The Art of Photography:Mike Mudd's Learning Log

The Art of Photography:Mike Mudd's Learning Log

looking for positive influences - colour accent and relationships

Module ExercisesPosted by Mike Mon, October 22, 2012 15:08:56
I have had my rant about this module - see http://oca.mudd-photography.eu/#post45 my previous post - with reference to my love of black and white high drama.

This particular part of TAOP - colour has been a drag.... though I do think recent personal events - death of a sibling, the death of my companion of 19 years - Tashkent the cat, and the recent health of my partner have all had their part in distraction from the course.

Struggling on.... I re start and re read, swap camera - the SLR with the big bag has become a bit of a bind when 'out looking' for inspiration. I have returned my efforts with re-using my neglected Sony NEX-3 with 16mm prime lens. Hoping for a new sense of freedom.

In terms of references - and trying to soak up the graphical, expressive and symbolic elements of what colour can do, two reference works pop out strongly and appeal to my mindset - Stephen Shore and William Eggleston.

http://photography-now.net/stephen_shore/index.html

http://photography-now.net/william_eggleston/portfolio1.html

There is a sense of melancholy in both works, a sense I would normally put into my own B&W work.

We shall see....

Addendum: In addition, my approach to this assignment and module content is much different to previous, the learning from this module I believe is about being with camera and making observation - compiling images as a library as you go along and then employing your choices....this I think is perhaps a better approach than setting aside time for module and assignment work - more of an exercise in teaching the mind to seek the elements at all times.

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