Focus Pull

I am now doing focus studies into ‘Moving Image and Photography’ within my Foundation Art and Design studies. This means I am learning all about the different styles and processes revolving around this subject and getting closer to the sorts of studies I shall most enjoy.

The first project is to make a space from the art university campus, splitting us into groups we each got different themes of places we had to create, making sure to keep it all secret so as to get the best analysis back after creation as they would have to work out what the collage was of from what they each see. Our group first went through all the things we had expected to see within our space which was a ‘Fire Station’, writing down such things as the fire engine, interior rooms such as a break room and office and then exterior parts such a brick walls and a training area. After this stage we realized the sorts of things our groups needed to photograph in which to express the areas most effectively and then went around campus finding the most effective displays of each. Below are the 50 images that equaled to those that we chose to take and from which we had to create our fire station area.

The first part we worked on with our group was the fire engine that would be the most striking and hopefully recognizable part of a fire station and certainly is in real life. So using the red car parts we created the design you can see below. However this looks far more like a car than that of a fire engine and so we worked on it still.

Here you can see the first compile of the images for the building itself, showing the different floors such as the break room, office room then uniform ground floor. Each with the pole running through as the typical fire station look we have all learned of from media on television or films. Which of course is the point of this project, to realize how different things can look when photographed and taken out of context, how they can represent something completely new. Many of the period dramas of today are showing old times in the current day, the crew cleverly choose the places in which they are set to most accentuate the places they are meant to be. Take the current TV show ‘Ripper Street’; (2012–2013, Richard Warlow, BBC) it is set in Whitechapel in London 1889 and yet it is filmed within Dublin in Ireland, not even in England because Dublin now is easier to become London in the late 19th century than it is for London nowadays to become such a place. But because of the way it is filmed and set up we are all led to believe in what we are told is London of the time. Exactly what we are setting up our scenes to do also in showing what place we want from our own university campus.

We played with external photographs, linking them all together to show the one long line of external building sets. However after having a discussion with the teacher our group realized the fact we needed to incorporate the external photographs with the internal rooms also, to make into its own one single fire station building.

This was out final collage of photographs, taking the three separate floors; the break room, offices and then the ground floor which leads to the fire engine with the fire pole running its way throughout the building. I believe that this design expresses the typical fire station things really well and works overall for showing such a space from the original photographs of the university. However some of the others within our class found it rather difficult to work out, confusing it even with office buildings one person. Many said this was due to the composition of the piece, because it wasn’t very unified. So if I were to do the project again I would make sure to have more of the spaces around the objects I wanted in the shots, be more aware of what I was photographing as well so as to understand how it would be seen within a fire station scene. But the fire engine was generally well liked and so that part of the design was really effective.

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