Headshot Photographs / #1 to #10 / Facial Expressionism / Final Major Project / Contact Sheets

As I prepare to end my Final Major Project, which comes to a close on Monday 5th June, I have created Contact Sheets for my Final Major Project, which will be in my sketchbook once printed.

All of the Headshot Photographs which consist of my close friends, which are Jonathan McCartney, Steven Geer, Oli Regan, Leonardo Mouza, Terrence Mathew, Mhamad Rauf & Kasra Soltani, are almost ready for the End of Year Show, and all I need to do now is get the photos put on to a large number of slides, timed around 10 to 20 seconds each, and then all that’s left is to finalise my proposal and then the sketchbook annotations, along with the Final Evaluation.

I hadn’t anticipated my last year of college would fly so quick! Time flies when you’re having fun, also when you’re working your socks off to make sure you can achieve the best from the work you produce.

Below are all of the contact sheets from #1 to #10, including the photo edits and black and white versions of the original photographs.

Headshot #1 – Jonathan McCartney

Headshot #1 – Jonathan McCartney / WordFoto Edits

Headshot #2 – Jonathan McCartney

Headshot #2 – Jonathan McCartney / WordFoto Edits

Headshot #2 – Jonathan McCartney / Black & White Versions of Original Photographs

Headshot #3 – Steven Geer

Headshot #3 – Steven Geer / WordFoto Edits

Headshot #3 – Steven Geer / Black & White Versions of Original Photographs

Headshot #4 – Oli Regan / Black Backdrop & Red Backdrop

Headshot #4 – Oli Regan / WordFoto Edits / Black Backdrop & Red Backdrop

Headshot #4 – Oli Regan / Black & White Versions of Original Photographs

Headshot #5 – Leonardo Mouza

Headshot #5 – Leonardo Mouza / WordFoto Edits

Headshot #5 – Leonardo Mouza / Black & White Versions of Original Photographs

Headshot #6 – Terrence Mathew & Leonardo Mouza

Headshot #6 – Terrence Mathew & Leonardo Mouza / WordFoto Edits

Headshot #6 – Terrence Mathew & Leonardo Mouza / Black & White Versions of Original Photographs

Headshot #7 – Mhamad Rauf

Headshot #7 – Mhamad Rauf / WordFoto Edits

Headshot #7 – Mhamad Rauf / Black & White Versions of Original Photographs

Headshot #8 – Kasra Soltani

Headshot #8 – Kasra Soltani / WordFoto Edits

Headshot #8 – Kasra Soltani / Monochrome (Black & White) / Facial Expressionism Photographs + A Continuation of the First Set of Facial Expressionism Photographs

Headshot #9 – Kasra Soltani

Headshot #9 – Kasra Soltani / WordFoto Edits

Headshot #9 – Kasra Soltani / Black & White Versions of Original Photographs

Headshot #10 – Kasra Soltani

Headshot #10 – Kasra Soltani / WordFoto Edits

Headshot #10 – Kasra Soltani / Black & White Versions of Original Photographs

These contact sheets are essential for the project work I have produced, as they cover all of the work I have produced for the Final Major Project and given the fact I have named the photographs, this is beneficial for me as I can prepare for the end of the Final Major Project whilst I prepare a photographic presentation for the End of Year Show.

It’s hard to believe that on Monday 5th June at 11:30 AM, all of the work I have produced will be handed in for what will be the last time. I still cannot get my head around the fact I have only a few weeks left at Croydon College. The time sure flew! School went quick, there’s no denying that, but college, on the other hand, went like a blip!

These contact sheets, which go in conjunction with all of the coursework I have produced, will be viewable in the E-Folio.

Please submit below your response on whether there are any improvements I can make for when I produce photography work similar to the headshot photography work I have produced in the future. I would love to hear your response.

Alex Smithson

Topic: Does Technology Throw Your Maturity & Communication Skills Out of the Window?

In modern-day life, technology is a major key factor that plays a role in our lives, but at the same time, can be the leading course for maturity and communication skills being thrown out of the windows. Why do you ask? Because technology has been the cause for some having their eyes pasted to the screens of a mobile phone, computer, TV or a handheld console, which leaves anyone in the position of not being able to communicate properly as a result, with maturity being another main issue in the process as well, given that a lack of maturity is shown when technology is around.

In this topic, I will make sure to give my views on whether technology throws your maturity and communication skills out of the window, and I will also be giving my reasons for why I believe that it is taking away our chances of maturing properly, as well as how our communication skills can be affected severely as a result.

How is Maturity Thrown Out of the Window?

