Unit 1.2: Portrait Transformations
1. Preparatory Tasks 2. Independent Tasks
a) Digital: Take a close up portrait of a) Choose one photographer from your visual
someone (i.e. head and shoulders) using research in which to make a practical
your digital camera. Transform it by cutting response. Take a set of observations (40
it up and re-conﬁguring it. Manipulate four pictures) and print out and mount in PD.
b) Make a selection of six of your favourite
b) Negative: Using the ﬁlm negative of prints, print out and mount in PD.
yourself, transform your print by using
some of the techniques learnt from your c) Annotate/comment on your ideas and
photograms project. technical considerations. Finally end with a
statement about how you are going to
c) VLE: On the VLE, choose one of the tasks improve/develop your ideas in the next set
under ‘Transformations: Tasks’ and of observations.
complete one of your choice.
d) Take a further set of observations
improving on your previous work and
remembering to annotate your selections.
3. C&C Tasks
a) Visual Research: Collect a minimum of
12 different portraits that are relevant to 4. Final Response
the theme of ‘Portrait Transformations’.
Label them with the name of the Produce a ﬁnal response to the theme of
photographer, title of image and date taken. Portrait Transformations that brings together your
Add ﬁve keywords to each image. research and recorded observations. Be
creative with your presentation: Consider
b) Brief: Type out a 150-word brief, explaining whether it should be window-mounted, a relief,
your ideas and which photographers you a mini installation, etc..
will be analyzing and why?
c) Artist Proﬁles: Choose two artists
whose work ﬁts in with your ideas and
complete a ‘Form, Process and Content’
analysis using the sheet provided.
Resources Success Criteria
Visit the VLE and Flickr GCSE Photography area ✓ ensure that your research is relevant to the
for links and advice about how to develop your theme of portrait transformations
✓ experiment with a range of techniques and
ideas rather than just focusing on one idea
✓ show a technical improvement between
Above: Examples by other GCSE
each set of observations Photography students