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Assignment 5: People & Place on Assignment- Revised

Sarah’s Comments

After feedback from my tutor from the first version of assignment 5, I decided to revisit this and this is the revised version submitted for assessment.

The Brief

Background

I’d chosen the model flying club for a couple of reasons, I wanted to create a real world situation where it’s possible that I could be providing images for their requirements, also I’d been there in May with my camera supporting my husband who is a member of the club and the other guys with an open day in conjunction with a local model shop who were sponsoring the event.

As my husband is a member, its enabled me to get regular access to the flying field and has provided me with the background knowledge needed to undertake an effective portrayal of a model club and to be able to identify which parts are of most interest to members- both new and old.

In line with some of the other background work I’ve done on assignments, I’ve started by brainstorming what is at the club, what could be photographed and how they all relate.

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Undertaking the assignment

I’d sent my brief over to my tutor who advised me to look back over the most successful images from the course and also mentioned some interesting images I’d previously taken of planes at Cosford. As a result, I decided to extend my photography with some stronger compositions and different use of objects within the space and different uses of lenses.

Context

There are plenty of magazines that deal with model aircraft, and having looked through some of these examples, covering events such as the open day I’d attended in May, I was very keen that I didn’t want to replicate these and that the images needed to be more in my style and needed to have eye catching shapes and composition compared to just a record of the flying club. I was also aware that these are to be used online for their website and You Tube channel so it was important that they stood out.

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(Example of article in RC Model World)

Interpreting the Assignment

Looking at the brief “the choice is yours within people and/or the place they inhabit”, I wanted to use this and have a mix of both people and place. The place is very much an empty field with fences separating where you fly from the areas used for people not flying and setting up their gear. There is a green metal cabin and some benches, the rest is empty and configured as required. I wanted to capture the flyers with their planes in the air and the concentration needed, the friendly atmosphere and helpfulness, and the large amount of kit required for both IC (using fuel) and electric (using batteries) type of crafts. During flying the field is transformed from one of perfect peace and quiet to one of many different configurations of hardware and tools showing a presence that’s obvious even when the flyer is away from their possessions. Again I’m looking to challenge the stereotype of a model aircraft club by not taking the obvious images and looking to produce a coherent and engaging series.

My thoughts on this were affirmed by a visit to the private view of ‘You never see them like this’ by Tim Hetherington at the Open Eye Gallery. I’d originally been interested to see this as I’m a fan of Don McCullin after picking up a copy of his ‘Shaped by War’ at the local library, I was so fascinated by the images within and wanting to know more about the man and his life in conflict situation, so I purchased his autobiography ‘Unreasonable Behaviour’ a book which gripped me and is still with me in my thoughts a few weeks after reading it. I was interested to see how war and conflict was captured by a different photographer.

The images featured in the series comprise of both people and place, even when people have left a place behind, they still leave a trace such as a comb or an imprint, and while I can’t compare my work to his as they are worlds apart, even at the flying club where people pack their possessions away, there can still be traces left, a position of the fence where it’s been set up, a burn stain on the grass from the fuel used for the planes, little traces of broken planes and propellers etc. Place is essentially something that takes on the characteristics and impressions of the people using it, wherever this may be. A further example of this is the previous work I’d undertaken for the last course of abandoned buildings and will be something that I’ll continue as a theme in my work going forwards

Use of Light

One of the feedback comments from my fourth assignment was about the quality of light at different times of the day. With this assignment, I was restricted to photographing at certain times of the day due to my availability around work, but more by the fact that the flying club only allows IC aircraft to be flown after 1pm at weekends due to noise restrictions and that some days such as Saturdays tend to be quieter than Sundays so there wasn’t always a lot of people or planes to photograph.

Where possible I’ve tried to photograph in strong light, on some days there has been sun and blue skies which allow the colours of the site and kit to really stand out, some days have been very overcast with a grey light, and while I have photographed for the assignment during this, I’ve not been that happy with these, so I have tried to either use those with more tones to the sky, or have composed the image to exclude the sky and to focus in closer on the subject area.

Editing and Contact Sheet

As part of the editing process, I’ve shortlisted a number of images and then printed them as contact sheets so that I could scribble out which I didn’t think met my brief. I usually have physical 6×4 prints made but in this instance, even after shortlisting, I still had a lot of images. Once I’d gotten the short listing done, I ordered prints from an external company in order to keep consistency with the ones that I’d already had done for previous assignments. For this assignment my preferred choice was matte A4 to allow a good size image that wouldn’t be subject to shine and fingerprints as much as a gloss image would be. Once the prints arrived I had one final review of them before working on the order. As you can see from the images, I laid them out and spent some time with them where I kept looking at them, thinking about the connection between the images and moving them until I got a set that I felt worked best for the audience.

