FMP Production 13th June Pkew Pkew Pkew and Badcopbadcop
After the last module informing contexts I find myself not completely sure of the direction of the work. I am really interested in working with text still but I’m feeling slightly out of touch and unsure of the direction to take I thought the best course fo action is to just shoot and think about it later. I find this is a useful technique in dealing with lack of creativity.
I have been speaking to the local promoters and headed over to Bristol to photograph a show with the intention of taking editorial style portraits and and also live action. I have weened of the live action stuff at this point but I don’t mind shooting a little as it helps the artists that have portraits for me so it’s a nice and helpful for them for helping me. Below are the contact sheets and after some selections.
I definatly feel that the slower editorial style portraits have alot more power within them. I’ve looked at other artists such as Spencer Murphy who I take a lot of inspiration from. If I were to be really critical ( and I was aware of it ) it would be good work more with how they fit into their enviroment. Murphy does a great job doing this in his Urban Dirt Bikers work.
I have tried exploring the subjects environment more in previous modules. I felt that it was a bit on the nose. Especially with music. My project has started of inspired by punk rock music but after speaking to peers and lectures people have mentioned to me that that It’s more like a portrait of a generation. I didn’t agree entirely at the time, but I’m slowly coming round to the idea.
This was from a previous module and perhaps it was from the branded music equipment but putting these people into a very ‘music’ context distracted from my intentions. It kinda of looked like an ad or if it was perceived as an editorial it was too music heavy and I want to portray the people behind it more. Murphy negates the problem I’m having by carefully framing and shooting his portraits in a way that doesnt emphorsise the equipment more than the person. I could continue to explore this but I feel it is not really worth it in the grand scheme of things.
I also met up with Badcopbadcop, they are a larger band on fat wreck a larger label and they have huge world tours. I approached them in the same way as all the other smaller bands I normally work with and it was really interesting to see the performative nature that they had. They have a very energetic stage presence and its part of there job to sell tickets to an exciting show. I thought this was really interesting. It would be facinsting to be on tour with them like I did with Larkhill and Brightr in the previous modules. It definatly seems a a lot different to the other work. I don;t really think it’s what I’m trying to convey with the project.
I am pleased I managed to get a few portraits that I’m quite happy with. I like capturing a moment that is almost impossible to do without photography. A sincere glimpse into someone.
I also shot some live music images but Im becoming more and more disinterested in them. I did it to help friends promote their show and it does interest me the thought of using them with text but as standalone traditional images Im not to bothered.
I feel quite successful with my editorial style images, I feel that in my head they work with text. I’m thinking of the songs and some of the lyrics when I’m working with the people I’m photographing.
Pkew Pkew Pkew are a Canadian Band and have quite a fun outlook and lot of their songs are about community, friendship and having fun.