Task one of five set in the Photographers Playbook by Reid Callanan is "The camera is blind and does not understand mood. Make an image with your camera of mood. My thoughts initially went to my last project, The Sublime Nature of Life, which was created using Cyanotype photography techniques and subsequently showed calm and tranquil moods (this project is on my website!). There was a few problems with this train of thought however. Firstly I did not have any cyanotype paper - just a minor obstacle, I could order some ready prepared online. Secondly, the task specifies making an image with a camera. So that crosses out pre-camera cyanotype techniques.
After thinking this through a lot, I came up with no ideas. This I have come to realise is where one of my faults have been. I have spent a whole lot of time planning these with no avail, as I am admittedly someone who likes plans and organisation. I have found that the best ideas have come to me through doing photography with no certain direction, but keeping the tasks in my head but not being weighted down and constrained by them.
I planned this photography walk (only down to when I was going out and roughly where, trying to move away from my organised thinking a bit) and by the time it was shoot time I was not in the best of moods. This resonated into my shooting, as when looking for things that conveyed a mood, all I was seeing was negatives. This paid of with this resulting image. I was drawn straight away to the messy thorn bush and spent some time shooting it, keeping mood in mind but not focusing solely on that. When looking through my camera, I saw the moods that this image conveyed. anxiety. frustration, anger and entrapment. This is helped partly by the lighting.
I did play around with colour desaturation and black and white, as when I think of photographing moods I immediately go to black and white. I found however that colour worked best at keeping the mix of emotions and moods present, rather than toning it down. The colour is fairly vivid, which adds to the chaos the image is reflecting.
As I mentioned on the Instagram post, it also reminded me of the scene from Snow White where she is rushing through the forest in terror. As a child that always felt quite panicky and fast paced, and this feel is coming off the image.
In terms of the camera being blind and not understanding of mood, that was something that confused me slightly and I hope I overcome it. Focusing on the objects, shadow, and colours that then therefore put forward the mood, the camera is not focusing on the mood but on the object. Leaving it down to the viewer to see the mood.