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Work for my Final Project, BTEC National Diploma, Photography

In this series of photographs I have chosen to portray the idea of absence. These deliberately enigmatic interiors, shot using only available light, show the trace of a human presence which is no longer there – it is left up to the viewer to make their own interpretation.  Linked by mood rather than narrative thread, the images create an atmosphere which is unsettling or mysterious.

I have been influenced largely by the photographer Ralph Gibson who uses light and shadow to create contrast and mood – his striking and minimal compositions are imbued with a sense of mystery and ambiguity.

All photographs shot on b/w film on Mamiya RB67 medium format camera, then scanned.  The pictures are printed on fibre-based paper, selenium toned, 10" x 8", or 8" x 8", and have a depth and richness which it is just not possible to convey on the screen!

 

absence 01

Work for my Final Project, BTEC National Diploma, Photography

In this series of photographs I have chosen to portray the idea of absence. These deliberately enigmatic interiors, shot using only available light, show the trace of a human presence which is no longer there – it is left up to the viewer to make their own interpretation.  Linked by mood rather than narrative thread, the images create an atmosphere which is unsettling or mysterious.

I have been influenced largely by the photographer Ralph Gibson who uses light and shadow to create contrast and mood – his striking and minimal compositions are imbued with a sense of mystery and ambiguity.

All photographs shot on b/w film on Mamiya RB67 medium format camera, then scanned.  The pictures are printed on fibre-based paper, selenium toned, 10" x 8", or 8" x 8", and have a depth and richness which it is just not possible to convey on the screen!

 

comments (18)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 16 Jun 2008, 01:02
You most certainly did use light effectively here! I especially like the light coming in through the banister and the contrasting textures. The only nitpick I have to offer is that the light crescent above the banister is slightly distracting. Good stuff, Ingrid!
anniedog: Thanks for the comments Martin. This was a difficult one to print as the highlight of the window reflection needed a lot of burning in and the shoes had to be held back - much easier in Photoshop! I'm pleased you like the light as this was a very important aspect in all of these pictures. The crescent above the banister is a bit unavoidable I'm afraid as it's part of the arched wall. I suppose I could have cloned it out in Photoshop but didn't really feel it was necessary. Thanks for the feedback as always.
Ingrid
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 16 Jun 2008, 02:04
You clearly have had fun with your photography program, Ingrid. We're fortunate to be in on your project!
anniedog: Thanks Ginnie. Yes, it has been a lot of fun but also a lot of hard work. I'm enjoying a break now!
Ingrid
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 16 Jun 2008, 03:33
Ingrid I want to go up the stairs to see what has happend to her
anniedog: I've obviously succeeded in whetting your appetite then! Thanks Vintage.
Ingrid
I've got two narratives for this ... I appreciate your constraints of using the available light and keeping a lot of mid tones ... I just feel the enigma would have been increased if there was a greater tonal range ... but You obviously knew what you wanted Ingrid.
richard
anniedog: Thanks for your feedback Richard. This is probably the lightest of all the images - I couldn't have it too dark as the detail in the shoes would have become lost. This would have been impossible to shoot on digital as the difference in contrast is so high - the window reflection highlights would have been blown out. That was the part of the image that I felt I really needed to capture.
Ingrid
This is precisely of the quality I would expect from yourself Ingrid. I think the reflection of the window on the wall coupled with the discarded shoe is really clever
anniedog: Thanks Chris - that is precisely the effect I was after. Glad you like it.
Ingrid
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Jun 2008, 08:39
An enigmatic opener with lovely soft light on the stairs. I wonder how you went on trying to reproduce the darkroom treatment in photoshop?
anniedog: Glad you appreciate the light - it is rather lovely. I had several attempts in Photoshop - this one involved a levels adjustment to make the whole image darker, then erasing the shoes in a layer mask as the detail had been completely lost, plus burning in the edges and corners. In the darkroom, there was a lot of complicated dodging and burning, some of it taking an inordinately long length of time for the window area.
Ingrid
I love the concept and the composition. I would really like to see the original print.
anniedog: Thanks for your appreciation Bill. If you could only get yourself down to Banbury this week, you'd be able to see them as the exhibition runs till Friday afternoon!
Ingrid
  • Brian
  • Australia
  • 16 Jun 2008, 09:10
Ahh, so many thoughts I have had - some not printable. This ti me is th emagic of this image, we all have our own version of what has or is happening - Well Done!!
anniedog: Precisely Brian - it's all in the mind! Thanks for the comments.
Ingrid
  • chad
  • In front of a computer
  • 16 Jun 2008, 10:19
Great stuff, Ingrid. I lightining like this gives it a cinematographic or theatre feel. In other words it is reassuring that whatever sinister thought we might have about the scene, at the back of our minds we know it is staged.
anniedog: Thanks Chad - sinister is very subjective - she could just have been in such a rush to get upstairs for any number of reasons! But I appreciate what you mean and suppose I am influenced quite a bit by film.
Ingrid
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Jun 2008, 13:24
This is so good, so sharp so wonderful, the light is used very good, like Ginnie said we are lucky to be in your theater!!
I am looking forward to the rest.
anniedog: Thanks Astrid - I'm glad you like the light as I feel that this is the most important part of the image - it creates the mood that I wanted to evoke. Hope the rest live up to expectations!
Ingrid
Great composition Ingrid. I really like the concept. You used the light perfectly here!
anniedog: Thank you Richard - glad you appreciate the concept and the light - both very important.
Ingrid
Really good control of both the highlights and shadows Ingrid and the subject matter makes one wonder what is coming next. Oh to see the original print.
anniedog: Thanks Brian - glad to see you appreciate the difficulty of doing that. I pulled the film from ISO 400 to ISO 200 to allow the shadows to develop while holding back the highlights - something a digital camera just cannot do! I'd love to be able to show the prints to a wider audience - oh well, maybe one day! At the moment, I'm afraid they're just on show till the end of the week at the college in Banbury - only helpful if you're local!
Ingrid
  • Paul
  • 16 Jun 2008, 21:48
it is amazing how much pictures vary according to the monitor they are views on. I saw this from my desk at work this morning and it looked very dull grey. Now I am home and seeing it on a calibrated monitor and I can begin to guess the quality of the actual print.

