A funding proposal.

Project summary.

Plymouth is a city in the South West of England in Devon, known as ‘Britains Ocean City’. It is a vibrant city with an estimated population of 262,685. The name of this Project is ‘People of Plymouth’ and my goal is to photograph Portraits of a wide variety of people in Plymouth with a view to make a book publication and have this exhibited in the city centre. The participants with range from general citizens on the streets of Plymouth, religious leaders, shop owners, and workers in a variety of industries in Plymouth such as Soldiers and fisherman.

Goals and Objectives.

As stated above, my objectives for this project are to photograph the people of plymouth with a conclusion of a book publication and exhibition being held here in the city. I want this project to not only bring awareness to the city of Plymouth and what it is really like here, but also bring people together as a big community. 50% of the profits made from this project will be fed back into the city through charitable organisations and community projects.

Statement of need.

Although this is a flourishing city, there is a lot of poverty here. The money raised through this project will go to community projects such as Camper Obscura and charities such as St Lukes Hospice. There will be an opportunity for these organisations to apply for this. I believe it is very important to support small businesses and charities which are working hands on to benefit the community we live in.

Outcome of project. 

This project will result in the community coming together to make more connections with each other amongst their busy lifestyle but will also support the community and the smaller communities within Plymouth. They will be able to fund projects, purchasing equipment within healthcare, food banks etc. This is my dream for the project.

Budget narrative.

Proposed budget – TOTAL OF £5,000.

Travel costs (for exporting equipment to exhibition space) – £200.

Publication and binding costs – £2000 to create first 100 books.

Design and creation of book (Photoshop & InDesign subscription) – £300.

Camera equipment (to document event and results of funding back into the community) – £1000.

Printing of promotional items – £200.

Rent of exhibition space – £1000.

Refreshments – £150.

Wage for volunteer – £150.


Project time frame – 12 months (Image making, book making and exhibition planning and set up. Proposed date – 1st June 2018.

Thank you for reading my proposal. I look forward to hearing from you and having you on board with this community driven project.


Entry to a Photographic Competition.

I entered a competition via http://www.photocrowd.com, a website which has a number of free to enter Photographic competitions aimed at many different topics, genres and styles.

I entered the competition ‘People’ which is aimed at new joiners of the website. There are a maximum of 100 applicants and the results are announced after 30 days. I am currently in 70th place out of 100. The Image I entered was this one which was for my BAPH205 project on the people of Plymouth.


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Artist statement.

My response to ‘The City’ brief was to capture the people of Plymouth in my imagery. Due to my curiosity, empathy and passion for documentary Photography, I photographed individuals in their daily routines, covering a range of lifestyles (using a Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens to produce a shallow depth of field). I wanted the settings as well as the sitters to speak through the images, showing the Plymouth culture and the individuals personalities. Looking past initial impressions, I took the time to observe the subjects and engage with them during the shooting process.

I loved exploring the city and growing my confidence by talking to new people and finding out their passions and life in this city.

My final images encompass a variety of elements of the city of Plymouth, some of which are unspoken. Its maritime heritage, hard working people, love of food, variety of nature and many leisure opportunities are all underlying somewhere in the portraits I created.

-Harriet Williams

A critical review of an article.

In this piece of writing, I am going to review an article from the latest issue of the British Journal of Photography. This particular issue is titled “Ones to watch” and is focused on new emerging Photography talent (in commercial and editorial practices).

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The article I am reviewing is called “Ones to watch” and is written by Tom Johnson, with images by him also.

At first glance, the imagery in this article appears to be a very documentary styled, with a portrait of a young girl with striking shaven hair standing next to a boxing ring alongside.

Personally, I am very interested in Documentary Photography and after reading his article, I am now even more interested in Tom’s work. I think this is a very good skill in both his work and the way the article is presented. Just scanning through the journal, you wouldn’t necassarily expect the concept behind his work.

Knowing the theme of this issue of the journal and the fact that it is also the title for this article, gave me a preconceived impression that this article would be about an up and coming Photographer, however it doesn’t give you much of an indication of what his work is about. It gives you an opportunity to make an assumption before reading further.

The article is written by Tom and used both First and Third person styles of writing language. It gives a background about him as well as direct quotes. For example, the first few sentences say “I’m quite dyslexic and dyspraxic..” but then goes on to say “Johnson left school at 17”. This is a unique but intriguing way of writing and I believe adds more variety to the reading of this article.

Reading the article informed me of Johnson’s practice, its uniqueness and variety. He gives the reader a good review of his history and journey to where he is now. From leaving school, shooting local gigs and moving to London to where he is now signed to the agency ‘Mini Title’ and having his own studio in East London.

Through reading this article I was also given a new perspective on the use of Documentary Photography. Tom acclaims that is work is definitely about people but is about “fusing” together Documentary, Fashion and Portraiture. This is something I have not imagined or heard of before but really seems to work to give a rare form of fashion/ editorial image making. I love his take on his image making as he says “I think I found a way to create situations and environments, which you can’t really do in Documentary”. He aims to stage settings and events in the way often practiced in Fashion Portraiture whilst also making it seem real and natural like Documentary/ Street Photography.

Over all, I enjoyed reading this article. I love Tom’s story and how he went from leaving school at just 17 to becoming an established Photographer in the industry, working for many infuential titles (such as Buffalo Zine, Man about town and more). I also enjoyed having my eyes opened to a new way of image making and hope to practice this myself one day. However I would have loved to read more about the stories behind the actual images featured in the article. I have so many questions about them and one of the reasons I love Documentary Photography is hearing the concepts/ narratives. I am now following Tom on Instagram so I can keep up to date with his practice and progress and gain even more of an insight into his image making.