Assignment Planning – Vice Versa

The Brief –

For this assignment, we need to create a series of 5 portraits these series of images can either be taken on location or in the studio we then need to develop the five final images and present our work as a themed body of work.

The objective of this assignment is to provide you with an opportunity to explore the themes covered in Part two with regards to the use of both studio and location for the creation of portraits.

Putting the assignment together –

I wish that more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting – Harry Callahan

Part 2 of our course we look at the work of Harry Callahan (notes here) feeling inspired how Callahan photographed his wife and daughter I have decided for my assignment I would like to create a series of portraits my subject is my daughter. For this assignment, I’m thinking to create a series of portraits that show the emotions and changes my daughter was facing during and after the move. Being a military child is not easy these children are faced with many different challenges, they learn to become resilient from a young age We have never stayed for a long time in one place my daughter has been to 4 different schools in the last 6 years she has made friends and lost friends some never to hear from again. We moved to Cyprus in 2014 she was 7 years old we have never stayed longer than a couple of years in a posting but this time it was for a good 3 years now many would think 3 years there is not much difference between two-three years but there is. For the first time my daughter felt settled it took her good year and a half she made friends even a best friend which she said to me at one point ‘mum there is no point to make best friend because they leave or I do’ and then that is what happened I have never seen my daughter go through so many emotions in one move .

Planning the Images –

My  plan fo this assignment is to use my home studio, I need to create a series of 5 images I want to use a black background for each image the reason I have decided to use my home studio across the series of images is I want the body of work I am creating to be consistent and I feel that black background will work well with the series because it allows not distractions and will make my subject stand out.  I have also decided to work with a black background because the colour black is associated with fear, the unknown, negativity and I feel that the colour works well with the series because these are all the emotions my daughter was feeling at the time.

I want the images of my series to work as a narrative and tell a story of the emotions she was feeling during the move my ideas for the images are as follows –

Image 1 – here I go again packing my life into a box.  I think that for this image I need to use a box as a prop this will represent the start of the move.

Image 2 – Nobody understands I feel alone I found that during the time of the move she felt alone she did not feel that we understood as parents how she felt about leaving everything behind she knows.  For this image, I want to create a dramatic image experimenting with my lighting.

Image 3 – I hide my true emotions. for this image, I am thinking to use a mask the reason I have decided to use a mask is that a mask is an object used to disguise this is what my daughter was doing with her feeling hiding them away.

Image 4 – I feel broken inside for this image I am thinking that I want to get a little bit more creative, My idea for this image is to photograph my daughter close up then using photoshop I want to create a shattered effect to her portrait I think this effect would work well to show her emotions of feeling heartbroken

Image 5 –  The new beginning for this image I am thinking about photographing the old and the new so I am thinking a portrait of my daughter in her old uniform and another in her new uniform and then combined the images in a creative way.

 

Working on my images –
Equipment to be used –

For this assignment I will be using my Nikon d5200 with my 18-140mm kit lens as well as my 35mm prime lens my images will be shot in RAW format, images will be edited using Lightroom and photoshop.  A tripod will be used and my home studio setup which consists of two strobe lights, two white umbrellas and a black backdrop.

Lighting set up –

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As mentioned above for my images I was going to use my basic home studio with two strobe lights. I used a basic set up with one light at each side of my subject to start with and as I worked through my images I experimented with different lighting, sometimes using one light, other times placing one light behind the subject or above the subject, unfortunately, I only have one trigger at the moment so I could only trigger the flash of one light at a time.

Image 1 – Here I go again packing my life into a box 

 

The idea for the image was to show my daughters life in a box so to create her portrait I decided that I will put her into the moving box.  Lighting was the key element to my image I had the idea that I wanted the light to highlight my subjects face leaving the surrounded area around the box slightly darker I found that my lighting set up worked well using only one light placed slightly to the left side of my subject and facing down toward the subject.

