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365 Day 93 - Need to take more risks


Hello, I'm Anne, I joined a little while back but have only just got round to adding some photos to my portfolio. Hopefully this is just the start! I'm really looking forward to hearing folks' comments on my images, anything that you think will improe them will be welcome.
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365 Day 93 - Need to take more risks

3 Apr 2014 1:41PM   Views : 577 Unique : 454

I should start by saying that I am very uncomfortable with this but that is the point of the exercise. My OCA assessor commented in the feedback from my Digital Photographic Practice course that:

'Some evidence of creativity, little risk-taking with
a few imaginative outcomes, struggling to find a
personal voice'.

Having just received the materials for the next course which is called 'People and Place', my tutor and I have agreed that this is something we will work on this time. In preparation for this course I have just started reading 'The Photograph as Contemporary Art' by Charlotte Cotton and I have to say the that 'voice', expressed by some of the photographers published here is odd to say the least. I have resolved though to try to make myself take photographs which say something about what I am feeling and it struck me as I walked though the Churchyard on my way to school this morning how sad this was and how some poor family in Huntley must be suffering at the moment.

Is this a risky subject? Apart from the fact that relatives of the person concerned may see this blog and be upset, probably not, I am perfectly happy to photograph old grave stones and in fact find them interesting. This is very current and raw though and a huge step outside my normal comfort zone.



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213hardy 15 719 England
3 Apr 2014 8:28PM
I too would probably have photographed it. People don't like things that remind them of their own mortality, but i'm of the opinion it's just part of life, deal with it.

Not sure i've really articulated myself very well, but hey ho.

Enjoying your 365.

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AnneB50 11 118 18 Scotland
4 Apr 2014 8:50AM
I felt there. Was a story here. You can't see the open grave, the pile of earth or a mound of flowers but you know what is underneath the tarpaulin. What makes it slightly trickier for me is that I know the family, though not the lady who will be buried here herself. Might have been easier in another churchyard rather than our own village.

Enjoying your 365 too Den. Not always easy is it?

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JJGEE 18 8.1k 18 England
4 Apr 2014 12:39PM
After my mum died I stopped taking photographs in graveyards... I now think it is inappropriate to do so.

Distant, general views of a church / cemetery I can just about cope with but definitely not wandering around amongst the gravestones themselves.
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AnneB50 11 118 18 Scotland
4 Apr 2014 10:57PM
It was not my intention to offend Jeff, not to be disrespectful. I certainly would not take photographs of modern graves or anything that someone could be identified by. I just felt that this told a sad story.

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213hardy 15 719 England
5 Apr 2014 2:30PM
No it's not always easy, have struggled for an image somedays, but am now keeping my eyes open during the day.

It's not always possible to get a shot when working on a building site.


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