Stu­dent show­case

Roam­ing around his lo­cal farms, Char­lie Fraser has found beauty in the most in­con­se­quen­tial of de­tails.

Practical Photography (UK) - - October - Char­lie Fraser stud­ied an A Level in Pho­tog­ra­phy at Sharn­brook Up­per School in Bed­ford­shire. in­sta­­tog­ra­phy

Char­lie Fraser finds ru­ral in­spi­ra­tion around his lo­cal farm.

MY IN­TER­EST IN PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BE­GAN WITH us­ing dis­pos­able cam­eras and the ex­cite­ment of hav­ing to wait for the film to be de­vel­oped. When I re­ceived my first com­pact cam­era, it gave me the free­dom to ex­plore my en­vi­ron­ment in more de­tail, which re­ally ig­nited my pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy.

One of my favourite things about the art­form is that it can cap­ture some­thing that would or­di­nar­ily go un­no­ticed. This was the main driv­ing force for my black & white pho­tog­ra­phy project. I re­alised that I pass by farms all the time with­out notic­ing any of the fas­ci­nat­ing small de­tails within their fences. I wanted to rep­re­sent the drama of the man-made struc­tures within the en­vi­ron­ment and dis­cover what made my lo­cal farms in­di­vid­ual. I de­cided to shoot the images in black & white, as this brought out the gritty tex­tured en­vi­ron­ment. On the day of the shoot, I was for­tu­nate enough to have strong sun­light and dra­matic clouds, which I em­pha­sised through height­en­ing the con­trast and bring­ing out the dark tones. Many of these farm shots were taken from a low an­gle in or­der to in­crease a sense of per­spec­tive. I per­son­ally feel that land­scape pho­tog­ra­phy can some­times pro­duce rather flat images, so I en­sured that there were ob­jects in the fore­ground to give the viewer a sense of scale. Luck­ily, the clouds also helped to give the images depth.

While do­ing my ru­ral project, it was hard to find ac­cess to many of the lo­ca­tions. They were pretty re­mote and pri­vately owned, so I had to ask the farm­ers for per­mis­sion. Many of them were de­lighted that I was keen to cap­ture their daily life. In fact, one of the farm­ers I asked had ac­tu­ally at­tended my school 20 years ear­lier and he kindly agreed to pose for a photo. To get these shots, I used my Nikon D3200, an en­try-level DSLR that I’ve had for a few years now. I shot most of my images with a shut­ter speed of 1/125sec and an aper­ture of f/5.6, which al­lowed me to both avoid cam­era shake and achieve an ac­cu­rate ex­po­sure.

In the fu­ture I’m keen to de­velop the skills that I’ve learned while study­ing my Pho­tog­ra­phy A Level. I loved shoot­ing out­doors, as I was able to mix the ex­cite­ment of pho­tog­ra­phy with the thrill of un­known ad­ven­tures.

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