This is an alternative fourth assignment which I didn't submit to my tutor. I created it after the feedback my tutor had given for my assignment submission.
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.
Whilst on holiday in Norway I had the opportunity to visit the small picturesque village of Flåm, which is situated innermost in the Aurlandsfjord, an arm of the 204-km long and up to 1308-metre-deep Sognefjord. Flåm is the end station of the popular Flåm Railway and a popular location for cruise ships to dock whilst navigating the fjords.
English tourists visited Flåm as early as the 19th century, when "salmon lords" came to fish in the Flåm river. Fortunately this steady stream of tourism has not had a great impact on the Flåm. I was surprised at how little the village had been commercialised.
Whilst I was there I noticed how the misty, green environment of the fjords exist harmoniously with people. The purpose of this assignment was to illustrate how both the human and physical geography of Flåm create a pleasant, peaceful environment.
The 12 photographs that I need to make my final selection from can be seen below.
tried to include a mixture of buildings, transport links and physical environment features such as the steep hillsides and waterfalls.
My final selection.
When photographing such a unique place it is difficult to avoid getting caught up with the tourist style photography. Every place will have a different feel and character. I hope I've done justice to Flam's natural beauty and showed how the local residents have adapted to what can be a harsh environment to live in.
This quaint village has no 'larger than life' characters or iconic buildings to photograph. It tries to be as private and remote as it can be in the face of the tourism industry. By choosing Flam as the subject of this assignment I feel I may have limited myself to the variety of images I could take, but it was such a different place for me to experience. With more ease of access and time I could have revisited Flam and photographed it in the winter, as a comparison between the different seasons.
However, by choosing a small defined area I was able to photograph a lot of different viewpoints in the time I had. The geographical restriction of the terrain also enabled me to focus on a small area.
If I hadn't been focussed on this assignment I may have found my self on the tourist train in photograph 7! Having a whistle stop tour of the area with only opportunities to take photographs of the identical things that everyone else would be photographing. By following my own path, I was able to shoot scenes, such as photograph 6, which say much more about the area and the people who live there.