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Female in Focus

I entered my work for Female in Focus – An award for female photographers. For a cost of $25, I submitted three photographs for a single image award. Wish me luck!

The winning prize is amazing, have a look for yourself.

Winning images will be exhibited as part of the group show at the United Photo Industries Gallery in Brooklyn, NYC, USA. The exhibition will run for a month between October and November 2019.

Receive international press coverage; work could be featured across the globe, reaching millions of people and leading to Worldwide recognition.

Be featured on BJP-Online.

Have your work judged by outstanding women photographers and industry leaders.

Judge panel include:

 Neo Ntsoma, Cécile Montigny, Veronica Sanchis Bencomo, Hannah Starkey, Laura Roumanos, Devika Daulet-Singh and Brandei Estes.

Today is the deadline for submissions, so if you’re interested in entering your work, you need to hurry up.

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Group and individual tutorial

Each Friday morning, we have group tutorials with one of our tutors or guests, where we talk about our new work. Additionally, every two weeks we have individual tutorials. I had my first meeting with Liam last Thursday.

Feedback form Liam Devlin: Your pictures became a lot better and the lighting is more interesting (thanks Liam). You freed yourself, instead of photographing the same way and you responded to the location. Devlin asked whats the parameters of the project? I replied that is a positive impact of the immigration from West Yorkshire. What drives you to make this project? Showing these people as my own mirror. Having not an easy life as an immigrant, we have to work a lot harder. I am showing that immigrants are also a humans, not just hard workers who contribute to British economy. Devlin adds that it is normal to feel frustrated, as Prime Minister claims that we “jump the queue”. Foreground a humanity in a face of dehumanising process. We have to live our lives through being stereotyped and labelled as the others, outsiders. Those stereotypes breaks down when counted the individuals, as individuals are way more complex. Part of humans condition is not who we are, but who we are not. To present the complexity and the humanity. You kind of getting there. You need to give a working title. I’ve been asked what my relationship to this country? I answer that its my home, I have family and friends here, but I love Poland and I feel Polish. Devlin said that: ” it is complex, very stable relationship between where you from and where you live”. He advised me to play with the pictures when sequencing them. Not to place them besides the people that are exposed to be for, necessarily. Mix them up, make the viewer work and peace together. In this process they will recognise the complexity of it. Add little phrases but don’t placed them next to the person who said it. Surprise the viewer and play with people expectations. Look at Jitka Hanzlova and Tom Duffield’s work.

Friday’s feedback from Yan Preston: your photographs gone better (wow, thanks Yan). I’ve been asked how my experience as immigrant makes me think and feel. I replied that I feel displaced, especially after Brexit I feel uncomfortable, unwanted and blamed (the same as each of the subject I photographed). As many people believes what the media or Theresa May says about immigration, therefore we became blamed for everything. Which is all lie and perhaps May knows this, but she won’t tell the public that European Union Immigrants brings positive impact to UK’s economy. Life as immigrants isn’t easy but we still try to build our homes. Preston advised me to add facts and statistics. To let the viewer know ho claims benefits or to write an essay about it. Additionally, to combine text in my photo-book, to ask each subject for their story, as text is more accessible and not everything could be said through photographs. Guide them, reach deeper into yours and their stories. Reflect on your story, write the story you want to tell. I told her that I came to the UK as fully trained Security Guard able to work as Police Officer. I was trained in self defence and held a gun licence; however, my qualifications wasn’t recognised here and I had to work in the factory. This is one of the main reasons why I went back to University, as I didn’t want to work as a factory worker forever. Similar story applies to many immigrants.

I’ve  been told to consider Self portrait, “no way” I replied. I hate being photographed, that why I became a photographer. However, each of the subject’s story is similar to mine, so the viewer could see me through other photographs, as they became my mirror reflection.

One of the student said that one of the subject seams to be interesting person with worn look, as he went through a lot in his life but, he wants to know more about him. As I explained what is immigrant life experience, I’ve been told to add subject’s stories, to ask them to write a paragraph about their story. What is home? Where is it? What is ideal country you would like to live in? Tell me about you. What is love? Where is homeland? whats your biggest dreams?

I am always responding to my feedback and portfolio reviews and will try my best to deliver it.

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Portraiture worshop in location with Rick Kelly

This morning I had the pleasure to attend a brilliant workshop with Rick Kelly.

Kelly showed us how to use Elinchrom flashes with Quadra portable battery in location, mixed up with available light. To start with we’ve used one flash on tripod to light the subject. Nikon d700, ISO200, ss 1/125s, f.11 (according to light meter).

Then we added a second flash to light the background. This time the light meter read f.8. Each of us have a chance to shoot some pictures and to change settings to see the difference in exposure. Kelly explained, that when working with flashes and changing the shutter speed one stop down (f.11 to f.8) the light on the subject won’t change, but the background will be brighter. But keep in mind that if you go too slow it will affect both the ambient and subject.

