When I was set the task to keep a blog for my university studies in my final year I knew this was something I would enjoy. They required us to blog about our shoots, findings and experiences for our Final Major Project and also to blog about all of the photography work we do outside of studying for our degree to look into what our plans would be post-course.
I have been running this blog for my business Zoe Ann Photography for a while before I joined my final year of uni in September so blogging about weddings, events, fairs and shoots came very easy to me. I found it a lot harder to blog about my own personal work as this is not something I usually share outside of university, however this has come a lot easier to me over the months. I knew that my blog had to maintain a professional image due to being a combination of my business and my degree so this is something I have tried to keep up throughout the year.
As I am coming to the end of my final year with my deadline being only tomorrow (eek!) I know that this blog is something I am going to continue to keep up with as I leave uni, I will continue to blog about weddings and events for the next years of my Zoe Ann Photography career!
For my final shoot I visited some places I had been before with my parents and I went alone to see if there was anything missed from the first time I went out. This was another successful shoot with outcomes that I will definitely be using in my final edit for my photobook.
Last night I had the pleasure of photographing a gig at Parish in Huddersfield, this was an event ran by Up & Coming Events. The event’s proceeds all went to charity Sense which helps and supports Deafblind people. Overall it was a successful and fantastic evening featuring music from Toby Burton, Mahatma Raindrop & Turbulence, all of which finished the evening off with a cover song from one of the following categories: The Beatles, Throwback or Boybands. Here are some photos I took from the gig:
After finishing shooting with my dad I went out with my mum to explore her childhood memories of places, she took me around huddersfield and we visited her old schools, some of her old family relatives houses and places where she used to play. This shoot wasn’t as successful with voice recordings due to some technical faults but I still managed to get enough.
I have now decided that I am going to incorporate quotes from these recordings in the final photobook by having them alongside some images.
Here are a couple of my favourite images from this shoot:
Last week we had another informative artist talk from photographer Danny Treacy, he did his first photography degree in Brighton and has gone on to exhibited all across Europe and the US, with his work incorporating elements of sculpture, collecting and anthropology.
For his first project he came across houses that had been abandoned by people who had died and who’s remaining families had not bothered with the house of their passed relatives; they gave Danny the access to the houses. He treated these houses like tombs for the passed occupants and didn’t do anything to alter the surroundings he was in as he wanted the photographs to be a ‘true’ reflection of the space he was in. He told us with his project he found it very frustrating finding subjects to photograph; whether he could find a picture or not was all dependant on the past occupant and what they had left behind.
This project led him onto his project called ‘Them‘ which he did for his MA, this changed the way Danny worked with photography and spaces as what he was previously doing was not satisfying him anymore. He was given keys to an abandoned flat block that was about to be demolished, he started off capturing the spaces as he did before with the houses of the deceased but then discovered a wardrobe full of clothes, he decided he should photograph himself wearing these clothes. He bought a sewing machine and began to stitch together more items of clothing and rags that he found in a factory and photographed these in a studio; he decided he wasn’t bothered for the location background anymore and wanted the photographs to be focused on the clothing. The images he created of the clothing pieces he had found led him to realise this project was about ‘them’ – the members of society more than it was about him even though he was the one wearing the clothing. When this work was exhibited he printed them very large as he wanted them to feel life like; as if the people were present in the room.
-Images from “Them” photography by Danny Treacy: source
He told us about how he never finishes projects that he creates; he likes to continue to adapt and add to them over time. Danny told us this is a very difficult way of thinking to have when trying to publish work as people, especially photobook publishes like projects to be finished. His work that he has created for personal projects has led him onto commercial fashion photography, even though this has been something that he never had any interest in as he explained he has no care for fashion but has found it to be something very creative stimulating. This is some of his commerical fashion photography for VMAN magazine that I found to be very interesting:
-Images for VMAN magazine – Photography by Danny Treacy: source
Overall I found the way Danny spoke about photography and how he creates it very intriguing, please check out more of Danny Treacy’s work from the projects I have spoke about in this post and more on his website.
After the success I had from taking photos with my dad on my last two shoots I am going to continue to use this method, I’m now going to be taking voice recordings from the shoots. This will be helpful to me to be able to listen back on the conversations we had and reflect on this while choosing photos for my book, I will also be able to use these to go back to the locations and photograph more without someone watching me shoot over my shoulder. Here are a few photos from my newest shoot for my Final Major Project.