The idea for the image, here I go again packing my life into a box.  Using the box as a prop was an idea that I got when talking to my daughter.  When I asked her about how she was feeling about the move her response was “I feel like I live in a box” these words have never been more true moving boxes are a big part of our life, we never know how long we are going to be in a place for we were really lucky in Cyprus as we had lived there for 3 years and the place we have lived the longest my daughter made friendships and went the same school for 3 years so this time when we had to move it was not an easy one.   The idea for my image was to show this so I decided that for this portrait I was going to use a moving box as a prop by placing my daughter into the box I was going to show the feelings of her response “I live in a box”

Image 2 nobody understands I feel so alone 

 

For this image, my idea was to show the anger and isolation my daughter was feeling during the move.  For this image again it was important for me to experiment with my lighting to create the dramatic feeling to the image another important part of the image was for me to think about how I needed to position by subject in the frame to make the image interesting and show the emotions at the same time.

during the time of the move I found my daughter hiding her emotions, she did not really want to share her feelings about the move, saying goodbye to her friends or about starting a new school.  I just found that she was angry all the time towards everyone.  I think that it is so hard for them at this age because they don’t think we as grown-ups understand, they feel alone and all we can do is support them.  I decided that for this image I would not use props as I wanted to show the emotions she was feeling anger, loneliness and just being fed up of our life always changing.  I placed my daughter in the frame underexposed the background as much as I could to create darkness around her to show these negative feelings as well as the loneliness.

 

Image 3 – I hide my true emotions

My idea for image 3 is to use a mask as a prop I have decided that this prop will work well with the image because a mask is an object used to disguise a person, therefore in the image, it will be used as a way to show my daughter disguising her true emotions.  To make the image a little more interesting I have decided using Photoshop I will add text to the mask the text on the mask.

As mentioned above I felt that my daughter was hiding her true emotions about how she was feeling towards the move.  For this image, I wanted to show this so I decided to use a mask as a prop.  The reason I choose a mask is that masks are used as a means to disguise so I thought it would work well because this is what my daughter was doing she was disguising her emotions.  She would smile and pretend everything was fine but she was not because she would have the occasional angry outburst but when she was asked she would just turn away and answer “I’m fine.”

The self looks at the self as if an outsider. I feel as if all I do is not my real actions but just a masquerade. I know that my face looks as it looks all the time. But it feels to me like a mask. (1)

Experimenting with the mask –

 

For this image again I wanted to experiment with the framing of my subject as well as the lighting.  So tried different ways of photographing my daughter some shots straight on, close up shots, shots from above my subject.  I also experimented with a half mask but I feel that the half mask was not working well.

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After much consideration and experimenting, I decided to use this image because I liked the composition of the image with the mask slightly forward and my daughter peaking from behind I think that the image would work well with the text I want to add to it.

 

Adding the text to the image –

 

 

I used Photoshop to add the text to my image, adding the text to the image was taking longer then I thought it would at first I experimented with different fonts and size but I was not happy how it was turning out so I decided to try using one font but with different sizes I wanted the font to represent a child’s handwriting so I decided to use the Chalkboard font I also decided to keep the text in a straight line and using the transforming tool size it to what I  needed it to be.  I thought it would be a good idea to set the opacity and fill on certain lines of text creating dark and light I thought this would add depth to the mask.

Image 4 – I feel broken

For image 4 I wanted to create a shattered effect to my portrait the reason I wanted to do this is that I think it would be a good way to show how heartbroken my daughter was feeling leaving everything behind again to start over.  My idea for my image is to create a headshot of my daughter and then using Photoshop I want to create a shattered effect to my portrait

My daughter was heartbroken leaving her life behind in Cyprus to return to the Uk.  She had to say good-bye to her friends, her school, her horse-riding instructor and even the horse she had been riding for the last 3 years Legacy.  It is a lot to give up.  When we decided to collaborate on this project together I asked her to describe to me in one word how she felt about the move? her answer: “heartbroken mummy.’ So this is when I decided that I wanted to show this in my image.  I decided that I would do this by creating a portrait that looked shattered into a lot of different pieces.

adding my broken effect to my image –

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I did a few shots headshots of my daughter but I think this one is the best so I have decided to use it for my final image.  Before attempting to add the effect to my image I first needed to watch an Adobe tutorial I found an interesting tutorial here. After watching the tutorials I started to experiment with my own ideas to see what I could create.

