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24 hour project – Plymouth

Yesterday (January 22) we had a 24 hour project, where we were supposed to go to Plymouth, find a story to photograph and send in 6 pictures before midnight. They advised us to do research and decide what story we wanted to photograph before we got there. I ended up doing my story on the lighthouse in Plymouth, Smeaton’s Tower. I thought it was a really nice lighthouse, and for some reason I’ve always been fascinated by lighthouses. I do not know why. Sadly the lighthouse was closed when we got there, so I couldn’t climb to the top, which I really wanted to. Anyways. Here’s a couple of the photos that I took (:

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Diwali

For the community shoot for the establishing image brief I chose to go to the Diwali celebration they held in Exeter on the 17th of November. Diwali is a hindu festival, also known as the festival of lights. It is celebrated by Hindus and Indians all over the world. It’s the most important festival of the year and is regarded as the start of a new year. It was really fun, they were dancing and you could buy indian food, there was a snake lady there (a lady who had brought a snake with her) and at the end of the day they had a fireworks display. I had a great day, I’m really glad I went and I think it was a good choice for the community brief.

Here’s a few of my photos from the shoot (:

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Gaza, November 2012

© Wissam Nassar for The New York Times
The parents of an 11-month-old baby killed in an Israeli airstrike held him during his funeral

© Majdi Mohammed/Associated Press
A Palestinian demonstrator ran through tear gas during protests against Israel’s operations in the Gaza Strip

© Oliver Weiken/European Pressphoto Agency
Volunteers cleaned blood stains from a child’s toy in an apartment building hit by rocket fire in Israel

© Ali Ali/European Pressphoto Agency
A funeral for Hamas militants

© Menahem Kahana/Agence France-Presse – Getty Images
An Israeli soldier watched a missile being launched, southern Israel

Source: http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/15/pictures-of-the-day-gaza-and-elsewhere-4/

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Stanley Kubrick

I’ve just learned that before Stanley Kubrick became the famous movie director he is known to be he worked as a photojournalist for an american magazine called Look, and he worked here until he started his film career, in around 1950.

I love some of the pictures he took, I think he was really good at conveying emotion. Especially the second one and the last one. The second one is a guy waiting at the dentist’s office, and as a person who is kind of scared of the dentist myself, I think Kubrick has really captured how nervous he looks. The last photo he took when he was 17, and it was the first one he sold to the Look magazine. The photo is of a newsvendor looking sad because of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s death in 1945. In addition to the emotion you feel when you look at it, it’s also got a great composition.

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Person at work

Today I startet my first shoot for the “Person at work” project. I went to a garage in Penryn where I spent about 3-4 hours. I talked to them and got to know them a little bit while I took some photos. But they weren’t too busy today, so I’m going back someday next week probably, a day they’re more busy.

It’s a small garage with just a few people working there, and it seemed like it could be a nice place to take photos, that’s why I wanted it to be one of the locations for the project.

Before I went to the garage, I looked at Sebastiao Salgado’s photos from his book “Workers: An archaeology of the industrial age”, and I really enjoy his work. And Lewis Hine’s work too, for example this one of a mechanic from 1920.

I also searched for mechanic photos online, and then I found these which I loved, taken by a Malaysian photographer, Foong Wai. The lighting and the details are great in these photos.

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