Positional Statement

POSITIONAL STATEMENT

 

I first became interested in photography in 1990 when I purchased my first 35mm camera. Although I can’t remember the model, I remember pushing in the Kodak film and thinking it fascinating that you could push the shutter button and capture and image for eternity. That was the moment that I became seriously interested in photography.

Through the years’ photography was never something that was going to be a career choice of mine until I began photographing different events for friends and family, this made me think about what could be and what I could achieve with regards to photography.

At the moment, the kind of work that I am making/doing is mainly weddings and birthday parties, although I am striving to become an all-round sports photographer.

Although I do not claim to be as good as Adrian Dennis, Bob Martin or Mark Pain, I hope that one day work that I produce will be published in all the major tabloids just as the three photographers mentioned have accomplished. I cannot think of a better feeling than seeing your work linked to a newspaper or magazine article, what a sense of achievement that would be knowing that you actually took the photograph and now thousands maybe even millions of people looking at the image and thinking what a good photograph.

Adrian Dennis is currently employed by the French national newspaper Agence France-Presse (the French Media Agency) these are the third largest in the world behind AP (associated press) and Reuters, having worked for them for sixteen years he covers a vast array of assignments with an emphasis on sports photography and is very well known in several sport genres such as the Wales Rally championship, the champions league, artistic gymnastics world championship, the Weston beach race, European Championships, horse-racing, the world athletics Championships and the junior athletics.

Adrian Dennis 1                              Adrian Dennis 2

The images above are both from the Olympics in Brazil 2016, this is South Africa’s Caster Semenya immediately after she won the women’s 800m final, you can see the ecstasy in her face, a fantastic shot, the second image is of Sir Bradley Wiggins after he won his record eighth gold medal, again a sense of ecstasy is shown in this photograph, another excellent shot.

 

Bob Martin has been a prolific photographer for the past 30 years, having won numerous awards for his work he is currently the only Sports Illustrated photographer to be located outside of the United States and is also known in several sport genres including tough Mudder, tennis, athletics, swimming, horseracing, Olympics, golf, Football and tennis.

Bob Martin 1                                               Bob Martin 2

The above images are from Bob Martin, unfortunately I have been unable to find any information as to when these were taken but the way the camera has captured the image with the snow falling on the first one and the muddy water on the second I find to be interesting, fantastic composition has been captured on both, I really like the depth of field that has been captured.

Mark Pain has over 25 years’ experience in the photography industry and has achieved international recognition during that time, as well as the previous two photographers Mark Pain is also known in several sport genres including the Olympics and Paralympics, Football, rugby, tennis, cricket, Formula One, horseracing events such as the Derby and the Grand National, lacrosse and golf.

Mark Pain 1                                                    Mark Pain 2

The first image from Mark Pain is of Cesc Fabregas taking out Phil Jagielka of England when England beat Spain at Wembley (sPORTSMAIL rEPORTER, 2012) in 2012, an excellent action shot, superb focus on the two players with the background out of focus, the second image from Mark is of the GB Team Pursuit at the Beijing Olympic games in 2008, again fantastic detail with excellent focus on the subjects whilst the foreground / background is but a blur, I believe that on both images a lens of at least 400mm f1.8 has been used, this is only an assumption but to get results of this quality, this is what I would personally use.

 

All the images that are shown here, whilst they appear to be nothing special I believe that given the chance I could emulate any one of them, this is the kind of photography that most interests me, with a photograph you are able to capture a moment in time, you have frozen the subject for all eternity enabling you to study the image and possibly see things that you did not see at first when you originally took the photograph, this is something that I will definitely be pursuing upon completion of my degree at University.

 

None of the images shown so far can I compare anything that I have done with as I have not done any sports photography as of yet, hopefully this will change very soon as I am always looking for avenues to get into this. I know that to attend a football match as a photographer you do need to have five sports images not necessarily football, published in the tabloids, this allows you to apply for a press pass to gain access to football grounds.

