This week, we were tasked with finding a professional photographer as an artist model. In the previous shoot, I wanted to further explore colour, whilst capturing photographs with a sense of emotional depth, otherwise what I would call ‘moments’. Ernst Haas was one of the first pioneering colour photographer that used his photography to document moments, whether abstract or structured, he is known for his sense of freedom within his images, and so I took photos with these keywords in mind; ‘Freedom, Abstract, Documenting, Colour and Capturing Moments.’ I tried using reflections of shapes and lights to create more abstract shapes, which proved interesting and hope to come across more opportunities to capture interesting reflections. I found Bokeh as the easiest medium to capture colour, which was why I was often taking wider aperture photographs within this shoot. The lamp-post shot I found very intriguing, as I initially thought I captured an emotional moment. Structurally, it had depth due to the wide aperture, blurring the hills and lights in the background. Also the lighting and darker blue hues against the faint yellow glow of the light served to create emotion, but rather I find that this photograph is more of a ‘none-moment’ as it doesn’t quite have an implied narrative nor much emotional depth, but simply a good mix of positioning, colour, lighting and depth is what makes this a beautiful image. In terms of the brief, I was particularly interested in colour as the change from an evergreen town to the grey, dreary and windy capital was rather important matter to me. Whilst in the day; Wellington can be as colour creative as a chess board, but as the day shifts to night, you really do start to see some life within the colour of Wellington.
In this series of photographs taking place during the ANZAC Dawn Service at the National Memorial Park, we were able to capture the void before sunrise. The Tower especially became a very attractive feature in low light, both unfocused bokeh and focused shots were enjoyable to play with. As the service progressed, the purple hues in the background served for an interesting tower shot as the colour immediately captures attention, enticing me to explore colour further. This shoot was mostly taken in landscape orientation, as it allowed me to capture more detail within the photograph. By far, I find landscape photography more interesting, and will likely shoot in landscape more than portrait photographs. The highlight of this shoot was the dramatic, middle-focused shot of the ANZAC soldier, bowing his head in respect. The photograph became an emotive moment. ‘Moments’, or photographs that have a sense of dramatic depth are more likely to make a person look twice, and I would like to further capture such scenes.
These photos were taken during our second day of Lens class, and the objective was to be familiar with the processes and inner workings of a DSLR camera; ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed and White Balance. In terms of the brief Turangawaewae, the ANZAC Memorial Park reminded me of home in the sense that I was always present for the town ANZAC service. The bright and sunny day was a welcome bonus as Kerikeri is often sunny compared to a weather-confused windy Wellington. Stylistically and aesthetically, the minimalist and straight photographs of the tower were my favorite. Perhaps I will look in to this style of photography further.
Tūrangawaewae – A place to stand; one of the most well-known and powerful Maori concepts. It is the acknowledgment of place one is connected to, be it place in the world or home. It signifies where one feels connected to our Earth. As a freshmen, leaving ol’ Kerikeri was challenging emotionally, and the first steps into a wilder, colder and more concrete Wellington were hardly welcoming. Though at my surprise, the sounds and ambiance, scenery, life and the upcoming ANZAC weekend scratched the surface of my curiosity, and so the first challenge is to find my ‘place of belonging’, and where I stand in Wellington.