Assignment three The decisive moment

1. Prints
Send a set of between six and eight high-quality photographic prints on the theme of
the ‘decisive moment’ to your tutor. Street photography is the traditional subject of the
decisive moment, but it doesn’t have to be. Landscape may also have a decisive moment
of weather, season or time of day. A building may have a decisive moment when human
activity and light combine to present a ‘peak’ visual moment.
You may choose to create imagery that supports the tradition of the ‘decisive moment’,
or you may choose to question or invert the concept. Your aim isn’t to tell a story, but
in order to work naturally as a series there should be a linking theme, whether it’s a
location, an event or a particular period of time.
Reasoning for submission of photographic prints for assignment 3:
The OCA strongly encourages students to submit a print submission for assessment
(this is mandatory in Levels 2 and 3). Sharing some prints with your tutor half way
through the module is an opportunity to get feedback on print quality. If you’re hard
pressed to submit the prints you don’t have to send the whole assignment, you can
send a selection and submit the rest of the series via blog or in the usual way that you’ve
agreed with your tutor.

The decisive moment in street photography . I enjoy street photography and like taking my camera out on the street. But I do find with decisive moment in street photography .You have to be fast .As those decisive moments you want to photography slip away quickly if your not quick. Watching the world go by can be fun. One of my favourite street photography website which captures decisive moment is Copenhagen Chic.Its about Danish everyday people cycling to work, school and play. Its there to portray that cycling is a sustainable and health form of transport.And you can be fashionable and chic at the same time while riding a bike. And its regularly covey that message by capturing the decisive moment .Whether it is women cycling in high heels with their handbags or women cycling with her child on the back on the bicycle.Its captures the decisive moment beautiful and very well. The photographer behind the website is Mikael Colville-Andersen.

I would like to try and recreate this type of decisive moment with people and bicycles on the Curry Mile bicycle path in Manchester for this assignment 3.

Exercise 3.3


Exercise 3.3
1. What do the timeframes of the camera actually look like? If you have a manual
film camera, open the camera back (make sure there’s no film in the camera
first!) and look through the shutter as you press the shutter release. What is the
shortest duration in which your eyes can perceive a recognisable image in bright
daylight? Describe the experiment in your learning log.
2. Find a good viewpoint, perhaps fairly high up (an upstairs window might do)
where you can see a wide view or panorama. Start by looking at the things
closest to you in the foreground. Then pay attention to the details in the middle
distance and, finally, the things towards the horizon. Now try and see the whole
landscape together, from the foreground to horizon (you can move your eyes).
Include the sky in your observation and try to see the whole visual field together,
all in movement (there is always some movement). When you’ve got it, raise your
camera and take a picture. Add the picture and a description of the process to
your learning log.

Exercise 3.2


Start by doing your own research into some of the artists discussed above.
Then, using slow shutter speeds, the multiple exposure function, or another
technique inspired by the examples above, try to record the trace of movement
within the frame. You can be as experimental as you like. Add a selection of shots
together with relevant shooting data and a description of your process (how you
captured the shots) to your learning log.

Exercise 3.1

Research photographers discuss in exercise 3.1 Philip Lorca DiCorcia , Szarkowski

I research first by looking for interviews of him and had a watch of them.I found out Philip Lorca DiCorcia was trained at School of the museum of Fine Arts , Boston and Yale University where he got Master of Fine Art in Photography. And hes teaches at Yale University .In this interview philip talks about not being comfortable at first with photograping people .l feel the same sometimes , as you never know how strangers will react to being photograph. I found out that Philip DiCorcia is a pioneer in staged real life photograph

Philp DiCorcia achieved recognition when hes produced a series of photography called “Hustlers” (1990-92), for which he staged portraits of male prostitutes on Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood.Being a pioneer DiCorcia pushed the boundaries of what was acceptable in photography . And he did not intend to be photographer he sort of fell into it at art school.Hes choice of subject to photography in Hustler series convey hes approach to photography .To be maverick in photography to photographing people who society wouldnt normal ackowledge or respect .He highlighted them and shown us prosistute is oldest profession in the world whether society accept it or not .Its exist and cant be ignored. He also help hes male prosistute out by paying them to pose for picture.And I think its interesting that he picked male prosistute not female ones. As most people when they hear the word prostitute think of female street prositutes not male prostitutues

John Szarkowsk was a American photographer, curator, historian, and critic. He completed a degree in art history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison .Then worked as a museum photographer at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, he moved to Buffalo to teach photography. He then moved to Chicago, where he worked on his photobook The Idea of Louis Sullivan (1956).

John Szarkowsk left hes mark on the genre of photography by thinking out side of the box.l found hes words very inspiring in this film about him

Quote from Guardian article describes

 Szarkowski was innovative; as a curator, he was revolutionary. In 1967, during the so-called Summer of Love, he curated a show called New Documents at Moma. It featured the work of three relatively unknown photographers: Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander and Garry Winogrand, and was, in its visceral way, as out of step with the times as the urban, edgy, atonal music of the Velvet Underground. It caused a stir. Arbus’s images were transgressive in both their form and content: harsh black and white shots of so-called freaks, outsiders and misfits. Friedlander and Winogrand, in their different ways, shot on the streets of New York, producing snatched images of the city’s everyday momentum that often appeared to be casual, even random – documentary photography, but not as it was then known or understood.

