In the last class we discussed documentary photography and our assignment was to take a documentary style photography. Many people chose a street photography style documenting people, objects or the streets and houses themselves as a social style of documentary photography. As I knew that my opportunities would be limited in the week I had I decided to try and use a kiddies birthday party to get a shot which would work. Having spent a little bit of time looking at the work of Martin Parr I decided to try to aim for something akin to some of his images. Try and drop the background down a bit by lighting up the foreground with a bit of flash, try and get some vibrant colours and see what happens. In the end the situation wasn’t great. The table the kiddies were sitting at was very close to the wall and I was back to it trying to get everyone in and focused.
I chose this image because nobody is really looking at the camera (I had already taken a few shots and I think they had got used to the flash) and only Rosemary at the front had looked round to see what was going on. Ideally the background would be a little darker and the foreground a little lighter. I had dropped the flash right down and tried increasing the output after this one, which worked better but the composition wasn’t as good. Focus on Rosemary is also very slightly off. Not sure if this is because the focus-lock was disrupted while I was waiting for the shot (I had locked on Rosemary and then adjusted the view) or I was simply too close. But do like the way each parent is standing behind their child and the vibrant colours of the plastic cups and plates.
So not ideal shot and would have liked to have got something better but it’s a start at least.