To make a subject brighter, we have three options to chose from: higher ISO, wider aperture or to turn flash power up. Other way round if we want to make the subject darker. Additionally, apart from exposure when working with client remember to always consider composition and subject,s pose.

After that we went to shot in the direct sunlight with one light pointed towards the subject. Then we shot towards the sunlight, with the subject faced back to the sun.

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Model: simonweldon.co.uk

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SECOND INTERIM SHOW FEEDBACK

Awww no, just remembered about my second interim show. Due to the dissertation, busy time through Christmas break and Amsterdam visit, I forgot to post my feedback. I have received great feedback from my tutor, as well as from students. Let’s see if you agree.

Feedback from students: documentary series, story, emotional, foreign people in England. Statement reads well, tells the intention of the work. Portrait could be bigger and without the chair. More prints next time. Portrait for the final show and photo-book. Good choice of paper type. Think about a new title as it’s a bit funny for such a serious project. Cut out the borders of the portraiture.

Feedback form tutor, Richard Mulhearn: Its visible that you really care about this project. It brings different aspects and uncertainty to each picture. Think about who you photograph, when and where. Really good sense of the absence in relation to person. Really good project, benefiting from your knowledge and experience. I don’t have to talk to you about technical effort and ability as you are doing this well. You need to think about creativity and critical analysis. You gained a confidence and you are moving towards different territory, it become more ambiguous. The idea of foreigners potentially of not knowing how they feel when labelled and constantly defined by people who don’t understand. The project became personal, feels as there is something missing. The person looks as she doesn’t belong in here or is missing something. Become more about somewhere that feels different. Positively confused about whether they want to be here or not. Very well-made picture. Great face and pose. Statement reads well towards the attention of work and what it is about. You need to change the title as it sounds as you don’t care, the irony doesn’t come across. The way she is looking shows this absence, this potential of missing something, being disconnected which is new to your work, as it used to be straight towards the viewer with deadpan face expression.

What do you think about the feedback?

Any additional comments?

What should I improve?

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Alumni portfolio review

It was an honour to show my work to photographers who once were Students of University of Huddersfield as I am now. Each of them works in different photography field however, it was great to hear what they think about my work and how they are doing as practitioners. I am really appreciated for all the great feedback.

Tom Duffield – Freelance, Editorial

Tom was impressed that I found so many people and told me that my subject is very interesting and valid. He likes the images which have quiet surrounding, and the one which have additional picture related to person’s work.

I spoke with Tom that I would like to try different approaches, so he told me that is good idea to try to photograph them on white background, to isolate the subject from their surroundings, so the viewer concentrates on each individual person and the person become the most important. However, he told me that the editorial portraiture which I did are good enough. Additionally, he advised me to take some pictures around subject’s house to portray important stuff for them and to ask each person to hand write something about themselves. To ask them how long they have been here? What is their experience as migrants? That it will add their voice and their authorship to the project and the project would become more personal.

Laura Patric – Freelance Studio, Digital Assistant

Laura likes the idea of my project and was impressed that I have a mixture of men and women, wide range of careers and variation of ethnicities. She advised me to work on white balance, colour cast and to use grey card so the images fits together and have similar colours and consistency. I am absolutely going to do this, I told her that I already bought grey card and will start to use it.

Ryan Fitzpatric – Freelance Food Stylist, Studio Photographer

Another commercial practitioner who points out white balance in my work. Thanks guys, it would be fixed. Ryan’s advice was to write a story about each subject, what they did in their own country, if they worked in the same field etc. Additionally, to create more of their story I should add images related to them or their archive images from their country.

Silvana Trevale – Freelance Editorial, Fashion, Portraiture

Silvana advised me to look at Katy Granan and Lewis Khan’s work with white background. She told me to spend time with each of the subject, to get to know them, to fallow them in their daily basis. Not to be worry if they won’t let me in their house. But if they agree I should have their prints for them. Great idea, I will definitively try this.

 

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Portfolio review

I’ve had a pleasure to show my work to two very interesting photographers, Pablo Antoli and Mario Popham.

Artists told that some of my photographs are better than others however, are good technically and that I am concentrating on very important subject and current political issue. I told them that I would like to change something within this project however, they told me not to look for any ideas as I already have a good one. Their advice was to build connection with my subjects, to investigate their lives, interview them and asked them to write something about themselves. They advised me to look at Gim Golberg’s work Rich and Poor and Open See where artist applied hand writing on the image. I am really appreciated about the feedback and some great ideas. I will definitely try them in my new work.

 

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Studio Workshop with Pablo Antoli

Last Wednesday I’ve had a pleasure to attend Pablo Antoli studio workshop.

Antoli showed us how he keeps his photo sessions and other useful documents about the project in Capture one. How he titles them according to the subject matter and date, how he makes folders and subfolders so when he needs the image, he could easily find them. Very useful advice, I need to start doing this. He also showed us how he creates studio portraiture and commercial food photographs with the movement . How he focuses on different point in each image and then blends them in Photoshop.