( Sean O’Hagan , First published on Tue 20 Jul 2010 15.48 BST )


Using fast shutter speeds, try to isolate a frozen moment of time in a moving subject.
Depending on the available light you may have to select a high ISO to avoid visible
blur in the photograph. Try to find the beauty in a fragment of time that fascinated
John Szarkowski. Add a selection of shots, together with relevant shooting data and
a description of your process (how you captured the images), to your learning log.

Feedback Assignment 2

I need to be more organised and focus.I have downloaded the reading list for this course and will get them from University of Manchester

Photography 1:
Expressing your Vision
Reading and resources
BADGER, G. (2007) The Genius of Photography: How photography has changed our lives. London:
Quadrille Publishing Limited.
BULL, S. (2009) Photography. Abingdon: Routledge
BRIGHT, S. (2011) Art Photography Now. London: Thames and Hudson.
CLARK, G. (1997) The Photograph. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
COTTON, C. (2004) The Photograph as Contemporary Art. London: Thames & Hudson.
BERGER, J. (1972) Ways of Seeing. London: Penguin Books.
CAMPANY, David (ed.) (2003) Art and Photography. London: Phaidon Press
CURANA, N. & FOX A. (2012) Behind the Image: Research in Photography. Lausanne: AVA.
JEFFREY, I. & KOZLOFF, M. (2009) How to Read a Photograph: Understanding, Interpreting and
Enjoying the Great Photographers, London: Thames & Hudson
LANGFORD, M. et al (2010) Langford’s Basic Photography (9 th ed.) Oxford: Focal Press.

Assignment 2 Collecting


Create a series of between 6 & 10 photographs one of the following subjects

thing ,views ,heads.

The brief is so vague.I am struggling with what to photograph.

Send your photographs to you tutor with assignment notes 500-1000 words introducing & contextualizing your work.

I have decided to pick views as theme for my photographs. since l can do physical views of building and scene as well as political views. Political views can be express in image or photo. I am going to take over 20 photos . And do the contact sheet as asked in my last feedback .As reading other student blogs on the same course .they take several photos.
I lack confident in my ability. I have never been on photography course. And scared my photos wont be enough. And lighting is problem at night time.
I realise to be photography you actually have to leave you home and take photos.they all can be at home .I need to wrap up warm. I really don’t go around wandering taking photos enough as I don’t really know what to photography.
I feel like I need to read my manual on my camera and play with the setting enough. To see how to get the best out of the camera.
Most of my photos are images of building. I really like neo classical architecture. I love the details in the building . And the stone masonry and the details within the carving in the buildings. I hate all this glass and mental buildings nowadays like the Hilton in Manchester.
I love walking around my local park and the river bank.I found being in nature very calming. I like taking photos of the river bank amazing as I am amazed by the engineering feat it took to build a dam to stop the River Irwell over flowing. The dam looks like steps in water where the flood defend is built. Trying to find photos to express political views was more difficult then I thought. I only manage to get one photo of Emmaline Pankhurst suffragette leader.Who is one of my heroes ,as she was born in Moss Side when I was raised .And she believed in women rights ,like me.
I am disappointed .I didn’t know what else to take to express my political views but I suppose you live and learn.





Contact Sheet

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Lens Work


Depth of Field in photography imitates human binocular vision which allows us to perceive depth.Its easy to miss subtle but interesting ways depth of field influences the way a photograph is read.

Research point 

Read and research about photographers Fay Godwin , Ansel Adams  and log it in your learning log.

Faye Godwin is British American born German landscape photographer & environmentalist who was daughter of diplomat & artist .Who’s work influence political change in how the countryside is used in Britain.She didnt follow the traditional route in to photography.She got into Photography when her marriage broken down and working at publishing company.


Landscape photography is one of my favourite gerne of photography.I love moving around in nature and countryside and love summer bloom and the beautiful flowers in the summer time.Its also nice to see female photographer getting regoination for her work .As photography is male dominated genre.

Ansel Adams, photographer and environmentalist, was born in San Francisco, California to wealthy parents on sand dunes of Golden Gate.Who lost there fotune in the 1907 collapse. After being injure as kid . He found formal school diffcult .So he was home school. He taught himself how to read music and play piano.And that later help him with hes photography career.As it taught him discipline, and structure  which is needed in photography career.

Photographs Ansel like to take were natural photographs.He enjoyed hiking and climbing, which would have given him amble opportunity to take nature shots.

Here some of hes photos.He photos helped promote conservation of wilderness areas. Ansel in 1927 clambered his way through 4,000 feet of deep snow to reach an outcropping known as the Diving Board.So he could capture  the 8,800 feet of towering granite in 1927.He photographs are amazing .And caught me to be advertures with photography .I would also like to explore film photography as l am amazed he could get these shots with medium format film camera

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Look back at your personal archive of photography and try to find a photography that illustrate one of the aesthetic codes discussed in Project 2.

One of the aesthetic code is Depth of field .I took this photo from the side . So you can see the depth and difference angles in the architecture of the houses .If I would have taken this photo face on .You wouldnt have seen the depth of field that much.


Composition seems like a lot of planning ahead so you may wonder how exactly it translates to photography. Definition: Composition in photography can be defined as positioning the objects in the frame in such a way that the viewer’s eye is automatically drawn to the most interesting or significant area of the capture.