Maturity can be thrown out of the window very easily when the wide-range uses of technology is around, as the digital world is like an alternate version of the real world, only with a lack of social interaction, which, when you see things from this view, is sad, because our generation, where maturity is concerned, lacks pretty much almost all forms of it, as there are people constantly texting and looking at the screen of a mobile phone or tablet, who, at certain stages, like to shut themselves off from the people around them.

With people shutting themselves off from the people around them, including the real world, it’s like they are in a world of their own, and when they are, they don’t listen or take note of what is said, let alone what is being done, and it proves that maturity is something our generation reacts, especially when it comes to respect as well, because respect plays a huge part in our lives, and with a lack of maturity in my generation, is it any wonder why there are so many gun crimes, knife crimes and even hit-and-run crimes being committed?

In the last few days, I had quite the sudden outburst on the social networking site, Facebook, as I saw inappropriate statuses coming up on my News Feed with comments that left little to the imagination. Why? Because the comments that followed what those statuses said came across as being vile, amoral, misogynistic, volatile and disgusting, and if you ask me, I was annoyed at it, because usually I rise above it and refresh my News Feed, but on some days when I open the Facebook app on my iPod touch, or even when I log on to Facebook on my laptop, I am sometimes, if not almost on a regular occasion, greeted with rude statuses on my News Feed that follow with some prolific comments underneath too.

Below is the first status I posted up on Facebook, in which I expressed my anger to these statuses and comments that were coming up on my News Feed, with a second status that quickly followed.

“Honestly, with some of the rude statuses and comments that come up on my Facebook, it’s not normal behaviour at all, and is very immature, amoral and disgusting.

I would appreciate it if there was more respect on this social network because at the moment, the comments and messages I’m seeing are not wise and are either misogynistic and distasteful. So from me. Please stop.

By all means I’ll be continuing to use Facebook, but I would appreciate it if everyone in this world can just get on.

Forgive me if I’m annoyed at it all, but if any of you don’t like jumping at each other’s throats at the opportunity of an argument, or even a little squabble that isn’t necessary, then the simplest thing is don’t use Facebook and any social networks at all, and maybe, just maybe, the whole world would be a lot better.

So what if you think I’m rambling on, talking a load of complete bull from your perspective, I couldn’t care less, but if I want to speak up about anything, then I will, and I won’t hide my feelings or pander to do what I’m told to do. I will do things by my own book on my terms as and when I see fit.

I am my own being and I am also being myself. If you don’t like it, then that’s fine, but after all, it’s your loss and my gain.

I’m sorry if I’m annoyed but it’s about time I spoke up, so please, stop all these horrific comments, statuses and vice versa.

If you stop using social networking altogether, and realise just how technology and social media is throwing your communication skills and respect away, then maybe you would see things in a different light 😡.” – Alex Smithson

After I put the first status up (shown above), I quickly apologised for my sudden outburst, but still kept to what I said, as this is what I meant when it came to a lack of maturity and communication skills:

“I’m sorry for the sudden outburst, but at this stage, I just want for all of us to respect and love one another. Don’t take those around you for granted, because you’ll soon regret it if you do.

Show respect, love, care and your undivided attention to all of those around you, and you’ll be surprised and also realise how much you will all need one another.

Also, make the most of the time you have and appreciate all the time you have in this world, because it’s never coming around again.” – Alex Smithson

At the end of the day, maturity and respect is key no matter what the situation or outcome, and only we can do the good work and respect others and have a grown-up and mature attitude that is acceptable towards everyone.

How are Communication Skills Thrown Out of the Window?

Communication skills can be thrown out of the window very easily, especially where technology is involved, as my generation nowadays have their eyes pasted to their phones/tablets/computers, which invites a lack of communication to someone face-to-face.

I’m sorry to be taking a dig at my generation, but it has to be said, about half of my generation is mature and have a grown-up attitude and know exactly right from wrong and know what to do in life, but the other half of my generation are either going out on the streets, causing trouble for those around them, or they are just sitting around or walking around with their eyes pasted to the screens of anything technology-related, which anti-socialises them from being around the people who care about them the most.

In day-to-day life, because of the use of technology where communication skills are involved, a large number of people are losing the art of conversation face-to-face because mobile phones, laptops, and even tablets are taking away the communication skills that everyone needs to develop, and it’s not just that, but with the lack of communication skills, technology, from certain core areas and perspectives, is to blame, and if it all carries on, eventually, technology will be the primary and secondary killer that will kill us all.

Like I said though in the first status I put up on Facebook within the last few days, if we stopped using social networking altogether, and realised just how technology and social media is throwing our communication skills and respect away, then maybe we would see things in a different light.