Looking at Adrian Dennis, Bob Martin and Mark Pain’s work, the various shots that they have captured (not all while they are behind the camera) I can see the if you love the subject matter that you are photographing and know your camera you can almost predict when to hit the shutter button to capture that perfect shot.

I wouldn’t necessarily say that these photographers are like me, what I would say is that I would love to be like them, the kind of images they produce are of a very high quality, these things take time to procure, I think that taking quality photographs like these can and will be achievable in time to come.

The work that I am currently producing is that of a mediocre quality but compared to where I was two years ago then I would say that it has come on leaps and bounds, I now know how to use the different settings on both of my camera’s, I am understanding what each setting on the dials are for, what ISO to use in different light conditions, what shutter speed would achieve the best results, looking at the images above the photographer would of used a fast shutter speed to remove any chance of blur in the subject of the image, before I started university I would never of looked at an image and dissected it like I do now, this is all down to the course I am on and of course the tutors input.

I believe that there are a few areas in my work which could be improved, for instance, take my time, do not rush the opportunity to capture an image, anticipate the shot that I am striving to get / achieve, I could also improve my work by purchasing some better and faster quality lenses, this would definitely cut down or even eliminate any motion blur that I get when an image with movement in it is photographed.

At the moment, I am in my second year studying film and photography, I am really enjoying the course although at times it is hard, I am aiming at getting the best result possible for myself at university and then after I have graduated then hopefully I will be doing what I want to do and what I love doing, taking photographs of sporting events.

Over the next few months I am hoping that I will have achieved some form of access to some kind of sports photography, this way my choice can only go from strength to strength, I would like to be more confident at what I am doing, my confidence has grown since starting university. I feel more assertive and feel that I can converse with people on a more even footing, I am looking at contacting the students guild at Glyndwr to see if they can put me in touch with the different organisers of the sports teams that we have on offer at the university, hopefully I can ‘get my foot in the door’ and get some of my work published, this could be a pivotal point in my pursuit of being an excellent sports photographer that I am striving to be.

 

 

 

Bibliography:

http://adriandennis.com

http://www.markpain.com

http://www.bobmartin.com

 

Adrian Dennis 1:

Buzzfeed inc. (2016). 39 Of The Most Epic Photos From The 2016 Rio Olympics. Available: https://www.buzzfeed.com/matthewtucker/the-beautiful-game?utm_term=.pn0jxKD6lN#.jfbzvA0qk7. Last accessed 30 Nov 2016.

Adrian Dennis 2:

Tristran Barclay. (2016). Wiggins backs Froome for golden summer.Available: http://www.espn.co.uk/cycling/story/_/id/17144614/sir-bradley-wiggins-anyone-win-tour-de-france-rio-olympic-double-chris-froome-can. Last accessed 30 Nov 2016.

Bob Martin 1:

ProductionParadise. (2012). SPORT PHOTOGRAPHY. Available: http://www.productionparadise.com/spotlight/sport-photography-593/bob-martin-17354.html#. Last accessed 30 Nov 2016.

Bob Martin 2:

ProductionParadise. (2012). SPORT PHOTOGRAPHY. Available: http://www.productionparadise.com/spotlight/sport-photography-593/bob-martin-17354.html#. Last accessed 30 Nov 2016.

 

Mark Pain 1:

Sportsmail Reporter. (2012). He shoots, he scores! Mail on Sunday photographer Pain wins top award Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2119864/Mark-Pain-wins-Photographer-Year-award.html#ixzz4RWVxipjb F. Available: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2119864/Mark-Pain-wins-Photographer-Year-award.html. Last accessed 30 Nov 2016.

Mark Pain 2:

imageadmin. (2016). CYCLING 1. Available: http://news.dphotographer.co.uk/news/sports-photography-school-launched-by-award-winning-pro-mark-pain/attachment/cycling-1/. Last accessed 30 Nov 2016.

