Black and white Mamiya shoot



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Images taken with the Mamiya RZ67

Id like to carry on by progressing into my Level 6 degree by using all the techniques iI have learnt through my beauty shoots and time spent in the studio. capturing portrait images but also using more film as I believe theres a niche in the market for more black and white portraits in magazine/commercial photography. Taking this into the level 6 is something i could explore to broaden my techniques and creative narratives.

Theses images to me were more visually striking then images used for my final FMP however, theses images don’t visually communicate anything other then beauty portraits  I believe whereas i contextualising my work in FMP is met.


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Contextualising Ideas

Exploring multiple frames is what I was looking as these boxes each represented a frame on each side. so I researched some photographers and websites that would have images in this context. As I mentioned having correlating frames combined with the images, have a direct bearing on the interpretation of the images themselves.

As my images were portraying an interchanging personalities within one model I needed a few frames to portray this context. 

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Joe Lavine-Wyoming Landscape(June 2006)

Dividing single images in multiple ones is another way to explore displaying my images.

After peer feedback I decided to look at multiple uses of frames,but still portraying the interchanging of one person.

This is similar to how contact sheets in the darkroom are created, where there are multiple images in one frame.


For my images I will be using 12 frames in a 4 by 3 pattern. All the top photographs will have the heads displayed, and the rest will be a mix match of the different outfit/bodies.

Reflecting on Ideas-2

Once the images had been taken I was looking at ways of how again to contextualise my work in order for it to receive the response i was hoping.

As at the beginning of my creative process and through FMP Ideas I found explaining the concept of my images quite difficult and then there was the matter of how I would be displaying  my images. This is an important part of the project as much as taking the images themselves, as I believe how you present the work has an affect own how you portray the images as a whole.

Originally I had chosen to go with the idea of having my images in boxes (Explained in FMP ideas blog). This would mean 3 boxes each displaying each image cut into 4 sections.-explained better below 🙂





The 4 different faces of model would be in top section, torso middle and so on. However after numerous discussions with the company I was hoping to get these made from, I realised I will not enough have time to wait for boxes to arrive. Due to time constraints I had to re-evaluate the outcome of display.

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This then changed my project plan where i had originally decided to use boxes as a concept.










After my creative process shoot I had a better idea of the images I wanted for the final major project however, I wanted to make sure correct lighting was used for final images. This would save time and would enable me to concentrate on capturing the images rather then worrying about correct exposure, lighting and props.


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Using a grey material backdrop with the mannequin I used lighting such as Octobox, flash with grid to give a more soft light, continuous light and a beauty dish. All three were tried from different angles and I had to keep a note of which light was used for each image. Exploring different lighting was to save myself more time, therefore exploring lighting techniques was useful.


I had used a model later on this shoot and progress was made in choosing the correct lighting and exposure settings.


I decided to use the octobox and beauty dish for my final images. The octobox was to soften the area around the model as I would need full portrait images, whereas the beauty dish worked best for the face.




Librado is a travel, glamour and fashion photographer who specialises in creating amazing creative images. So much so that he was classed as “one of the 5 best photographers you haven’t heard about” quoted by Scott Kelby another great photographer.

Graduating from a high school in the Philippines and having Steve McCurry as his idol in photographer Librado took his small knowledge of photography to the most advanced whilst travelling from country to country. Classifying himself as a ‘spontaneous’ shooter and not much of a technical photographer, he managed to evoke intense emotion and colour through his pictures.

Shooting from a Sony A7 Librado makes it no secret that he equipment wise he like to travel light and relying on natural lighting most of the time, Librado achieves artistry in his images rather than focusing on technically correcting an image through exposure etc.

His images portraying intense vibrance and high contrast, depict a sense of passion colours and vitality. The energy brought out through his images explore the beauty of colours and cultures each found though his travels around the world.  





Bruno Metra

Metra created portrait of people using celebrity body parts. This was to create a reaction of what people thought of this more physical form of eccentric retouching.

This was to create a way of questioning people influential side of how media affects their physical identity and psychological well-being. This is something I had first started exploring through my creative process when researching why images are retouched to the extent that they are.

Metra talks of the power of media, and how it has an impact on what we wear, how we behave & how we choose to behave.






This helped me to explore ideas of how I could portray certain identities people choose to display in different environments. How much we want to portray is based on how comfortable we are with wanting to show ourselves to the world. We pick and choose what suits us at the time, whether it’s what we wear or how we behave. Each choice is based on who we are associating with or the situation we are place in.


This gave me an area to explore interchanging people. How one individual can impersonate many different traits or characteristics and how they are judged in behaving this way.

Through my creative process, I was exploring the idea of ‘dressing up’. (in creative folder) Once receiving the feedback from peers I knew this is something I wanted to explore further.

This concept tied in with what Metra has tried to achieve in the unconventional way perhaps but the thought process is relatively the same.

Guy Bourdin


Bourdin was a self-taught French photographer who photographed for Vogue, Chanel, and Charles Jordan, a French shoe designer.

His work was first exhibited in 1952 with his fascinating stories, compositions in black and white and colour images. He used fashion photography as his starting concept to portray his ideas and messages through images exploring the intriguing and sublime.

His suggestive narratives gave out a sense of perfectionist and humour making his images the unconventional, yet engaging to the viewer. I would classify his images as not just images but more in the forms of contemporary art.

What caught my eye for Gourdins images was his way of expressing his creative freedom by exploring intense colours through contemporary art. His images depict meticulous composition and cropped elements found in most of his images. Hi images bring together beauty and art in one image. I have always enjoyed art and believe it is a medium to explore many other concepts which can interlink to photography very well as Gourdin has shown.

His expression of high contrasted colours mix with intense high fashion images create the perfect picture to depict the metaphors that Bourdin has explored in many of his images.

Bert Stern


Capturing some of the iconic images of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Barbara Streisand, Twiggy, & Scarlett Johannsson. Bert Stern an American Commercial Photographer left his signature of iconic images before his death in 2013 aged 83. His shoot for Vogue in 1963 with his images of Marilyn monroe were the first of many recognised picture captured by him.



 His use of high contrasted bold colours portrayed in every image. Even in his black and white images the contrast and rules of third were very much the reason why the viewer is drawn to his images.


His images mixed with bold and vibrant colours were shot after he had captured the more iconic images of Marilyn Monroe shot from his 35mm camera. His reasons for choosing to shoot in colour was due to obtaining a job in advertising which demanded colour images thus shifting his change to capture in colour.



 The black and white images were kept high in contrast using studio lighting rather than natural. This would have suited him best due to capturing images taken of celebrities. This would ensure him not to rely of lighting he could not control.  

Close up portrait shots. Colour are kept soft to resemble to the angelic and soft look of the model

Strong bold contrast to portray the character of model.    Soft lighting used for above image.

Looking at his composition in the images and how the models were posed gave me a insight of how I would position the model for my shoot to give the impact of the image overall.

Centred models draw in the viewer to the eyes and gives the image equal composition. His contact sheet gave me a n idea of how I could possible display the images once captured. The variety of same model and different images in one picture could be something I could explore.

Researching For Final FMP Idea



1-Helmut Newton


Newton was one of the first photographers I came across whose styling of females was unique and showed females in their most androgynous ways but still visually appealing as images.

Newtons was best known for his dominance of provocative female images. Having his images published in vogue after winning a 12 month for Vogue in London in 1957.

“What I find interesting is working in a society with certain taboos – and fashion photography is about that kind of society. To have taboos, then to get around them, that is interesting. – Helmut Newton“American Photo”, January/February 2000,


This quote of Newton’s is what intrigued me to his work. Exploring his work, a little more I realised Newton was all about creative though provoking and unorthodox images. The social stigma that stays with a female shown through androgynous can be looked in images as empowering or defying the social stigma of women’s feminine aura.

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­These images can be looked as controversial images where it may seem Newtons has explored of how to show women in equal light to men. He’s done this by taking the image on the right of a women whom at first sight looks like a male with short hair and male suit, upon looking at closely you come to learn it is rather a female.

Natural lighting is used within his images and low lighting, his models are casted under dark and deep contrasted shadows.

On the right you have a model on the street with a cigarette in her hand, this is showing woman in more male portrayal, as smoking can be looked as a very unfeminine habit to intake. I can relate to this being a smoker myself and a female how I was told by family/friends etc. that it was most definitely a ‘mans habit’.

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Helmut’s images consist of high contrasted images with shallow DOF in most images. His images mostly captured in black and white depict harsh shadows on the models face, whilst keeping the foreground very low lit.



FMP ideas-update


Following my ideas into looking at how I would display my images for the final project I came across a few companies that were offering something similar to what i was looking for. Fewer companies offered more custom made perspex boxes and acrylic sheets but the one I had come across offered something that would be suitable for my project.(acrylic fabrc)

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After contacting the company I asked them what they would charge for these particular boxes above, they informed me that prices would be charged according to how big the boxes were as they would be custom made.

As I had found the company that could offer such services the next thing would be to research into a model that would be suitable for this project. Many experienced models do charge a significant amount for the shoots that are undertaken. I have found two model I am interested in doing this shoot. The amount I will be paying for bridal outfits included means I would have to choose a model within my budget.



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Printing my third idea of the triptychs onto acrylic would be the best option. This is because images would be simple yet effective enough to visually communicate the idea of a ‘story’ or series better.  If I’m going o show 3 different stages, during/before and after a shoot this would be the best means of display. These can be found from the same website.



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This website was very good as it gave lots of detailed information and had extras which you could add to each item such as the above easily applicable fixtures. Costing of these is also made clear, yet again depending on the size of custom made perspex.(perspex)



As the above two ideas I had towards my FMP are more interesting to undertake I decided not to go through with this idea.

The two ideas I have researched only one i will undertake towards my final project. In order to help me with this decision I will be gathering peer feedback and decide on final.