This book explores a range of photographic practices, including landscape and portraiture, still life and abstract, and considers techniques such as, directorial photography, photomontage and camera-less photography. With case studies and practical exercises, the reader is introduced to a structured way of developing creative solutions to the work they want to make, fusing personal ideas with knowledge, compositional elements and practical skills. The book enables informed choices to be made about the reader's personal growth as a photographer, contributing to the creation of original photographic work that is informed, meaningful and relevant. Additional reading and resources, on historical and contemporary practices, ideas and techniques, are suggested in each chapter to inspire further enquiry and experimentation.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1: Choosing a topicShaping the idea The creative cycle Structure and planning Research and development materials Case Study 1 Exercise 1 Suggested Reading 2: Style: Exploring photography genresStill Life Portraiture Landscape Documentary Abstract Case Study 2 Exercise 2 Suggested Reading 3: Theme: Understanding the issuesFactual record Interpretation and expression Content v's Form Case Study 3 Exercise 3 Suggested Reading 4: Approach: Looking at techniqueDirectorial photography Photomontage & composite images Image & Text Series & Sequencing Found Photography Camera--less photography Case Study 4 Exercise 4 Suggested Reading 5: Managing your projectDeveloping critical distance Reflection and feedback Further considerations Case Study 5 Exercise 5 Suggested Reading 6: Completing your workPresenting your work to an audience Handmade and electronic books Online gallery Wall based work Site specific and installation based work Case Study 6 Exercise 6 Suggested Reading Conclusion
Mike Simmons is Programme Leader for MA Photography at De Montford University, UK