Friday, 25 October 2013

Typology in photography (How to Ace your A-Level)

How to Ace you A-Level in Photography (And other courses)

Across the course you need to produce images that use contemporary approaches to making and producing images. These approaches can be construed as experimental in many cases and this identifies one of the key assessment criteria that you need to meet. In addition they take your photography over and above the norm and introduce you to new concepts and ideas and broaden your photographic knowledge.

Again, I'm going to mention that your starting point should be the Journals and magazines in the LRC (Learning resources Centre) and the Forum. You should be looking at the British Journal of Photography, Hotshoe and many more on weekly basis to give you ideas and inspire you. Here's the reason why.

One of your assignments is based around the concept of presenting images as a typologies. The Daddy (And the Mummy) of typology are the Bechers - Bernd and Hiller.

As with all of the projects you need to produce the work over a series of shoots, developing and improving them as you go. At stages (After each shoot perhaps) you should review the work using a method such as the Gibbs reflective practice model to drive the work on and forwards to better results.

You should choose a subject that you like and will be happy to shoot, you need to consider all the other approaches that you've been taught about and tried and look at fusing those ideas with these. Remember the work you produce needs to be experimental in a number of ways and as you produce this work, this experimental aspect could be brought in at each of the developmental stages.

Through research, looking at Journals such as the BJP, Hotshoe etc in the LRC and The Forum you might be in a position whereby you can link the work you're doing to a theme with a deeper meaning to it rather than just a series of images that are relatively meaningless. This is one of the more difficult aspects of any project when completed to tight deadlines and you massively improved the chances of being able to work with a theme of some substance if you're researching work that is made and produced in this way,

Alinka Echevirria – Typology + catholic + catholocism + personal + objects + charms + jewellery + 
Ari Versluis – exactitudes + typology + montage + fashion + skinheads
Candida Hofer – Typology + Public Buildings – Interiors - Categorization
Chris Coekin – Hitch hikers + portraits + roads + location + daylight + types + typology
Danielle Lilley – Cadets + soldiers + typology + portraits + war + stereotype + guns + uniform
David Maisel + decay + landscape + corrosion + environmental + issues + typology + topography + water + colour + xray + horses + skulls
Donavan Wiley – Typology + Northern Ireland + conflict + war + military + deadpan + aerial
Ed Ruscha – Typology + Petrol station + Parking Lots + Streets (Hollywood Bvld) + Aerial
Frank Gohlke – New Topographic + Landscape + Typology + Deadpan + Environment + Passing of Time + Monochrome
James Mollison – typology + monkey + apes + deadpan

The Bechers Youtube link (sub titles). No.1
The Bechers Youtube link  No.2

Jasper White

The Bechers
Jeffrey Milstein
Ed Ruscha
James Mollison

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