This assignment has proven quite difficult for me as I have had many problems that I’ve needed to over come in order to finish it, considering the circumstances I tried my best to take good images that represent landscape photography, John Blakemore and black and white photography well. I researched relevant topics on the subject and I stayed linked to everything as best as I could and explained everything I’ve done to try and show my understanding of the subject as best as I possibly could. There is a lot of things I would like to have done and changed for example I would have liked to shoot on film and developed some of my own images to hand in but it’s something I will definitely do next time. I think I need to work on sticking to my original plans and not going completely off track because I always run into more problems towards the end, I will improve my organisation skills to make sure my next assignment is as good as it possibly can be in order to achieve the best grade.
However I did like the concept of this assignment as landscape photography is a very big interest of mine especially because this particular topic happened to be black and white landscape photography, It puts a whole new prospective on landscape photography and I’m happy that I got to really try and explore that and broaden my knowledge with this task.
The history of black and white photography is essentially a significant part of the entire story of photography. It is the story of a relatively new technology that began a about 170 years ago in Europe. The actual process of a projected image appearing inside a light tight box has existed much longer. The problem being that there was no means to fix the image for any length of time, until two Frenchmen collaborated and succeeded in fixing the image so that it could be viewed by others.
From the earliest inception of photography, the black and white image has endured up into the present even with digital photography being as popular as it is. The black and white image over the decades has proven itself as a stable long lasting product that digital imaging has yet to illustrate as time goes on.
The black and white legacy left by great photographic artists such as Yousuf Karsh from Ottawa, Canada and Ansel Adams from Carmel, California that I briefly spoke about in an earlier post, still inspires and encourages both amateur and professional photographers to work in black and white. Black and white photography is a unique art form with a strong lineage that still permeates the heart and minds of photographers, publishers and the artistic community as a whole.
These photographs were taken at a place called Grange over sands in the south lakes. This was my favourite shoot by far because I got to travel a little bit away from home, It’s was nice to explore a different landscape other than the ones close to home.
This shoot went very well as I managed to get a range of good photographs some of which I will use as my final images for this assignment.
Eliot Porter was born on the 6th of December 1901 and died on the 2nd of November 1990. He was an American photographer best known for his color photographs of nature.
Eliot credited his father, James Porter, with instilling in him a love for nature. He was an amateur photographer since childhood, Eliot found early inspiration photographing the birds on Maine’s Great Spruce Head Island owned by his family. He earned degrees in chemical engineering and medicine at Harvard college and university, and worked as a biochemical researcher at Harvard.
Some of his work: