In this particular street assignment I'm looking at using a double, handheld pocket mirror (bottom left) to have a more abstract approach. Although I'm not using a Kaleidoscope, or any repetition, the outcome of my photographs have a similar look to this Alvin Langdon Coburn's Vortography piece (above). The biggest thing that stands out between the two of them is certainly the fact that, his is black and white, which in my opinion does give the image a lot more room in terms of the questioning side of it, where as mine are in colour (bottom right). My photographs also have a slight "space" in the middle within which viewers can see clearly my subjects and shots in question. The other main dereference between the two photographs is that I'm using a digital camera and Alvin Langdon Coburn's Vortography were done on an analogue camera.


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"National Geographic is the official magazine of the National Geographic Society. It has been published continuously since its first issue in 1888, nine months after the Society itself was founded". (Wikipedia)

I have chosen this magazine because the layout with the spreads themselves are rather information heavy. In this particular example, we can only see two images, however the images chosen aren't images to shock the view, but more to show the viewer a visual insight into this particular story.


As for the front cover, Nation Geographic uses images that are out of the ordinary. The colours and stillness of this front cover really draws the viewer in.

With "EXPLORE" written in big letters over the world, gives readers permission to get an insight into a world which they don't live themselves, such as reading about another's life, of exploring about other extreme places one can now go, such as the space, the depths of the ocean and of course Antarctica being an example of this.


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Containing some of the most influential images of all time, Life magazine includes many portraits on the cover of their issues. This could be an interesting idea to attempt in my own way.

Although mostly in black and white, Life magazine doesn't fail to include colour images of well know people such as Madonna.

In this photograph, I like how Madonna isn't looking directly at the camera. I believe this shows viewers a slightly more private shot in terms of her inner self.


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Picture Post

"Picture Post was a photojournalistic magazine published in the United Kingdom from 1938 to 1957. It is considered a pioneering example of photojournalism and was an immediate success, selling 1,700,000 copies a week after only two months" (wikipedia).

Although my photograohs have not been done in black and white, I think the angles and subjects do have an interesting way of telling a story especially when looking close up on the subject's facial expessions.

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Aura, Oxford

Finishing a B-Tech course in Dance, she hopes to complete a foundation course in Sweden.

Aged 18, she's aware of the fact that such opportunities like this in Guatemala are either very rarer or completely non-existent and is grateful for her current privileges.

She sometimes thinks about what her daily life would be like if she had not been put up for adoption.



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"In each case, prospective parents paid tens of thousands of dollars in fees. All that money fuelled a lucrative adoption industry in Guatemala, and an underground trade in abducted children. It got so bad that Guatemala halted all new international adoptions in 2007. The country's been trying to reform its broken system ever since. But there are still a lot of questions about what went on in the past, and about one case in particular." - https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-01-08/one-girls-controversial-adoption-and-what-it-says-about-guatemalas-broken

Although the above statement is true as is one of the reasons for the closure in 2007, I find that many so called experts have often always pushed that as the only reason, and is often perceived as the only thing that happened in Guatemala.

Many fail to remember that many legitimate adoptions did also happen.

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Interviewing Children who originate elsewhere yet now live in the UK, managed to collect many interesting background stories from the point of view of one child from each country.

Although her website contains snapshots of her interviewees, she also conducted interviews of each subject for Channel 4.

I really liked this idea and thought I could recreate a version of my own except focuses with children specifically adopted from Guatemala. As this is my own past too, I'm aware of a key organisation/charity that aims to support both parent and other adopted children from Guatemala.


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My Thoughts...


On text…

•Size of headline/leader - In the top Left hand corner, we read from left to to right. Big lettering in white to add contrast against the photograph behind.

•Size of photo captions - Captions in White, adding contract so it's legible. Roughly 1/5 of the size of main Header.

•Size of main text - Dotted around, perhaps 1/4 of the size of the headers.

•Margins and shape of text on the page - Full bleed of main photographs, all text is designed to be small so that the reader focus stays on the photographs themselves.

•Font/typeface (note that nothing gimmicky is used in the more prestigious publications) - There seems to be a mixture of "Helvetica" and "Times New Roman".

On Images…

•Is there a double-page spread? - There is a double page spread at the beginning of the story to entice readers in and another about halfway through which also tend to be landscape.

•Which images are larger – why are these important? - The two images on each of the double page spreads are the biggest, possibly to capture readers attention, but also due to the fact that the photographer won the "photo of the month".


Types of Images…

•Look for wide shots – setting the scene and people in place - Although there is a mixture of portrait and landscape shots included in order to cover the photographer, it is clear that all the shots are panoramic, landscape shots.

•Establishing shots – showing the reader where the story is happening - The captions within each shot help the readers establish where these shots were taken and also give an insight into as to how they were taken as well.


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Having looked at David Booths work, I found myself having to re-create my own version using flash to freeze movement.

With many of these athletes overcoming struggle of everyday life with their disability, some understandably wanted their identity hidden, yet liked the idea of being photographed, so by creating fun yet effective photographs without capturing their faces, many felt was an good alternative.

With the nature of Karate, seeing the colour of this athletes belt to important, as this represents a sense of achievement of this young man.


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This trip has been agin insightful to me, working again with this extraordinary charity run organisation is a brilliant insight into the lives of people with both economical struggles, but also struggling with disabilities of all sorts - in this case learning disabilities. One can see the frustration on the faces of some of the athletes when they get some movements wrong. Funded by Erasmus + , the opportunity to go abroad and continue training on the sunny beaches of El Puerto de Santa María, Spain clearly means so much to both adults and kids of all ages.

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