Contact sheet shortlisting process marking those I wanted to use

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Having received the prints, I laid them all out and studied them to decide the most appropriate order

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After moving the images around and looking at how they connected and flowed, this was my final layout. I liked the mixture of people and then a place image and hoped to tell a story of a day at the flight club through this series.

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The Images

Image 1

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Merging, people, place and planes, this image shows the flyer running the engine of his plane and making adjustments. It’s a very neutral image in tones, unfortunately this was quite a changeable day with differing light levels, all of the grey and green tones blend in together, with the blue and yellow of the plane standing out. To emphasise the movement, the propeller has some blur on it showing that it’s running and getting ready to be flown capturing one of the stages of model flying and also highlighting the connection between the flyer making the plane operational. Interaction between the flyer and the plane is needed to get them to fly with different fuel sources and techniques needed, each plane needs a different personal touch, the relationship here is symbiotic, shown by the tweaking of the engine, each requires an action to get to the goal of flight.

Image 2

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As part of my work in showing the place when it’s busy and has been transformed into a flying field, I wanted to get some detailed images on the kit and planes to complement the general images of the flyers using the space. Showing the relationship between the power starter and fuel required to start the internal combustion engine of the plane in the background. I wanted a composition that was quite striking and showed the box first, and then the plane in the background, but also that it needed to be strong to capture the viewer’s eye and to make this more than just a photograph showing kit. As a result I wanted a strong angle, almost zigzag in form; with real and implied triangles (using some of the knowledge from my previous level 1 courses), the strong colours also help to give weight to the image with reds and yellows featuring, both bold primary colours on the same section as part of the colour wheel so complementing each other. View after view, my eye keeps coming back to the yellow of the plane and the colours popping out at me.

Image 3

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One Saturday afternoon I was lucky enough to have the field to myself with only my husband flying, as a result I could break the rules and actually stand on the field to photograph him while he was flying. I took a number of different images, close up portraits and half body images that show the context as he is holding the radio controlling the glider (that is out of sight) After looking at some of the images via my selection process (see contact sheets), I decided that the most effective one to tie in the context of the flying club, was the half body one, you can see the radio and the flyer looking up so it’s clear that there is something happening, conveying an action but also a concentration and respect for the moment of flying. The context of the flying club is there with the field in the background, and the cooling towers just visible. While the towers are not part of the flying club and are some distance away over the canal, they do feature in this series of images as this is the direction that you tend to look at when planes are landing so they tenuously form a part of the place.

Image 4

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Flyers usually bring a couple of planes with them, types and models can vary and I wanted to show the contrasts. It would have been very easy to just capture a side on static and flat image of a plane, I wanted to experiment and try a different composition to this. This is a contrast between two different types of plane, and I focused on the silver electric Vampire in the foreground as I loves it strong silver colour and futuristic shape which contrasts with the straight standard tail of the other plane. I tried to get an interesting zigzag shape when composing this to keep the viewer’s eye moving through the frame, and to highlight the bold silver against the green grass. The composition also features real and implied triangles which stand out to the viewer’s eye and helps to keep the interest in the frame.

Image 5

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As this image was taken on quite a dull day, I’ve zoomed in to get both the faces and the plane in view, with the dark background the grey sky cannot be seen. This forms part of the set for two reasons; the context is clear- people with planes at the flying club, and also because of the interaction between John with the radio and Al carrying the plane back. This was a new plane that John had been flying, previously owned by someone else so they were discussing how it had flown. I like the prominence of the white plane standing out against the dark tops of the flyers and it divided the image, focusing on the people on the top rights and the space to the bottom left. Al, carrying the plane is the focus point and John is more out of focus as I wanted the attention to be on Al and the plane with John as the secondary subject, as for me it was important to focus on the connection between the person and the plane as part of the hobby of flying.

