To take a series of pictures in a public situation that form a series and tell the story of the scene
The brief describes how this exercise is about recording the way the scene is approached, from the moment the possible photograph is seen to the final best image.
For this exercise I selected to take my shots at a small music festival I was attending with my girlfriend run by the company of one of her friends – Pengfest. Unfortunately we arrived a bit late so I missed the initial setting up of the festival but I did manage to one of the bands setting up.
In total I took 330 photographs on the day – from almost the moment we arrived until late in the evening. Everything from wide band shots to the audience to the small details that most people don’t really pay attention to (such as when a band is setting up)
Choosing a small selection for the sequence was hard – there are a lot of shots that I like that I’ve had to leave out from the exercise post – although I will be posting a much larger gallery of pictures.
Most of all what I wanted to achieve though was a sense of the occasion. I like to think I’ve hit that objective.
As always, click on a picture to see a larger version and scroll through the gallery.For the last batch of pictures I ventured inside the marquee with my iPhone (artists don’t always paint with the finest oils) to capture the atmosphere inside. Conclusions drawn from this exercise
Expect the unexpected and try and be ready for it.
In any public event, while it is possible to plan the shots you want there will always be something that just happens. If you’re not ready with the camera then you may miss the shot – possibly never to see it again.
This is a very hard decision to make. All of the shots are different and stand out in there own individual ways.
Some of the shots such as 8.9 – 8.12 show the detailed preparation need to get the sound just right.
Some like 8.2, 8.15 and 8.16 show the energy and excitement in the performance.
The people shots are a real mix but all to me show different emotions – relaxed, excited, loving, curious.
My personal favourite is 8.1 – Chris at the mic. The pose and expression leave an open question about what Chris was thinking and feeling – with the possibility that there are as many interpretations as people who see the picture.
I loved taking these pictures.
I don’t normally take many people pictures and this shoot opened my eyes to the possibilities of candid (and sometimes not so candid) people photography.
I left out so many pictures that could have been included and will be in a different post, but of the over 300 pictures that I took these tell the story I wanted to tell of the day.