For this shoot, I just went out around town focusing on ‘casual’ waiting, just whoever seemed to be hanging around who was obviously waiting for something.
A few weeks ago we were told about an amazing opportunity where we could take an exam to become ‘Adobe Certified Associate’ within Photography, Lightroom, Premiere and the other programs that Adobe has to offer. I’d never heard of this being a thing, it would definitely look great on my cv and would be another skill to have and even better as it’s free! I am now just waiting for a code to be sent to me so I can go ahead with this.
Today I got my dissertation grade back, it seems like forever since I handed them in it’s been a very much anticipated wait. I am fairly disappointed in my grade seeing as I was working day and night on it, although I was surprised to get a 2:2 as I am no good at writing so thought i’d probably get a referral.
I’m not going to spend any time feeling sorry for myself, if anything my mark has pushed me even more to do well with my shoots and to keep up to date with this blog to try and boost up my grade.
I found this account whilst just searching through ‘waiting’ hashtags on Instagram. All of these photographs aren’t necessarily related to waiting, but the photographs all struck my attention. There seems to be some looking through the glass or just of hand gestures, which I find an amazing and interesting context. I could relate some of these photographs to my work which could add another something extra to my photo’s which i’m excited to look more into.
In my seminar on Tuesday, we got split into two groups to present our work. As I did mine I got great feedback which is a little different to what i’ve been producing but nonetheless very helpful. It is inspired by Paul Graham, i’ve loved Paul’s work for many years this work is going way out of my comfort zone where I will have to actually go and speak to people but I can’t wait to see the outcome.
Paul is a street photographer but the way he works is that he seems to fit right into the pictures, you don’t see him as someone just there to take the image and get away. He is involved and makes you feel as if he is sitting there himself waiting for a cup of tea or to be served, that’s what I inspire my work to be just like.
On the Tuesday Morning we had a Skype call from Jack who is based in Brighton. Jack was really down to earth and felt that we could all relate to him when he was talking about just drinking and partying first few years of university, before properly setting down and concentrating on his photography work.
Jack is a commercial photographer who graduated from Newport University. Jack is mostly interested in large format film photography, and later went on to produce ‘Sugar Paper Theories’ and ‘Pink Flamingos’.
Pink flamingo was based around American’s and what is it that they do? For this project, Jack stayed in America for one month in 2012 to photograph the domestic version of America. Jack would photograph twice every year for this until his book got published in 2015.
When Jack first moved to Brighton he just had a simple office job, until he started to bank roll for pink flamingo. Whilst he was in America he would buy some scratch cards from shop, whether he won any money would mean he could sleep in Motel for night.. if not then he would sleep in his car.
The thing that I mostly appreciate from Jack is that he wouldn’t just take a photo and leave asap, instead he would stay for a while taking photographs it shows how immersed he was within the subject matter.
The Pink Flamingo book was self hosted whereas the Sugar Paper Theories was published by ‘Here Press’. Jack also revealed to us that he has a new book coming out in three months which is also to be published by Here press.
I found this chat very insightful and full of information especially as I would like to get photo books published in the future, he also gave us some motivation as to that photography is a sprint not a marathon.