Image 6

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As well as some detailed images of the club, I also wanted some wider views to show the interaction between the people and the place. Sitting at the top end of the field looking down the pits area toward the hut and seating, on this sunny day the most eye-catching thing for me was the umbrella that one of the members had brought to provide some sun protection to his planes. The components of the planes tend to be foam, balsa and film, fibreglass or plastic so on a hot sunny day, they tend to be covered up for protection. For me the umbrella is quite surreal coming out of the ground amidst planes and kit, with the flyers sat down to the right of it, you get a feeling that this is also a place for relaxation and an escape from the daily grind. The fact that the majority of the subjects and people are centred in the image and very much clustered together creates a sense of unity of people and place in one shared but individual pastime, with the contrast of the natural environment of the grass and sky. Flying model aircraft is the hobby but it’s also a place to get away and forget about things with good company, and often there can be days when you just chat, although they are usually bad weather days. The light is good on this image, it’s a sunny day and the sky is blue with the clouds visible compared to some of the duller days that just didn’t catch the eye. As an example of a day at the club, those with brighter light and sunshine will be more effect at appealing to new people than those where it’s cold and windy!

Image 7

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In contrast to image 8, this portrait while taken within the pits area of the club, does not show anything that would put it into context, the closest is the out of focus grass in the background. I took a couple of images, one with a wider angle than this but I liked the close in full face image. Bob had been flying and at this point was getting ready to head back, while he did pose for the photograph, he looks relaxed as we were chatting and I was just trying to put him at ease. Having already photographed a number of his planes, he was already used to me with the camera. I’ve tried to use some of the techniques that I’d tried earlier on in this course when looking at portraits, to get the face to stand out. I’ve zoomed in to avoid too much distraction such as the light colour of his hat. I could have used a portrait composition for this but the landscape view allowed me to put some hint of space into this

Image 8

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One of the images from a less than perfect weather day, I was thinking about what to include and while this was one image I chose to forego in place of one where there were people sat in the seats, this image showing the wide open space of the flying field with the traces of activity and memories there like ghosts stood out to me. I did try and crop this to focus more on the emptiness of the chairs but it pushed everything together too much and I like the feeling of space and expanse, it adds a sense of almost loneliness, certainly tying in with the fact that on some days you can be the only member flying there. I also like the temporary nature of the structures, aside from the fence partly visible on the right hand side, these are pieces that can be removed and put back in their natural places, and while this remains a record of the moment, there is a transition in the fact that barely anything is permanently anchored at the field and that the same scene will not exist again, as each time there would be some difference, whether its marginal or not. Looking at the colours of the image, they are flat but the sky is quite strong and stormy at that moment and it does command the attention, is a storm due, is that why there is no-one flying or is it just time for a tea break?

Image 9

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An action portrait, a new jet was being hand launched and I wanted to capture both the owner of the plane (as it was new he was getting a friend to test fly it) and the plane. It was taken on a weekday evening when the sun was starting to set; as a result it has cast some strong shadows over the image but also given the colours such as that of the grass a warmer hue. It’s a portrait that’s natural and not posed, as while he knew he was being photographed; his concentration is on the plane. The overall tones of the image are very natural greens; the plan with its vivid bright red catches the eye and stands out making you aware that this is the star of the show. If it was a dedicated portrait, I would have used a flashgun to provide some fill in flash. However I feel that this would have affected the balance of the image, and that it would then have turned into a staged images and not a natural representation of the moment.

Image 10

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Similar in style to the plane and box image, with this I could see a number of components that make up a typical day at the club. Starting with the fuel and toolbox in the front of the frame, the eye moves in then to see the planes, more kit boxes and radio -everything you need to fly, and then a little later on into the frame, the runway with flyers. I didn’t want the flyers to be clear, I wanted the focus off them so that they were just representative of anyone who is a member. The key for me is the use of the wide pits area to get set up and each flyer picks an area and sets up, each time they visit, it changes. The use of focus partway into the frame allows the viewer to take the abstract pieces of equipment and picture theirs in place of these genericising personal equipment.

Opportunities

I’ve been lucky with my access to the club, I’ve been able to be there on a number of weekend with the camera and as I’ve gotten to know everyone, they are quite relaxed in my presence, as a result I’ve been able to wander freely about the club with my camera. Despite being relaxed, there does seem to be an element of being camera shy and they are certainly more focused on getting photographs of their planes than themselves, despite explaining the reasoning behind this.

Difficulties

One of the difficulties that I had was in getting natural portrait images, I didn’t want posed shots as it needed to reflect the activity of the club and I felt that posed shots were too much like those in the magazine and that I needed something more dynamic. The standard pose of flyers seems to be either bending over planes or peering up at the sky. Due to restrictions at the club, non-flyers are not allowed on the flying field, they have to stay behind in the pits area and this restricted my ability to get some photographs of the flyers.

