Headshot #5 / Facial Expressionism / Final Major Project / Leonardo Mouza

Continuing on from Headshot #4, in which I photographed the famous actor and Mental Health Awareness Campaigner, Oli Regan, Headshot #5 brings the next subject I have photographed for my Facial Expressionism Final Major Project, Leonardo Mouza.

For these headshot photographs, I wanted to take a different approach with the same expressions I wanted him to make, but this time by getting him to do those expressions naturally as to how he would make those expressions himself, but from his perspective.

These headshot photographs I produced build on the research I have done so far on the photographers, which are Fazal Sheikh, Irving Penn & Thomas Ruff.

I used a black backdrop to produce these photographs of Leo as I wanted to make sure the facial expressions he made would stand out and that his facial features had a sense of sharpness that would connect to each emotion I got him to make. These photographs help to build on the foundations of the Facial Expressionism Final Major Project I have been working intensively hard on.

Below are the headshot photographs I have produced of my friend, Leonardo Mouza.

Canon EOS 1200D

WordFoto Edits

Black & White Versions of Original Photographs

Overall, I am really pleased with the end result of these photographs, considering the lighting I used would bring out a natural approach to the facial expressions I got Leo to make. I will be continuously improving on my photography skills as I will be photographing outside the college next time so that I can get more hands-on with my photography skills. I have taken into account that at least two of the photos came out but not in the way I initially expected but as I said, I will be continuously improving on my photography skills over time. These photographs, including the edited versions that I produced in WordFoto and GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), can be found in my E-Folio.

I would most certainly love to get your response on these photographs and please let me know what improvements I can make for when I produce more Facial Expressionism headshot photographs next time. Your response is greatly appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Headshot #2 / Facial Expressionism / Final Major Project / Jonathan McCartney

Following on from the first set of headshot photographs I took of my good friend, Jonathan McCartney, I present to you the second headshot photographs I took of my friend, Jonathan, but this time, with a black backdrop, which I must say actually works much better compared to a white backdrop, and the black backdrop was an idea a close friend of mine suggested to me after he critiqued the Headshot #1 photographs I took of Jonathan.

These headshot photographs have not only improved my photography skills, but it does make a lot of sense to use a black backdrop in these photographs, including any other photographs that I will produce.

I have made sure to experiment carefully with these photographs by editing them in WordFoto and GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) so that they can retain the facial expressions I asked Jonathan to make, as these headshot photographs tie in with my Facial Expressionism Final Major Project, including the research I have done so far on the Facial Expressionism photographers, Fazal Sheikh and Irving Penn.

Below are the Headshot #2 photographs of my friend, Jonathan.

Just like before, I have edited these photographs with WordFoto and used more than one word on one of the edited photographs shown below.

I have made sure to develop the photographs further by also changing the selected photographs to black and white whilst raising and lowering some of the curves on the photographs so that the lighting on Jonathan brings out his facial expressions better with a sense of depth and detail.

Overall, I am absolutely pleased with the end result that has come out of these photographs, and being critiqued on my work has actually helped me to develop my photography skills better, not just from receiving peer critique whilst in my Film & Photography lesson, but also from receiving critique from a close friend of mine.

The Headshot #2 photographs I have taken of my friend, Jonathan McCartney, including the edited versions of these photographs that I produced in WordFoto and GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) can be found in my E-Folio.

I would love to get your feedback on these photographs and please let me know what improvements I can make for when I produce more Facial Expressionism headshot photographs for next time. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Madness / Can’t Touch Us Now / Saturday 10th December 2016 / Tour Exclusive!

As the legendary 1970s music group, MADNESS, recently released their album, Can’t Touch Us Now, it was safe to say a tour wasn’t far behind, as they would perform live at the O2 in London.

I went with my family to see Madness perform, and considering that it was my first time setting foot in the auditorium of the O2, even though I’ve been to the O2 before when the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition was on in 2011, I was absolutely blown away by how massive the auditorium is in the O2. However, I went to see Madness perform with my family and I was not disappointed at all. I’ve listened to some of their music over the years, and especially their recent hit, Mr. Apples, which is really good, and the whole auditorium was more or less full when they performed.

They performed some of the songs off of their new album, Can’t Touch Us Now, and they even performed classic hits, such as Our House, It Must Be Love, including Baggy Trousers, Blackbird (dedicated to Amy Winehouse) and many other famous hits that they released over the course of their 40-year career in the music business.

Below is a large photo collection that I gathered together, including footage that I gathered whilst I was with my family to see Madness & The Lightning Seeds on Tour.

Overall, I am absolutely glad I went to see Madness live in concert with my family. I loved every second of the tour and I will treasure this night for the rest of my life.

If you enjoyed this large photo and video article, please feel free to submit feedback below. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

So Solid Crew / I’ve Got 21 Seconds to Go! / BOXPARK EXCLUSIVE!

So Solid Crew smashed it when I went to see them perform at BOXPARK CROYDON and I was lucky to get some photos with one of the members from the group and honestly, it was so good! I loved every second of the performance, and the fact that they doused alcohol into the crowd (yes, I was one of the many few that got soaked but I loved it) just made the night so much better! I can tell you, they had those Diffusion smoke machines on site and those Diffusion smoke machines definitely must have had something in them because when I inhaled the smoke, I went from being somewhat tired and not as alert after finishing college to being suddenly active, wide awake and alert, in other words, whatever may have been in those smoke machines must have made me high.

They kicked off the Christmas Light Switch On by counting down not from 30 seconds, but from 21 seconds, considering that they did the record: “21 Seconds” a long time ago and they started the Christmas Light Switch On with a bang and then they started to perform 21 Seconds, which is a memorable record in its own right, considering that Ashley Walters (a.k.a. Asher D), Michael Harvey Jr., Double Dee and some of the members of So Solid Crew performed the iconic hit.