 

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ARDF511 Contextual Studies – Personal Statement

PERSONAL STATEMENT

 

The year was 1990, this was the year that I acquired my first camera, it was that long ago that I cannot remember what make it was, all I can remember is that it was a 35mm, I can recall this because you could get kodak film for it. I thought it was fascinating that you could press the shutter button and capture an image for all eternity, this was the time that I became first interested in photography.

Through the years’ photography was never something that was going to be a career choice of mine until I began photographing different events for friends and family, this made me think about what could be and what I could achieve with regards to photography.

At the moment, the kind of work that I am making/doing is mainly event photography, although I am striving to become an all-round sports photographer.

Since I have started University I have done several events including two weddings, several photo shoots, I was even asked to take pictures at the Ultimate Eagles tribute concert at the William Aston Hall at Glyndwr University, Wrexham. I also attended a video shoot for Wizard Bastard Weed, a local thrash metal band from Wrexham at Un Deg Un in Wrexham. The weddings that I did, I attended as a second photographer alongside a fellow student, this was a fantastic experience as I had not done much of this type of work before, the different lighting conditions proved to be somewhat of a challenge at times but this was overcome. The concert photography is something that I could see myself doing again, this was an excellent opportunity for myself and also a major learning curve, the tribute band even ‘liked’ one of my photographs, this gave me feeling that I had accomplished something. The video shoot on the other hand was not something that I really saw myself pursuing, it was interesting, don’t get me wrong but I didn’t feel as good of a sense of achievement with what I did, I really don’t think that I will be repeating this anytime soon.

 

Adrian Dennis, Bob Martin, Mark Pain

although I do not claim to be as good as Adrian Dennis, Bob Martin or Mark Pain, I hope that one day work that I produce will be published in all the major tabloids just as the three photographers mentioned have accomplished. I cannot think of a better feeling than seeing your work linked to a newspaper or magazine article, what a sense of achievement that would be knowing that you actually took the photograph and now thousands maybe even millions of people looking at the image and thinking what a good photograph.

Adrian Dennis is currently employed by the French national newspaper Agence France-Presse (the French Media Agency) these are the third largest in the world behind AP (associated press) and Reuters, having worked for them for sixteen years he covers a vast array of assignments with an emphasis on sports photography and is very well known in several sport genres such as the Wales Rally championship, the champions league, artistic gymnastics world championship, the Weston beach race, European Championships, horseracing, the world athletics Championships and the junior athletics.

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Adrian Dennis 1

adrian-dennis-2

Adrian Dennis 2

Bob Martin has been a prolific photographer for the past 30 years, having won numerous awards for his work he is currently the only Sports Illustrated photographer to be located outside of the United States and is also known in several sport genres including tough Mudder, tennis, athletics, swimming, horseracing, Olympics, golf, Football and tennis.

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Bob Martin 1
martin-1
Bob Martin 2

Mark Pain has over 25 years’ experience in the photography industry and has achieved international recognition during that time, as well as the previous two photographers Mark Pain is also known in several sport genres including the Olympics and Paralympics, Football, rugby, tennis, cricket, Formula One, horseracing events such as the Derby and the Grand National, lacrosse and golf.

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Mark Pain 1
pain-1
Mark Pain 2

All the images that are shown here, whilst they appear to be nothing special I believe that given the chance I could emulate any one of them, this is the kind of photography that most interests me, with a photograph you are able to capture a moment in time, you have frozen the subject for all eternity enabling you to study the image and possibly see things that you did not see at first when you originally took the photograph, this is something that I will definitely be pursuing upon completion of my degree at University.

 

None of the images shown so far can I compare anything that I have done with as I have not done any sports photography as of yet, hopefully this will change very soon as I am always looking for avenues to get into this. I know that to attend a football match as a photographer you do need to have five sports images not necessarily football, published in the tabloids, this allows you to apply for a press pass to gain access to football grounds.

