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Project Brief

Assignment 3 | Prison Break by Bill Sullivan | Page 333

Bill Sullivan feels that the making of a new work of art is a lot like escaping from prison. For each one of us these prisons constitute different difficulties, anything from our own past to the conventions which the art world sets upon us.

This assignment is to escape the prison of our own understanding.

To do so, it is important to understand the prison, study it and collect as much information about it. This may take time, but is of utmost importance to the assignment.

The escape needs to be planned carefully with a fixed date. He highlights that confidence and flexibility are key.

Client

Ongoing personal pet project which sees Jane D’Souza and I, take on 307 assignments in The Photographer’s Playbook

Credits

Photography by Rhea Gupte

I approached this assignment with a positivity I lacked in the previous one. This one did not leave me as frazzled and unsure, as Bill’s words resonated with me. I have several proverbial prisons which I hope to escape from one at a time. Since I took up photography, certain technical aspects of the art have always made me feel nervous. At the end of the day, a camera is a product of technology and the more you understand it, the better the output. Although I have full understanding of this fact, I am also the person, who, growing up could not make the tv remote work, had to run to her sister to get the tape recorder fixed, had no interest in mobile phones until they became a way of life and never owned the latest anything simply because of lack of interest. Pretty much a hazard, on the contrary.

Long story short, I’m horrible with technology. Several objects of importance have seemingly completely stopped working in my presence. The camera still intimidates me as there is so much about it I am yet to uncover. More importantly, put into practise.

I have hence stayed away from a lot of explorations involving technical prowess and patience beyond what I am used to. But in order to get better, that has to change.

I have wanted to experiment with long exposure shots ever since I saw an image of a waterfall many years ago, a wallpaper on a Windows desktop. The result looked magical. It was at a time when I hadn’t picked up the camera yet. Since this has always been at the back of my mind, I am glad this assignment propelled me to take action. I knew the basics of what I had to do to achieve the result I desired, but went through several articles written by photographers who specialise in this field, for expert tips and advice.

The very first shot was a blank but as I played around with the shutter speed I began getting better results. I am pleased with the images but since this is only attempt 1, I also had the opportunity to note several ways in which I can improve. I have a feeling that this was a successful escape. I’m going to plan more, as new prisons pop up every day. A successful escape, however, could lead to the creation of art, someday.

Take a look at Jane’s interpretation here.





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  1. ooooh girl! Good one! this look fantastic and surreal. especially the last and 3rd one! Can’t wait to see more of this technique especially with beautiful flowing fabrics. Both you and mr. bill are right about prisons. It is only a prison until you get better, which begs the question…was it ever really a prison? Love it! Im inspired to smash through my own!