They performed other songs as well as their own tracks, some of which were rap-based and some not necessarily rap-based but songs we all know and honestly, they smashed it at BOXPARK Croydon. Luckily, as the tickets were free, me and a group of friends went and it was the best night of my life! I was also lucky to get some photos with Double Dee from So Solid Crew and I told him that it was my first time seeing So Solid Crew perform, and straightaway, he said: “Respect for you Brother.” Now for him to say that to me, again, like the time I went to see Ben Haenow, Alex Haenow & James Plimmer, it felt like I had been friends with him for a long time, even though it was the first time I actually got to meet Double Dee from So Solid Crew, and honestly, he is so down to earth and is such a genuine guy and it was an absolute honour to meet Double Dee and it was also an absolute honour to see So Solid Crew at BOXPARK Croydon.

I have got dozens of photographs from the Christmas Light Switch On at BOXPARK Croydon, including some footage from the Christmas Light Switch On which clocks in at around 45-50 minutes.

Overall, I absolutely loved every second of So Solid Crew’s performance at BOXPARK Croydon and I’ll treasure that night for the rest of my life. Also, I’m so happy to have met Double Dee from So Solid Crew and I will remember that night for the rest of my life as it is a happy memory I will never forget and will always smile about.

I’ve got 21 seconds to go, so if you enjoyed this massive photo collection and video article, please feel free to let me know by submitting feedback below. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Monthly Roundup: October 2016

As Halloween draws October to a close, in a place where no one can hear you scream, I will make sure to round October off by taking a look back at the articles published over the course of this month. Happy Halloween!

1.10.2016 – Kicking off October, I welcomed all of you back to Mother Nature and I would announce that this month would be just as busy as September, considering it would be quite a productive and busy month given my Film & Photography Course.

3.10.2016 – On Friday 23rd September 2016, me and my class headed up to Dungeness as part of our course, and considering that the trip was an hour and a half via coach, I can honestly say that Dungeness is actually really peaceful and quiet. Despite the fact that I have heard it is a depressing place, to me, that is a complete understatement, as Dungeness is not a depressing place, even if the huge landscape around it suggests otherwise. I published my photo collection of The Trek to Dungeness on this day following the trip just around one or two weeks before.

5.10.2016 – On this day five years ago, the iconic and revolutionary technology figure, Steve Jobs, best known for shaping Apple into the company it is today, sadly passed away on the 5th October 2011 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

14.10.2016 – As I collaborated with the famous GIANTLAND actor, Oli Regan, on the article surrounding Autism & Mental Health Awareness, I published an article based on whether Autism & Mental Health were overlooked, to which they actually were, and the article came about after a video surfaced of a man and an organisation who believed that Autism and Mental Health were curable, which they’re not, and I used the sole intention to publicly shame them for their disgusting beliefs of what they think works and what doesn’t where Autism & Mental Health is concerned. It is and always will be an absolute honour to work with Oli Regan, because without his help on this topic of discussion, this article wouldn’t have come to fruition and I thank him wholeheartedly for collaborating with me on this article.

21.10.2016 – To celebrate the release of her fifth studio album, JOANNE, following her remarkable comeback to the music scene, which saw her record: “Perfect Illusion” go straight to Number 1 around the world, with a few other singles that followed shortly after, Lady Gaga‘s highly anticipated fifth studio album, JOANNE, was officially released worldwide. As I had listened to and purchased the deluxe edition of the album on this day, I can honestly say I love Lady Gaga’s fifth studio album, JOANNE.

25.10.2016 – As Winter is fast-approaching, the coats, scarves, gloves and headgear comes out as the temperatures are set to drop, despite the weather being warm on some days. I also mentioned that Daylight Saving Time would come to an end on Sunday 30th October 2016 at 2:00 AM, in which the clocks would go back 1 hour, with the daylight hours being considerably shorter, with an extra hour of sleep included.

29.10.2016 – I published an article that was of serious discussion based on whether you thought drones should be used in the public domain to which I immediately said: “I Don’t Think So!”

Also on this day, I asked you all if you were prepared as the clock would go back 1 hour at 2:00 AM on Sunday 30th October 2016, to which I mentioned that I’m prepared to get back the extra hour as I needed it, also because of the fact I tend to get more work done with an extra hour in hand.

31.10.2016 – It’s been a long time coming, and after a long wait, BOXPARK is officially open in Croydon! I used the opportunity today to snap a large collection of photos during my lunch break and also after I finished my first day back at college after the one-week holiday. It’s absolutely lovely and so peaceful in BOXPARK. This photo collection would consist of 56 photographs, including 1 edited photograph based on an original version of one of the photographs I took of BOXPARK.

Thanks to all of you for such a productive and busy month, and I will try my best to get as many articles published when the free time becomes available over certain times during next month. Again, thanks to all of you for such a productive and busy month, and I will see you all in November.

Alex Smithson

BOXPARK is Officially Open!

It’s been a long time coming, and after a long wait, BOXPARK is officially open in Croydon!

I used the opportunity today to snap a large collection of photos during my lunch break and also after I finished my first day back at college after the one-week holiday. It’s absolutely lovely and so peaceful in BOXPARK.

It’s absolutely peaceful in BOXPARK and is the best place in my opinion where you can meet up with good friends you may or may have not seen in a long time, also because there are so many benches and tables available, which is useful if you want to have something to eat with friends, and not only that, but if you’re someone who likes to study in your own free time, BOXPARK is a useful place to study if you’re someone who loves to be creative.

Below are all of the 56 photographs I took today, including an edited version of one of the photographs I took earlier today.