Along with the tasks set in the Photographers Playbook (mine by Reid Callanan) which I featured on my previous post, we had some other tasks set by Gemma. These were to analyse and create work in the authors style. I had a lot of fun with these, and my love of traveling and Callanan's travel photography fitted well together for me. Timing was also great, allowing me to do some travel photography myself in his style whilst visiting Lanzarote.
As this is a open module where any one in the world can participate, social media is a big part of the sharing and presentation of these tasks and images. Therefore all the work I have done has been on Twitter and Instagram accompanied with the hashtags #phonar2016, #photographersplaybook #reidcallanan as well as tagging Callanans Instagram account and the Instagram and Twitter account for the module, @cu_phonar.
Below are the three initial tasks which have been completed before the task set by callanan, including screen grabs of their position on social media platforms.
Task One: Summarise the assignment (set by Callanan in the Photographers Playbook) to someone who has not read it. Tweet the synopsis. Keep it under three tweets.
In some respects, I view the task set by Callanan as quite romanticised, focusing on your inner self and shooting things which reflect you and your surroundings. This is something I wanted to put across in my synopsis, as well as the emphasis on self which is evident in all five parts of the task (to see the task, see my previous post).
Task Two: Investigate the author of the task. Immerse myself in their work. Create a visual portrait of the author. Respond to key themes and post on Instagram.
I really wanted to throw myself into this project, look at where Callanan sparked his love of photography as well as play around with his methodology. This led to my visit to London's Primrose Hill and Speakers Corner, which I spoke about in more detail and showed more images from in my previous blog post. I didn't go out on this shoot with the intentions of shooting images responding to the tasks, but when looking through I felt this one captured the aim of task two - creating a portrait of the author. It shows and reflects Callanans methods and approaches which I feel is central to my research and task one as a whole. Although it does not show travel photography in the sense I only travelled along the tube for 40 minutes to get here, it does show culture and immersion in a community and culture different to one I am immediately used to.
Task Three: Critical Analysis of authors work in an Instagram post. Post with an image made in authors style and consider parameters of Instagram.
As you can see, I have been a bit greedy and indecisive with this task, posting two images in stead of one. I did consider using InstaSize app put them both in the same post, but the individual images would have been too small and cramped. The critical analysis of Callanan's work is the same copy and pasted onto both posts. In reflection, it could have been more analytical, but if I am being honest there is nothing I can really fault about Callanan's work and methodology. In fact, I plan on adopting his immersive methods on a long term basis. The work I have seen of Callanans and what I have read about, he focuses on travel and cultural photography which is something I myself love. With reference to his posts on