My Shoot - Event Photography

Tools - Canon 550D

I’ve had an interest in wedding photography over the last few years which is why I chose it for this event task. When set this brief, I didn’t know of anyone getting married or of a wedding that I could attend. I was back in Bristol around the time so I decided to have my sister model for me as a bride. We didn’t have a traditional dress to use so we went for a 50’s look instead with one of my mum’s vintage dresses.

I looked at a few of my favourite photographers (Sarah Gawler & Jose Villa) who specialise in wedding photography and took inspiration from the photographs that they had taken of brides prior to the ceremony. My favourite thing about those photos is the attention to detail and documentation of the bride preparing for her big day.

I used Manual mode so that I could choose which lighting would be best for each photograph. The photograph that I struggled with the most was the last one as I wanted the flowers in focus, however, despite playing around with the settings, there appears to be noise in the image.

Overall, I really enjoyed this shoot. It was fun to direct and I was quite happy with the outcome. If I were to continue this shoot or re-do it, I would have liked to have taken more photographs outside with greenery in the background for more variety and similar to those below taken by Jose Villa.

Inspiration - Event Photography 

Jose Villa

Inspiration - Event Photography 

Sarah Gawler

Katharina Sieverding was born in Prague, 1944. She is now based in Dusseldorf and Berlin and she is known best for her self-portraiture photography which has been a long-term study of her own identity. 

Sieverding has used a variety of techniques to abstract her own image, such as her use of silhouette, contrast, solarization, etc. and over 40 years, her work has reflected the issue of ‘identity as individuality and collective individual’ which has had a great influence on contemporary photographic art.

My faceless self portraits

Faceless Research (E. Bellocq)

Faceless Research (hiding)

Faceless Research (hiding)

Faceless Research (edited/manipulated)

Faceless Research (edited/manipulated)

Faceless Portraiture - Long Exposure

When thinking of long exposure portraits, James Blake’s album cover was the first image that I thought of. I like that his features are still slightly visible, however, thought to look for other photographs where the exposure is long enough so that facial features are not visible at all.

Searching ‘long exposure portraits’, I came across the work of London based photographer, Mark Denton (2nd image), on his blog. I personally liked how the outline of his head was still visible in the photograph despite how the rest of his face is completely blurred.

Faceless Portraiture

When we were assigned to research into Faceless Portrait Photography and to take our own faceless self-portrait, the first thing that came to my mind was the work of Rene Magritte and his famous painting The Son of Man (top image). It was a self-portrait of Magritte which consists of him in a suit and bowler hat, with a green apple obscuring his face.

From this, I researched ‘faceless portraits’, looking for other work where objects have been used or edited into photographs to obscure a person’s face. I came across the work of photographer, Bryan Durushia, on bloodyloud.com and smashingpicture.com (2nd & 3rd images) who is inspired by nature and in some photographs, uses objects such as pumpkins and paper bags to obscure faces and in others, uses editing software to remove facial features. 

I also found the work of Holly Wilmeth, featured in an article on artsobserver.com (bottom 3 images). I personally found the natural appearance of some of her work aesthetically pleasing and thought that there was something quite pure about them.