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CHOOSING YOUR PERSONAL

INVESTIGATION
SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING STARTING POINTS TO
BUILD A FOCUSED AND SUSTAINED PERSONAL
INVESTIGATION FROM. TO HELP YOU, THEY HAVE BEEN
ARRANGED INTO CATEGORIES YOU HAVE ALREADY
EXPLORED, AND SO YOU MAY WISH TO CHOOSE FROM THE
GENRE YOU FELT MOST INSPIRED BY.

LANDSCAPE
PORTRAIT

 Iconic  Urban Maze


 Apart/together  Overhead and
underneath
 Transformation
 Openings and
 Culture
closures
 Memory  Lost and found
 Movement
C GRADE STUDENT EXAMPLE:
PATHWAY RATIONAL
“After exploring different aspects of landscape photography, I now had to
develop a single strand of ideas under a chosen title/theme and work
towards creating a final piece under that title. From a list of themes, I
decided to pick 'Urban Maze'. I chose this title because of its connotations
with architectural photography. Architecture is something I have always
been interested in, therefore I am eager to develop ideas of capturing
architecture and exploring how it represents the personality of a city, and
how it contributes to the 'maze' of urbanisation that accumulates in our
cities. I am lucky to live in London, as there is almost limitless opportunity
for architectural photography here, as it is one of the most urbanised cities
in the world. However, I am also interested to develop ideas about
juxtaposing old and new architecture and how the relationship between
modern and aged buildings contribute to and categorize London's 'urban
maze'. Below is a brainstorm of initial ideas I had under my chosen title.”

In different colours / keys, highlight the parts that:


•Identify his intentions
•Provide justification of this / say why
•Link in previous knowledge
•Elevated/superior language
LOST AND FOUND:  Vivian Maier

 Irving Penn

 Sophie Calle
“Hotel”
INSPIRATION:

 1 - Michael Wolf - uses perspective in order to represent the


complexity of city landscapes. Also makes use of interesting texture in
his photography, something I am very interesting in emulating.

2 - Berenice Abbott - uses perspective mainly in her architectural
photography, something that I will mainly focus my whole project on,
as it is architectural photography that I am most interested in, and
using perspective as a formal element helps gain a feeling of the
nature of cities and what influences their personalities. She takes
many shots from ground level looking up, which has influenced me
greatly, but I also have ideas to reverse that idea: take photographs
from high points looking down to get almost the opposite perspective
and then compare them.

3 - Lewis Baltz - makes use of the texture in city landscapes, using
abstract angles and cropping to create textural works of art, also
encompassing the shapes that exist within city landscapes.
IDENTIFYING A MORE PERSONAL PATHWAY
o Input your mind map (use coggle)

o Input your pathway "rational"

o Introduce your 3 chosen artists, along with at least 3 examples


of their work for each, a brief biography, and a short
explanation of why they are of interest to you

o Choose your most influential artist to write a full formal


analysis using the same template as before. 2 paragraphs for
form (describe a particular image as if on the phone), process
(how would you re-create the image if you were the
photographer - what would you need to do/think/consider),
content (what does it mean / what are the artist's intentions /
why is the context important?) Finish with a paragraph
explaining the link to your own work.