Hello, my name is Samantha Delargy (Delargy Photography) and this is the first post on my new blog.
I am currently studying for my BA (Hons) in photography with IDI. My specific areas of interest are in architectural and landscape photography.
Over the coming weeks I will be making regular posts documenting some of my thoughts, interests and concerns as a practitioner.
Below are some of the areas I will be addressing:
- How I generate and evaluate new ideas
- How I am influenced by other’s works
- What my inspirational sources are
- How I evaluate them
- What my methods of work are
Reflecting on my on my thoughts, interests and concerns as a practitioner I have tried to answer two questions as a starting point.
- Are there any particular issues that are important to me or that cause me difficulties?
- Are there examples of work by other photographers or visual artists that can be argued to have addressed these issues or problems?
As my chosen professional practice is architectural photography and my biggest concerns and difficulties come from:
- Technical issues keeping verticals true, key stoning and lighting
Addressing difficulties with technical issues can be overcome by extending the range of equipment. Experimentation with Lens types such as tilt/shift, large format cameras and even honing photoshop skills to correct are all things that can improve on this technical issue.
Lighting issues in architectural photography again can be addressed through experimentation. Exteriors tend to be photographed using natural light only or in low light situations a slow shutter speed may be used, however there are also ways of using off camera flash that I am yet to look into. For interiors lighting becomes more problematic and the approach will depend on the situation. A combination of natural and artificial light can be used and may be quite adequate, off camera flash, studio lighting or even slow shutter speeds can also be used.
- Access issues/Gaining permissions, copyright and trademarking
Access and permissions seems to be a problem for most photographers unless they have been hired by the owner/architect/editor etc… otherwise it is just a question of finding the owner of the said property and asking directly for access or permission.
Copyright and trademarking are much more complex issues with laws differing from country to country.
These links explains some of the legalities:
(WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation)
This link looks at copyright from the architects perspective:
Things that are important to me in are:
- The preservation and documentation of historical builds through photography
‘Each generation has left a visible trail of its passage across the face of the earth – such as religious monuments, public or private – and it is through the study of these monuments that, today, we may form an exact idea of the various civilisations’. (Ottawa, 1976)
From an unpublished manuscript by Charles Ntgre, ca.1854, quoted in James Borcoman, Charles Negre, 1820-1880(Ottawa, 1976), p. 6.
‘Photography is part of a long tradition of visually recording the built environment. These images have been created, collected, reproduced and disseminated for various reasons, ranging from simply historical interest to complex con- temporary efforts to improve the urban environment. Although large numbers of randomly produced and acquired photographs have often served such pur- poses, the capacity of photography for large-scale systematic documentation is increasingly being recognized as an extremely important tool for architects, planners and historical researchers.’ (Lambert, 1977)
The above statements explain my own feelings about the importance of the documentation of our built environment.
I have also found a website by Bruce G Harvey a “consulting professional historian and documentation photographer, with experience in historic research and writing”(Harvey, 2016)
- The preservation of our countryside/green belt land
‘As a National Trust Ranger, Joshua Day spends his working week maintaining and conserving thirteen miles of coastline in North Devon.
“I’m proud of the wild places I help look after, provoking the need within me to protect and preserve our precious countryside”
Joshua creates images that capture a dramatic moment in the landscape, a moment that inspires people to get out and experience their surroundings just as he has and does everyday. By sharing the beauty of the countryside through photography Joshua helps conserve natural spaces by building peoples respect and appreciation for those wild landscapes.
“I’m passionate about using my photography to share the beautiful places I look after and inspire others to lose themselves in their surroundings… even if it’s just for a second”‘.(Day, 2016)
Joshua Day is a photographer dealing with the issues of countryside preservation.
Another photographer dealing with environmental issue is Robert van Waarden. “obert strongly believes that positive and empowering imagery will help solve the climate crisis and visual communicators are essential to building a just, thriving world.”(Waarden, 2010)
The ILCP also deal with environmental and conservation through photography:
‘The International League of Conservation Photographers is a U.S. based non-profit organization whose mission is to further environmental and cultural conservation through photography. Founded in 2005 by Fellow Emeritus Cristina Mittermeier, our programs are built on the participation and contributions of our Fellows, an elite group of the world’s top wildlife, nature and culture photographers who, in addition to displaying remarkable photographic skills, have each demonstrated a deep commitment to conservation efforts around the globe. As a collective body, our goal is to use the art of high-quality photography to encourage people to take action in support of tangible and meaningful conservation measures’. (Conservationphotographers.org, 2016)
Here the ICLP list their objectives:
- Use the power of photography to help educate the world community and to further conservation goals.
- Create compelling and informed images and to develop visually based campaigns to promote conservation issues.
- Facilitate the connection of photography with environmental, scientific, cultural media, governmental, religious and educational resources.
- Be a virtual clearinghouse of information for members.
- Promote a code of conduct for photographers.
- Promote business practices that demand truth in and high ethical standards in captioning and manipulation.
- Encourage conservation education.
- Encourage an ethnically and geographically diverse membership.
- Attract funding and grants to support photographers with innovative ideas to promote conservation.
- The ability for new architecture to be embraced
These issues and difficulties are just a starting point and over the coming weeks I will look in more depth at some of the key issues highlighted here.
Conservationphotographers.org. (2016). International League of Conservation Photographers. [online] Available at: http://conservationphotographers.org/about-us/ [Accessed 15 Jun. 2016].
Day, J. (2016). Joshua Day Photography: Joshua Day. [online] Joshuadayphotography.co.uk. Available at: http://www.joshuadayphotography.co.uk/section642287.html [Accessed 15 Jun. 2016].
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Harvey, B. (2016). About Bruce G. Harvey – History Through the Lens. [online] History Through the Lens. Available at: http://bgharvey.com/bruce-g-harvey/ [Accessed 15 Jun. 2016].
Lambert, P. (1977). Photographic Documentation and Buildings: Relationships Past and Present. 1st ed. [ebook] SFU. Available at: http://journals.sfu.ca/archivar/index.php/archivaria/article/download/10566/11412 [Accessed 15 Jun. 2016].
Stevenson, R. (2011). Architects’ intellectual property rights in their designs : an introduction. 1st ed. [ebook] Available at: https://www.architecture.com/…/2011RobertStevensonHandout.pdf [Accessed 15 Jun. 2016].
UK copyright services, (2000). 1st ed. [ebook] UK copyright services. Available at: https://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/ukcs/docs/edupack.pdf [Accessed 15 Jun. 2016].
Verbauwhede, L. (2006). 1st ed. [ebook] Available at: http://www.wipo.int/export/sites/www/sme/en/documents/pdf/ip_photography.pdf [Accessed 15 Jun. 2016].
Waarden, R. (2010). photography | Robert van Waarden. [online] Vanwaardenphoto.com. Available at: http://vanwaardenphoto.com/category/photography [Accessed 15 Jun. 2016].