Having being given our Photographic Essay brief, planning is key, so I’ve been looking at ideas on which theme to use throughout the task.
15 – 30 photos on an given subject, allows for massive scope and looking locally and in the wider area, there are lots of ideas that I am giving serious thought to.
I have currently got 4 areas on my horizon, and these are
- Progress of Farming
- Development of Flight
- Railways through the ages
- One Day
Looking at each in turn, these are my thoughts on the subjects.
Progress of Farming
Farming is a huge industry in my local area of Northern Lincolnshire. There is a wide variety of arable crops grown, from Carrots, Potatoes and Beetroot, through to grain crops such as Barley and Wheat. Farming techniques have changed over the years, from manual labour to harvest the crops using hand tools, to modern, more machine led ways of gathering. The farmer with scythes and horse drawn ploughs have now been replaced with Combine Harvesters with GPS trackers, Drilling Machines, and Intensive farming. Photos could include older techniques of farming, together with newer ways of working.
Development of Flight
From the first flight in 1903 with the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918, supersonic passenger flight with Concorde, to today’s more fuel efficient wide bodied jets, Flight has fascinated Man over the last 111 years. Photo ideas include Biplanes from the early part of the 20th Century, moving to Spitfires and Lancasters that provided a turning point in World War II. After the war, the move to passenger aircraft, with the first passenger jet, The De Havilland Comet, which was successful if not filled with the teething problems of this new age. Boeing 747’s, through to the Airbus A380. There are aircraft museums locally, at Elvington, and Doncaster, together with numerous airports within travelling distance.
Railways through the ages
Vehicles on rails have been in Europe since the 16th Century, but passenger services only started in the 1800’s. From Stephenson’s Rocket, the Rainhill Trials, iconic steam trains such as Mallard, the Sir Nigel Gresley and The Flying Scotsman, railways have been a major contributor to the success of the United Kingdom. Things changed post World War II, with the move from Steam to Diesel/Electric, and also the major impact the Beeching Cuts had in the 1960’s. Suitable images could include Steam Trains, Diesel/Electric Trains, MagLev trains, through to the changing face of the railways from British Rail to the split to Network Rail who run the tracks, and the Operating Companies such as Transpennine Express, Northern Rail, and First Hull Trains that run the services, and major companies that own the rolling stock that are leased to the Operating Companies.
Every day is the same, 24 hours, 1440 Minutes, 86400 Seconds. But each day is different. The changing of the seasons, different weather conditions, the changing times of the sun and the moon rising and setting each day. The days uniqueness gives huge scope for portraying a 24 hour period, from the stars twinkling overnight, the sun rising in the east early in the morning, moving around to the South, before setting in the West in the early evening. Cloud, rain, wind, hail, snow, and sun, in an ever changing sky, make for lots of ideas for photographs. The idea of one day in pictures, from the sun rising, different scenes throughout the day, until finally the sun sets, and the moon and stars shine brightly from a cloudless sky.