As you can imagine, when I wrote those statuses and posted them to Facebook, I was absolutely furious, and I had made sure to make my feelings clear about it because the lack of maturity and communication skills bother me when it comes to talking to someone. Now I know it shouldn’t be something that should bother me, but I would rather keep in contact through technology, but also speak to that person face-to-face and communicate with them in more of a mature way than not at all, because at the end of the day, it all boils down to one thing.

RESPECT.

To conclude, I personally believe that technology is throwing our maturity and communication skills out of the window, and I personally believe also that it’s killing the art of communication in the real world, and technology is to blame in certain aspects, but will also be the main reason why maturity becomes worse for those at a young age, because those at a young age are going to end up growing up with a lack of maturity, including a lack of good communication skills, both of which are the two most important key factors of our lives that make us the person we should become, unless we act now.

If we act now by stopping ourselves and everyone else from using any form of technology for some time, maybe, just maybe, we will not only see things in a better light, but we will all see the better person in ourselves if we work hard now to really bring back the art of communication, and give those a better chance of growing up properly.

If you feel that technology is throwing maturity and communication skills out of the window, then please feel free to sound off in the comments below. Your feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Hello, and welcome back for the final, chilly month of the year, December!!!

After taking a trip to Wimbledon last week, which I mentioned in my last blog post for last month, I wanted to welcome all of you back for the final month of this year.

As this year draws to a chilly close, I wanted to mark the occasion by making the header and background blend in to every exact detail, giving the blog a flat, elegant Christmas festive feel.

As 2013 ends and 2014 approaches, I thought I’d supply the background for all of you to download and keep for everyday use.

Please let me know what you think of the new look for Christmas in the comments, or even drop me an email via the Contact page.

Thank you.

– Alex Smithson

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Welcome to the New Look!!

Hello everyone! I thought I’d let you all know I updated the theme on the blog last night to the Quintus theme, and I’ve also made changes to the header, making it big and bold for the visually impaired, for those who experience blurred vision.

The Home button has made a comeback, and to make it easier to look back on previous blog posts, there is now an ‘<–Older posts’ button in place on the right of the page.

Search has moved to the left of the toolbar, meaning you’ll be able to search from the toolbar a lot easier than before. Gone are the days when Search used to be the norm for difficulties. All of that is put to rest.

Feel free to suggest new ideas for my photos via the contact button, or even comment at the bottom of this post.

Please let me know what you think of the new Quintus theme on this blog.

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1 Small Change – Accessibility made easier + New Header Design!

Hello again! I gave the blog a bit of a slight redesign, and to make the accessibility easier around the blog, I have made a home button, so if you want to get back to the home-page, the home button is in the top left-hand corner. I have also done away with the title and tagline of the blog, as I have designed a header, placing both the title of this blog and the tagline in the middle of the home-page, making it easier to view, so that the blog stands out.

Feel free to let me know what you think of the new ‘Home’ button, or drop me an email via the contact form on this blog.

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The Beauty of Natural Form in Black & White

Hello, to keep this short, I thought I’d upload a drawing that was initially meant to take me at least 2 – 3 weeks to finish, but instead took me 4 weeks to complete.

To challenge myself with this drawing, I did this free-hand, and I wanted to make sure I could bring the surface texture out in the drawing, so I used shading, and one of the techniques I was taught by one of the teachers who came in from a different school was you could use a tissue and very gently smudge the areas that you have shaded really dark, and it does work wonders, because if you notice the areas on the drawing I did, some or most areas of the drawing were shaded in dark to light, and then I smudged them, giving the drawing a 3-Dimensional effect.

I have uploaded to this post the drawing that I finished off last night, and also a version of the original that I needed to change to black and white to help me with getting this drawing completed. Please comment on what you think of the drawing, and feel free to drop me an email via the contact form on the Contact button above this post.

Hello, and Welcome back for a Chilly October!!!

As you know I recently mentioned in the ”About this Blog” column about 2 weeks ago that I’ve had to make allowances for my GCSE’s and iGCSE’s on top, which I’ve just updated now. I have also given the blog a whole new look, and have also made the background blend in to fit with the Winter weather which is soon to arrive in the coming months. I thought ”update the appearance of the blog, give it a tidier layout and top it off with a background that will blend in with the new appearance”, because I want to be sure I can keep all of you up-to-date on the latest blog posts.

To get back to the home page, I have provided this picture of the new appearance, and I have also put an arrow facing to the Header of the site as a guide if you end up feeling a little lost around the site.

Please comment on what you think of the new design (The Eventbrite Single Event), and feel free to drop me an email via the ‘Contact’ column of this site, where I have made a contact form for all of you to suggest ideas, and your thoughts of future blog posts to come.

Thank you.

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