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JAKE MACLEOD
City College, Brighton.
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  • Studio Techniques - Echo Workshop

    Here I have replicated Duffy’s studio portrait of famous pop musician David Bowie. Duffy was hired to photograph the front cover of ‘Alladin Sane’, the Bowie album. This is also one of the real Duffy contact sheets from the shoot.

    Technically, to produce this shoot I used two flash monoheads. One of them, I had facing the camera with a large fish fryer attachment as the back drop, this way I did not have to use two flash’s on the back drop. The second flash was used as a ring flash, this way I could replicate the glow in the eyes and the washed out face. The exposure was 1/125 at f.8 with a 100 ISO.

    As the image has alot of colour added through post production and make up, I have to edit a lot of things in lightroom and photoshop to replicate the original image. The hardest part of this image is simply Bowie’s distinctive face structure and eyes.

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    Studio Techniques - The Echo Workshop 2

    For this project our brief is to produce images that reinterpret known, important photographic images. To do this we will demonstrate the use of studio techniques, through portraiture with the use of a camera format of our choice (analogue or digital). 

    With the above image we chose to recreate a portrait shot of Michael Caine by the renowned studio photographer, David Bailey. To do this we first had to identify the type of lighting used and the directionality of the light (3x lights lighting subject from the left and background). We then had to work to try and recreate the exact pose and position of Michael Caine in the David Bailey photograph, so that we could produce the exact echo of the image. Above is the worksheet detailing the steps we went through to recreate the image. 

    Studio Techniques - The Echo Workshop 3

    With this image we chose to recreate a shot by Irvinn Penn, taken in the 1950s on film. With this image we identified that we needed soft lighting, so set up one simple large fish fryer facing to the right of the model. The hardest part about recreating this image was trying to get the pose and position of the model the same as in Penn’s photograph. 

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    My four page article, entitled ‘State of Mind’, printed on standard tabloid newspaper.
    For my documentary piece I focused on recording street portraits of people when they are in a specific state of mine when alone. These images were the finals used in print, accompanied by a relevant text.
    This is my final price for the Colour insight project, however I also have physical a3 prints of my selected favourites.

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    TOY // The Old Market Brighton // 18/02/14

    It was a typically dark return home for the Brighton psych rockers at The Old Market on Tuesday, as they wowed the audience with their mysterious build ups and eerie on stage persona.

     I first saw Toy play to an unflatteringly thin crowd at the John Peel Stage at Glastonbury last summer. They impressed me a lot then with their ghostly synth sounds and dreamy melodies, however, they seemed a little restricted in their approach. The recent release of second album, Join The Dots has allowed far more airtime, which has clearly had a positive effect on the confidence of the group.

    Instrumentally, they have become significantly tighter and the music has a less by the book feel to it. Songs were often used simply as a starting point; expanding into progressive, mind spinning instrumentals. The music gained momentum as expansive drum beats added to ambient build-ups. This was particularly effective during recent single, Join The Dots, bursting into faster, heavier rock after a long, monotonous intro. However, guitarist, Dominic O’Dair’s eccentric playing techniques and over complicated guitar solos sometimes overcrowded the sound, drowning out Tom Dougall’s vocals.

     The gloomy stage presence added a visionary aspect to the dark sounds. Vacant stares at their audience whilst playing through the set gave a haunting feel to the gig. Frontman, Dougall stood elegantly poised throughout, like a member of a moody glam rock band from the 70s, whilst others distressingly threw themselves around in a sea of Fender Jaguars.

    Toy are clearly still a vital part of Heavenly Recordings’ psychadelia revival. The continuous guitar drones and weird synth patterns created a chillingly atmospheric show, and although there were a few over keen moments, the explorative nature of the band is excitingly authentic.

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    The brain works differently when alone. It processes things differently, takes more in and wanders creatively. We often find ourselves strolling down the road in a state of non-existence. The phrase ‘ a world of your own’ springs to mind quite appropriately when looking at the following images in this study.
    In this article my goal is document the public when they are in this state of mind. To do this, I have been photographing people walking through urban areas from behind. Street photography and candid portraits generally concentrate on facial expression, and quite rightly, this is the expected way of capturing a scenario or as photojournalists would call the ‘decisive moment’.  I wanted to flip this medium on its head and photograph my subject facing outwards. Concentrating a lot on the relationship between the camera and the vision of the character, I realised that what I needed to do was try and portray the vision of the person, almost like an outlook of what they are seeing.The line of the camera travelling straight through the vision of the characters head gives a parallel view to the way we look at them. Instead of judging their persona or analysing the reasons for there facial expressions, we see the surroundings as they see them. Not only does it exercise a different point of view, I feel that it also singles the character out and isolates them from the surroundings, emphasising the way the mind is working.
    When in groups, our persona changes. Often we find ourselves moderating our views and personalities to succumb to the ability of ease when in social situations. Similarly, other psychological studies have shown that when humans are together, the desire for harmony or the minimization of conflict can result in people making wrong decisions or acting differently. Peer pressure? These images counteract phenomenons such as groupthink, band-wagon effect, social awkwardness and  look at the opposite, concentrating on the beauty of the mind when alone.

    These members of the public were all capture meandering through urban spaces anonymously on their way to whatever they were doing. The more images and people I recorded, the easier it became to find the ones who really were in a mind of their own. Their slowed-down pace and gazely strares into their surroundings made them easy enough to photograph, it also made it easy to choose the best from the worst.
    I have been unable to find any previous studies of how the brain defiantly works when we are on our own, however I am convinced that their is a polar opposite functioning compared with how we are in social encounters. I also believe this because of the way people in the street react when spoken to.
    I know that when i’m alone walking down the road, an interruption from a fellow street walker always strikes as a surprise. It bursts you from your bubble and brings you back to reality. But where had my mind been travelling? I’m not saying everytime I walk alone I am on auto pilot, though I do find it is something that happens alot with everyone. It is impossible to go back in your memory to try and think about what you were thinking at that time. Despite these images having a sense of lonliness and isolationg between the urban space and the character, I feel that this state of mind is peaceful and tranquil, especially when it juxtaposes with the fast movements of the environment in the images. I perhaps think that this persona that we fall into when alone is something that humans naturally have to cope with the arguably boring moments when we find ourselves alone.

    More images from my ‘Colour Insight’ project. Looking at more examples of the public when singled out. Some of the shots are slightly composed wrong, but there are some from this shoot which I will take forward. Even though it goes against the run of the rest of the images, one of my favoured images is the man on the lift as it follows the same idea behind the work, yet is a completely different atmosphere and angle. More to follow.

    Change of Ideas

    As you can probably see, the subject of my new shoot has completely changed. Due to the Chinese that I work in closing, I was unable to complete the project. This led to me having to completely re-think my Documentary Colour Insight. However one idea which I’d thought about prior to the project was photographing members of the public when they were alone on the streets. This idea grew from an image which I took in Italy in an earlier project, which I will include a copy of. The man’s seclusion to the world around him intrigeud and ultimately left me thinking about the mindset people are in when walking alone. What I want to capture is the public caught in a mind of there own by photographing them from behind as an outward look into there periphery vision, whilst also staging them to look completely alone within a surrounding environment. The light falling on the mans shoulders in the image which inspired me is what I want to recreate in the project. Not only does it define the character, it also helps the viewer connect to the idea of this brief subconcious moment of loneliness.

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