For the final year the focus has been towards a large, mostly self driven photography project with the research driven proposal in the first half, and now the fun part! IMAGE MAKING. This final project will focus on the beekeeping community of the Christchurch and Canterbury region. My goal is to capture images of New Zealand’s beekeeping community and their culture, related to their environments in which they operate. I will demonstrate and link how the commercially independent people of beekeeping, and their activities, work with the environment through a series of photographs, and a zine. The images will be created alongside questions to add context and narrative to the beekeepers’ unique process and stories. I want to showcase New Zealand’s unique beekeeping communities and the environments that they work within. If you are interested in my full proposal of the project, you can download and view the Word Doc. here.
I aim to answer my questions visually using 6×6 medium format cameras, as well as recording the subjects answers to a series of questions over here. These recordings will be translated into text to accompany the images and provide cohesion between the two. Yesterday I captured my first set of images out near Mount Oxford, just minutes from the carpark. Initial imagery will consist of visits to locations ahead of portraits. This set reflects that initial exploration. Each week I’ll me making images, and as a class we will talk about our process, progress, project goals, and also print work and share in the physical world. Black and white were captured on Rolleicord VB and Ilford Hp5, the colour set on Yashica635 and Kodak Portra.
Thoughts? My light metering has to be better. Using a phone app in simple scenes works well, but with multiple tones it can be tricky even though I meter for shadows. Next shoot I’ll meter the same but rate film at ISO 200 instead of 400. If this fails, I’ll buy a proper light meter, as life is to short messing up the stunning dynamic range that film offers due to skimping on metering. I’m shooting critical images on a tripod now too with cable release on the Rolleicord, and I actually like the process more with this setup as it slows me down even more. After comparing the colour to B&W frames captured, I’m positive that the majority of images for this project will be on HP5, with a couple of reference images on colour. I just adore the aesthetic of monochrome for most of my work, and this project won’t be any different. I enjoy working with the tonal range found in black and white prints, that I’m always drawn towards.
I had an issue on the second roll of HP5 too. As I opened the camera I was greeted with the roll loose as anything and un rolling itself! This was a first for me in hundreds of rolls shot. Sadly I did loose the last image which of course was my favourite, but easily captured again. Thankfully the rest were ok, and I think I know what happened. In the Rollei, it does not like to be wound multiple times at the end of the roll. Note to self…. don’t do that again!
I’ve now started. This is the hardest part of any project and I’m full of joy, fear and trepidation as I move towards the most important series of images that i’ve captured to date. Wish me luck!
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