Welcome to August!

Welcome to August on Mother Nature everyone! As the next few weeks are set to be peaceful, but also a little busy, it is safe to say that time sure will fly this month, as I’ve got my next batch of photographs on the way very soon for my own photography series which will be of a certain someone who is a very close friend of mine.

I have photographed this person before, but I will reveal the person I will have photographed very soon once another article goes up for: “The Concept of Expression” Photography Series.

What are your plans for August? I would love to hear what you are planning to do over the course of this month. Please feel free to submit your response below, I would love to hear what plans you have got in store for this month.

Until then:

Welcome to August!

Alex Smithson

 

The Concept of Expression: Saviyon Thomas & Shaquille Roachford

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.

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.

Below are the facial expressions that I photographed of Shaquille Roachford.

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.

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.

Alex Smithson

Wimbledon from Both Sides + A Silhouette of my friend in Turkey

On Wednesday, I took a trip up to Wimbledon for the day, and the best part of the trip was being able to capture photos on the move, as I could see some of the restaurants around Wimbledon.

The CentreCourt shopping centre is massive inside, but when I went in there, it felt like I was going up to Sutton High Street, as the shopping centre had the feel of Sutton.

The nerve-racking point of the trip was that me and everyone else who went to the trip were asked to ask members of the public questions of an Environmental Quality Survey, but as I was nervous, I had the option to bottle it and not ask anyone, but I was determined and gave speaking to a member of the public a try.

I never gave up and just went for it, I asked a man who was on his break luckily at the Coal – Grill & Bar a few questions regarding Wimbledon as a whole, the guy said that the area was a good place to live despite the fact he doesn’t live in Wimbledon, but the best thing was being able to overcome my nerves, I set myself a goal to speak to a member of the public without my nerves getting to me, and I eventually got there.

The man was a nice chap considering the calm level he spoke at and I was really pleased to have overcome my nerves of talking in public.

The worst part of the trip was Cricket Green, because there was nothing but trash, mess everywhere, badly painted buildings, broken gutters and parts peeling off buildings as I walked past. Cricket Green on a whole was one of the places to ever walk around, because it gave me the uncomfortable urge that I wouldn’t want to live there when I’m older, and all that happened whilst I was with everyone else doing a field study of it, there were nothing but teenagers/adults with hoodies on, riding around on their bikes. Two guys who me and some others spoke to in Cricket Green said the place was uncomfortable.

I agreed with the guy because Cricket Green is like a doss-hole, Wimbledon has loads of shops and restaurants etc, but in Cricket Green, hardly any shops. There was only one corner shop in Cricket Green and the smell of the air in Cricket Green was unbearable.

But overall, the trip to Wimbledon, Wimbledon Village & Cricket Green were really good, I want to go to Wimbledon again when I’m older.

To end the month on a high, this post features 2 in 1, which is another morsel for you to digest.

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My friend Taha went to Turkey during the 6 week holiday all of us had off earlier this year, his auntie took a photo of him carrying the sun in the palm of his hands, and by taking the photo, the end result was perfect. Every detail was captured, and the beautiful sunny weather shone down on the sea behind him.

I drew this for my friend Taha as I wanted to express my creative side to art and drawing in general :-).

I’ve just uploaded the video for these photos as a bonus to get all of you in the swing of things. It’s available now and here it is:

Thank you for reading this article.

– Alex Smithson