 

 

To create my effect on my image I created three different layers 1. outside layer 2. inside layer and 3. a copy of the inside layer.  I first used the content aware to separate my subject from the background than layer 2 I used the liquefying tool this would help me to add my shattered pieces to my portrait.  I then made a copy of the layer and started to paint the portrait back using the black paintbrush once I completed that I used a geometrical paintbrush to paint the broken effect on my image.  I then returned to the copy and continued to paint my portrait with the black paintbrush until I got the effect that I wanted.  My plan for the image was to be able to show my daughters face still as well as the broken textures I added to the layer.

I’m really pleased with image 3 and 4 and I feel that the two images work well together with the positive text on the mask hiding the true feelings towards the move and then image 4 showing how she actually feels inside broken and unhappy.

Image 5 – The new beginning 

My idea for the image was to show the old and new in a creative way the change my daughter had gone through with the move.  I really was struggling with this image as my ideas were not working out as I planned.

This image was a struggle for me I did not really have a clear idea of what I wanted to create all I knew is I wanted to show the old and new together, for me this image was maybe one that I thought was the weakest.

Creating my image –

for this image I decided to photograph my daughter in her old and new uniform I decided then to use the two images to create one interesting image.

 

Experimenting with my image –

 

*My first idea for the image was to add a texture overlay to image 1 giving the image an old effect to it and then I would blend the two images together to create my final image but I was not too happy with the outcome and decided I needed to rethink my idea.

Rethinking my idea –

 

*feeling inspired by the work of artist David Samuel Stern (notes here) who uses a weaving technique to create interesting portraits I decided to attempt this technique myself but unfortunately after many failed attempts, I decided that the technique needed to be studied more in-depth and I will return to it at a later date.

 

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*my last attempt was to return to the first idea and combined both images together but instead of adding a texture to the first image I wanted to create a disappearing effect so using Photoshop  I blended both images together and experimented with the paintbrush and blending modes of the image to create the effect I wanted.

Assignment Planning –

 

 

 

 

References –

(1)Man his mask, The self: Its masks and depersonalization by Elena Bezubove, Nov 24, 2011, Psychology today [online] Available at https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-search-self/201111/man-and-his-mask

 

 

 

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Project 2 The aware

Harry Callahan

I wish that more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feeling was worth expressing.  To me, that makes photography more exciting – Harry Callahan

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Harry Callahan, Eleanor, Lake Michigan, 1949

Our course notes ask us to research the work of Harry Callahan his work can be found at this link provided by the OCA  (here)

Harry Callahan (1912-1999) was an American photographer and is regarded as one of the most influential figures in post-war photography.  This is the first time I have come across the work of Callan his work shows a variety of different subject matter photographed with much emotion the main subject of his photographs is his wife Eleanor and his daughter Barbara.  He photographs them indoors, within the city landscapes, emerging from water or sometimes just as a lone figure.  I feel that Callan’s work is a personal response to his life he photographs his wife in such way to show his close and intimate relationship with her this is why I find Callahan’s work interesting because he photographs what he sees, feels and experiences.  This is something I myself has been trying to bring to in my own photography.  Callahan photography excelled in my different types of the genre with equal amounts of passion he photographed portraiture, architecture, abstract, landscapes, multiple exposures as well as street photography.

 

Julian Germain

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Julian Germain – Every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds.

