Assignment 2.2 Amend: ‘Landscaping England’

This second part of the assignment draws on debates and a range of styles in landscape photography, this project focuses on photographs showing the ways in which Britain has been ‘landscaped’ by agriculture, industry and tourism. It also looks at the ways in which different photographic styles and forms of presentation affect meaning.

It focuses on developing my digital photography skills as identified in my personal statement. I significantly develop my skills in Lightroom, NikFX and Photoshop and explore different possible workflow approaches to take advantage of the specific strengths of each software.

Again I develop a number of projects based on six series of existing and new photographs of different types of landscape – different ways in which human activity has ‘landscaped’ the ‘natural’ environment. In each case I explore a range of possible aesthetic and colour and/or monochrome technique before identifying those that best communicate the ‘spirit of place’ and my own ‘landscaping’ of what I see.

My reason for ranging broadly across different landscapes is partly because of the very different aesthetic approaches and socio-economic issues presented by the form of the landscape itself. This, together with the fact that some of the images are older and less ‘professional’ and others are newer and better considered, offers possibilities of exploring a range of relevant technical treatments in different software. This is a more interesting and creative way of discovering ‘happy accidents’ rather than simply mechanically trying everything for all photos. Finally is the fact that a key aim of this assignment is to start to look at ways of promoting my work, starting with Shutterstock and Adobe Stock stock image markets. These work best when putting up a larger number of different types of image – editorial, commercial and also abstract.

  • 2.2.1 Orford Marshes, Suffolk : bleak flat estuary land with old abandoned boats where I explore texture and composition in Adobe Lightroom and Nik Silver FX using new photographs from October 2018. And looking at sketching effects in Photoshop.
  • 2.2.2 Burnham Overy Staithe, Norfolk : mudflats, boats and flat beach where I explore enhancement and abstraction in Adobe Lightroom and Nik ColorFX using new photographs from November 2018. And looking at abstraction effects in Photoshop.
  • 2.2.3 Sheringham, Norfolk (May) : disappearing sand cliffs, waves and sunsets using older photographs in Adobe Lighroom, Nik Viveza and Analog Pro.
  • 2.2.4 Lake District : exploring ‘beauty and sublime’ mountain landscapes with sun, rain and fog in colour and black and white in Adobe Lightroom using photographs from April 2014. And looking at painting effects in Photoshop.
  • 2.2.5 Dark Peak, White Peak (May) : exploring the power of black and white and chiaroscuro to create texture and drama from bleakness. Using older photographs in Lightroom and Nik Silver FX. And looking at charcoal sketching effects in Photoshop.
  • 2.2.6 Cornwall (June) : exploring colour : dramatic wild landscapes and seascapes around St Ives. Using older and new photographs in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Plans for further development

The Cornwall series will form the backdrop for my text and image work in Assignment 3.

The most popular and/or potentially effective will then be further worked on as fine art photographic prints for the fine art photography market as part of Assignment 5. I am also intending to develop selected images as fine art prints in different print media, building on my work in Assignment 2.1 and further exploration of audiences for UK-based work in Assignment 4.

Whilst working on the Norfolk and Suffolk projects in this assignment I also developed three narrative series of of photographs looking at ideas of ‘Englishness’ and ‘Britishness’ and building on my work on Aldeburgh ‘From the Edge’. Many of these high colour and also ‘nostalgic’ images have already been accepted on shutterstock. I am planning to revisit these places and develop three narrative series as:

Assignment 5.2 Wish You Were Here: The English Holiday

5.2.1 Great Aldeburgh Escape: looking at the different ways in which people enjoy themselves and ‘let their hair down’ in Aldeburgh as a little ‘trendy’ enclave of tourism on the Suffolk coast.

5.2.2 A British Day Out: Orford Ness

5.2.3 Norfolk by the Sea

I will draw inspiration from the work of Martin Parr and other photographers like Martin Parr who have looked at identity, leisure and tourism. This will include text as well as image drawing on my work on Assignment 3: Walking St Ives.