During the enhancement week this year I have visited Barcelona in Spain. My friends and teachers who knew about my plan suggested I should be very careful or I even should consider changing destination of my trip. Their opinion made me even more interested in getting there. Catalonia had a dream to become independent since a long time and it seems that the nation is on a good way to reach their goal. Once I have arrived I have immediately noticed that Barcelona was full of flags and there was no house without it. Soon I’ve realized it was just a silence before the storm. This photo shows a group of Catalans standing in front of a Spanish woman. She was screaming in her native language - I’ve concluded that she disagreed with their point of view. It made protesters angry, some of them started to arguing loudly and being aggressive to her. It all became tense and people were close to beat each other. Photo was not taken by accident but photo was not thought through as well. When Catalans blocked the entrance to Sagrada Familia Church - I decided to walk around and observe what was going to happen. It was not easy to make a good photo, especially when there are many people around you: protesters tourists, police - who were blocking my view. I had only seconds to react. I always use my own photo profile which is: sharpless: minimum, contrast: minimum and saturation minimum. The photo has been taken during a cloudy day so I switched ISO to minimum of 100. I set the aperture to f/8 to make background visible but still separated from first plan. The shutter speed was 1/80 and I expected that photo will be sharpen nicely but unfortunately it didn’t really worked. However, we can clearly see facial expressions and body postures which prove this dramatic story. Story of neighbours, friends or citizens, who stand against themselves, as victims of wrong government policy. I decided to present this final work in black and white to focus audience attention on arisen situation. Furthermore I’ve used the rule of thirds to present Spanish woman as the most important person on the photo.
Nowadays - the culture presents motherhood as a happy experience. Women smile to their beautiful children, dressed in brand new clothes, wearing full make-up and perfect hair. Reality often does not look like that - this is what I wanted to present. On this picture we can see two brothers playing in parents bedroom. On the left side of the photo we can see their mother. She ignores her kids and looks at her dresses hanged on the cabinet doors. She is absorbed by this activity, trying to restore clothes. It suggests that she had not been wearing them since a long time and she tries to keep them in good condition. Maybe she believes she will have a chance to use them soon? Dressed in pyjama-turned back to her loud children. Photo presents two different worlds: a happy childhood and a sad motherhood - a resignation from her past childless life. It seems like she dedicated her all today’s life to help her children grow up. Dresses help to bring back her memories and express her desire of change. It’s a symbol of doors that she could open, but when she turns to her kids back - she realises that’s not possible. I’ve focused an audience attention by using black and white filter. First of all I have opened the photo in Adobe Photoshop for colour correction and then I have applied the filter in Adobe Lightroom. The ISO is very high because photo was taken at the evening. Focal length has 18mm which is the widest option that my lens disponses. F stop has a value of 4 because I wanted to separate background gently. Unfortunately the composition of this photo is wrong. Golden spiral and the rule of thirds underlines the playing brothers which is good as overall but I wanted to highlight mother’s importance. What is more I think that photo is “flat” and this two groups wrongly appears on the same plane. Mother and dresses should be on the first plane, playing children on the second plane and background. That could add a more depth to final piece of my work.
This photo shows two young women. One wears islamic chador and looks at her friend who took the black material out. As we can see our main character (positioned using the rule of thirds to underline the importance) has everyday outfit under black dress. She does not look into her friend eyes - that suggests some sort of a protest against traditionalism. Underneath the chador she is not different than others. Chador has ambiguous meaning. This is something that can help you to hide, but at the other hand - it can locks you in a cage. For this woman chador became a cage - it does not allow her to show herself to the world. This photo was captured in the small compact mirror, which allows accidental viewers to witness an intimate moment. Main character represents woman straight and ability to stand against existing rules. I used full frame camera Canon 5D mark II to capture this photo. I used 47 mm focal length because 50 mm lens is the closest view to human eye. Speed shutter is a double value of classic recording which is 25 frames per second. I used this value of shutter speed as the most correct value of a single frame. On this photo ISO value is very high because photo was taken late afternoon, moreover the window is covered by sun blinds and interior lighting was not bright enough. Aperture f/5 had a task to present everything in the mirror correctly with medium depth of field. This photo could more reflected, but it did not work this time. Composition of photo and stenography should be more advanced and visible. Too high ISO value improved on photo quality and the final piece is a little bit grainy