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This is the picture i took that i feel describes me:



I set this picture up like this as i feel it describes a lot about me. The main object in the picture is my american football helmet which shows i play the game, in the background you can see some of my CD collection piled up showing i am into my music and like to buy the hard copy. Also you may just be able to make out the charger for my camera as photography is another passion of mine.

I like the way this photograph as turned out as the main focus is on my American football helmet (my main passion) then surrounding the helmet are some of my other passions.


Research for my final assignment

Raw Issue:

The way i would present the raw issue is by taking pictures of natural and untouched things.

Here are a few images for this idea i have found while doing my research:


Raw 2

The other way you could look at it is use the title raw to expose certain ways of life that may tend to be overlooked by most people, or people are just not aware of them. Here are a few images that explain this idea:

Homeless man sleeping rough , London , England , UK

Raw 4

The second topic we could choose from was Austerity. To me austerity is sternness or severity of mannerisms or attitude.

For this the thing that immediately pops into mind is riots. As riots are held by people with stern opinions and attitudes towards a thing they are rioting or campaigning for.

Here are some images i found in my research for this title:

austerity 1

Austerity 2

The final choice we had is Fast. As soon as i saw this title i just thought of pictures with varying shutter speeds in to create motion blur.

Here are some of the images in the style that i would try and do for the fast issue:



After researching into the three titles we had been given i have decided to choose the Fast issue. This is due to the interest i have in cars and how i regularly attend car shows enabling me to take multiple images for the assignment. During this assignment i will create image that contain motion blur and but i will also take pictures of super cars that are parked up as i feel some of the super cars do not need to be moving to show they are fast, the make, presence and styling is a big enough signifier to show this.



For this task i took a walk to Kirkstall Abbey, although it is only about 2 miles away from where i live i had never seen it before so i thought it would be interesting to take a walk over to get the atmosphere of the area. After getting lost a few times i finally arrived at the Abbey. As it was a sunny day there were plenty of people soaking up the sun with the grand abbey towering over them.

These are just a few of the pictures i took on my trip to the Abbey.

Kirkstall abbey 1 b&w

This is probably my favourite photo that i took, i like the way that the trees seem to frame the abbey and that you can see a crow flying next to the abbey. I think the crow really adds to the sinister look of the abandoned abbey.

Kirkstall Abbey 4 b&w

I decided to turn all of the photographs i took black and white and increase the contrast as i feel it suited the abbey a lot better than a colour photograph as it almost looks like it was taken on a old 35mm film camera.

Kirkstal abbey 2 b&w

This image really shows how grand the abbey is by filling up most of the frame. Due to their being no windows in the abbey you can see straight through to the other side and the strong sunlight helps the atmosphere of this photograph i feel.


As it was a rare nice day when i took these photos the sky was clear which in this case i feel is unfortunate as if there was some moody clouds in the sky i think it really would of finished off the photos well and fitted the atmosphere better than the clear sky.


The event i have chosen to document is Goodwood Festival of Speed held in Chichester West Sussex.


The Festival of Speed is basically a huge garden party that has been put on by petrol heads showcasing the best, most desired and unique motor vehicles around the world from vintage cars to the latest super bikes topped off by a star lineup of top past and present drivers as well as celebrity car enthusiasts.

The events main sponsor was Lotus this year due to Lotus celebrating their 60th anniversary. Lotus used this opportunity to showcase their vast array of cars from their old Formula 1 racers to their new fully electric prototype as seen below.

Goodwood Lotus F1

Old School Formula 1 Racer

Goodwood Lotus Hybrid

Electric Prototype showcased by Lotus

This event is not just for visitors to sit back in and watch it is for them to be able to touch and even sit in their dream cars, something not many other shows in the world offer. I think this really picture sums up the show with one of my friends getting out of his all time favourite car showing the hands on experience people get when visiting the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Goodwood AMG hands on

The whole event is such a hands on and intimate experience and i feel the photos i have chosen really show this as it proves how close you can get to the cars racing by and also the cars that are on show throughout the event. Something that no other event in the UK offers quite like Goodwood.

I enjoyed my experience so much at this event i have already pre ordered my ticket for next year!


