Photo Documentary

Photo Documentary

As I don't have any projects on at the moment I've been scratching my head trying to think of something to work on and seeing as Kate has a lovely SLR still camera that sits in the bottom of our wardrobe unused and unloved I thought I'd attempt a Haringey themed photo documentary. It's mostly an excuse to improve my photography skills and an opportunity to dust off and use what looks like quite a nice camera.

With a rough idea formulated I needed to focus on what it is I want to photograph. I started thinking about what makes Haringey the place it is and decided that it's the spaces and architecture of an area that give it its identity. After spending a morning Googling, reading all about Haringey on Wikipedia and trawling through my own local knowledge I decided to pick four locations to shoot: Alexandra Palace, Tottenham Cemetery, Highpoint I and Bruce Castle. A good mixture of old and new architecture each with their own character and place in Haringey's history.

On Location

I've spoken to my friend and all-round photography expert Jack about what film to buy and from his suggestions I'm thinking of experimenting with a range of the types recommended just to see what works best for me. The film-specific groups on Flickr have proved really useful in giving me a good idea of what each film is capable of and how and when to use it. All I need to do now is go to the four locations armed with a digital camera for snaps and a notepad for scribbling on and decide what is worth photographing and what isn't.


Seeing as we're in the midst of winter I'm not going to get sunshine and greenery in any of the shots I take but I'm thinking, ambitiously, I'd like to try catching each location at sunrise. Unfortunately achieving that will involve an early start, something that I'm not usually very good at, but I'm hoping it'll be worth it.

I'll post an update once I've made a start but in the meantime, if you have any advice or tips for an amateur photographer please feel free to put them in the comments section below.

Stop Press

The results are in, read about the finished project in my Photo Documentary Results post.