One of the main things that had inspired me form my research was looking into the plastic pollution that is in the ocean and how big the problem is. Researching all of the statistics on plastic pollution made me want to base my final images on plastic pollution in the ocean so I chose to use the Devon Wildlife Trust as my client for this project.
When I go to the beach I do tend to see a lot of litter on the beach, this had inspired me to base my work around pollution to show people the damage they are causing to the environment.
I think that I have done enough research for this project as I have looked into a wide variety of artists who’s work is based on plastic pollution. I have also done a lot of research on the causes of pollution in the ocean and how its negative effects are causing lots of problems for the environment; I think that researching this has made me understand more about what is going on in the world and what we can do to help decrease the problems.
My work that I have created for this project is mainly showing the affects and consequences of plastic pollution in the ocean. I wanted to make something that made people think so I decided to show how it effects people rather than wildlife because it hits you on a more personal level.
I did change my idea for my final image a couple of times; mainly because when I made the first final images the end results wasn’t to a standard that I wanted it to be at so I scrapped that idea and used the one that is now my final image but the ideas behind the images hasn’t changed, since the start of the project I have wanted to show the effects of plastic pollution.
I think that the work that I have produced has communicated the main idea behind it quite well as the photograph I produced is very straight to the point and isn’t really hiding anything from the viewer.
In this project I have used a lot of English skills as I have written quite a few blog posts for this project because of the amount of research that I planned to do. I feel like I could’ve used more maths in this project as the only thing that I have done that used my maths skills was calculating the percentage of my carbon footprint.
I have used quite a lot of different editing techniques for this project especially when we had to do HDR photography we used Photomatix to give our image the HDR effect; personally I don’t like HDR photography as I feel like it is packing too much into just one image but in some cases I think it can be very effective when used correctly. I have also done a bit of panoramic photography within this project which I really enjoyed doing and plan to do again in the future.
I think that I have pushed myself to do a few new things within this project, I have used a lot of different techniques within my postproduction and also I have started to do some photography with a film camera.
I feel like for this project I haven’t managed my stress levels as well as I could’ve. I think that with the work here at college and over working at my job meant that I didn’t really have time to stop and I have been constantly working for this whole project which has made me a bit stressed.
I think that my attendance for this project has been quite good as I have only had one day of because of an illness, I am also always on time to every lesson which makes my time management to a good standard.
I think that I have put in enough effort for this project to keep working at a consistent level but if I want to reach a higher grade I think that I will have to work a lot harder in the final major project to achieve a distinction grade, which I am definitely aiming to do.
I feel like I have taken a lot of care in presenting my work to a good level I have made sure that my blog is all up to date and I have also made sure that all of the images I have produced for tis project are edited well.
Working With The Brief
My work that I have produced has met the clients (Devon Wildlife Trust) brief as I have developed my main idea from the presentation they had done for the class and all the way through the project I have made sure to keep on track to make sure that plastic pollution is always the main story behind the final image I produce for this project.
I think that the message I have put behind my work shows strong connections around sustainability as it is show the negative effects of non-sustainable energy.
How easy did you find the brief? What were the challenges?
At first I did find the main brief quite hard but after I did some research on the plastic pollution it made me more aware of the effects and gave me a more clear idea to what I should do for my final image.
Within this project I have enjoyed learning a lot of different things about plastic pollution and the negative effects it has, it has really opened my eyes to this current problem that we have. I have also enjoyed doing panoramic photography in this project as it is a new skill that I hope to use in the future.
High Points/Low Points
Overall, I am least proud of my first attempt of my final images as I feel like it was very rushed and not planned through properly, I also think that it wasn’t a very creative idea which made it less interesting to look at.
Next term I want to concentrate more on my college work than my part time job as I feel like I need to do that to get the high grade I want for this final major project.
Time Spent on Project:
Percentages: Blogging 36.8%, Researching & Thinking 10%, Planning 8.9%, Editing 20%, Taking Photos 24.2%
4D Element Evaluation:
For my 4D piece of this project I had decided to create a 30 second timelapse, One of the problems that I had faced when it came to creating the timelapse was the weather as that day it was quite rainy and windy so I couldn’t really do my timelapse outside; I had to improvise with doing the timelapse inside so I decided to set the camera up at where I was doing my work and created a small timelapse of me doing some work. I feel like the timelapse I made came out quite well in the end since I did have to improvise a little.
When I was first editing my timelapse I wanted to video to have a good balance of colour and light so I made some small adjustments in LightRoom to make the video look a little better. When it came to using PremierPro I wanted to add is some music to the background of the video and also make a title and subtile at the beginning and the end; I was able to do all of that as we had a lecture in class on how to use PremierPro.
