The subject of today's class is Photography.
Photo "From the Morning" by Iain Stewart, our lecturer on Photography
We were invited by Iain Stewart to sit and watch some stunning photo's on slides, after which we learned the basics of operating a photo camera (Pentax K1000).
To fresh up the workings of a camera here is a recap:
A high aperture (5.6) makes for a little hole, letting little light in, gives a high depth-of-field, all of the image is sharp, shutter speed should be up (to 125), can be used handheld. Best used in the light.
A low aperture (2.8) makes for a large hole, letting much light in,, gives a low depth-of-field, only part of the image is sharp, shutter speed should be down (to 60), needs the use of a tripod. Best used in the dark.
Shoot me if I am wrong (that is 'shooting' as in photography, OK).
We receive a choice out of two individual assignments:
A. Street Photography - Documentary photography with your own angle on it.
B. Intimate Portrait - Think Abstract. Lateral not literal.
I ended up doing a mix of these two (in Dutch: de gulden middenweg).
My photographs would be taken in a public place. I would be in the pictures (some of them), and I would apply the black and white film to its best use. I thought about taking photo's in a toilet of the toilet miss, but it turned out these were non-existent in Edinburgh. A striking luck was me being informed by a man at the second hand book shop that the town, called Haddington, one hour drive to the East of Edinburgh by bus, had won the 'Loo Award' (five stars) for the tenth time of all the United Kingdom. So there I went... to Haddington!
And there it was... The Neilson Park Public Toilet:
You can find proof at http://www.loo.co.uk/m_5indiv.html (look for "Public Toilets").
Kept to a five star quality cleanness level by two lovely ladies, Ann Book and Sue Robertson. Both welcomed me as if it was no surprise that a student had travelled about 15 miles to go to the loo (=toilet). Carrying my tripod and camera with me I first had to sit down - on a chair that is - and drink coffee with Ann & Sue. These two are a remarkable couple, been in the toilet business for 10 years and won every award there is to be won. So I drank coffee in the gentlemen compartment and helped the 'public toilet attendents' with their Halloween-themed toilet.
Just imagine, having a sound-operated ghost hanging on the ceiling and spiders across the wall while taking a pee!
I set up my tripod and did away with most of the 'creepy crawlers', because I liked my photo's not to be themed, other than being in a public space. Believe me, there is no cleaner spot than Ann & Sue's soures.
On Friday we are going to develop the pictures we took, in the Dark Room... wow, scary!