Overall, throughout this project, I was able to establish that one of the key factors in producing a very good photograph would be based on how much time you take on them. Given the time we had, I was able to analyse that starting off on creating one project can still lead to other opportunities and ideas.
Throughout the actual project, I was able to acknowledge more on a religious faith and gain other sustainable information and rules regarding the faith of Islam.
I was also able to funnel through the understanding of acceptance of religion in specific areas, which reunited the entire faith all in one.
Through my final images I wanted to portray the meaning of ‘Islam’ which means ‘Peace’ This is one of the reasons why I named my website and portfolio peace. Through each and every single individual photograph I wanted to establish core statements of the religion, whether it be from the inspiration of Peter Sanders and his amazing and unique work on religion. However, on my website I also connoted relevant texts, in comparison to the religion which creates more meanings to the photographs taken.
To have improved my work a bit more, I could have visited other holy places of worship and checked if I could have got permission to take more beautiful pictures inside the mosque. The angles and posture could have been better and more improved.
However, I was able to pick up on a lot of great techniques and the use of adobe Photoshop has improved my editing skills immensely.
For future improvements, I hope to make more good use of the time that I am given, and use more of my creative side to picture a project more outstandingly. However, given the sources and the understandings to my project I am consistently happy with the chosen genre and culture. I feel as though I was able to express a story through images of a religion that I am myself.
These are the images I narrowed my photos down to, after editing them through adobe Photoshop. I have created a online website called ‘The Wix’ and through this you can see my final portfolio.
Some of the changes in which I had faced during my final portfolio was, majority of the mosques in which I wanted to visit were not allowing photographs to be taken by a professional camera, and only via mobile phones.This created a struggle for me to continue taking my photos and had some side affects to the project as well. However I was able to still visit some places and areas where I was able to adapt my understanding and concepts of the religion. It was only after this misconception, I was able to lead up to other methods of portraying the religion. This is when I initialised my idea into focusing on the objects and outside scenery, which will make my audience understand visualise what my images are going to be about and represent within my website.
I created my website the ‘Wix’ website. At first I wanted to create a PDF on book wright, however I was facing a lot of issues with that app. I wasted a lot of my time as every single time I uploaded a picture, the original size would keep differentiating and the image will always pixelate. I realised due to this it was portraying my images completely fuzzy and disproportionate, so therefore I decided to use website instead.
The Wix website was fairly ideal, I had to create it under my email and was easy for me to access from home, in contrast to the blurb book wright website I could only use the facilities from university as it was only accessible from a mac unfortunately.
After editing all my images and renaming them, so I knew which order I wanted them to be in. I uploaded them all onto the website. I had to drag each image individually. Some were coming out bigger than others, so I clicked onto the images that didn’t look seemingly right and angled them into proportion.
After I was satisfied with each of my images on the website, I wanted to caption the images with relevant text. I initially came up with this idea when I wanted to focus strictly on the religion. With each image, I placed an Islamic quote referring to the image and the religion itself. Some were shorter than others, but that ideally was because I didn’t want the entire focus to go on to the text rather than the image.
I also translated some of the English text into Arabic text, which is the first language of Islam. Once again I didn’t do this on all my images, just on those on which I personally thought was relevant. Some quotes were from religious scholars, and others were from Qur’an in which I believed represented the religion and with the phoyographs quite well.
Some of the work I looked into was at photographers such as Tom Clark, who expresses his photography work through peoples emotions. In relation to David Bates article of the whole idea and image of being taken naturally brings a much more passionate thought to all audiences. These images are more drawn to individuals and that would be my personal opinion. Where I wanted to focus my work on faith I was able to acknowledge that Tom Clark had taken a photograph of muslim women who had so much fear within them. The image itself brought so much emotion and held such a controversial isolation. This was the type of form I was aiming for.
This image expresses a lot of love, fear and compassion. Their use of hand gestures resemble their passion towards their face. From visualising the picture you can also establish that they are Muslim woman who are perhaps turning towards their God (Allah) for forgiveness, peace and mercy. That is why I wanted to espress my pictures of Islam and the beauty within the culture to be able to reconnect an image, a story that can be seen through religious attributes.
Another photographer I looked at was Peter Sandar’s. He gave me the first initial idea in which I had for my final portfolio which is the beautiful architecture of holy places of worship. His close detailed images took me by fascination, because you are able to visualise a sense of beauty and creativity through his extraordinary images. Below is a link to some of his work I took a look at. I thought these images inspired me more so to continue with the ideology of a religious tribe, in this case Islam.
peter sandars research
Another great image photographed by Tom Clark, inspiration towards some of my ideas for the final project. This image portrays Arabic writing, Islamic and religious modestly dressed woman, a painting on the wall establishing the understanding of Qur’an and a paiting of a woman. This signifies teachings of the religion.
When I first set out to take the first load of photographs for this theme, I took loads of different images within my own home because I am able to establish a Muslim household with certain Islamic features, such as the holy Qu’ran and Islamic prayer mats and other features such as holy and traditional ornaments etc…
Although I thought these images were predominantly okay, I was not still satisfied enough due to the quality of the location settings. So therefore I set out to visit the places of worship, i.e. the mosque.
Due to the religion being rather strict and as all faiths we all have to respect it, unfortunately I couldn’t take real life images of people who follow this religion, as taking it without their knowledge would disrespect their religion. It is against some of the religious people to be photographed.
However I was able to verify some links local community centres, which followed the religious traditions and they had granted me to use their facilities. My aim is to focus on the subjects such as ornaments, clothing and other factors in relation to Islam and be able to show a story through these images.
Here are some images I’ve taken within a Islamic household:
These images represent some of the religious traditions of Islam.
One of my main challenges within this project was the use of focus and light whilst taking pictures.My images were taken on the Nikon dslr 18mm-55mm lens camera, it was very close-up and detailed shots, so therefore the focus needed to be strong and immaculate. I realised a lot of the photos I was taking was very poor due to my lack of skills with the camera as well as poor lighting. Within some locations, the lighting was very bright and others quite low. However, with adobe Photoshop I was able to enhance the photos, brighten up some of my images where needed be and also tone down the highlight on some photographs because the natural sun light had an affect on some of these images.
Majority of my images didn’t need much editing and one of the most important features I used was the crop in adobe photoshop. Majority of my images were detailed close-ups, and where I had zoomed in so much with the Nikon generally, there was only so much I could outline before taking the photograph. So I did have unnecessary back-drops, which I was fortunately able to crop out.
Another tool n which I used to edit only some of my pictures was the blur tool. In some of my pictures the concentration and focus was only on the detailed subject, and anything in the background was to be blurred out so that the focus of the audience only remains on these specific subjects. Some images came out great and didn’t need any editing, however some I just had to use the blur tool to correct any outstanding flaws.