Elena Chimonas' Blog

Photographic Inspirations

Reflective Evaluation

This project as a whole has been a success and I have achieved everything that I had planned to.

The target audience has, for the most part, remained the same, the only difference is that it may attract less sport enthusiasts that I originally thought, purely for the fact that I decided not to include my action images of sporting events. The reason I chose not to was after a tutorial with Caroline, she suggested that it was best to cut out the middle and just have the beginning and end. After thinking about what was discussed I agreed with her. Even though I still have an absolute passion for sports photography, and have photographed every sporting event I attended for this project, it was still best to concentrate on the individuals rather than the whole event. The aim of this project is to take a step back from the loud sporting events and look closely at the athletes competing to try to capture the emotion in my portraits.

The body of work produced is suitable for both the Coventry and London exhibitions as it has the minimal, clean look I wanted. I had originally planned to showcase more images on the wall but as the project went on I started to narrow down my choices from 12 images, to 6 then down to 2. I feel this works best with the idea of presenting my most successful images collectively in a book. The book will be displayed on the oak and stainless steel plinth that was made for the exhibition.

Before I realised I had a passion for photographing sports, I always had shoots where I worked with people and enjoyed using skills such as directing. This project was perfect for me as it linked together the two great passions I have with photography and they are sport and people. Many useful contacts have been made throughout the course of this module which will enable me to continue this project when ready to do so. The book contains 30 images, 15 athletes and 3 sports but my next aim is to be able to create a book with 30 images and 15 athletes from 15 different sports.

I noticed near the end that I hadn’t photographed many women in this project and this was not my aim. I had not set out to specifically find male or female sports teams, it just happend to turn out that the sports teams that responded to my request of being involved in the project were mostly male. I don’t think in any way this changes what the project shows because at the end of the day the images show the emotion and journey that athletes from 3 different sports go through. The project is not about the representation of people in sport, it is about the emotion and journey therefore I do not feel that it matters what sex they are.

In general everything went smoothly and according to plan with the photoshoots and travel. The only small disappointment was the Fight Night that was cancelled but the emotions I wanted to portray through my photography was still captured from the other events. In regards to printing and having everything exhibition ready, the first prints of the final A2 images were only a small set back and was soon rectified by printing elsewhere. The books are still an issue that has not yet been resolved. I will call the company in Nottingham again when they open tomorrow at 9am and question why they have not yet been sent when they told me on Monday morning that they would be able to do so.

Overall, even with a couple of minor set backs with the final pieces, as a project I am happy with what I have accomplished. I feel the titles work well with the images, and the photographs as diptychs are a good way of presenting the emotion and journey that the individual went through with the undertaken event and the style in which I chose to photograph them linked the sports well together. I look forward to working with new sports teams and photographing athletes from various sports in the future.

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