Confessions of a Gambling man By Shaun Haney
The brief • The publishing company Penguin are celebra:ng their centenary. As part of the celebra:on, Penguin would like a selec:on of contemporary and classic book covers redesigning. You have been commissioned to submit 3 photographs that illustrate the book :tle in an original and crea:ve way. • Most of the book :tles in the brief are real and so to help you generate crea:ve ideas it is advisable for you to read the synopsis of the story. If the :tle is ﬁc:onal you have the freedom to create/ imagine your own story but you will need to write a short text that will put your ﬁnal photographs in context. • Select only one of the following /tles: • Confessions of a gambling man (ﬁc:onal book)
Irving Penn on ﬁrst look, a person could think that this has been staged put together in front of the camera depic:ng gambling, However when you think about how it was done they would have to look into the camera and place each item how they want. though to understand this photograph more, you would need to know why Irving Penn did this. 'AMer-‐Dinner games' is one photograph in a series of called 'S:ll life' that Irving started in 1947. in this series, he works with mainly everyday objects to create diﬀerent pieces of composi:on within the frame including balancing diﬀerent objects onto or on each other. Irving then sets about crea:ng diﬀerent layouts of objects and photographs from varying angles also. Although this photograph on its own isn't very important in itself I believe however that the en:re series of 'S:ll life' is very important because it provides the viewer with the opportunity to think about how they layout there pieces in a diﬀerent way. normally anyone would just place the objects then take the picture but to get what you want the camera to see in focus and what is not in focus you have to look into the view ﬁnder and place the objects whilst looking through the ﬁnder.
First set of photographs
Evalua:on of ﬁrst set of photos My inten:ons on ﬁrst set of photographs was to explore diﬀerent ways in trying to take/create diﬀerent outcomes that include diﬀerent objects that you would expect to see at a gambling table. Although I think that I have produced the outcomes that I wanted I feel that some of them I could have added more to them. I think the photos that I think personally that I should put more objects into them are the ﬁrst, ﬁMh, sixth and seventh. The reason I have chosen those four is because I think they need more objects within the frame because they seem too plain, so with the addi:on of more objects I think they will be beXer. So in conclusion I think I have got my star:ng point with this brief and now need to take it further with more objects and maybe trying diﬀerent ﬁlter eﬀects or over laying diﬀerent objects on top of print outs of my ﬁrst set of photographs.
On ﬁrst glance people may have thought that this is done with a really fast shuXer speed to capture the moment but in fact this is done with a Phantom camera which is basically a video camera which shoots thousands of frames per second. To understand this photo you would need to know why Harold Edgerton did this. 'CuZng the card quickly' is a photograph in a series called 'Bullets and Blasts' that Harold has created. In this series he works with guns and bullets and objects in front of them to capture the speed and power of a bullet passing through a object. Harold also tries diﬀerent :me scales in which the bullet hits an item. Though this one photograph isn't very important to me, the whole series is because it shows what can be captured with diﬀerent shuXer speeds an what the outcomes can be. Normally a person would try to take an image with just single capture but a way to get diﬀerent outcomes is to use the con:nuous shoo:ng to get many photos.
My Experiment This is my aXempt at trying to recreate Harold Edgerton's style of work but I think this is not the path that I want to take for my second set of photographs I am going to take. The reason I am not going to work in this style is because it is hard to get the correct outcome that you are wishing to make.
On ﬁrst look people may have though that this truck had spilt its cargo but on closer inspec:on it has been laid on top of the photograph print to give the illusion that this truck has really spilt its cargo like it has. 'Un:tled' is a photograph which is part of a series called 'Hackney Flowers' that Stephen has created. In this series he works with his own photographs which he has taken and has laid on top of the photo ﬂowers, petals and leaves. Stephen also tries placing the ﬂowers in speciﬁc places within the photo to give the illusion of diﬀerent ideas like a truck unloading its cargo. I think this ar:st is important to me because I would like to work toward this style of art, by laying diﬀerent objects on top of my previous images and then experimen:ng with diﬀerent posi:ons and ideas on where to place them within the frame.
2nd Set of photographs
Evalua/on of 2nd set of photographs With my second set of photographs I was trying diﬀerent outcomes with my original set of photographs as prints and then laying diﬀerent objects on top of the prints to try and create diﬀerent outcomes in the style of Stephen Gill. Although I am happy with the outcomes I have produced I think I could have tried more diﬀerent object placements and diﬀerent prints too. The photos that I think personally I could have put more into them would have to be the third, fourth and sixth. the reason I have picked these three photographs is because of the fact they are too simplis:c with placement and I personally think I have picked a not too ﬁZng print to place it on. In conclusion I think these photos are beXer than my ﬁrst set but I think I can improve them further if i had used more prints of my ﬁrst set and then laid more objects on top of them I could have produced maybe some beXer outcomes.
My inten:on of these three and my previous set was to experiment with placing objects in front of a print of one of the ﬁrst photos. Although I'm preXy pleased with these three outcomes, I think I could have tried more diﬀerent objects in front the prints. The ﬁrst photograph is probably the best overlay I have made because the cards are held by someone which gives the impression that this person is gambling plus the hand and cards are the only thing in focus which is a great depth of ﬁeld. The second photograph is very simplis:c really with cards and dice layed overlaid on top of the photograph, also the cards and dice on top of the print is in focus which gives a small depth of ﬁeld. The third picture has dice at the front of the frame and then everything else in the background is out of focus to a sense of depth of ﬁeld and this one is probably my best outcome. In conclusion, I am rather pleased with how it came out but I think I could improve them by having more experiments with the overlays maybe trying diﬀerent ﬁlters on the photos which I have clearly not tried with all of the photos I have taken.