We were asked to post the following on the forum last week:
Post an image to this forum by way of an introduction to your peers and your tutors.
Try and respond to ideas and examples discussed in the presentation. You could use a mirror quite literally, or think about views into your personal world that reveal something about yourself or your interests in photography. Include one or two lines about your concept and/or visual strategy.
This was my response:
I have chosen to use this 'selfie' for as I feel this both introduces myself and acts as an analogy for 'Mirrors and Windows'. This image was taken at the Goodwood Revival on Friday which is a celebration of bygone days, vintage fashion and motor racing around around the classic circuit from the 1948-1966 era. It was part of a series I was taking as a window on the event itself, to try to capture the mood, atmosphere and context. I was using an Olympus Pen-F which is a retro camera based on the original 1960's Olympus film camera of the same name, but to get more of an authentic feeling to the images I used a vintage Asahi Takumar lens. This is shown in the reflection in the mirror which I feel also gives an insight into my interest in the evolution and history of photography.
Here are a couple of responses, one from one of the tutors and another from a fellow student:
'I love that the camera (or the lens) has become the mark of the nostalgia of the even and that's reflected in the image itself and its out of focus swirls of red (Saul Leiter again).'
'The camera and lens immediately captured my attention... Your story about the image and the event has me wanting to see the entire series! There is a great reverence shown--photographing a vintage event with vintage gear... Profound. Thank you for sharing!'