Last term I enthusiastically began a photography project themed around human trafficking. The goal was to create a book cover for my twin’s book on just this subject. Unfortunately at the beginning of December each member of our family came down with a nasty infection. We are still recovering from it now, in February! Needless to say, trying to get the photos I needed was incredibly hard. My little sisters were my models, and they were simply not well enough to model for me outside in the cold. I had to rethink.
The project was due in after Christmas. How on earth was I going to manage? Then I remembered a personal project I had been doing for weeks on my own. I had discovered Brandon Woelfel and his incredible light photography whilst browsing the net one day, and I had been hooked ever since. I’d spent hours of my free time experimenting with lights, prisms, orbs and fairy lights. Could I use this as my project?
I checked with my tutor, who gave me the go ahead. I had lots of work to do if I was to turn this into an acceptable project. I decided upon an exploration of light as the overall theme of the project. In addition to Branden Woelfel, I also looked at Sam Hurd, experimenting with techniques he calls ‘prisming’ and ‘lens chimping’.
A steep (very steep) learning curve followed. I began knowing very little, and I ended the project ever more aware of all the skills I lacked! I completed risk assessments, gannt charts, I set up shoots and I took millions of photographs. I had never done a photographic project before and so I did not realise how intentional each shoot needs to be. I wasted time, energy and frustration setting up shoots and hoping for the best….only to be disappointed by the resulting images. I did manage to complete the project, and just about within the time frame. And, as a novice, I was happy with my panel of nine images:
Going in to my next project, my main goal will be to create more intentional photoshoots and to focus on improving my basic photographic skills, such as composition and lighting.