EXPOSURE: Annie Birdseye

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Second year photography student Annie Birdseye tells us a little bit about her ideas and thoughts from her final project of first year.

I am currently in my second year studying photography at Nottingham Trent University. After graduating, I am hopefully planning on going travelling as I am hugely interested in getting into documentary and travel photography. I want to look at the world and show people what they may not see otherwise. I want to photograph people and cultures throughout the world and bring awareness to areas in need. Although this is what I would like to do once I have graduated, at the moment I love trying new things and medias. I love the briefs we get set throughout the terms as they allow you to experiment and photograph new and exciting things. I enjoy the fact we are able to photograph what we like and there are no boundaries.

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This project was for our third term in which we were able to create our own brief. The first thing I decided was that I wanted and needed to do something with portraiture due to the fact I hadn’t done much of this previously. I was never a big fan of portraiture as I didn’t find it interesting or exciting but after this brief I have changed my mind. In addition to this, before this shoot, I hadn’t done much studio work so I was a bit apprehensive although I’m really happy with how the photos turned out. I then struggled with what to do as I didn’t want to just do standard portraiture in the studio; I wanted to do something different. I wanted to look at the ideas of concealing identity as well as revealing identity and I tried many different medias to try and convey this concept and play around with it. I experimented with taking portraits and painting on top of them, using polaroid’s and smudging the ink and also stitching on prints and polaroid’s. I was really pleased with the images I had stitched upon because you could just about make out the face although it was still heavily hidden although I didn’t feel this would work well for final prints/images. Then I came up with the idea of using paint within the actual shoot. I bought a clear Perspex sheet and painted on top of it, I wanted to show texture and colour in this shoot and I think this idea really helped to portray that. When I did the first shoot I had asked my models just to come in a black or white top and although this looked good I feel it wasn’t as effective as it could be. I then decided to ask my model if she would be willing to be nude whilst taking the photographs. I was really happy that I did this as I think it completely changed the aesthetics of the work. I feel it really helped to enhance the idea and it looked a lot more effective. Through these images I wanted to covey the idea of identity and obscuring identity and I feel these images work successfully in order to portray this. This brief helped me to build my confidence within the studio and the theme of portraiture which is something I now enjoy doing.

 

By Annie Birdseye

BA Hons Photography

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