Hello and welcome to Reigate College’s Photography Department.
My name is Marta Cole and I’m the Head of Photography A Level. Before I welcome you to our department in person at the beginning of the academic year, I’d like you to complete a mini Photography project.
I’m keen for you to work your way through the tasks below so that when we meet in September, we can look at the work you’ve produced and discuss what you’ve learnt.
All of the tasks should be completed by Choices Day on 25 August. Please throw yourself into them and above all enjoy them!
The tasks will be released here in three phases:
Explore your Subject – 4 May
Transforming Mundane into Extraordinary: Introductory Photography Project
Many contemporary photographers focus on transforming the ‘mundane’ into ‘extraordinary’ through their camera lens.
They photograph the everyday and the overlooked in such a way that the resulting images are visually captivating, often mysterious and intended to stimulate the viewer’s imagination.
To begin with, I would like you to:
Research Magical Landscapes by the contemporary photographer Vilde J. Rolfsen (examples of the images from a 2017 photographic series by the artist are below).
Find out how and why these images were produced and have a go at creating similar photographs yourself.
You should complete this section of tasks by 1 June.
Get Going – 1 June
Hello again. I hope you enjoyed researching the work of Vilde J. Rolfsen and were able to create some amazing photographs inspired by her work!
Next I would like you to identify another renowned photographer who transforms the ‘mundane’ into ‘extraordinary’ in their work.
Find one piece of work by that photographer.
Find out how it was made and visually respond to it. Your visual response does not need to be an exact copy of the artist’s work but it should be similar in composition, subject matter and technique, as it should demonstrate your understanding of how the artist’s work was made.
Below is an example of a student’s visual response next the work of the artist they were responding to:
You should complete this section of tasks by 1 July.
Aim High – 1 July
You should complete this section of tasks by Choices Day on 25 August.
I hope you were able to find an inspiring image by a renowned photographer and are happy with your recreation.
Now, I would like you to do the following:
Take 5 or more photographs that transform everyday reality into an extraordinary spectacle and explain how you did it.
Save all the work you created for this project either as a Word document, a Power Point presentation, or display it on a sheet of paper. The work should include a) A copy of the image you chose to recreate; b) your recreation of the image, c) your own three photographs and your explanations about how you created them.
*If you are unable to print at home, please bring your work in to College on a memory stick.
Below is an example of an image I took to help you with this exercise and a brief explanation of the process of the making of it:
In order to create this image I placed some tulip stems in a glass filled with water and a little bit of green food dye mixed into it and positioned my still life on a window sill.
I took the photo on a DSLR camera equipped with a standard lens. I opened the lens wide to achieve a shallow depth of field and focussed it on the front of the glass, this allowed for the so called bokeh effect turning the droplet of water on the back of the glass into a diffused circular shape; the scene was back lit as I positioned the glass on a window sill and photographed it from the inside of the room.
I cropped the image through the viewfinder so that you cannot see the glass edge this makes the subject of the photo (tulips in a glass) less obvious therefore inviting more abstract interpretation. What I saw when I looked back at the photograph was what I called the image, ‘Moon over a Forest Lake’. What can you see?
See you in September and please bring your work to your first Photography Lesson at Reigate College.