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For the visual style assessment Matteo Borzone and I chose Richard Avedon and particularly his work from In the American West.

“I’ve worked out of a series of no’s. No to exquisite light, no to apparent compositions, no to the seduction of poses or narrative. And all these no’s force me to the “yes.” I have a white background. I have the person I’m interested in and the thing that happens between us,” Richard Avedon, 1994.

In sticking with the Elephant and Castle regeneration theme, we photographed people at the East Street Market. Our hope was to create an honest representation of the market population, yet still maintain a resemblance of Avedon’s style. We were happy with our results, but we realized that by not controlling the subjects as much as Avedon would have, we lost some of the artistic power in Avedon’s images. We learned a lot by working with a large format camera, and that technique will almost certainly be helpful for our future documentary projects.

We learned we needed to slow down and that means feeling comfortable with the camera and making sure the people know that this is a slow process. We needed to be a bit more selective with our subjects and we needed a larger white backdrop so we could have had flexibility to move the camera and to work with people who were taller or shorter (kids and giants).


ok….so I have been horrible at blogging….but I have my reasons…..

I go back and forth with why and who cares….why blog when I have my personal journal, and I certainly don’t need or want a public one….so then that means I put a watered down, cliff note version on-line…..but with a nauseating amount of information and verbal blabber on the internet, who would want or need to read one more (refer back to the who cares question)….so therefore it would be just for me….but I don’t want a skim milk version as a personal record….so back to the why… is close to impossible to get anything done with that incessant rationalizing blabber.

But my loved ones have expressed an interest in knowing what is happening this year….so therefore I will try and do better about writing….and to do so I will stop thinking of the performance aspect of blogging…my hesitation is similar to the feelings I had when I used to draw. I never wanted to show anyone what I was working on until it was finished because it wasn’t good enough yet…..but I need to remember that a blog is not meant to be the final draft for my photography coffee table book….it is just a place where I can keep a record of thoughts and photos so people who love me can check in from time to time and see how my daily thought process very much compares to the flight pattern of an insect trapped inside a jar, beating against the glass walls trying to escape….so with my “it’s not finished yet” disclaimer out in the open….here goes….

A quick re-cap of last term….I am still interested in communities. I focused on the East Street Market near my house in Elephant and Castle (I moved from west London to be closer to school)… new household is an adventure for another blog entry…..

For the East Street Market project I worked with the wonderful Claudia Leisinger. I loved working as a team and wish I could work on every project with another person. Come to find out I am a people person…..surprise surprise. And it is so great to have another person to bounce ideas and energy off of…..we were a good balance for each other. It was really nice to share everything. I think the hardest part of photo team work is making sure every person plays an equal role….but I really feel like we shared each photo… didn’t really matter who pressed the shutter because there were so many other aspects that went into taking the photos like: gaining access, setting up, crowd control….that I feel every photo belongs to each of us……it is the socialist way to photographing…..unlike the usual slave labor capitalism, which exists in most photo situations…..photographers schmooze and win awards while free labor assistants do everything else and remain anonymous (soap box finished).

And it was really neat to learn about the history of the market and the area and about a section of the population that does not usually get much attention. Here is a sample of the portraits we took……



To read more about the East Street Market project click here.

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