During this project I will explore the themes of identity and aim to express these elements through a variety of photographic techniques.
To research the theme of identity I took photos of friends and family. I experimented with using a variety of viewpoints, lighting, cropping and facial expressions.
Photo shoot - lighting and viewpoint
refining my photographs
the taylor weesing portrait prize.
visiting the exhibition - my favourite photograph
This photo was taken by Tereza Červeňová, a Slovakian photographer who is currently working in London. Her winning portrait is of a friend. I was originally attracted to the picture because of the colours used in the photo, however, the more I looked at the photo, the more I saw, and the more I liked it. I immediately saw the lovely and crisp profile of her face against such a dark and plain background, how her face is so highlighted in the picture. After I had been glancing around the photo for a bit, I then realised the straight line of her hair against the window. It creates such a straight line. and it all gathered back together as it flows down the the bottom of the picture it brings your to the interesting plant in the foreground, it almost matches the colour of her jumper, yet still didn't blend into the same colour. I like how the light subtly hits the jumper as well to bring out the jagged texture of it. I really appreciated how much depth the photo had and all the different textures that are demonstrated in it.
Born in Lancaster, England, David Stewart began his career photographing punk bands, including The Clash and The Ramones, and the colourful characters seen on Morecambe Promenade. After graduating at Blackpool and The Fylde College, Stewart moved to London in 1981 and works on a mix of personal projects and commissions. His photograph Five Girls 2014 is of his daughter and her friends, and mirrors a photograph he took of them seven years ago when they were about to start their GCSEs.
Stewart says: ‘I have always had a fascination with the way people interact – or, in this case, fail to interact, which inspired the photograph of this group of girls. While the girls are physically very close and their style and clothing highlight their membership of the same peer group, there is an element of distance between them.’
The original photograph of the five girls was displayed in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2008 exhibition and this year is the sixteenth time Stewart has had a photograph in the exhibition
recreating five girls by david stewart
I think that this portrait of Cara Delevingne is beautiful. She is wearing minimal eye make up, which makes her eyes look enlarged and eyelashes look long and pretty. Her skin is perfect with no flaws. With her hair tied back so it is not in shot makes her eyebrows look dark and well shaped. The contouring of her makeup look defined. Where the photo is in black and white all of her features look more defined. This photo shows none of her identity, where she is straight faced with no emotion showing she is hiding her feelings and personality from the camera. Rankin has used a soft light to take this picture because it isn't a harsh light across her face, her face and the background are both subtle showing the use of soft lighting and a soft flash