For they “Future” project my initial idea was to create a series of three images where there was 1 square metre made out of pebbles on the beach; the first of the three squares I left blank and didn’t put any litter in it, the second square was filled with a little bit of litter that represented to amount of litter in a square metre of the ocean 60 years ago and the third square had approximately a 98.8% increase of litter compared to the second square. Originally I thought that this would be a good idea for the project as it would put things into perspective and show people how much damage they are really causing to the world but the final outcome of these images wasn’t how I initially thought it would turn out like. I tried different editing techniques as I had decided to edit the three final images into one big photograph to put each of the squares next to each other; after merging the three images together I didn’t like the final photograph as it wasn’t very creative it just looked like I made it because I had to. Here is the final image that I produce.
I think that this looks a bit to staged for my liking and it isn’t really in the style of how I normally photograph and edit things. I also feel like it is a bit bland and cluttered as there is no depth or creativity coming from this photograph.
For the next final image I am planning to produce I am going to make sure to take my time when capturing the images and editing them because with this current photograph you can tell that it is rushed and not planned very well. With this next photograph I want to go to the beach again and photograph a fresh fish (preferably a mackerel because its ideal size) and a plastic toy fish next to each other, close up then in post production I want to add a little caption underneath the image maybe something like “How long is it until all you eat is plastic”. I haven’t finalised the caption yet but something under those lines I feel will work really well with the final photograph because the underlying message of the final product will be to show how much plastic fish consume and how much of that fish goes into our immune systems and poisons us.
I will definitely get more research done on how much plastic fish consume etc. and also get more of my own images into my blog as I feel like I haven’t done enough photography throughout this project so far.
Today we had to go out and shoot either a time lapse or stop motion piece of work. I quite liked doing the time lapse as I thought it looked quite nice and a lot smoother than if I was to do a stop motion video. For my time lapse I had to do it inside because the weather was to wet and dreary to catch anything nice for a time lapse. I couldn’t upload the full video file onto this site so I’ve made a link to Youtube where the editied video will be.
I think that my time lapse is quite good for a first try as I didn’t really know what I was doing, I also had to improvise slightly because of the weather conditions we had. I edited the video in Lightroom as it was the easiest way form me to change the lighting, contrast, highlights etc. The video also has a sort of haze effect that I added to it to give it a warm and positive feel.
A couple days after this we had an introduction to Premier Pro from Simon and he had shown the class how to do all of the basics in Premier Pro; with mine I didn’t have to cut any of the footage out as it was all one continuos time lapse so if i did decide to cut out parts of it I feel like it would’ve been that great. I learnt a lot of useful things in this session, I added text into the start and the finish of my time lapse and also added some audio to make it a bit more interesting to watch. I would definitely like to use film in my future work as it is a nice change from doing photography sometimes and I’d like to learn more about it.
Yao Lu is an artist from China who has created a series of photomontages that highlight his concern about the urbanisation happening in china and the massive effects it can have on the environment. The original photographs he takes are of landfills in china that have nets over the top of them. The way that he merges these images in with others makes them look like amazing mountain-scapes. I really like how he portrays the landfills as being parts of nature as it seems to have this message behind it as if to say that soon the urban area will be natural to us; which is quite a shocking but kind of truthful statement to make in the images that he produces. The composition of the images he produces makes them look like nice places even though they are landfills. I like how he does this because it gives a contrast to the photographs.
I’ve changed my mind on what I want to do for my final images; at first I wanted to collect as much litter as possible then photograph it in 3 different stages. I took the photos of the litter on the beach but the results weren’t to the standard I wanted them to be.
My new idea for this project is to take a photograph of a real fish next to a toy plastic fish on a beach to represent the plastic that is going into our food; I thought that this would be a good idea as it would put the situation into perspective. With my project I want to make people more aware of the consequences of littering plastic, even if you don’t necessarily litter near the ocean it will most likely end up in the sea.
When I’m editing my final image for this project I want to make it look more like an advert as the client I decided to go for was Devon Wildlife Trust and they had a few adverts they use for their website etc. I am thinking of using a little caption at the bottom of the image to make the message behind it stand out a lot more when people view it.
today we had the task of calculating our average carbon footprint ( we used this site, http://footprint.wwf.org.uk/ ). In this questionnaire they give you a series of questions under different headings like; Food, Travel, Home and stuff. The site combines all of your answers to give you a percentage at the end, if your percentage is below 100% then it is a good percentage but if it is over 100% then you are suggested to make some changes to your lifestyle. Here are my results:
Personally, I would like to improve my carbon footprint quite a lot as I feel it is still quite high. I also did the questionnaire in place of how I’d like to answer it in around 6 years time and these are the results for that:
I think that having this percentage is a lot better as it has almost gone half in size which is a vast improvement to my results for my current lifestyle.