The assignment asks you to take sixteen images illustrating colour harmony both through complimentary and similar colours; colour contrast and colour accent.
I have to admit I struggled with this having done similar work (and also struggled) already for the preceding exercises. I’m not sure whether it was a lack of creative spark, or whether I rebel against going down what to me are tightly defined roads or briefs, but I tried and failed to come up with an idea I was happy with. There was the somewhat unimaginative ideas of going round the house, or on a walkabout down the high street, to pick up the necessary mixes of colour but I did not like, as previously, the randomness of this method as there was no thread or, for that matter, personal input. There is some satisfaction in spotting the colour relationships around me but I wanted to have more than just a random set of photos like the earlier entry I made of the rejected shots.
I also thought about doing small extracts from the record covers I own but the brief indicates that you should try and vary the subject matter. I looked at using a local cemetery I discovered and managed to get a few shots that as featured below (on the plus side, I can see this location as being great for some of the light shots!)
In the end I used a combination of all the above
A) Complimentary colours
B) Similar colours
C) Contrasting colours
D) Accented colours
I think this is my worst assignment to date and, for the reasons stated above, did not really enjoy it. I think the main problem was that I struggled to input a personal voice into the both the exercises (with the exception maybe of the tablets and the medal ribbons) as well as the assignment. As far as the assessment criteria are concerned I would make the following points:-
Demonstration of Technical and Visual Skills
Like the previous assignment I think there the use of different lenses and settings employed. There is a mix of external and internal shots and I think I’ve used the light in both effectively as well as using angles/composition to get the combination(s) I was looking for.
Quality of Outcome
While I think I’ve taken shots that cover the brief of the assignment I would repeat that if I could have found an effective, and involving, thread to hang the images on I think it would have made for a more coherent, and better, assignment submission. It was a source of frustration to me that I could not come up with an idea that inspired me like the Moore sculpture in the previous assignment.
Demonstration of Creativity
This is I think the weakest area in terms of the assignment. I found myself lacking in this respect and conscious of employing some easier options. As indicated above the only shot I am pleased with on an aesthetic level is the abstract shot of the colours reflected in the door.
I have not been reading specifically for this exercise but have been looking at various documentaries on the subject of colour as outlined in my learning log. Its also fair to say that while I haven’t applied his technique of colour photography to my own I have enjoyed discovering Saul Leiter’s work and maybe this will have some impact on how I take shots (particularly in terms of street photography in the future. Whats interesting to me is that on this course there have been a few photographers that I have found more interesting than other and, as a result, have been keen to know more about them. Leiter is definitely in that category and I will be looking further.
I would also add that the exercises and assignment has made me a lot more aware of colour relationships – possibly not that difficult given my previous lack of knowledge on the subject – and it will be something I will be aware of, and hopefully incorporating a lot more, in my photography.