Research for Assignment 2 – Crowds

Crowded Show. Guang zhou

Starting Assignment two didn’t seem to be a problem as the ideas for shots came straight away, my intention was to show the claustrophobia of crowds as well as the dynamics of the crowds.

I thought about different camera techniques that I could use to exhibit the properties of crowds.

Long exposure

Zoom bursts

Different viewpoints

Contrasts.

Crowds of Inanimate objects

As a rule I always try and read things twice, to make sure I fully understand what is written.

It was then that I realised that the assignment brief, was asking for a series of images, in a theme ,similar to one of the exercises in Part one of the course work. Initially I thought ‘Excellent, I can go to different locations round Dubai were I know the crowds will be brilliant!

This would not of worked as a series in my opinion, apart from the crowd being the main subject, the images would of had so many different elements going on within the frame that to make a series of crowds in different locations with different purposes ,the series of images would of been disjointed. Since I am new to ‘expressing my vision’ I thought I should keep it simple with just one location.

Then I thought about what I could do differently, I am always saying to my kids ‘lets do it differently’ what ever it is that we are doing. So artistically speaking I am constantly looking for a different perspective. On my visits to the mall, I looked for reflections, shallow depth of field possibilities, large depth of field possibilities, side views, looking down on a crowd, looking up on a crowd, side views, shadows with in a crowd, a dramatic moment. I wanted to cover as many possibilities that my time allowed.

Researching images of ‘Crowds’ and ‘crowded world’  on the internet ( google, Flickr and 500px) was quite surprising because there was not as many interesting articles as I expected.  The following links are the ones that I really found useful. The artists listed are the photographer which I took notes from.

Frank Machalowski , Berlin photographer- Monsters series , long exposures of crowds. His images are amazing and technically inspiring.

Lisa Larsen, German photographer- LIFE photographer of crowds. Her images show the masses

Alex Prager- Face in the crowd series 2013. These images show staged compositions of crowds

Mischa Gordin- is a conceptual photographer. His images are in my opinion ‘dreamlike’ states of  uniform crowds

I also read some scientific articles about the dynamics of the crowds and swarms. These were very informative and thought provoking.

http://petapixel.com/2014/08/13/7-questions-frank-machalowski-eerie-long-exposure-images-crowds/

http://mi.eng.cam.ac.uk/~oa214/academic/publications/2011_ISCIS_paper1.pdf

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/jonathanjonesblog/2010/mar/31/art-crowd-created-project-spoon

http://life.time.com/culture/life-photographer-lisa-larsens-curiously-intimate-pictures-of-crowds/#1

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/16/alex-prager_n_4441057.html

http://digital-photography-school.com/photographing-crowds-at-concerts/

http://www.businessinsider.com/14-pictures-of-our-crowded-world-2013-6?op=1

The above link was my favourite set of images.

http://www.wired.com/2013/03/powers-of-swarms/all/

http://vimeo.com/59214661

Even though this assignment tested my patience with respect to being around so many people at once I learnt a lot about how I react in the chaos of a crowd and what is logistically possible in a mass of people and that preparation beforehand makes

Before researching this assignment. I found some crowded situations in my archive images. I kept these scenarios in mind as I set off to the mall.

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