My new website and blog is close to completion although there are some wrinkles to iron out before I advertise it to the world.  Alongside this, I am working on a short film about my photographic practice.  I like writing about my practice but I feel I am sometimes less able to speak about it in a coherent and engaging way.  So, I have decided to make a short film about my work and why I take the photographs I do.  As a starting point, I drafted a concept note:

Concept Note: In Search of the Ephemeral Hiddenness of Skye – Alison Price

Elevator Pitch

 In Search of the Ephemeral Hiddenness of Skye will inform people about my photographic journey, practice and drivers and encourage people to view and talk about my work in the hope I can make sales directly or by word of mouth.

Background

Alison’s photography began at University taking images at music gigs such as The Stranglers, The Jam and Genesis. After leaving University she became a police photographer but the shock of what she saw led her, when leaving the service, to put the camera away for two decades. Then, by chance, she was given an early digital camera and it rekindled her love for photography – but this time shooting wildlife. She has been a finalist in both the Outdoor and Wildlife Photographer of the Year competitions and was awarded her Associateship of the Royal Photographic Society based upon her work supporting educational charities in Africa.

She now lives for much of the year in Skye – an Island whose beauty and mystery continues to enthral her. She has a rare ability to see beyond the surface of things and to capture the essence of her subject through the lens. She is now completing the final stages of an MA in Photography sponsored by the Royal Photographic Society.

Her current body of work is focused on Broadford Bay and seeks to explore and depict the ever-changing light, colour and mood of this stretch of water often battered by North Atlantic storms but also still, serene and tranquil. She also works at Loch Cill Chriosd a tiny loch on the road from Broadford to Elgol.

These semi-abstract images are intended to explore more than literal representation and reveal the reality of Skye – properties such as the ‘otherness’ of its geography, the vulnerability of its ecology and its ephemeral hiddenness. Skye is an enigmatic place where mystery forms part of its history and culture.

Purpose of the film and target audience

 The purpose of the film is to provide potential purchasers with information about me as a photographer, my photographic practice, my past and current work and future plans. The film is intended to form part of a suite of information (as part of my MA Final Major Project) to include my website, blog, audio recordings about my images, an e-book and exhibitions of my work.

The target audience is those who might see my work at exhibitions or through browsing my website or blog and wish to purchase one of my images.

Key Objectives

  1. Provide a brief and clear articulation of my photographic journey
  2. Explain why Skye and why the images I make?
  3. Give people a sense of the environment and conditions in which I work
  4. Provide a visual sense of the Island for those that have not visited Skye
  5. Provide a more detailed articulation about particular images
  6. Give the audience a sense of what photography means to me, how having a camera in my hand relaxes me, and how working in the landscape calms my soul and eases my memories

 Do’s and Don’t and Key Messages

  1. Would like the tone to be upbeat, interesting, informal and not too serious and traditional
  2. A short, but informative film
  3. Visually beautiful
  4. Would like to do some informal discussions with me, possibly in the field
  5. Need to vary filming so clips give a sense of the ever-changing weather. Would like some windy and wet shots.
  6. Would like some drone shots across the Loch and Broadford Bay.
  7. Would like the film to passively encourage browsers to look again at my work and hopefully buy something.
  8. Need to be clear about how the academic v commercial is managed. I need it to have a short academic element in it but, at the same time, I want to make sure that doesn’t compromise the commercial message.

 Resourcing

 I can provide stills of my work and could produce some video footage but don’t have a drone.

Budget

 I would like a professional job and would like to support young and talented local film-makers.

Alison Price

Alison Price

My name is Alison Price and for the past ten years I have travelled the world photographing wildlife, including Alaska, Antarctica, Borneo, Botswana, the Canadian Arctic, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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