- Task Issued: Term 1, Week 2, 2017
- Task Date: Term 1, Week 9, 2017
- Weighting: 25%
On completion of this module you will be assessed on your ability to address Syllabus outcomes:
M1, M2, M3, M4, M5 M6, CH1, CH2, CH3 CH4
Refer to Photography, Video and Digital Imaging course outcomes for further details
The purpose of this assessment task is to
- Learn about the origins of photography and associated inventions
- Introduce students to the practice of wet photography.
- Offer students the opportunity to explore, through critical and historical investigations, advances in the field that affect the nature of photographic practice and interpretations of the world.
- Look at design based approaches to image construction
- Gain an understanding of darkroom processes, camera-less imaging and appropriate WH&S.
- Practical photographic work is to be submitted in your HSC Portfolio.
- Research tasks can be submitted in either hard copy or digital format
Part A | History – Research: 'The invention of photography'
1. In approx 250 words outline the key events and mention the contribution of significant philosophers / scientists / photographers (from 5BC - 1890's) who were significant figures in the early development of photography.
- Key figures should include; Mo Ti, Al Hazeen, Johann Schultze, Carl Wilhelm Scheele, Thomas Wedgewood, Nicéphore Niépce, Louis Daguerre, Henry Fox Talbot, Scott Archer, Sir John Herschel and George Eastman
- Key inventions should include; camera obscure, camera lucida, silver chloride, silver nitrate, salted paper, first photograph, daguerreotype, calotype, sodium thiosulphate, collodion process, roll film, Box Brownie.
Part B | Composition and Design
Investigate elements of composition and design, structure, framing etc by completing a series of design works.
Collect a range of photographic images from magazines / websites / books etc that best illustrate the following camera compositional devices: (provide at least 2 examples)
- Camera viewpoints – high, low etc
- Abstract patterns, textures etc
- Center of interest – the dominant subject
- Rule of the Thirds – traditional structured design
- Unusual angles of view – breaking the rules
Complete 5 design based collage activities using your own themes & ideas. The process for these will be demonstrated in class and may include: (your teacher will outline these for you)
- Weaving – Create two artworks. Artwork one, you will mesh/weave two full sized images together. In artwork two you will use different pictures, select only one section of your image to weave. Inspired by the works of Tintin Cooper
- Images with cut aways' of black & white or colour spaces. Inspired by Max-o-matic
- “Surreal” designed image (dreamlike or make believe image), made from a collection of found images. inspired by Sarah Eisenlohr.
- Cutting & re-assemblage images for impact. Inspired by Matthieu Bourel
The following handouts and course notes are to be completed/stored in your folder in your professional folio. These will be required revision for your mid course exam:
- Using the enlarger – label diagram
- Darkroom layout
- Safety in Photography
- Darkroom equipment
- Chemical steps and processing ratios
- Print processing steps – worksheet
- Test-strips – examples and worksheet
- Pinhole camera – examples and worksheets
– your best examples of the following techniques are to be submitted, all are to be attempted – as demonstrated in class:
- Sun pictures
- Chemograms – using fixer
- Chemograms – using developer
- Photograms – negative & positive prints
- Surrealist design & contact prints - 1 negative and 1 positive print from a photocopy of your surreal design.
- Pinhole camera – negative print
- Pinhole camera – positive print
- Acetate - drawn overlay on plastic and contact print.
- Photo mosaic/grid – using four of the above techniques create an abstract mosaic using 8x8cm squares or shapes. A minimum of 9 squares/shapes are required.