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The more I look the more I see. An obvious thing to say but as a photographer, it can be hard to see – particularly when you don’t know what you’re looking for.
This work has varying purposes. Firstly, it is a university project which is an open brief that I am creating as I go along.
Secondly, it is work that can be used by The Green Party for promotion, their website, social media, etc.
Thirdly, the nature of the subject matter and the fact that the general election is just around the corner, means that I’m now wondering who and where might publish my work.
On reflection of the weekend, I definitely found myself being pulled in various directions to please and meet the needs of others, which I think clouded my vision as a student trying to do a mini-feature on canvassing in London (which was the unofficial brief I’d written for myself for the weekend).
However, I think what I’ve got out of the weekend is something different to what I’d set out for, and is certainly not worse than what I’d planned. It’s just less prescribed and less linear.
It’s long-form story telling. And it will require more shoots with an open mind and eyes wide open.
I have to say it’s surprisingly relieving to not know what you’re looking for.
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I love big screens and Adobe Bridge but there isn’t anything quite like moving things around on an actual table.
And sadly, I’m very excited about doing this.
I’ll be posting more from The Green Party edit tomorrow. It’s fun how everyday your eye seems to see something different. It might be that something you thought was good is actually crap, or that a picture you previously dismissed has somehow come alive.
This weekend was packed full of canvassing for The Camden Green Party. As well as officially promoting the Green Party in the build up to the 2015 general election, I’ve been trying to shoot my own work around their campaign, which I have found to be less successful as I’m still discovering what exactly my work is about. I’m hoping it will naturally evolve as time goes by and photographs continue to be taken.
So with my Green Party hat on, I’ll start by sharing what I’m happy with and continue posting as I discover more about my own project.
All images Amy Romer © 2015. All rights reserved.
Lighting a group is far more intimidating than lighting a single person. I find the process of organising people into places incredibly difficult. So I thought it would be easier for me to get my Acting models to engage with each other in movement so that from there, I could pick out dynamic moments that worked compositionally. At points that I saw something really strong I shouted at them to stop and rearranged them as I felt necessary and took a shot. We then all looked at the shot together and collectively made suggestions about how we could improve the composition. We all decided that something more organic worked better and looked less static so after finding a really strong shape between the five of them, I asked them to move in and out of that shape to try and create something that looked less staged, but that I had more control over. It was incredibly good fun and I’m grateful to the five of them for turning up, fully in black (!) and really involving themselves in what I was trying to achieve. I think they all look stunning. Thank you super movement people for your super movement skills. X
All images © Amy Romer 2015
I recently received Next’s Winter and Christmas catalogue in the post, which at first I thought was odd as it’s definitely not something I’d sign up to but soon realised that it would be the calalogue that featured Jane’s shoots I assisted over summer.
I quickly flipped through and instantly found Heloise Guerin outside St. Paul’s Cathedral and even found my own shadow as I shaded her from the heat of the scorching July morning.
It was the challenges we faced at St. Paul’s where I felt I’d really benefitted from the breadth of knowledge and experience from Jane and her team. Jane apologised for the 6am start but she knew that by 9am, we’d be swamped with tourists and it would be increasingly difficult to shoot. This way, we’d also gain from the morning sun, although we were still shooting up until 4pm because of the difficulties of location shoots – living out of a parked Winnebago whilst scouting for different places to shoot that will avoid the Japanese wedding photographers that seem to be scattered across St. Paul’s shooting rich Japanese engaged couples outside famous tourist attractions in wedding gear bought specifically for the shoot and not worn on their wedding day…(Jane’s curiosity couldn’t help but ask them what they were up to). This along with the normal hold-ups of garment changes, make-up retouching, etc etc certainly introduced me head first into the world of fashion.
These shoots take an incredible amount of organisation – car passes, parking spaces, drivers, location rights, models, make-up, hair, tethering, equipment, assisting, designing, directing, breakfast and lunch supplies…oh and photographing. Fashion is certainly a team effort and is incredibly involved.
I don’t think I was really aware of how much I took away from the experience until I had to shoot my first fashion shoot two days ago, which I had really not been looking forward to as a documentary photographer. https://amyromer.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/fashion-shoot/ I instinctively wanted to plan the shoot with Jeff (my model) beforehand, showing him pictures of ideas I had so we could collaborate based on both our experiences. I knew my model would be more experienced than I was as a photographer so their input was hugely important to me. I arranged to be on location at 7am so I had time to scout for a specific spot and arranged for my model to meet us at 8am, so he wasn’t hanging around unnecessarily. I had every piece of equipment I felt could potentially be needed and my model was in charge of the clothes he wanted to model – a weight gladly taken off my mind. We worked with two assistants and knew exactly where we were going for breakfast after the shoot! Job done and home to Falmouth by 10:30am. I know that without assisting Jane, there would have been several essential elements missing – the most important element being confidence in what I was doing.
A few shots from my first fashion shoot:
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So thanks Jane Hilton for allowing me to enjoy fashion.
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…spot my shadow??