As Remembered by Jason Fulford
Step 1: Synopsis of Assignment
You can’t move anything. You have to shoot through it.
Being a photographer who helped instigate colour photographer as early as 1946 he uses a lot of glass as something to photograph through, which creates a haze over his images.
Step 2: Image in the Style of Saul Leiter
As this image is in the style of Leiter I used a window looking out on a rainy day and used the steam of my breath on the glass with the raindrop to create an image that I believe is more closely linked to the work of Leiter than my full body of work.
Step 3: Create a Body of Work
Step 4: Critical Rationale
While I wanted to keep to Leiters theme of looking through something, I also wanted to make the work my own. For this reason, I went about it taking photos through anything except glass. By doing this, I managed to keep a clear connection to Leiters work, without taking too much inspiration from his images to do a total artist copy. I thought of many different ideas, but what stuck was this idea of doing photos of interesting backgrounds with something over it. I have created four very different responses but while keeping to the theme.
I found this work challenging, I could not get anything done for ages as I wanted to create something more than just looking though objects/fences etc. due to feeling that could be visually and conceptually mundane, but after trialling a few different ideas I went with this literal interpretation of the brief opposed to one with more adaptation. To make the images more interesting, I went for objects to look through that created different textures tones and a very diverse set of backgrounds.
I put the images into black and white originally as I thought it was more visually pleasing, but reversed this and made them colour again, but desaturated the images slightly, to link once again back to Leiters work. I also wanted to make the colour again as I believe that the images vibrancy creates more variation in the images.