Developing and Understanding Practice Still life + photo essay

Indicative Hours 20-40

Weighting 25%

  • Date of notification; Week 1 Term 3 2020
  • Submission due; Week 8 Term 3 2020

On the completion of this module your ability to meet the syllabus outcomes M1, M2, M5, M6, CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4 will have been assessed.

"This is the last project based assessment task for the Preliminary HSC course. ‘Developing a Point of View’ exposes you to the thinking and practice that is an essential part of learning to see the world through the ‘photographic eye. During the course of working through this task we expect to see the emergence of a more professional photographic practice. Your camera craft should be more than adequate to manage the demands of the task. The understanding of concepts such as ‘depth of field’ and ‘exposure equivalency’ should be well established. Your completed images; ideally, should reflect the ability to translate learned concepts into practice". @ REWIRED

Content Focus

The purpose of this assessment task is to provide students with opportunities to identify and understand the traditions, conventions and genres that have contributed to the formation of the field, that to some extent, continues to exert an influence on contemporary concepts in photography as a field of artistic practice.

Research Task

From the following list provide an example image which best illustrates the selected genre or category / style / type.


  • Landscape
  • Still Life
  • Portraiture
  • The human condition

Category / Style / Type

  • Photojournalism
  • Computer generated imagery
  • Travel / Discovery
  • Experimental
  • Architectural
  • Sport
  • Politics
  • Abstract
  • Fashion
  • Scientific
  • Narrative
  • Contemporary
  • Humour
  • Advertising
  • Colour
  • Historical

For each example provide the following as a citation where possible:

  1. Genre / style orType of photograph
  2. Title of work
  3. Date
  4. Photographer
  5. Country of Origin



Photograph a series of images that represent your interpretation of;

  1. The genre 'Still Life'
  2. Street photography as 'Photo Essay'


Your final submission will be a series of at least twelve printed images comprised of;

  • A minimum of 4 STILL LIFE images
  • A minimum of 2 Experimental images
  • A minimum of 6 Photo Essay images (b&w)
  • One 10x8 or 10x10 landmark image

In the process of shooting your STILL LIFE series consideration should be given to the manner in which lens choices and shutter / aperture combinations are utilised to mange depth of field in a studio setting comprised of backdrops and fixed lighting.

Still Life

  1. Consider the careful and / or playful arrangement of everyday objects under controlled or natural lighting situations.
  2. Consider the potential of the form of your object / objects to respond to placement and light and how this can be enhanced through the use of the camera.
  3. Your submission should demonstrate competency in both camera craft, lighting, composition and processing.


Submit a minimum of 2 experimental images using any of the techniques listed below.

  1. Hand Coloured image using water soluble pastels
  2. Negative sandwich
  3. Plastic overlay
  4. Mosaic
  5. Solarisation / Sabatier
  6. Other

During the Term 3 mandatory excursion to Circular Quay and The Rocks area of Sydney CBD, using the cameras and film supplied, you will take a series of images that investigate the built environment.

A photo essay is by definition "a group of photographs, usually with supplementary text, that conveys a unified story and is published as a book or as a feature in a magazine or newspaper" However this idea is somewhat modified with this task and the 'photo essay' will essentially be constructed in your folio.

Your submission

For this task a minimum of six black and white images that document the inner cityscape are to be submitted in your folio. One of these images is to be 8x10 or A4.

Sussex St
Circular Quay
Double exposure
Double exposure
Created By
Gary Poulton


Gary Poulton and Isabella Woodford