Category Archives: Exercises – part 1

Exercise: Getting the Parr feel

It took me a while to make it down to the seaside but it was worth the wait as it seems like the best place for this exercise. I have, of course, cheated by using specific resort subjects to mimic … Continue reading

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Contemporary awareness 1

A key aspect of my development as a photographer is being able to contextualise my work and the OCA actively encourages us to make connections between the traditional practice and values of the social documentary genre and the contemporary or … Continue reading

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Exercise: Shooting from the hip

I was surprised to find that this is the first time I have really tried doing this properly. It always seemed too sneaky and gimmicky. I have to confess that not only did I enjoy it but also quite liked … Continue reading

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Exercise: The Journey

This exercise, to produce a photo essay based around a journey, is related to Robert Frank’s epic road trip which resulted in his highly influential book The Americans. What is perhaps pertinent is that Frank being born in Switzerland allowed … Continue reading

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Exercise: The decisive moment

I have taken an executive decision to not spend too long – at this stage anyway – on this exercise.  I’ve practised capturing ‘the decisive moment’ many times over the years, with varying degrees of success, and I don’t want … Continue reading

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Exercise: Positive and negative spin

For this exercise I have looked at press coverage of racial issues and particularly the use of photographic imagery. I have studied press clippings for many years as part of my job in magazine publishing so am all too familiar … Continue reading

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Analysing social documentary

Key questions to consider when reading social documentary images What is the subject of the photograph? What is the history and context of the image and its creator? Why was the photograph taken? How was the photograph taken? Was the … Continue reading

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