Part 2 – Exercise 2.3 – Same model, different backgrounds

The Brief: Consider the work of both Callahan and Germain, then select a subject for a
series of five portraits, varying the locations and backgrounds. The one
consistent picture element must be the subject you have chosen, who must
appear in all five images. Think carefully about where you choose to photograph
them, either using a pose that offers a returned gaze to the camera, or simply
captures them going about their daily business. The objective once again is to
visually link the images together in some way.

The Head, St Romeros

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This exercise came out of a request to photograph a school, who had recently changed their name and therefore, needed new images for their prospectus and website. https://stromeros.co.uk/

The model in these images is Mr Byrne, the Head Teacher at the school, taken during two separate sessions at the school, capturing the day to day life of the school.

There are a mixture of formal posed images and some when he is not aware of the camera. Having remembered my conversation with my tutor about authentic smiles / expressions, I took my time taking the shots once the scene had been set up, to give the people chance to relax.

Although this was an opportunistic chance to capture these images, I did think about the exercises already completed in the course and employed some of the principles. I tried to engender a feeling of capturing candid moments in the life of school and head teacher, even though all of the images except one were actually staged.

I very much a enjoyed this exercise