Reflection

What started off as an easy subject to work on, at least when it comes to having as much access as needed, certainly provided me with plenty of challenges from weather and light, to actually getting a good mix of images that formed a logical series. With so much free access, I’ve found it hard to know when to stop taking photographs and just to go with the set that I have, after tutor feedback I’ve added a couple more weekend there just to give myself the opportunity to get any extra images,

Bibliography

Hetherington, Tim (2009) Long Story Bit By Bit. Umbrage Editions

Hetherington, Tim (2010) Infidel. Chris Boot Publishing

McCullin, Don (2002) Unreasonable Behaviour. Vintage

McCullin, Don (2010) Shaped by War. Jonathan Cape

Todd, Lindsay (2013) Steve Webb Models Invitational Fly-In. RC Model World September 2013 pp. 30-33

Assignment 5: People and Place on Assignment

The Brief

For this final assignment, the choice of subject is yours within people and/or the places they inhabit.

First decide on a notional client, choose the kind of client, the purpose of the assignment and how the images will be used. Imagine what the basic brief would be, write the brief as you will refer back to it.

Having assigned yourself the brief, you now need to complete it. You need to submit between 8-12 photographs. Accompany the final images with a short written assessment.

This should include:-

– The client briefing that you gave yourself

– A statement of how you set about planning the photography

– How well you succeeded, including the difficulties and opportunities you encountered that you had not anticipated at the outset

You will need to show that you can project good judgement in your choices.

Client:

Halton & District Model Flying Club (H&DMFC)

Purpose:

Promotion of the club

How will the images be used?

To advertise the club and facilities to members and non-members to encourage further participation and new memberships

Brief from the customer:

H&DMFC require a selection of images capturing both normal flying and special event days such as open days and BBQ events. The images should capture a mix of people and their planes, show the facilities and how they are used and also promote the members

Plan:

The photography will be taken over a couple of different events, an open day and a BBQ as well as photography taken on normal flying days

Presentation:

A small selection of images will be presented for the assignment; the club require the images to be presented on a cd for their use and will form part of a longer slideshow of images on the club’s You Tube Channel.

Background Work/Context

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For this assignment, I started off thinking about what I could photograph, what I wanted to portray and the format in which to present this. I’d had the idea while working on Assignment 4, to produce a tourist brochure on Chester and the roman history which is still part and parcel of the city. Unfortunately despite some research into potential sites that I could photograph, I struggled to get a date arranged with one of the roman tour companies so decided to look into some of the other ideas that I’d had.

Around the same time it was mentioned that a local model flying club were having a bbq one weekend. This alone does not sound like enough of a basis for a project, however I’d been at an open day held there in May with a local model shop sponsoring the event and a bbq and spent the day photographing the area and aircraft. My results were presented to the club and the model shop who both wanted to use them for their own publicity, and since then some of the members have asked me to photograph their planes flying, and some of my images have been combined with videos on a ‘You Tube’ channel for the club.

When I heard there was to be a bbq, I thought that this could be an excellent opportunity to photograph the club and its facilities in way that could be used to promote the club to both members who don’t attend that often and also show new members what they have. A lot of the open days and bbq are actually open to families of the flyers to come down so it was important that they could also see that all are welcome. I also planned to attend some weekday evening and weekends at the club to ensure that I got a good mix of images

Thinking about people and place, I was originally trying to focus on a mixture of images of people and the place of the model flying club. However as the brief is for the club, I had to think about what people who join the club or search for the club online are interested in. I also had to rethink my plan about featuring members of a club when one of the main components is the planes and helicopters flown there. With this in mind, I revisited the images and also went back to the club with a 100mm macro lens to try and get some interesting compositions of the planes and people in action and a mixture of lens were used in the overall set as each had its own strength.

One of the issues mentioned in my last assignment was the with the use of light, the model flying club while open any time, only allows internal combustion engine planes to fly after 1 pm so while light in the middle of the day is not the best and can be flat, sometimes this was the only time I could photograph activity. Some days were quite bright and there were some bright evening sun so where possible I’ve tried to photograph as much as I can in the better light.

The Space

In reality, the facilities at this chosen space are very few, it’s a large field with a mown area for the runway, lots of space to set up planes, a cabin with small kitchen area, a covered area for seating, bbq or set up, some picnic benches and a portaloo. For me this assignment was about showing how the limited facilities but large space was used and that the open configuration changes every time. I also wanted to show these in use with actual members as its very much an active use of the space and in order to meet the brief of publicising the location, facilities and club, this needed to be reflected as such.

