OCA: TaoP Assignment 5: Narrative
12 Images on the theme of Illustration and Narrative
To illustrate a story in the mode of a magazine assignment
Selected story – An easy days training for two team cyclists
1. Freeman, M. (2012) Michael The Photographer’s story Lewes: The Ilex Press.
2. Hunter, F. et al (2007) Light: Science and Magic: an Introduction to Photographic Lighting (3rd Edition). Burlington, MA. Focal Press.
3. Montizambert D. (2003) Creative Lighting Techniques for studio photographers, (2nd Edition). London, Amherst Media.
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This assignment presented an opportunity to demonstrate the idea of a connected flow and sequence of a story, and to singularly illustrate a subject with the introductory image. The potential for a story was not necessarily the difficult element of the assignment. More difficult was employing the elements of previous assignment and exercise experience and learning within the story board of images. These elements of course would provide photographic stimulus to the viewer.
My initial ‘potential’ themes for this story presented fairly sound ideas – a day in the life of a homeless man, the experience of students and lecturers in preparation for a degree show, a study of the close relationship between a teenage girl and her horse.
All of these themes presented a good potential for a story sequence, but all of these stories fell over for different reasons, but for the latter two these reasons were by and large photographic;
· Not being capable to exercise change when ‘planned shots ‘do not appear before the camera.
· Discomfort in photographing scenes with multiple people and not engaging with the subject matter – resulting in images which lacked stimulating composition, colour, shape and therefore illustration of the subject matter. This also resulted in image sets all with same focal length and similar framing – again too easy to record and therefore dull to look at as a result
· Collation of imagery which in illustration is too similar as a group and therefore lacking story variation, story peak termination and coda (Freeman: 2012).
Stimulating storyboard imagery requires an interesting subject matter which is aided by changing environments which can present opportunities in photography in terms of lighting, shape and colour, and also maintaining narrative interest. Considerations in making additions to the story – i.e. new characters or activities helps keep the story fresh for the viewer, in this case the use of the car and photography from the car/cameraman’s point of view. Changes in camera framing and composition also aid the visual interest to the story set – and previous attempts at this assignment certainly proved that. Essentially, it has taken three attempts to satisfy the demands of the assignment in terms of initially separating and recognising the story’s photographic and narrative needs – and then bringing these components back together.