As this is the summer in between my second and third year of my degree I have decided to start a series of photography projects. The sole purpose of second year was for us to 'find ourselves' and decide what we would like to specialize in with photography. However, given the modules that we were doing I was unable to do so. I know find myself frantically panicking and stuck on a grade that limits me for next year...
So these projects are vast and VERY different. My list includes fairy tales, abstracts, documentary, equestrian and film noir. This list may seem quite vague but I am looking to explore as much as possible. I will be spending the summer working through my list and selecting the few which I have had enjoyed the most and choosing which to take into third year. As well as this I will be doing work experience with business' and studios in and around Cheltenham and Winchcombe.
As there is roughly 12 weeks until I return for my final year I am going to be working on a few of these at the same time. I have already been working on my 100 days of summer which finishes on the 23rd September (we have typically late summers here in the UK, this years started just last week!). As well as this I am going to be working on my abstracts, architecture, collaboration, reflections and equestrian every day as I spend time doing this as it is. I will be adding these as I work on them to my Flickr albums which you can see here.
The bigger projects such as the fairy tales take a lot of planning as it is all conceptual. I won't be photoshopping any elements in to this and I would like everything in the photograph to be completely real. This takes up a lot of time but I need my creations to be perfect. I have already spent 3 weeks working on my idea for Aurora from Sleeping Beauty. However, I have 2 models and 3 props to create still and one dress to find. These shoots take a lot of work but I am sure they will be worth it in the end!
At the end of the summer I am hoping I will be able to exhibit one of my final projects in a gallery in Cheltenham. This will enable me to build on my list of clients as well as gain some recognition for my project and myself. After this I will finally have a specific area to focus on and be able to build my website with domain and finally create my business cards! Exciting stuff.
So, this is just a quick post to let everybody know what is happening right now. This blog is going to be used for my 100 days of summer as well as anything else that captures my eye (not necessarily to do with photography). My other blog is for all my photography and will include all of my projects as well as inspirations and anything else photography related. You can find it here.
100 days of summer - Day 1
Please feel free to read along with either blog or follow my posts. I am always keen to meet fellow student photographers or anybody who practices photography so please feel free to comment.