He explained how large format camera works and let us have a go with it. I love his Camera Sony Alpha 7R II, for its picture quality and lightweight. The camera is very easy to use and it has a very accurate focus point. I was considering buying Nikon D810 body but now I am not sure if I should go for Sony instead.

He biggest advise was to always use light meter when working with a flash, to always be prepared for the shoot, to have a spare battery, camera etc. also to create kit order for the client.

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Artist talk-Pablo Antoli

Pablo is another great photographer who as part of creative exchange week came to uni and talked to students about his practise.

Each of Pablo’s work is different than other, he breaks the boundaries within his creativity. As a commercial practitioner he creates artistic images of food. His travel images are documentary about the place, people, culture, food… His MA work contains found images which he placed into wooden wall and explored what time and decay does to the images. Other work was created by folding images of mountains, rocks, stones into landscapes, then faking sunsets, skies and photograph models as they are landscapes. His recent Sleepers work is an installation created with the mixture of film archives and the landscapes he created in Mexico. The project is about Mexican Revolution and combines projections, risographs and prints on glass.

He shared with us very interesting way of approaching the clients. While travelling, he creates the images about the place, their culture, food then edits them down so photographs creates the story. Then he writes a brief and approach client by sending his work to magazines, restaurants…as part of his professional practice and to gain new customers.

He clarified that his assisting and commercial work fund his living, while money from Mexico allows him to travel and pays for the equipment. Very interesting how he was honest with us and told us that is not easy to make money within photography. That we must always work hard within the field that interest us but also commercially to be able to fund our travel or artistic work.

He advised us to approach photographers and to work with them as photography assistants, as we will gain new skills, get to test new equipment and learn new Technics. Also, to systematically sending our work to clients and photography awards to get our works seen, to gain clients and to receive awards.

If you’re interested in Pablo Antoli’s work, have a look at his websites:

http://anto.li/

http://www.antolistudio.com/

 

 

 

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Bella West’s talk, workshop and portfolio review

Last week I’ve had a pleasure to attend Bella West’s talk, to have workshop with the artist and to watch her working in the location.

The artist talked about her work, how mostly she uses natural light or adding reflector if needed and how she uses the space and simplicity in her photographs. She advised us (students) that to be a good photographer we need to be more than just to catch a moment; that we need to create colour harmony in our images. That we need to consider the light, time of the day, place where we photograph, how much shape and space do we use. That the composition is very important to create cohesion between the location and the subject. To not be afraid of playing with dept of field, movement and being creative. Additionally, artist explained that as portrait photographer is very important to make a connection with the subject. To let them be themselves and to bring their own personality into our work. She also told us to get away from our comfort zone and to try to photograph other stuff, different subject, styles, events etc. As each time we gain new skills, experiences and build our confidence within something new to us what makes us stronger as a photographer. Furthermore, West told us that is important to show our work and to enter photography competitions, as it’s always good to be seen and we may land ourselves an award or an exhibition etc.

Portfolio review:

I presented my Bloody Foreigners? work and I received a very good feedback. Bella West said that I am photographing very interesting subject, that the design of my photobook is very good and some of my portraits are strong. She recommended that I should go wider and use more space in my photographs. Also, that I shouldn’t concentrate on the subject directly looking at the camera but could be more playful and portray the subjects while they do their jobs, and through location I could tell more of their story. Additionally, I’ve been told to use colour passport or grey card when I photograph inside. I’ve been also advised that I look at the work of Anastasia Taylor Lind and Gales Duley. Both artists are a real story teller, but I am going to try my best to add this useful advice in my new photographs. I have some new ideas.

 

 

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Entering Photography Competition

I’ve decided to enter a few of my images into The British Photography Award 2018 – Best Documentary Photographer running until the 10th of October. To enter each photo into the competition, the BPA charges £5. The requirements are to be a full-time resident in the UK or to hold a UK Passport. The prize for this competition is the British Photography Award for Best Documentary Photographer 2018. Similarly, short-listed entrants will enjoy a great deal of publicity.

Between the 12th and 26th October the images would be Shortlisted by Judges. Between 28th of October and 15th of November Shortlist would be available for Public Voting. On the 17th November Invitations will go out to Nominees and finally on the 28th of January The British Photography Awards will be hosted at London’s Savoy. To be shortlisted or at least to get feedback form The British Photography Awards would be like a dream comes true, so wish me luck.

My chosen images are from my Bloody Foreigners? documentary photography body of work, which questions people’s opinions about racism and the discrimination of the foreign. In this project I am aiming to communicate the awareness, to change people’s views and to convey the message about the positive impact of the immigrants working in the UK.

Did I make a right decision??? Or should I use different pictures??? Help me please!!!