As lost as Alice. As mad as the Hatter.


Photography Ideas

For my photography project exploring portraiture of myself and others, I have thought about the way I dress and act as the formula for expressing myself. The subject I will take photos of will also have this projected onto them, whether their personality is the same or not. However, I have also considered working with other peoples personalities and transforming it with mine, but I think that would not seem original, and would not feel belonging to me.

The styles of fashion and personalities I am thinking of expressing are:

  • Gothic
  • Punk
  • Psychedelic
  • Rock
  • Crazy
  • Power
  • Calm
  • Grunge
  • Smoking
  • Musical
  • Unique

Here are some images that help define the styles I would like to express.

Long Exposure and Studio Lit Photography

As a group we all discovered and participated in many forms of long exposure photography along with studio lighting. This allowed us to experiment and create interesting pieces of photography.

Long Exposure

Long exposure photography involves using a long shutter speed where is captures the moving focal points by a trail. By doing this it sharpens the still life, and together can create photography with beautiful blends and creativity.


This photograph was created by using torches and spinning on a chair to create a Christmas tree. The shutter speed was 6 seconds and the lights were produced by Brad. I think this photograph is creative.


This photograph is a lot more complex as timing is key. Once the photograph starts to take with a 8 second shutter speed. The subject, Corey, sits in the first position. The flash is then immediately hit. Corey then moves to the second position on the left. The flash is then hit again. Then finally, the torch is dragged along which was done by Neeson.


This photograph features Jack and the long exposure makes it look like he has wings. The photograph was taken with an 8 second shutter speed, followed by the immediate flash, then the torch was drawn to create the wings. I like this photograph because it is creative and amusing.

Studio Lighting

Using studio lighting in photography gives control of the lighting with position, direction and strength. We looked at hard light, soft light and reflective light. Hard light is stronger and has sharper edges on shadows. When soft light is used the shadows are absent or barely visible. We used reflective light with a light box and a poly board. The light reflected off the poly board from the light box onto the subject’s face. This allowed both sides of the face to be lit with only using one light source. In each example below, Brad was the model and the photograph was taken by Alice.


This is my favourite photo because I think the circular light is very controlled and makes you wonder.

Taylor Wessing Photographic Competition Research

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Margarita Teichroeb by Jordi Ruiz Cirera, 2017

This photograph is of a woman sitting on her own in a kitchen who looks to be concentrating. The placement of her hand and her slightly raised eyebrows suggest this. The composition of this photo is the rule of space and simplification as the woman is placed in the centre of the image and the background is blurred. The lighting is coming from the back of the photo and is natural. The background is blurred so all attention is focused on the woman. What I like about this photo is the colours as they look washed out, but it has a bold appearance like the background with the contrasting yellow and blue. The red of the woman’s dress is also the same colour as her cheeks.


Surfland by Joni Sternbach, 2016

This photograph is of a couple on a beach who have just been surfing. The couple are centrally composed and the image is simplified, also there is a slight triangular shape formed. The lighting used in this photograph is natural and looks to be strongly coming from the right. The background of the photo is blurred so attention is on the couple and the surfboard. What I like about this image is how it looks old, particularly the fashion, such at the long hair and the cardigan with the low waist jeans, but it was taken recently. The photo looks very strong, which the order of the focal points help as it looks like a triangle. The man in the middle is the top and and the woman and the surfboard are the bottom points.


Jon McCrea by Phil Sharp, 2016

This photograph is of a man emotionlessly smoking and the composition of this photo is cropping and the use of space. This photo looks like it has had studio lighting added to the front of the man’s face with a plain dark background. There are a lot of things I like about this image, one of them being the fact that it goes against the morals society stands for today, as it is expected, distinctly the young, that smoking is harmful and unhealthy. However, it seems that the man does not care as he just stares blankly. Another thing I like about this photo is how the eyes stand out from the rest of the image. It feels like you can read how sad he is feeling. Finally, a thing that I like about this photograph is the strict use of colours. Only a few colours have been used – yellow, white and black, and then there’s the hint of green-blue in his eyes. All the colours match with certain things. The yellow is used for fashion, the black for the background and the white for the cigarette.

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Martha by Sian Davey, 2016

This photograph is of a group of teenagers with a small child out in the woods. The composition of this photo is space and moderately leading the eye towards the young child. It looks as if natural lighting has been used for this photo. The background is all one colour of green but with different shades. The image is relatable to teens as it shows what their life style is like when they are alone, however it is inappropriate for the small child as there is a strong sexual persona. What I like about this photo is the hue because it makes the image look very old when it is not.