Photo © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos
INSPIRATION + ASSIGNMENT #46
Have you been to London and photographed something curious or unseen? Have you ever looked at the city through an unusual angle and captured it?
If your answer is Yes, the assignment is completed for you.
If the answer is Not, we invite you to wander and wonder at this incredible town. We want you to see (and show us) what (almost) nobody sees. Do you know anything about the Soho Noses or the Covent Garden Ears? What about the dummy houses at Leinster Gardens? Have you seen what is behind them, very well hidden?
There is a windmill in Brixton and a metal lighthouse opposite Kings Cross station. There are so many things we have never noticed about London because we are too busy to stop and see.
Inspired by Martin Parr’s newest exhibition, Unseen City, we challenge you to show us something new about London (or something old, seen in a new way).
Unlike Parr, you won’t need access to secret societies and guilds. All it takes to discover a hidden world is curiosity. Look at things through every possible point of view. Take your camera with you, change the way you go to work. Observe and be ready to shoot.
This assignment is more about seeing than setting up the camera but if you need an advice to capture something very quickly, without being noticed and without having camera shake, set your camera on a high ISO (above 400) with a wide aperture (small f/number). This ensures more light into the camera and gives you the fastest possible shutter speeds.
If the speed you get is not fast enough, keep increasing the ISO. Just remember that, the higher the ISO, the more grainy (or noisy) your image will look. Previously test your camera shooting at high ISOs and define up to what value the grain is acceptable to you.
We prepared a Pinterest board to get you inspired about Unseen London things.
Send us your images to win a £200 discount voucher to book any Course or Workshop at LSP plus two complimentary tickets to see Strange and Familiar at the Barbican Art Gallery.
Please submit your photos here (maximum 5 images per person). Login or register to be able to upload. Deadline: March 31st.
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