Since dreaming up my Photo Documentary project back in December last year I've been hot-footing it around Haringey, camera in hand, snapping a selection of it's most famous buildings and landmarks. Imagine how excited I was this morning when I walked the short distance to our local photo developer and collected my prints.
Initially I was a bit disappointed with the results but I had to keep reminding myself that this is all good practice and I shouldn't expect a masterpiece from every shot just yet.
Before I started this project I had absolutely no photography knowledge or experience, other than taking holiday snaps, so I have to be realistic. The results - good and bad - are all posted on my Flickr stream in the Photo Documentary set and I'd welcome any comments, tips or advice from any photographers out there.
Location, Location, Location
Originally I'd intended to shoot at four different locations but only made it to three - sorry Highpoint I - and of those three I have to say Bruce Castle and Alexandra Palace are pretty rubbish. As examples of architecture they're nothing special so I tried looking for some interesting details but couldn't find any. Instead of wasting a trip I ended up photographing the open spaces surrounding both buildings hence all the shots of trees and parkland.
Tottenham Cemetery on the other hand was a great spot to photograph. Lot's of interesting areas, details and lighting plus there was nobody around so I didn't feel like I was being watched by anyone other than the resident ghosts. I think the photos I got at the Cemetery are the best of the set.
The lessons I've learnt from this experiment are: always concentrate on composition, stick to the rule of thirds and think about an image when I'm viewing it in through the lens and ask: is this worth taking, what's unique about it and would it look good on a box of chocolates? Depending on how I answer those questions decides whether I release the shutter or not.
Overall this project has been a really useful and enjoyable experience and I'm already looking forward to loading the camera with another roll of film and taking more photos. With the knowledge I've gained and having recently read Kevin Meredith's excellent Hot Shots photography book I'm hoping my next set will be much better.