Narrative project update

April 23, 2009

Apart from the fact that Sid’s lovely Minolta seems to have died on me (and the project isn’t finished yet) – I am still enjoying working on the Narrative.  Here are some more shots, although not ones that will go into the final edit… am saving the best until last…  Apologies for the low res scans…

small-sid-shed-box

small-sid-dance-arms-up

 

My strategy is now about stopping young people with ginger hair on the street, explaining the idea behind the project, and if they are willing – photographing them…  Early days.  I want to use fill-in flash to ‘lift’ the portraits, but haven’t found a way of using the Metz effectively yet.

So far, I’ve photographed in Reading, Basingstoke, Cheltenham and Newport.  I’m coming to a few conclusions about young people with red or ginger hair: they are the sort of people who say, ‘yes’, even when they feel self-conscious; they say ‘yes’ not because of vanity, but because they want to help me;  they have lovely faces and beautiful hair – and mostly they don’t realise how gorgeous they are!  Oh to have been born a redhead!

Countryside i

Countryside i

Cheltenham i

Cheltenham i

Newport 1

Newport 1

Newport ii

Newport ii

Newport iv

Newport iv

Newport v

Newport v

Newport iii

Newport iii

Reading

Reading

Basingstoke

Basingstoke

I’m not so happy with the following images.  The lighting was too harsh and needs to be more subtle; it’s also not consistent – what a steep learning curve I am travelling.   Clive still wants me to pursue both Spot projects: is he a sadist?  I put the images up here to show that I am working!

Sixteen (i)

Sixteen (i)

Sixteen (ii)

Sixteen (ii)

Five (iii)

Five (iii)

60 something (i)

60 something (i)