- Task Issued: Week 2, Term 1, 2018
- Submission Due: Week 10, Term 1, 2018
- 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 beginnings of photography and related 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, digital format or uploaded to your Google Classroom for this course.
Part A | History – Research: 'The invention of photography'
1. In approx 250 words outline important developments and mention the contribution of significant philosophers / scientists / photographers (from 5BC - 1890's) who were key 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,
- Richard Maddox,
- Sir John Herschel and
- George Eastman
Key developments should include;
- Camera obscura,
- Camera lucida,
- Silver chloride,
- Silver nitrate,
- Salted paper,
- The first photograph,
- Hyposulfite of soda (fixer),
- Collodion process,
- Dry plate 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 related tasks.
Collect 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 6 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
Surreal image inspired by Luis Douado
The following handouts and course notes are to be completed/stored in your folder in your professional folio.
- 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
- Curate a selection of six (6) images from your classwork which best demonstrates your understanding of the skills and techniques required for the completion of the following tasks:
- Image 1: Pinhole Photography (positive image)
- Image 2: Photograms
- Image 3: Sun Pictures
- Image 4: Hand drawn acetate overlay
- Images 5 & 6: Two examples of your response to contemporary collage techniques