagers and other beverages brings crowd of people considered to be working class, so there I could capture this specific social class in a setting befitting for them. To further this I decided to photograph around building sites and staff working on maintenance on the streets, as these specific jobs are considered to be working class professions, with it being manual labour, so this added another layer of context to the photographic series I am creating, giving me an extra concept to explore.
Overall I photographed the diverse social groups in one society, this being the main concept of this project, making the photographing in Leeds an undoubted success, as I have captured the conceptual side, with extra context through the photographing of building sites and maintenance staff at work .
This is the whole collection of photography from London, it is an example of how street photography works in itself as I have taken over 650 photographs in the the three day visit, showing dedication to photograph each place visited in detail of my concepts, from the posh streets of Oxford Street to the bustling Undergrounds Subway system to the hustling stalls of Camden. This gave me opportunity to photograph each place and capture the diversity of the city and its social classes, the Working Class side of Camden and the Middle Class of Oxford and the mixtures of the classes in the Underground, giving viewers of my work how we all live as one society.
A successful trip as I set out and captured the concepts I intended, photographing everything I saw, to look back on in the post – production stage and see how many photographs I could use as part of my project, there was plenty to use from London alone, just because of the scale and the diversity that I found there. A larger scale version of Leeds in many ways, which was great to see as I also set out to capture similarities of the cities, on how societies tend to have specific parts in which each class uses as habitats, living amongst one another, until commuting between there daily routines, together on train of bus which is why photographing the Underground was so interesting as it captured this concept perfectly.
A lesson learned from researching all the photographer in Everybody Street, but mainly focused on the teachings of Jill Freedmen, this is because she worked grueling hours, which even involved sleeping in the Fire Departments Chiefs car as at the time women wasn’t allowed in the Firehouses after 10pm without supervision. So even though she was up all day and almost all night photographing with them, she chose to not even go home to rest properly. This displays the kind of character needed, to be successful in photography of any format. Now I won’t be doing such things as my subject matter is totally different but I shall be determined by photographing regularly at all times of the day to ensure that I can photograph all the concepts I am looking to capture in my project. My outcomes shall be achieved by this determination, so for my end of year exhibition I shall have a body of work, evident with my concepts and ideologies on social classes and there how they all come together to make one operational society.