How will the images be used?

The images will form a set that will be available for the club to upload onto their website via a CD in conjunction with a longer slideshow of images on the club’s You Tube channel.

Planning the assignment and photography

My plan for this was to attend as many days as I could at the club, including the special event BBQ and general flying times. I knew from speaking to a member of the club that the majority of people tended to fly on the Saturday and Sunday compared to weekdays, which fitted better around my availability.

Depending on the weather and who is onsite, the space used to set up can change for example on windy days sometimes a more sheltered part near the cabin is used, but it also depends on personal preference and what space is available when people arrive. Visiting over different days and times I found that no two visits were the same with variables including different people, different use of the space and different planes. I knew a lot of the people from attending the May open day so the people at the club are used to seeing me with the camera. An advantage of this is that I’ve been able to blend into the background as per any other club member, but the biggest advantage is that I’ve gained the trust of the people who fly, they’ve seen my images and ask me photograph their planes in the air. I was conscious that I wanted natural photographs and nothing posed in order to give an accurate representation of the club as it is.

Images to capture:-

I started by listing the areas and activities that I wanted to photograph and then I could review and keep the most appropriate ones as part of the selection process.

Hut

Undercover area (used for seating/bbq/setting up/shelter)

Flying field/airstrip

Spectator/Pits area

Benches/seating

Set up areas in use (can be different areas where people choose to set up)

People setting up planes

People relaxing/watching the flying

People flying

After I’d taken photographs of all of these, I decided to swap lenses and be a little more creative and more fun with this using a macro lens.

How well I succeeded, including the difficulties and opportunities that you had not anticipated at the outset

Some of the difficulties that I faced were due to the fact that currently only a fraction of the full membership attend on the weekend days and even fewer in the evenings, on some days there seems to be same crowd there so while I’ve tried to get different members in the images, I had to be creative with some of the photographs and try and get different aspects. I also wanted to get different images to the static planes flying, people on the ground that would be featured in the specialist magazines. I would have liked to have taken some slower images of the people moving about or of the planes. However after investigating this, the club and the activity there is not ideal as there isn’t enough footfall around the site, and with the planes flying around, it’s hard to get a fixed point to capture.

One thing that I did photograph but didn’t include within this were images just of the planes flying, while this is an important part of the club and certainly something the members ask me to photograph when I’m there- this didn’t quite fit into the brief.

I think that I succeeded quite well in meeting the brief, a variety of images were taken showing the club in use, and the images have a lot of activity and colour in them which is appealing to the eye and would make these suitable for either web or print usage.

I felt that I had more opportunities within the club due to the fact I’d built a relationship with them through previous work, and I anticipate that this will continue as I will work with them to provide further model plane photography.

I found it easier to get the photographs I envisaged when the club was busier; these days provided more opportunities and better scope for the photography.

1) Plane and box

Showing the relationship between the power starter and fuel required to start the internal combustion engine of the plane, this image has strong shapes, real and implied triangles with the shape of the plane in the corner, the inverted triangles on the box, the grass triangle on the left near the wing and the grey of the mat on the right hand side. The eye is first drawn to the red tubing on the box, then the plane stand in inverted triangle shapes and then the yellow of the plane in the background that’s slightly out of focus as I wanted it to be obvious but for the flight box to be the main subject. All flyers have their own flight box, and this composition shows the start-up set up when a flyer sets their kit up on the field to prepare for flight

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2) Reflection

Hats and sunglasses are common accessories on the field, it’s quite open and when the sun is out can be harsh to stand in and sunglasses can help to see the plane stand out in the sky. I like this as it’s the connection between the flyer and their plane/kit on the field. I caught sight of this reflection and asked the flyer to tilt their head so I could get a better view of the plane and not a reflection of the camera. The bright blue of the stand and yellow and white of the plane stand out against the dark green of the glass

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3) The flyers

I chose a portrait composition as I wanted to start the image off with the plane and helicopter (which don’t feature too often at the club) and then move across to the runway where the flyers stand and where spectators/visitors don’t go on. You can see the concentration of the flyers in their stance, holding the transmitters and looking into the sky, with the banking and power station in the background, you get an idea that this is quite an open area, close to other features but enough out of the way to have space.