First class! and a likey for me
anniedog: Thanks very much Paul - I'm flattered. It's true about the monitors - quite amazing really. Whenever I look at my Shutterchance stuff on the college monitors, the colours look completely wrong. It's a bit worrying really that people all over the world could be seeing your images in the wrong light!
Ingrid
  • Padraig
  • scotland
  • 16 Jun 2008, 22:05
I hope she's ok, i get the feeling she needs a hug!
anniedog: Oh, that's very sweet of you, but I think she's OK now!
Ingrid
  • tim
  • leeds uk
  • 16 Jun 2008, 22:08
well your off to a flyer with this one ingrid, i wish i was technically minded so i could give you a experts view but i cant, what i will say is you have certainly got over what you set off to achieve, very well done Ingridsmile
anniedog: Thanks Tim. You don't need to be technically minded to appreciate something. In fact, it can get in the way sometimes. As long as I get a reaction of some sort, that's fine by me!
Ingrid
Either she kicked off her shoes in her eagerness to get to the bedroom, or she was making a dash for the front door! Great work Ingrid. Not sure I could be bothered with all that darkroom stuff anymore though. smile
anniedog: I'll leave you to make up your mind about that one Ian! As far as I'm concerned the darkroom wins hands down every time. There is just no comparison, but it is a labour of love. There should be room for both traditional and digital, however, but it seems that digital is pushing traditional methods to one side as it is so much easier and as you say, people just can't be bothered. Shame!
Ingrid
I'm looking forward to this series, thanks for sharing
anniedog: Thanks Nigel - plenty more to come.
Ingrid
Love the light in this one - I bet this series look great in print.
anniedog: Thanks Aksel - yes, you are right about it looking good in print - there is much more depth and tonality than on the screen version.
Ingrid

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