The story i am looking into is how horse meat has been discovered on the shelves of UK supermarkets without anyone knowing.


This link is to the Guardian website. The way that they have covered the story through the twists and turns it has had in the past month is by creating a fairly simple and easy to read timeline. This is a effective and way of getting information across, with no pictures and unnecessary information it is straight to the point as the each story isn’t exaggerating, its just the raw facts.

This is the link to the Mirrors website. They also decided to cover the events of this story by producing a timeline of the events. The events they have covered are not all facts as some of the information is still to be confirmed or just rumours. They have split up each story with a picture that relates to the article, this may be a more interesting read to some viewers but it is not the exact news and after reading all the information you may be overloaded where as with the Guardian sites timeline it just tells you what you need to know, not added stories or pictures.

Overall as most people are aware these papers are very different as they cater for different audiences. The guardian tends to focus on the more educated citizen so contains more informative and well explained information where as the mirrors audience tends to be for people such as builders etc who tend to just pick up the paper to see whats going on thanks to short snappy articles that get the story across fast and simply. By doing this the layout of their stories differ.

What Makes a Good Portrait

Family Portrait

Above is a picture of 3 brothers from Cuba sat ay home in their bedroom. I feel this portrait is really good at showing the viewer what the brothers life is like. Immediately it shows you that they are not very wealthy due to the unpainted damp walls around them. Also they have a big pile of clothes to the right that just looks like they have been chucked their out of the way as they don’t have anywhere to put them. The fan is on suggesting that it is very hot there and they are trying to keep cool, the fact it is a fan and not air-conditioning  also shows they are not very wealthy. Despite all of this all 3 boys have a smile on their face and look like they have a positive outlook on life.

Boring portrait

I feel that this portrait i rather boring due to the fact the subject seems to blend in with the background as the image isn’t lit properly. It looks like the picture was taken with flash directly in front of the subject, this kills all lack of depth and makes the picture look dull. The portrait doesn’t really tell you much about the subject and his emotions seem neutral also.


This picture is of my brother climbing into a tractor at the farm he works at. I think this image sums up peoples perception of farmers and he fits into place perfectly here. I took this picture using my sony NEX-5 and its flash. I set the camera up on a tripod and set a 10second exposure, at the start of the exposure the flash fired off lighting up the tractor and the back of my brother. The rest of the light is either from the cab light in the tractor or the light pollution from the nearest town as it was about 11pm and pitch black outside.

Cameron Tractor

To me one of the last places i would expect to see a farmer in his work gear is in a office surrounded by expensive clean equipment. I feel he looks very out of place in this picture which is what i was trying to achieve. This picture was also taken on my Sony NEX-5. The lighting main lighting in this picture comes from the lamp on the desk, the laptop and pc on the dest also help with the lighting but are not as harsh as the lamp. I decided to keep the overhead light turned off to get the effect that he is working hard in the office late at night where as having the overhead light on i felt would ruin the feel to the image.

Cam In Office


Someone i know:

Cam and Holly 1

This is my brother Cameron who loves the outdoors and animals, especially his dog Holly so i decided to go on a walk with him and Holly to get this picture. It was a very foggy day but i felt this worked in the pictures favour as it creates a natural backdrop and the light is diffused so there is no harsh lighting in the image. The way he is knelt down in the field with his dog shows that he is very affectionate towards Holly and isn’t afraid of getting muddy and that he loves being out in the countryside! The smile on his face also shows that he is enjoying being outside even thou it isn’t a very nice sunny day.


This is a picture of Sebastian Vettel, a famous Formula 1 driver who races for the Red Bull team. He is known as a very kind and down to earth person who has time for all his fans and also has a cheeky/mischievous side to him. I used a wide aperture when taking this picture to blur out the background although you can still see that there are Formula 1 cars sat in the background. He isn’t looking straight at the camera and i feel this and the fact he has a smirk on his face gives the impression that he is fairly cheeky. With Sebastian being in his racing overalls and the background being Formula 1 cars even if you didn’t know who he was or have any interest into the sport you would probably have a good guess that he was a racing driver.

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