So, for our first assignment in the second year, we have to make a book - two actually!
My interpretation of this is one book that can be considered a 'portfolio' type book - either a best of collection or more of a focus on what we aim to do when we leave college. The second book is like a 'photobook' - that allows us to develop our own ideas and our personal, photographic preferences. We also have to make the book, not send it off to blurb or any other online bookmaker - so we've had lessons in book binding and gluing etc and obviously this needs to be high standard - not just glued any old how!!
For the 'photobook', I had an idea in the summer, of photographing houses in Carncrows Street with the occupants on the doorstep - this would show that alot of these houses are used for holiday lets with only a few being used as permanent homes. I actually got a really warm reception from most people (just the odd couple that shut the door in my face) and on the whole, was invited in for cups of tea - sometimes breakfast and a lovely long chat - this was both locals and tourists! I got some great images and insight into peoples holidays and expectations.
Upon returning to college; I discussed ideas, photos and the way forward with course colleagues and lecturers and although, I had done alot of groundwork - I actually felt that I needed to open this up. How? I wasn't sure. I felt realy disheartened and almost wanted to start again. However, looking at Wilhelm Schurmanns book gave me the final piece of inspiration I needed... so no longer, 'pictures of a street' but 'pictures from Downalong' - inside, outside, streets, holiday homes, houses, people, workers.. Hopefully, my final book will give the viewer an insight into a small area of a town that continually changes. These are some of the shots that I took at the end of last week, hope you like them.