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4) The plane

I can’t describe the use of the space or show one of the main uses of that space without having some images featuring the model planes. Having looked at coverage in magazines such as RCM&E, a lot of the images are the planes in flight, sideways and being held by the owners. I wanted a different composition and the use of a macro lens allowed me to get closer than usual. It was important to capture the sense of movement with the engine just started and ticking over before being taken onto the runway. Using a focus point on the non-moving side and a slower shutter speed gave me the propeller blur to provide the sense this is a powerful and moving subject on the grass of the pits area.

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5) Three wise men

As with the reflection image you can see the use of hats and sunglasses here, compared to some of the images this was taken in the evening sunlight so has a golden hue and a blue colour to the sky. I’ve not made this a wider image as they could be looking at any plane or transmitter. I wanted the suggestion of sharing and comradeship that comes as part of the membership and active participation in the club where people are willing to help you out with time, materials or knowledge.

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6) Waiting for take off

Flyers usually bring a couple of planes with them, types and models can vary and I wanted to show the contrasts. This is a contrast between two different types of planes and I focussed on the silver electric Vampire in the front of the images as I love its strong silver and futuristic shape which contrasts with the straight standard tail of the other plane. I tried to get an interesting zigzag shaping to keep the viewer’s eye moving through the frame.

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7) The pits area

Similar in style to the plane and box image, with this I could see a number of components that make up a typical day at the club. Starting with the fuel and toolbox in the front of the frame, the eye moves in then to see the planes, more kit boxes and radio- everything you need to fly, and then a little later on into the frame, the runway with flyers. I didn’t want the flyers to be clear, I wanted the focus off them so that they were just representative of anyone who is a member. The key for me is the use of the wide pits area to get set up and how each flyer picks an area and sets up, each time they visit it changes.

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8) The pits area 2

Showing a different side to the pits, this was a windier day so shelter was taken around the side of the cabin. As a busy day for flyers, there were a lot of planes and I was drawn to the red colouring to start with on a quite dull day first of all and then the other lines of planes leading to the small group huddled around a plane. Showing the setup, the variety of planes, and the space for people to use and the willingness to help out other flyers, this compliments the other pits area image.

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9) Shadow

At this point in the day, the sun was quite strong and casting shadows of the flyers onto the runway. I took a number of images of just the shadow but was conscious that it needed something to tie this in. With patience, I got the image I wanted with the plane in the top of frame and the shadows of the flyer and the wind flag in the bottom of the image.

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10) BBQ Day

This was a day when there was a club bbq and more people were in attendance. While this isn’t an image that’s full of people, this wider shot shows the different areas for flying, set up, and the cabin for shelter, drinks etc. I like this wider image as a contrast to the more specific and close up images, the light was really good and there is a bright blue sky which the flag showing the wind direction is standing out against. The 3d plane in the foreground acts as a grabber for the eye as its quite colourful and then you look up to the flyer in white, then the standing men and then you travel around to see all the other interactions happening.

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11) The umbrella

On another sunny day, although there are some clouds in this one, one of the flyers had brought a large parasol umbrella to provide some protection to his planes. For me this stands out so much with its clear shape and it’s only after you’ve looked at this first do you move around to the seated flyers and the plane in the foreground. There is an echo of the blue plane stand which moves the eye from one to the other and then the seated flyers showing that the club is about more than planes, it’s also a good social meeting place.

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Printing

I’ve kept these all in colour as I feel that is how they should be seen, to convert these would lose the bright colours of the planes and equipment that stand out when you view them, and due to the amount of green from the field, and I didn’t feel that this would benefit from being presented in monochrome.

Summary & Thoughts

This was an interesting exercise, at the moment I seem to have a lot of ideas where there is an open brief and I went from feeling that the scope was too elastic and easily extended, to then completing the work and thinking that the number of images the assignment calls for is too few. I think this is partially down to the type of work I’ve chosen to submit for this- it feels like there are infinite possibilities to photograph at the club as every week you might see something different. One of the improvements from assignment four that I have in my mind to work on is being more specific and when there is an open brief, I need to write my own defined brief and extend if necessary as opposed to trying to photograph everything at once.

Looking to where this fits within contemporary practice, it’s certainly more commercial than the work that I’ve previously done, which I’ve tended to focus on presenting as either a book or exhibition series. I feel that it’s more commercial as obviously I’m presenting this to a real life client, it’s being used to represent the client on the internet and while the images are not being published in a magazine, I’ve based the style on a real magazine article referencing the coverage of the May event in RCME magazine. I’ve been unable to find any examples of other photographers capturing model aircraft in flight. Most of the sites I’ve found are either using model planes for aerial photography or photography at full scale air shows.