MUSEUM OF LONDON TRIP
On Tuesday 18th October I went on a trip to the Museum Of London to do a workshop with Marysa Dowling and Lucy Ribiero. I was able to look at pieces that are not on display and broaden my knowledge of photography. Whilst I was on the trip, I saw a range of work from photographers that were not available to the public for viewing.
In the room itself, there were boxes upon boxes of photographs coving the whole area of the room. Even though the room itself was small, it was packed almost as physically possible with images old and new that were stacked up and labelled with numbers.
In some of the boxes which we were shown there were small and large A3 sized photographs. Some of which were in plastic covering to stop fingerprints and of course preserve the work, but those of a larger size had to be handled very delicately with gloves. It was truly inspiring to hear someone so excited about photography talk to everyone and explain the images and be prepared for any questions, that was an honour.
I attempted to take as many images of the delicate photographs as I could to not only capture how wonderful they are, but also how delicately they were being held. All of these particular prints are by Stephen Gill as we were very lucky to see a whole box of prints up close by Gill himself.
The Mini Project
Everyone was sent outside for around 30 minutes to take only 10 photographs and no more, which I have to say was default when I'm used to the simplicity of digital photography and how easy it can be to take loads of photographs and just select one. We were also told to include a person in our images by making then the subject whilst thinking about the structure and lines present in the photograph.
I really enjoyed taking photographs that used the same subject: a person and yet all of the photographs are different, Also because I was only able to take 10 photographs, I made sure to think about each image individually, and therefore create good images.
Even though, I do like all of my 10 photographs, I wish I was able to have a bigger area to roam in as it was harder and harder after every photograph to be original. I also wish I there was a little more time to really think about the framing accurately.
What I Learned From The Trip:
Overall, I really enjoyed this trip as I was able to broaden my knowledge and understanding of photography by being presented with a challenge which I at first, wasn't exited about doing. Also, even though I struggled since this was my first time only being allowed to press the shutter of my camera 10 times, I am very happy with the photographs that I took. I also became much more inspired by talking to professionals and seeing a range of photographers work up close and in a much better way than through a screen.