The exhibition I am going to be reviewing is the Tate Exchange. The exhibition ran from 27th to 30th November 2016. This was a collaboration with the Tate Liverpool Gallery and the Open Eye Gallery. The work on display was a documentary story regarding people with dementia. The work produced was by a solo photographer called Tadhg Devlin. Devlin is an Irish born photographer but works out of Liverpool. Devlin also teaches at university level. From looking at the work I get the feeling awareness for dementia is the main theme of the work. Another theme I get from looking at the work is showing people with dementia. I can relate to these themes because my grandmother has a slight touch of dementia herself. So looking and reading the exhibition has opened my eyes to her day to day struggles. Due to physical objects being present it adds to the engagement because you can touch and look at the objects. With images you cannot touch and get a sense of texture which lessens the engagement. With the prints being large prints it does help with the engagement because it instantly grabs your attention which causes people to to engage with the images. The strongest image is the man looking out to the river. This is because of the story behind the image. At first glance it is just a pretty image but when you read into the image’s story it adds a whole new level to the image. This exhibition has really inspired me to do my own documentary on a disability like this. With the exhibition a newspaper and a booklet. The newspaper had more images in it along with some descriptions of the image. This was a nice touch because it gave context to the images and it gave a unique way of viewing work. The booklet had interviews with the people Devlin worked with. The booklet was a nice touch because it gave a personal insight into the peoples day to day struggles with dementia.
The photo book I am going to be reviewing is Real Food by Martin Parr. Martin Parr is a documentary photographer but has moved into other areas such as food photography and photo book collecting. Real Food is a documentary book on everyday food. I chose this book because it related to a semester 1 brief called still life, so I thought this book would give me some inspiration for that brief. I can relate to the theme of the book because as a photographer I particularly interested in documentary photography. With the work being presented in a book format it dramatically impacts the readers engagement with the work because you can touch and feel the print itself which is an important part of traditional photography. Looking through the book the only weakest element is the layout. With the layout you a majority of the images are full landscape image then sometimes it goes to a grid shape. I find this to be a weak element because there isn’t any consistency with the layout. When there isn’t any consistency with the layout it throws viewers of. Looking through this book I have been inspired by Parr’s use of flash. When flash is used it tends to create harsh shadows but the way Parr uses flash it doesn’t. This makes me think that he used a flash diffuser to soften the harsh shadows. It also makes me think Parr uses the flash on a low power so it doesn’t create harsh shadows.
I have chosen Kate Hopewell Smith’s website to look at. I have chosen this photographer because she works in an area of photography I would like to go into.With Smith’s work I feel can relate to it because she shoots portraits which is something I would like to go into. Kate Hopewell Smith is a leading UK portrait photographer. She is also a Nikon Ambassador. This is the link to her website: http://www.katehopewellsmith.com/. From looking at the website the overall theme is promotion of work to get hired. This is clearly shown by the tab investment which is found in the portrait, boudoir and wedding section of the website. Due to the work being displayed via a slideshow improves the engagement with the work because you are physically pressing buttons to move the image to the next. The slideshow itself doesn’t move which improves the engagement with the work because you can properly look at the work instead of being rushed on to the next image. When you go into the gallery tab it is laid out via rectangles. These rectangles are clickable which takes you to a set of work. This layout doesn’t add much to the engagement with the work because you aren’t seeing any work until you clicked that rectangle.
Looking through her work I think this image is one of her stronger images. With this image I like how there is a dog and a child present because it shows who are the most important people in his life. Due to the image being taken in a field this suggests the man is also a farmer. The image being over exposed slightly puts me of it because I cannot make out any detail which to me is what photography is about.
I get a good insight into the photographers work because viewing the work is easy to do. This is due to the simple but effective slideshows and easy navigation of the website. Visiting this website has given me inspiration for my own website because there are some features on the website I would like to include on to mine.
With websites in general I don’t think they are the best platform to view work because the photographer can swap and change images with ease. This means they have the ability to influence our thoughts about their work instead of leaving it up to the viewer to form their own thoughts. This also means they have the ability to show only their best work which is bad because it leads people to think they are good photographers but in reality how many good images come out of a shoot?
I have chosen Amateur Photographer as the photo journal I am going to review. In particular the Saturday 1st October 2016 issue. The journal is published once a week. I think this is a good publishing rate because it keeps readers up to date on the photographic world. Amateur Photographer contains techniques, reviews, from March to October they run competitions and news summary’s. The technique articles I find particularly helpful because they give me inspiration to shoot in a certain way which in turns improves my photography.In the issue I am reviewing the technique article this week was about street photography which I found very interesting because I am very interested in the genre. I find the news summary’s interesting because I find photographic news interesting. I also find the news summary’s good article because it keeps everyone up to date on what is going on in the photographic world. In this issue I found the news article about the Iphone now shooting RAW interesting because I some times shoot with my Iphone and shooting RAW will be a massive step up from the regular photos Iphone’s take. I chose this journal because it is one of the best and reliable photo journals out there. I have also chose this journal because I personally prefer this journal compared to other photo journals I have read. I can relate to the audience of the photo journal because I am still an amateur photographer which is what the journals main audience is. Below I show pages from the journal:
The journal presents photographers works in multiple ways. One way is using the work for a large feature image for the article. I think this way is good because it allows the photographers work to be the main focus point rather than the article itself. This is a bad way of presenting photographers work because the text can sometimes take away from the images impact. Another way the journal presents a photographers work is mini images which relate to the paragraph of text or the article. This is a good way of presenting photographers work because it gives a spotlight to their work whilst giving the article a spotlight to. This is a bad way of presenting photographers work because this restricts photographers to a certain theme or style which they may not want to shoot in. Photographers work in journals makes it easy for me to engage with their work because it is printed and I can go back to that again and again whereas if it was on a website the photographer may take it down after a time meaning I cannot go back to it again and again. In the issue I am showcasing in this review I find all the article are strong. In particular the reviews on the latest photography gear I find is the strongest article because it helps photographers decide on whether or not to buy that piece of gear they have been thinking of getting. I find there is no weak article in this particular issue because all of it has some relevance. Reading this particular issue I have been inspired by some of the tips they talked about in the street photography article because some of the tips have really made me want to shoot street photography.