To kick off my own photography series, titled: “The Concept of Expression”, I have photographed two close friends of mine as I am intending to explore the concept of expression, and how a facial expression can alter or change the mood of a photograph. In this case, the two close friends I have photographed for my own photography series are Saviyon Thomas & Shaquille Roachford.
Just like when I did my Final Major Project when I was at Croydon College, when my Final Major Project was based solely on Facial Expressionism, the photography series: “The Concept of Expression” completely focuses on my own photography work post-college and post-education, and this photography series intends to explore facial expressionism in more detail, as I want to make sure I can cut to what really matters in any facial expression, whether it’s natural or not, and that’s the emotion of that specific facial expression.
After I photographed the beautifully exquisite Amy Winehouse mural which was produced by Bareface in accordance with the RISE Gallery, I decided to photograph both Saviyon Thomas & Shaquille Roachford, and by getting them to do some facial expressions, this helped me to lay the foundations of the photography work I wanted to produce. Some of the expressions that Saviyon & Shaquille made were completely natural and off-guard, though they weren’t aware that I photographed them completely off-guard until I showed them the photographs I took of both of them near the mural, and away from the mural.
Below are the facial expressions that I photographed of Saviyon Thomas.
1 – It’s Good to Be Yourself
2 – Naturally Unaware But Interested
3 – Caught in a Happy Moment
4 – Caught Well & Truly Off Guard
5 – Smile & Be Confident
6 – Always Be Confident
7 – Concentrate Like the World is Your Oyster
8 – Eh, Why Do I Bother?
9 – Caught Off Guard Whilst Excited
10 – Being Professional
11 – It’s All About Being You
Below are the black and white versions of some of the photographs I took of Saviyon, with different captions that I felt worked really well with the selected photos.
The Beauty of Black & White.
Appreciate Black & White.
Appreciate Black & White & Dare to Be Different.
Life is what you truly make it. Just be free and express yourself and always be true to who you are.
Life isn’t just in the details, you have to explore and maintain a full focus in order to understand the true concept of reality. Precision.
Below are the facial expressions that I photographed of Shaquille Roachford.
1 – Just Be Yourself
2 – A Sense of Curiosity or Anger
3 – Is Everything Okay?
4 – Never Change Who You Are
5 – Are You for Real?
6 – Ooh! Time to Get Serious!
Below is a black and white version of one of the photographs I took of Shaquille, with a caption that I felt had a powerful connection with Mental Health.
If your friend is feeling down, it’s always good to be in their corner. Ask them how they are. They’ll thank you for being their friend in need.
Overall, with the photographs I have produced that feature my close friends, Saviyon Thomas & Shaquille Roachford, I am absolutely glad to have finally got the chance to use my own Nikon D3300 DSLR after some time of not being able to use it due to using the Canon DSLR’s at Croydon College.
The photos I changed to black and white, which are present on this website’s Instagram account, received quite a lot of good responses, which stunned me as I have now noticed my photography work is slowly but surely getting noticed, which is what I worked so hard for.
These photographs will be in my E-Folio, so please make sure to visit my E-Folio as I will be updating it more and more over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more, as I will be photographing a certain someone again very soon who I photographed for my Final Major Project when I was at Croydon College, so I can guarantee you won’t want to miss the next person I am photographing very soon.
Please feel free to submit your response on the photographs I have produced featuring Saviyon Thomas & Shaquille Roachford. I am open to criticism as this will most certainly help me to outline the necessary areas for improvement.