Our course notes ask us to look at the project entitled Every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds. I found the series of images here

‘I met Charles Albert Lucien Snelling on a Saturday in April 1992. He lived in a typical two up two down terraced houses amongst many other two up two down terraced houses… It was yellow and orange. In that respect, it was totally different from every other house on the street. Charlie was a simple, gentle, man. He loved flowers and the names of flowers. He loved the colour and surrounded himself with colour. He loved his wife. Without ever trying or intending to, he showed me that the most important things in life cost nothing at all. He was my antidote to modern living.’  Julian Germain

Julian Germain series every time you are angry you lose sixty seconds is a series of interesting portraits about an elderly man living in Portsmouth named Charles Snelling.  The series of portraits is made up of different narratives first we have the narrative of Charles current life which Germain shows in his own photographs then we have the narrative of Charles and his wife Betty these images show flashbacks of Charles and Betty’s life together.   What I found interesting about the work is the way Germain presents his series of image as a narrative using photographic flashbacks this is interesting for me because photographic flashbacks are used to show the same things at different times and here Germain uses it to show Charles absorbed in memories of his wife, children, love for flowers and music as well as albums of his own photos. The series of images present moments in Charles life the flashback of his photographs and then those moments Germain photographed the series works well between the sets of images.  The photographs are elegant and show the truth, they are simple yet well thought out and composed.

References –

Discover art & artists / The Art Institute of Chicago (online) available at; https://www.artic.edu/collection

Harry Callahan: The photographer at work /Photographs by Harry Callahan/Lensculture (online) available at https://www.lensculture.com/articles/harry-callahan-harry-callahan-the-photographer-at-work

Harry Callahan/Artnet (online) available at http://www.artnet.com/artists/harry-callahan/

Julian Germain/every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness/project (online) available at http://www.juliangermain.com/projects/foreveryminute.php

Every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness/ photo-eye magazine (online) available at https://www.photoeye.com/magazine/reviews/2012/03_12_For_Every_Minute_You_Are_Angry_You_Lose_Sixty_Seconds_of_Happiness.cfm?

Exercise 2.3

For this exercise we first need to study the work of Callahan and Germain I have made some notes (here)  Then we need to select a subject and create a series of five portraits varying the locations and backgrounds the one consistent picture element must be the subject you have chosen who must appear in all five images for this exercise you need to think carefully about how you choose to photograph this subject.  The object is to visually be able to link the images together in some way.

 

 

 

 

Reflection –

For this exercise, we are asked to photograph the same person using different backgrounds.  Feeling inspired by the work of Callahan, I decided that I wanted to create a series of images with my daughter as the subject.  My idea for these images was to photograph my daughter over a period of say a week going showing her in her natural environment doing her daily thing.  Image 1 – the park, Image 2- on the way to school, Image 3- Snow day, Image 4- messaging her friend and last Image 5 – doing school work.  For me, I feel that Image 4 and 5 work well I like the natural lighting and I feel that both these images show her getting on with her day in a natural way.  While I’m thinking that Image 1 and 2  I may need to reshoot as I feel that its more posed and my aim for this series of images was to show more of a natural portrait of my daughter in her environment.

 

Exercise 2.4

For this exercise, we first need to look at the work of Irving Penn

Irving Penn

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Our course notes ask us to look at the work created by the American photographer Irving Penn worlds in small rooms I found the work here,  Irving Penn is best known for his fashion photography, portraits and still life.  On his travels commissioned by Vogue he perfected a portable outdoor natural light studio with a custom built tent this set up was what leads Penn to be known as the ‘Ambulant Studio Photographer’ During the 1950s and 1960’s Penn traveled the world capturing beautiful, strong ethnographic portraits of the people from places such as Cuzco, Crete, Cameroon, San Francisco, Nepal, New Guinea and Morocco,  Using neutral and austere backdrops he removed the subject form their natural environments by doing this in his works he allows for isolation and control making the subject the focus. There is for me a sense of stability as well as intimacy in the portraits Penn creates and this has everything to do with the relationship between the subject and the photographer.  Penn work shows a photographer with the attempts to engage with the world and not be afraid to capture powerful portraits that show these unfamiliar cultures.  His work is immaculate with a premeditated style to it.  His images are well balanced between the light and dark elements and he uses geometry in an interesting way of placing his subjects between angles to create interesting portraits.

The work of Irving Penn –

I found another interesting video’s about the work of Irving Penn – Beyond Beauty this video shows the work of Irving Penn’s photobook titled Beyond Beauty and is made up of many different portrait work created by Penn from the beginning of his career till much later its interesting because we see how Penn style developed throughout the years.

