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Contact Photo Festival goings on…

The organisation for the festival requires quite a bit of attention, naturally. The members of the course have been taking on various tasks to make sure the whole thing comes together successfully. With various social media platforms being ran, promotional material to be designed, media to contact and maps to be drawn out, everybody is busy.

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This map for the locations was created by course member, Lucy Newman. She also created the whole brochure and a couple of posters which will be displayed around Leeds and it’s Universities. 

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I had some information from Scott, the creative director for Arts@Trinity, that there was a Leeds University Union Music Society concert on the same night as my opening night in the next room so I got in touch.

I spoke with Anna, the Chamber Music manager, and we decided to forge an alliance to promote one another around the city and in Universities. I sent her my own personal exhibition poster and the Contact Photo Festival poster. Image

To increase promotion of the festival I have also arranged for a A0 poster, both my own and the festival poster, to be displayed outside the Holy Trinity Church right next to an entrance/exit to the new Trinity shopping centre. Hopefully this helps to draw in more of a crowd! 

My own images have come together nicely. They will be displayed accompanied by the conversation had with each individual subject on the topic of death and grief. Headphones will be provided with each image so to allow the viewer feel a stronger, more personal connection with each subject. 

I will update again soon with further updates on exhibition preparations!

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Artists research: Looking at B&W photography

For my final piece I will be creating a series of black and white images shot on medium format using 120 film.

I want to look at a variety of photographers who have used black and white imagery in alternative creative ways. Not to say I will be trying anything too outrageous but I want to explore what can be done with black and white film photography. In particular I will be looking at images which I believe have a rich texture and deep tones which complement the subject matter.

Robert Mapplethorpe is a staple in the amateur photographer’s diet when hungry for beautiful imagery.

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The first image here, of James Franco, is so rich in tones. I think what really grabs my attention in any of Mapplethorpe’s work is how black the blacks within the images are. It always adds so much depth to the image. This moves us on to the second image which, again, you can see the richness of the blacks create the rest of the image. without this depth, the subjects in the foreground wouldn’t have so much of a visual impact.

Erwin Blumenfeld is another photographer who used some interesting techniques to create depth in his images.

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Again, you can see how the deep blacks offset the subject matter to create beautiful shapes and textures. Something Mapplethorpe did a lot of.

Sally Mann is another excellent Black and White photographer, despite her somewhat controversial subject matter, the images are still very beautiful.

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You can again see the richness in tones here that I am speaking of. Particularly in the first image of her daughter. The image directly above is a self portrait which I have only just discovered. Again, it’s the blacks of the vignetting that add so much drama to the image which is what always seems to attract me to black and white photography.

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