Looking at Adrian Dennis, Bob Martin and Mark Pain’s work, the various shots that they have captured (not all while they are behind the camera) I can see the if you love the subject matter that you are photographing and know your camera you can almost predict when to hit the shutter button to capture that perfect shot.

I wouldn’t necessarily say that these photographers are like me, what I would say is that I would love to be like them, the kind of images they produce are of a very high quality, these things take time to procure, I think that taking quality photographs like these can and will be achievable in time to come.

The work that I am currently producing is that of a mediocre quality but compared to where I was two years ago then I would say that it has come on leaps and bounds, I now know how to use the different settings on both of my camera’s, I am understanding what each setting on the dials are for, what ISO to use in different light conditions, what shutter speed would achieve the best results, looking at the images above the photographer would of used a fast shutter speed to remove any chance of blur in the subject of the image, before I started university I would never of looked at an image and dissected it like I do now, this is all down to the course I am on and of course the tutors input.

I believe that there are a few areas in my work which could be improved, for instance, take my time, do not rush the opportunity to capture an image, anticipate the shot that I am striving to get / achieve, I could also improve my work by purchasing some better and faster quality lenses, this would definitely cut down or even eliminate any motion blur that I get when an image with movement in it is photographed.

My work could be better, much better as I do not claim to be a David Bailey but I do claim that in time to come I will be the best that I can be at which ever medium I choose to go into. What I have to do is slow down when trying to capture an image, take my time and get the most perfect photograph with the parameters that I am having to deal with at the time.

Over the next few months I am hoping that I will have achieved some form of access to some kind of sports photography, this way my choice can only go from strength to strength, I would like to be more confident at what I am doing, my confidence has grown since starting university. I feel more assertive and feel that I can converse with people on a more even footing, I am looking at contacting the students guild at Glyndwr to see if they can put me in touch with the different organisers of the sports teams that we have on offer at the university, hopefully I can ‘get my foot in the door’ and get some of my work published, this could be a pivotal point in my pursuit of being an excellent sports photographer that I am striving to be.

 

Bibliography:

http://adriandennis.com

http://www.markpain.com

http://www.bobmartin.com

 

Adrian Dennis 1:

Buzzfeed inc. (2016). 39 Of The Most Epic Photos From The 2016 Rio Olympics. Available: https://www.buzzfeed.com/matthewtucker/the-beautiful-game?utm_term=.pn0jxKD6lN#.jfbzvA0qk7. Last accessed 30 Nov 2016.

Adrian Dennis 2:

Tristran Barclay. (2016). Wiggins backs Froome for golden summer.Available: http://www.espn.co.uk/cycling/story/_/id/17144614/sir-bradley-wiggins-anyone-win-tour-de-france-rio-olympic-double-chris-froome-can. Last accessed 30 Nov 2016.

Mark Pain 1:

Sportsmail Reporter. (2012). He shoots, he scores! Mail on Sunday photographer Pain wins top award Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2119864/Mark-Pain-wins-Photographer-Year-award.html#ixzz4RWVxipjb F. Available: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2119864/Mark-Pain-wins-Photographer-Year-award.html. Last accessed 30 Nov 2016.

Mark Pain 2:

imageadmin. (2016). CYCLING 1. Available: http://news.dphotographer.co.uk/news/sports-photography-school-launched-by-award-winning-pro-mark-pain/attachment/cycling-1/. Last accessed 30 Nov 2016.

Bob Martin 1:

ProductionParadise. (2012). SPORT PHOTOGRAPHY. Available: http://www.productionparadise.com/spotlight/sport-photography-593/bob-martin-17354.html#. Last accessed 30 Nov 2016.

Bob Martin 2:

ProductionParadise. (2012). SPORT PHOTOGRAPHY. Available: http://www.productionparadise.com/spotlight/sport-photography-593/bob-martin-17354.html#. Last accessed 30 Nov 2016.