Week 4 Project Development 21.06.2020
This week I photographed Katie and Ed and their three boys at a local woods.
They chose this setting as they are very keen to educate their children in nature, utilising local forest schools, and being out and in nature with the boys a lot generally.
The light was absolutely beautiful this day in the tall pines, and every time the clouds moved it created these beautifule gems of patches of light, where I kept trying to encourage the older boys to move too naturally without them realising what I was doing.
This is the first contact sheet of images.
AND THESE ARE THE FINAL SELECTION OF IMAGES FROM THEIR PHOTOSHOOT.
- FIG 3-18 GRAHAM, BEKKIE. FIRST CONTACT SHEET
These two are my favourite of all the images from the whole of the photoshoot.
The first image I chose as it was a full family photoshoot of a naturally occurring moment and illustrated learning through play, experimentation and exploration perfectly. I really liked how mum Katie is only in the photo with her arm, this depicts motherhood, and home education perfectly for me, and is a definite case of me using other mums, other families, to create a self portrait of my own life and situation. One arm in the frame, always with your hand on the game, but multitasking like a boss, is essentially Home-Educating mums the world over. I loved the way the three boys’ individual personalities are coming through in the image, the eldest cautious and wary, the youngest sneaking to mum, and their middle son totally committed to the moment. I actually edited this image in a way I never do . I took the image of Dad from a Frame or two before, and swapped it out with him in this image. The reason being I preferred mum and the three boys in this image, but in this frame he had just began to move his hands down from his face and visually this was more interesting, and made a more well rounded narrative. It was quite an odd thing for me, as I never edit like this, I can, but I choose not too. My images of families are generally totally natural and unstated, sometimes guided to where the best light is , but never manipulated either at the time of shooting, or like this. However, visually I am confident that this was the correct decision for this photograph, and improved it greatly, whilst telling the narrative it needed to tell for this particular project. I am also very drawn to the light in this image. The light and shadow metaphors for both the freedom and happiness of home education, and the quite frankly, turmoil it can take to come to a decision about whether to Home Educate. There is obviously a very strong visual pun running through this image as well, about trying to work out what is best, trying to come to a decision, and not being able to see the woods for the trees !
The second image is this image of Ed with his two eldest sons. Again, the greens and the light are not only visually attractive but aesthetically they frame the image, bringing the focus onto the family. Interestingly I looked on the colour wheel of what colours represent and this is what it said about green “ Green is the color of nature. It symbolizes growth, harmony, freshness, and fertility. Green has strong emotional correspondence with safety. Dark green is also commonly associated with money. Green has great healing power. It is the most restful color for the human eye; it can improve vision. Green suggests stability and endurance. Sometimes green denotes lack of experience; for example, a ‘greenhorn’ is a novice.” ( Colour wheel pro ) . I really like the connotations here of this family having removed their children from school, and now seeing and seeking growth and harmony as a family, but also the connection to the colour green denoting a lack of experience.I especially liked the way that all three of them were doing their own thing in this image. It shows child led learning at it’s best, the children choosing an activity, the parents facilitating that activity, actively engaged in the process, but allowing the children the autonomy and freedom to still make their own decisions and follow their own path.
Colour meaning. Colour wheel pro. Available at http://www.color-wheel-pro.com/color-meaning.html (Accessed 30.07.2020)
FIG 1, GRAHAM, BEKKIE. SECOND CONTACT SHEEt
FIG 2, GRAHAM, BEKKIE. SECOND CONTACT SHEET
FIG 3-18 GRAHAM, BEKKIE. FIRST CONTACT SHEET
FIG 3 GRAHAM, BEKKIE. 2020
FIG 5 GRAHAM, BEKKIE. 2020