Daniel Hewitt

About Hewitt

British born photographer, his career started in academic world studying philosophy, architecture and law. The interest in architectural design and aesthetics can be seen as still holding his interest in his photography work.

Why do I like his work?

I like his work because if the way that he manages to capture the sculptural shapes, light and shadow created by building structures, with his photographs are stripped to the minimum, flat grey pale skies, objects that are not part of the buildings excluded from the frame so that you focus on the buildings, the surroundings are empty spaces.   He captures the patterns, textures of the walls, windows, balconies and beams of buildings, the geometric shapes, shadows and reflections, this makes the viewer focus on the building subject, the abstract shapes they sometimes create. You are not be distracted by any other elements such as people or nature. The photograph of the South Bank theatre the angle he has taken makes the building look like a large ship coming straight at you.

The overall emptiness of living people adds to the mystery, it is as if there has been a disaster and mankind has been eradicated and only the buildings remain.

I also like his work because Hewitt takes many photographs in B&W which gives a timeless quality. The use of B&W also helps to remove any potential distractions that colour would introduce in the picture.

How is his work relevant to my project?

I believe that his work relates to my project of transport because I can use some of his techniques and ideas in my own work when photographing buildings associated with transport like stations, shelters or garages. The use of B&W making the picture look enduring and drawing in the eye helping the viewer to contemplate their own stories they see when looking at the photographs.

The urban cityscape contains buildings, in the city space many buildings are designed to have striking or impressive shapes. I need to try and ensure I capture the impression of these shapes within my photographs. Hewitt has a documentary style of photography, elements of this recording the facts is a style of approach I want to include in my photographs. I can try and use some of his framing techniques making sure that my pictures are not overfilled and complicated with distracting elements that could take your attention from the main focus.

Tester Shots 3

how did i create the pictures?

i created these pictures using a digital camera. for the pictures taken in the dark i, put the camera on a long exposure veering from 2 to 5 seconds. This meant that you could pick up some of the movement from the cars and detailing from some of the surrounding areas. for some of the pictures i put the camera on a try pod, this stopped some of the affects of camera shake in the pictures. fro there pictures taken in the day light i put the camera on a shutter speed from 60 to 200 seconds.

how can i improve the pictures?

i can improve some of these pictures by


what worked well?

i believe these pictures have worked well. this is because

how do the pictures relate to your theme?

these pictures relate to my theme, this is because i have managed to make the pictures incorporate some form of transport wether it is outside of a verbal or inside it all connects yo some form of transports.

Pep Ventosa

Pep Ventosa’s work is focused on an exploration of the medium itself–deconstructing and reconstructing photographic images to create new visual experiences.

how dose this relate to my project?

this relates to my project of transport because the photographer has shown and demonstrating new and interesting ways to document transport he also  takes pictures of landscapes buildings and  to make for a new and different picture to what you would normally see with a camera.

what do i like about the pictures?

i like this photographers work because there lots of things going on with makes you more interested and draws your attention in to look more closely at the work. I also like this photographer because it makes you question wether it is a photograph taken with a camera or weather it is a drawing.

how can i use this affect in my own pictures?

i can use this affect in my own pictures by taking several pictures and overlapping them, i would do this by using a digital camera and a tripod moving the camera slightly so i can overlapped the pictures ontop of each other using photoshop creating a slightly unaligned affect were the pictures don’t full match up on top of each other creating the lined affect that the Pep Ventosa has created


test shots for idea 2

Development of ideas

I continued to consider the theme of concern and abandoned and neglected places.

This is how I have progressed my ideas from surrealism, to “forgotten places”, from small model people under the bed to industrial images of neglect and empty spaces.

I wanted to take pictures of places of forgotten places, places that are ignored, taken for granted, no one pays any attention to.

Forgotten places also fits in with my theme of issues of concern. These photographs I wanted to change the way people look or think and see mundane spaces. Often people overlook or ignore everyday places or objects and they become neglected.

Test pieces and trial locations

For my series of test locations and subjects I used a multistory car park, old abandoned Victorian school buildings that are no longer used. Derelict warehouse buildings that are empty and partially torn down and abandoned. Supermarket car park and shopping trolley park after the store had closed.

These images of forgotten places and everyday objects I believe also have the documentary style that is found in the photographs of William Eggleston and Alec Soth, two photographers that I really admire for their work.

I took a series of test shots in a variety of neglected buildings, looking for dramatic and atmospheric sorry and soulful empty spaces. Taking photographs on different days and at different times of the day to explore the lighting and the atmosphere.

Experimentation of techniques and media

The photographs were all taken using the light available, I did not want to introduce bright stark flash and the harsh shadows that they would introduce. Using both digital SLR and 35mm SLR with B&W film. With the DSLR I took many test shots using a new creative lens ‘Spark’ Lensbaby that allows to take photographs focusing on specific areas and other areas of the photograph are deliberately blurred and out of focus.


Combining two photographs


How did I create the picture?

I took several pictures of the models in the studio using digital SLR. I identified 2 photographs that had elements I wanted to combine to make a new third image.

I transferred the photographs to the computer and opened them with Photoshop. I wanted the intense colours of photograph 1 plus framing of photography 1. The stance of the model in photograph 2 and the models poses in photograph 2.

I changed the colour levels (Cmd L) of photo 2 to the same as photo 1. I zoomed in on photo 1 (Z). Selected photo 1 (Cmd A), copied (Cmd C), clicked onto photo 2 and pasted photo 1 as a new layer. The image photo 1 and photo 2 needed to be aligned (Cmd T) I moved the layer of photo 1 taking care to align the structures such as the ladder rails so they are continuous.

The 3rd photo created has the improved framing, with increased space above the model standing. In the 3rd photo I used the clone brush and removed the tripod leg that appears near the bottom right hand side, also the black marks on the white floor.

What worked well?

I believe this picture has worked well this is because I have created the effects I wanted rich colours, improved the framing and removed the unwanted distractions.

How can I improve the picture?

I could crop the picture to remove some of the foreground, this would make the viewer closer and more involved and part of the image.

How does this fit in with your theme of issues of concern?

The concern is the power of photographic manipulation, the fact that 2 images can be carefully combined to make a new third image that never existed.



start photo 1


Start photo 2


Final combined image