Throughout the ‘To Master’ unit, it has been very much based on our careers after uni, mastering photography, getting our work out there and learning what the industry is like from professionals coming in to speak to us. Over the last few months I have learnt some new things which are going to help me in the future.
First of all, my images. Now, although I am not 100% happy with them, they come under the category that I love photographing the most, Portraiture. Portraiture has always been my favourite thing to photograph, whether it be a fashion or beauty shoot in the studio, to a fun outdoors shoot shot on my mobile phone or 35mm film camera. I love capturing peoples expressions, fashion sense, colours and individual looks. It is a very diverse industry/category to like photographing and want to go into, as you can do a lot and experiment with portraiture. It can be used for a small commission such as an advert for the back of a leaflet, or it can be used for a bigger commission such as shooting the new AW18 campaign for Louis Vuitton. It can even be composed in a more contemporary arty way, making it more abstract and put a meaning behind it. Its very open to allow you to put your own twist on it, and that is what I like about portraiture so much.
Every day I am seeing new inspiration from photographers and artists that I keep saved my phone or noted down in a notebook and I always refer back to them when finding inspiration for a photoshoot. I like to take inspiration from a number of people and almost add my own individual element, to combine the two ideas together. This way, I am keeping my photography fresh and individual.
I decided to photograph portraiture with a narrative behind it as at the start I thought I could execute this quite well. Along the way I came across some problems and overall I am not 100% happy with the final images I have produced (will be explained further in my evaluation). I love both portraiture and a debate so what more could I want. So this was the path that I went down as I thought that I might be able to expand my portfolio with a more abstract attempt at portraiture after this project.
Secondly, during this unit we have had to have a think about some other competitions we may want to enter throughout the year to get our name and work known in the photography world. As part of this unit we had to create a competitions table/calendar so we could easily keep track of which ones we might enter and when. I have put the deadline dates into my diary to remind myself of when I need to enter some of the competitions by. I came across some very interesting looking competitions that I did like the look of and will most likely enter before the deadlines. The ones I chose interested me the most due to the categories I can enter, the type of work I can submit, and the prizes you can potentially win. These are the competitions I am looking at possibly entering…
I am hoping that by creating some new work for these competitions and entering them will give me a chance for someone to notice my work and to potentially have something come of it, whether it be an email of congratulations or a small job commission. Any form of recognition would be good for my career at this early stage.
Lastly, during this term we have had a number of guest speakers coming in to talk to us about their careers, their success stories and what it is like to be working in the photography industry. I have made notes throughout the term from the speakers we have had in and have been putting their tips to use… with emailing people, how to approach clients/useful contacts, how to act professional, and how to just keep trying your best. I found the Bruno Bayley talk the most useful one as he was young, been to uni and got a job, he seemed like the most relatable person to listen to at this stage of my degree/career. He gave us some really good tips, tricks and stories on his experiences within the industry (which I have included in a previous post with my notes).
Combining everything, I feel like I have gained a lot of extra inspiration, numerous tips and advice on how to tackle the industry and a good set plan of what I am going to do and when by, making me feel a lot more confident for after university life and my future career.