Assignment 4: A sense of place
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Brief: This assignment will consider the underlying appreciation of what spaces and buildings mean for the people who live in among them. Imagine you are on assignment for an intelligent, thoughtful travel publication that is demanding a considered, in-depth treatment. Aim to produce sufficient images (about 6) on a specific location.
Founded in around 1070 AD, Bergen has developed to become the second largest city in Norway. The city centre is located on the shore of Byfjorden, which is where I have decided to use for this assignment.
The location for this assignment has been one of the hardest things to decide upon. I really enjoy using my photography as an opportunity to explore and document new places. This has meant that I have had a wide range of places to choose from, before I even attempt to select my final set of images which I feel represent the historic, commercial and geographic sense of place.
Whilst the 12 images (above) offered a variety of scale and visual variety, the tricky part was then deciding which to keep and which to exclude. With so many aspects to Bergen in was going to be difficult to whittle them down to just about 6. I suppose this is where my previous DPP course experience kicks in and helps me to decide on my final selection.
I kept on referring back to the brief to maintain a focus. When reviewing the 12 images I realised that some were of a similar subject, for example the fish market and the statues. Having a limit of around 6 photographs, it didn't seem wise to use similar images. I found it worthwhile leaving the assignment for a few days and revisiting it fresh. Below are my final set of images
During this assignment I attempted to illustrate what Bergen has to offer without photographing typical scenes favoured by tourists. If I had longer in Bergen I could have focused on a particular industry or activity within Bergen, for example the workers in the fish market. However the danger with that is that I might restrict the variety of photographs I could take. Through concentrating on Bergen I have come to understand the city more. Knowing that the physical geography limits the availability of suitable land to build on, I could investigate this further, looking for examples of how the Norwegians have, or have not, adapted to the environment they live in, such as the style of accommodation and structure of buildings.
Overall I think I have achieved my aim of providing an overview of Bergen. Completing this assignment has enabled me to consider how I can communicate visually and being selective with my choice of subject and composition.