 

 

For this exercise, we need to create three portraits of three different subjects but the background of the image needs to be consistent.

For this exercise, I will be using my husband, daughter and my son. my idea for the images is to try to create photographs that show the personality of each subject. I will be using a plain background preferably a white background as recently I have been reading about high key photography (notes here) and would like to use the opportunity to put this technique to practice. I also feel that using a white background will isolate the subject making the subject stand out with no distractions. To create my image I will be using my home studio with a plain white backdrop two lights will be placed at each side of my subject I will shoot my image in raw using my Nikon d5200 with my 35mm prime lens my final editing process will be done using adobe lightroom and photoshop.

Image 1 – The husband 

Image 2 – The daughter 

Image 3 – The son 

So as mentioned above I wanted to show the personalities of each subject but at the same time I wanted to experiment with high key photography, high key photography uses unnaturally bright lighting to blow out most of the harsh shadows of the images this is why I have decided to use my studio lighting as well as my white background.  Image 1- The husband, my husband is the serious one in the family he is not over keen at having his photograph taken and on this particular day I called him away from his computer time so he was not too pleased with me.  Image 2 – The daughter, my daughter is eager to please one she will walk an extra mile just to make people around her happy she is so bubbly and smiley and I wanted to show this in her photograph.  Image 3 – The son, my son is the cheeky one he loves dressing up and pretending to be characters from different books and tv shows on this particular day he wanted to be Captain America

What I have learned – 

Overall I’m happy with the outcome of the exercise as I have learned a lot. My idea for the exercise was to photograph each subject as a high key photograph I feel this was not as successful as I thought it would be. I think that the lighting technique that I was using was not correct as I experimented with two lights but ideally I feel that I needed at least three to achieve the lighting I needed. I think this technique needs work and I will be returning to it to see if improvements can be made with a little practice. I feel the use of the white background works well to isolate the subject providing no distraction. I wanted to show each subject’s personality in the image I feel that I have achieved this the seriousness in my husbands face, my daughter smiling and my son just being him all dressed up but I do think that maybe the overall composition of each image could have been thought out better to make the photograph a little bit more interesting. I shot my images in raw and my final editing was done in adobe lightroom and photoshop. I decided that I would convert my images to black and white because I think that high key photographs work well when converted to black and white because of the tonal contrast of the image the light colours become highlights while the darker colours become the darker tones.

References –

The Irving Penn Foundation/Biography (online) available at https://irvingpenn.org/biography

Project 1 – The unaware

Before attempting Exercise 2.2 Covert are course notes ask us to look at the following practitioners –

  • Walker Evans 
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Walker Evans, 6th Avenue at 42nd street, New Your, 1929

Our Course notes ask us to look at the work of Walker Evans subway portraits created between 1831-1941.  Walker Evans wanted to photograph the people using the subway discreetly to do so he concealed his camera by painting the chrome and hiding the camera under his topcoat the lens peeking out between two buttons using a shutter release cable under his coat sleeve and into his palm of his hand he took his camera underground to photograph the subway riders he thought if he was accompanied by someone it would make it less obvious so he took his friend and fellow photographer Helen Lewitt with him.  These series of photographs is interesting in many different ways Barthes write about how once he finds himself observed by the lens of the camera everything changes and how he constitutes himself into the process of posing he instantaneously makes another body for himself.  When most people notice the camera they change they don’t normally show their true selves.  This is what I found impressive about this series of photographs is how Evan’s was able to take these photographs and not get noticed his method of hiding the camera away from his subjects takes the discomfort away creating a series of truly unposed portraits that not only captures people immersed in conversations, lost in thought, reading newspapers but shows his subjects showing a range of different emotions, he was able to capture these subway riders true identity in these images. Evans writes ‘The guard is down the mask is off’

  • Martin Parr 

 

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Martin Parr
JAPAN. Tokyo. From ‘Japanese Commuters’. 1998. (https://pro.magnumphotos.com/)

Martin Parr a British documentary photographer and photojournalist fascinated with capturing the essence of Britishness.  I researched his work ‘The last resort 1986’ during context and narrative and can be found here.

