Task 1 Research
A) What is a portrait
Your research for this project will answer the questions – what is a portrait, what types of portraits are there, what makes a successful portrait and what insight does a portrait give us about the photographer and subject. (These themes will be discussed in the session on 13.11.14)
You will include key examples of portraiture and portrait photographers to back up your opinions and should ensure that you include information on photographic techniques and technology in your research.
B) You will also research two photographers whose work you finding inspiring. The photographers should have different styles and you should ensure sufficient attention is given to the photographer’s background, subjects, techniques as well as the concepts behind the work.
Task 2 Experimental Techniques
A) You will experiment with a broad range of techniques and will produce portraits that fit in the following categories:
Environmental portrait – Portrait linked to your research 1B – Abstract portrait – Studio portraits (Split, Rembrandt & Butterfly lighting) – Phone portrait – Self-portrait – Off-camera flash – Portrait linked to an emotion – Collaged portrait (joiner) –
Portrait of a friend/family — Portrait of someone you don’t know.
Task 3 Idea Development
You will create a series of four portraits that have a central theme. You can choose either the same subject or a variety of subjects as long as the work is linked together.
The portraits can be studio-based or environmental and it is vital that you have a concept behind the work. Your annotation should show how your ideas develop along with your thoughts on colour, composition, and the meaning you hoping to achieve.
You should comment on what you’re trying to say about your subject/s and the techniques your choosing to help communicate this.
This development work will result in a series of 4 images that can be any format you choose.
You will complete a comprehensive evaluation and present your work on the 18th of December.
Work must be submitted by the given deadline. Requests for an extension to the deadline must be made in writing by completing the request form before the deadline date. Late work may not be accepted. At the discretion of the tutor, any late work accepted will be graded at the end of the academic year and will not receive feedback.
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