Category Archives: 1 – The Unaware

Alternative Same Background Different Model Exercise

Groups of people are often labelled as a single entity; the crowd, the audience, a rally, a march, the team and we often view them in that way, seeing the crowded pavement as one organism without consciously identifying the individuals within the … Continue reading

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Reaction to Covert Exercise

At the end of February I posted a contact sheet series of pictures of a man moving about in front of an incongruous photograph screen in an urban setting. In the series his relationship with the screen and its open door … Continue reading

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Covert Exercise

It is strange how occasionally things come together. My lovely daughter got married last weekend and, whilst I didn’t want to spend too much time with a camera in my hand, I wanted a few pictures of my own from … Continue reading

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Followup to Failed Covert Exercise

A fellow student (thank you Emma) reacted to the picture above when it was included within the Covert Exercise That Failed; following her comment I have reviewed the raw images and created this mini-series shown below. Having recently read Marc Augé essay on supermodernity (1) I … Continue reading

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The Covert Exercise That Failed

Having looked at Walker Evans’ subway series (here) and Hans Eijkelboom’s People of the Twenty First Century (here) I wanted to try working with a concealed camera. Using a small mirror less DSLR hanging from my neck and a remote release … Continue reading

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Heads: Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Many photographers subscribe to the idea that a subject’s true nature can only be revealed if they are caught on camera unaware, unposed and therefore not manipulating or influencing the final representation. They see this approach as an antidote to Roland … Continue reading

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The Unaware, Some Strategies

In Camera Lucida (1) Roland Barthes discusses his reaction to being photographed. He describes how once he feels himself “observed by the lens, everything changes. I constitute myself in the process of posing, I transform myself into an image”. Some photographers … Continue reading

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