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Jane Hilton Workshop

Jane Hilton Workshop

1st year Press & Editorial Photography students were lucky enough to have Jane Hilton travel down to Falmouth to give us a workshop in 5×4 large format photography at The Chainlocker pub, where she used reflectors and diffusers to deal with the particularly challenging ever-changing sunlight we experienced that morning.

It was brilliant being able to take a back seat and watch how it’s done by someone like Jane.

Myself and Jon Denham were asked to develop the negatives she had exposed during the workshops. I don’t think I have ever experienced such sweaty palms as when I was handling her negatives in pitch black.

All was okay though (phew!) and she has kindly mentioned us in her latest news feed on her website.

I recommend you check out her amazing projects Dead Eagle Trail – portraits of the American Cowboy and Precious – intimate portraits of the working girls of Nevada.

http://www.janehilton.com/photography/dead_eagle_trail.php

http://www.janehilton.com/photography/precious.php

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Carleen Woodcraft Folk, West Cornwall, February 2014

As the third and final part of ‘The Relationship’, I visited the Cornwall branch of Woodcraft Folk.

Woodcraft Folk is something I attended when I was younger. Their motto states: ‘The Woodcraft Folk is a movement for children and young people, open to everyone from birth to adult. We offer a place where children will grow in confidence, learn about the world and start to understand how to value our planet and each other.’

I want to be able to recognise the links between the social structures of children and their political and social upbringing, in mind to eventually extend this project by looking at children’s welfare across the broader society.

This seemed like a good starting place.

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Most of the session consisted of playing games that involved the group as a whole.

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None of the children minded me photographing them at all. It was clear there were certain friendships or relations amongst them with the girls tending to separate themselves from the boys.

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Introducing the colourful parachute caused great excitement amongst them all.Image

The age gaps between the group seemed to not matter as they all happy socialised with each other during games. Image

Towards the end of the session, the children were given print out photographs of their summer camp where they were to write a poem reflecting upon their time camping in the outdoors. 

Thank you to the Cornwall Woodcraft Folk and in particular to Jan Dinsdale for welcoming me to their session. I hope to be able to work with them again in the outdoors, once the weather lets us!

All images © Amy Romer 2014

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MOD Marine Engineers Doug Stembridge and Tom Street volunteer at Diggin’ It, Plymouth, 4th February 2014

As I’ve previously posted, Diggin’ It is a charity that aims to support schools and isolated members of the community in the development and sustainability of gardens using organic techniques.

Since our 24 hour university project where I visited Diggin’ It for the first time, I’ve continued making trips trips, partly to volunteer myself and partly to continue photographing. 

On this particular day, they had engineers from the MOD volunteering as part of their compulsory training. As they worked and chatted, I photographed their interactions, hoping to capture a moment between the two of them for my current university project – ‘The Relationship’.

 

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All images © Amy Romer 2014

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Diggin’ It, Plymouth, 21st January, 2014

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Diggin’ It is a charity that aims to support schools and isolated members of the community in the development and sustainability of gardens using organic techniques.

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Dave Smith, Education Outreach Worker and only full-time, paid member of staff at Diggin’ It, Penlee.

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Chili plant varieties are a favorite crop as the community is able to use them in different ways, such as to make dyes, chili powder, jams, oils, or to use them as they are.

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The Disco Shed will be a place for school children to learn how to grow plants all year round without the use of sunlight. This was the idea of a volunteer who saw the technique used in a space station.

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As well as rearing chickens for eggs, their manure is used in aquaponics to cultivate plants symbiotically.

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CV and essays uploaded to blog and website!

I’ve been meaning to complete and add my CV to my website for a while now and finally…I’ve done it. Please take a look if you have five minutes. 

I’ve also uploaded two essays from last year. One is on the New Topographics movement and the other discusses the reasons why photography and the discovery of whale song lead to the world-wide campaign ‘Save the Earth’. 

Both essays were assignments written for BA (Hons) Marine and Natural History Photography in 2013. 

http://www.amyromer.com/cv

http://www.amyromer.com/essays

 

 

 
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Mr. Zbieranowski.

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An evening in the studio with Mikey Zbieranowski and Jon Denham experimenting with modifiers is an evening well spent. Not to mention a great excuse to photograph some more portraits.

Very slowly I’m feeling more confident about lighting subjects and creating a lighting environment that has the potential to house a successful portrait. 

Soon it will be time to start thinking like this…

‘…to reveal the individual before his camera, to transfer the living quality of that individual to his finished print…Not to make road maps but to record the essential truth of the subject; not to show how this person looks, but to show what he is.’

Edward Weston

© All images Amy Romer, 2013

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More studio portraiture

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All images © Amy Romer 2013

A good session of practicing some classic portraiture lighting. After slowly building up the use of multiple lights and reflectors, these were my favoured outcomes – simple butterfly using a softbox above and to the right, a second flood added to lighten the left side of the background and pick out the head and shoulder outline by ‘tonal interchange’ and on this second image, a hair light to pick out the outline of his hair and bring him forward out of the background.

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