Our course notes ask us to look at the work of Martin Parr, Japanese commuters, 1998.  Influenced by the work of Walker Evans Parr travels the Tokyo Subway photographing the sleepy commuters on their extremely long Journey to work these people travel for hours a day.  The series of Japanese Endormis which means Japanese asleep is made of a series of 24 unusual colour portraits.  The images are photographed from above and are closely cropped making our eyes focus on the head of the person this for me gives the image an interesting narrative because looking at the image gives us the impression we are standing and on this busy commuter’s train.  I think the series captures an intimate moment for these people and gives us an inside view anyone who has travelled on a commuter’s train before can relate to this series of images.   I found the series of photographers here

References – 

Moma/Walker Evans/subway portrait. from the series subway portraits (online) available at https://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/walker-evans-subway-portraits-1938-41/

Portrait of the week: Walker Evans Subway Portrait/culture/The Guardian (online) available at https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2002/sep/14/art

Magnum photos / Martin Parr Japan commuters, 1998 (online) available at https://pro.magnumphotos.com/CS.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&ALID=2K1HRGPQTYPW&POPUPIID=29YL53DWDWD&POPUPPN=1&PN=1&IID=29YL53DWDWD

Exercise 2.2

“THIS EXERCISE COMES WITH A SERIOUS HEALTH WARNING!”

Before doing this exercise our course notes ask us to study the following practitioners Tom Wood,  Lukas Kuzma, Martin Parr, Walker Evans have made some short notes here 

This exercise is all about the ‘unaware’the aim of the exercise is to try and shoot a series of five portraits of subjects who are unaware of the fact they are being photographed there are many different ways to approach the exercise but the object here is not to offend your subject.

Attempt 1 –

This exercise comes with a serious health warning those words made me think oh my! If I thought assignment 1 was going to be challenging and that did not even come with health warning this was definitely going to be out of my comfort zone.  I continued to read my notes it suggests that we can shoot the work at a party maybe but I have not recently been to any parties how was I going to approach this exercise was my thought.  After a long while, I decided that maybe it would be a good idea to photograph the local carnival my aim would be to photograph the people participating in the carnival.  So I headed down to the marina where the carnival was taking place while shooting the work I felt the way I was approaching the exercise was boring and I was not challenging myself especially after researching the work of Bruce Gilden it felt like I was just staying in my comfort zone my thought I needed to approach the exercise differently move out of the comfort zone.  When I returned home I uploaded my images and for me, I could do better So I decided that I would return to the exercise and try something different.

Attempt 2 

My second attempt was to the go-karting club as mentioned before in exercise 2.1 when I did my daughters portrait one of her interest was go-karting so I decided maybe this would be more of a challenge for me.  So I returned to the club to photograph some of her friends with permission of their parents but the friends were unaware of me photographing them they thought I was just photographing my daughter.  To be honest I feel the second attempt was a little bit more challenging but I still need to be a little bit more confident and take my camera to the street.  After researching work from photographers such Bruce Gilden who I found very interesting especially the way he works I don’t think I have step much out of my comfort zone with this exercise and maybe this is something I need to work on in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction – Individual spaces

Introduction 

We look at the contemporary portrait and two different types of portraits

The unaware – this type of portraiture is where the subject has no prior knowledge of being photographed.

The aware – the subject is complicit of being photographed

(oca notes identity and places, pg 39)

Our course notes ask us to research the following artist who falls into the unaware category Weegee(Arthur Fellig), Robert Frank and Bruce Gilden

I have made some short notes about these artists –

  • Weegee(Arthur fellig)

Weegee(Arthur Felllig)  was born June 1899 – December 1968 Usher fellig Lemburg Ukraine he moved to the United States with his parents at the age of 10 years where he changed his name to Arthur Fellig.  He is an American photographer and photojournalist best known for his black and white street photography with a signature style of following emergency services and photographingthe realistic crime scene, injury and even death in the urban lifestyle.

