Unpredictability and Control

Life is unpredictable and control is just an illusion” – Hannah Baker

Screen Shot 2017-12-26 at 15.29.45.pngAs part of our practice in context module we are exploring set themes and completing workshops and tasks in order to become more aware of our creative arts in addition to gain more knowledge about our creative worlds.

Our first theme is unpredictability and control. It is an opportunity for me to reflect on all aspects of my work that include both themes. In addition this theme is very personal because it is an opportunity for me to rethink my strategies and start thinking in different ways especially from times when things didn’t go to plan or when an idea was too thought out that it turned out unsuccessful. 

  • Film Photography – My recent style of photography fits with the theme of unpredictability perfectly. This summer I’d invested in my very first film camera and it ignited a true passion for in the moment photography. This is very unpredictable as I’m not necessary looking for anything particular to photograph when on my travels however when I do find something the fast selection of camera properties makes it unclear whether the image will turn out how I’d imagined and wanted it to. Also at many times I have missed opportunities of photographing wonderful things because these special moments happen so quickly.

Figure 1 shows an image of Llandudno beach with a formation of rocks in the foreground and the pier and Great Orme in the background. This image is a perfect example of both unpredictability and control as I had taken the time to sit and plan what the image was going to look like. I’d sat on the pebbles looking for multiple different angles after finding the best I then imagined the most suitable aperture to have with the image. I’d taken these measures of control because I find film a lot more valuable than my modern DSLR. There is no point rushing something or taking multiple images of the same shot because using film is an expensive thing to continue doing. It takes time and thought to achieve a good image therefore planning and controlling all aspects was very important to me. Even after pressing the shutter my results will still be unclear however I had high hopes for the image.

Whereas figure 2 was a very spontaneous image. Walking down the promenade and seeing these elderly couples sitting on the bench admiring the view reminding me of images similar to Henri Cartier Bresson. I’d quickly taken upon myself to take the image then and there hoping they would not recognise me doing so and feel the need to move. I was certainly unsure about the results however going to collect my film from the print shop was certainly very exciting and most of the results were very rewarding.

However my main issue with my camera and prints was over exposing the film especially since I am still learning how to properly use the equipment. With a generation easy accessible modern technology which is improving on a daily basis sometimes it is nice to sit back and try the old style and to learn the art of patience alongside the original way to take a photograph. Although I cannot predict or control my results this style of taking images is certainly one that I enjoy and aim to continue doing. I intend to continue taking my camera with me and like figure 2 find inspiration from other artists and recreate my own versions of them. My strategies can only be take things as they come but accomplish them to the best of my ability. I enjoy how free I can be with this style but controlling them to be successful images and seen professionally is very difficult especially with the competitive world that we live in. However I look forward to more film projects. Thankyou for reading. To be continued… :)(:

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