I found this video where Weegee talks about his photography and how he went about to capture these images –

I have also viewed some of his work here

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Easter Sunday in Harlem (http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/36555/weegee-arthur-fellig-easter-sunday-in-harlem-american-negative-1940-print-about-1950/)

I spotted this happy man coming out of the church … he told me that he was a clothing salesman … and that every Easter Sunday he puts on his full dress suit.

–Weegee from Naked City (1945)

While looking at Weegee’s work I came across the photograph Easter Sunday at Harlem.  The image is not of a crime scene but instead of a man dressed in his best dress leaving church to the side of the man you notice a woman she is not looking directly at the camera and on the right side of the image you see a young boy also dressed for the occasion he is popping his head to the side of the man. In the background you have a cluster of other church goes.  What I found interesting about the image is how Weegee captures the emotions in the man and young boys face you see pure happiness and he highlights this by using flash to create a shadowed background and illuminate the woman, man and young boy in the image.

What I have learned  –

Arthur fellig aka Weege got his name for his apparent sixth sense for a crime he was often at the scene well ahead of the police his black and white photography was mostly shot at night using flash creating high contrast pictures of crime scenes.  These picture was captured quickly but was well though out with interesting composition that has a cinematic style, shows human emotions and tells a story of something that has happened.

  • Robert Frank 

Robert Frank born in Switzerland in November 1924 is an Swizz-American photographer and documentary film maker.  Franks photography career started at the age of 22 years where he work as a commercial photographer with Harper Bazaar but this was only temporary as Frank felt this type of photography work was limited and he started to formulate ideas about life as well as photography and so he abandoned fashion photography and in 1948 he went to the United States of America.  It was here Frank creates his most notable work a series of photographers published The Americans a series of images that reveals the artists mature style, bold composition with ironic social commentary.

I found an a video showing Robert Franks work The americans here –

I also found a very interesting article The man who saw America – The new york times which is a biography about Robert Frank and his work The americans this can be found here 

What I have learned –

Robert Frank was  a fine art photographer who worked as a freelance photographer.  His work the americans is most probably one of the most important compilation of the 20th century.  During the 1950’s after hearing the Guggenheim fellowship Frank toured across America to photograph the concept of American in everyday life.  He photographed 28,000 images but only 83 photographs was published in the book The Americans.  What I like about Robert Frank’s work is his style of photography he work is raw but he has an eye for something interesting his bold compositions captures a feel and emotions of time as well as place.

Bruce Gilden

Bruce Gilden is an American street photographer he uses a flash to capture close up candid shots of people on the streets of New York City.

I found Bruce Gilden’s work here 

I also found a video clip where Bruce Gilden talks about his pictures –

What I have learned –

Bruce Gilden’s style of photography is intuitive and very interesting for me.  Gilden is one of the most controversial  street photographers.  Golden photographs represents who he is he walks the streets finding people that is interesting creating these portraits that are beautiful and strong.  I watched a couple of videos on Bruce Gilden working one video I found very interesting was of him shooting the streets of New York.  What I found most interesting about his work is the way he works how he approaches people in the streets.  Golden has an idea of what he is looking for he documents humanity creating images that tell a story about life and how hard life can be for some people.  His composition style is unconventional but strong and interesting using his flash he highlights he is portraits with great detail.

*The aim of this unit is too look at different methods used to explore the notions of identity and how we as photographs will use this decision making and method to employ a successful resolution.

References –

The best of Weegee’s New York photography/The Guardian (online) available at https://www.theguardian.com/cities/gallery/2015/mar/31/the-best-of-weegees-new-york-street-photography-in-pictures

Weegee Arthur Felling (online) available at http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/artists/1851/weegee-arthur-fellig-american-born-austria-1899-1968/

Robert Frank (online) available at http://www.atgetphotography.com/The-Photographers/Robert-Frank.html

Robert Frank The man who say America, The New York Times (online) availabe at: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/05/magazine/robert-frank.