For Exercise 5.2, I needed to use an image by a famous photographer and take a photo in response to it. I was keen to use one of Anna Delany’s images for this as I admire her style and talent for capturing more than the obvious in her street photography. As well as using a variety of shooting positions, she puts across a sense of humour in the way she photographs signs that appear in the images. This is something I’d like to explore more in my photography moving forwards.
http://www.annadelany.com/places/ [Last Accessed: 30/09/2017]
Diane Arbus was an American photographer noted for photographing marginalised people. She was initially a commercial photographer but quit that in 1956 and wandered New York City looking for people to photograph.
Her photographs of unusual people along with her photo of a boy with a grenade are iconic, if not shocking. In fact most of her work makes the viewer sit up and question what they’re seeing and wonder what the story is relating to the subject.
I will re-visit Arbus’ work at a later date.
https://www.artsy.net/artist/diane-arbus [Last accessed:30/09/2017]
Zoe Strauss is a photographer based in Philadelphia. She has a down to Earth approach. She has documented many woman living with abusive partners
She exhibited her show ‘10 Years’ (photographs taken from 2001-2010) on pillars below Interstate 95. She sold photocopies of her photos for $5.
Her work is in colour and she vividly captures the seedier side of life in her photos. I admire how she gains the trust of her subjects in order to let her get close enough to them to photograph them naturally in their own environments.
Another female street photographer I looked at was Ronya Galka. As well as street photography, she does urban photography and portraits.
Her street photography tends to be in black and white and she captures the essence of people about their busy lives in London. She shoots from different angles – eg above, and low, to get a different perspective/view of the people she shoots.
One of her studies is of people in the back of black London taxis. She captures their seemingly being bored and staring into space, or in deep thought as they undertake their journeys.
https://www.ronyagalka.com/ [Last accessed: 30/09/2017]
I decided it would be good to look at the work of some women street photographers. The first one I chose to look at was Vivian Maier.
Maier was a professional nanny from 1950s-1990s. She took over 100,000 photos worldwide but didn’t show them to anyone. After her death. Historian John Maloof bought a box of negatives and printed and published them.
Her work is mainly black and white and captures many of the aspects of city street life in Chicago and New York City in the second half of the 20th Century. She liked to take photos of street children playing and adults going about their daily lives. She had a knack of getting close to people, and her work often uses high contrast to accentuate the subject matter.
http://www.vivianmaier.com/ [Last accessed: 30/09/2017]
My tutor suggested I take a look at Walker Evans’ street photography.
Evans took most of his images during America’s Great Depression. His black and white images captured the raw brutality of the times. He was less concerned with sharpness of image, and more concerned with instinctively capturing the moment with whatever light was available. He often included words within his images too – these words add an extra depth and meaning to his work.
http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/evan/hd_evan.htm [Last accessed: 29/09/2017]
http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2013/09/05/17-lessons-walker-evans-has-taught-me-about-street-photography/ [Last accessed: 29/09/2017]
Chris Steele-Perkins shots of Mount Fuji were inspired by a gift of a book showing photographs of the mountain. He was struck by the fact that most images taken of the mountain are traditional tourist type shots. Steele-Perkins took and alternative view, taking his shots in context of Japanese life throughout the year and at varying times of the day to give a fuller representation of Japanese life with Mount Fuji as the backdrop.
His decision to take images this way, shows the beauty of the mountain in a very different way – particularly in the way he captures the light at different times of day and during different season of the year.
http://www.chrissteeleperkins.com/books/fuji.html [last accessed: 29/09/2017]
My tutor suggested I look at Robert Frank’s framing techniques and so I took a look at his work The Americans.
One of the first things I notice is that Frank is less concerned about a clean cropping as I am. His images are often not straight, and some appears to have parts of bodies and windows chopped off. His framing is much closer than mine.
Having seen this work. I will try much closer crops for my re-work.
https://www.lensculture.com/articles/robert-frank-the-americans#slideshow [ Last accessed: 29/09/2017]
https://youtu.be/TY3LnroHcNc [ Last accessed: 29/09/2017]
My tutor suggested I look at the work of David Doubilet as part of my feedback from Assignment 3.
Doubilet’s work is stunning in how he captures the movement, colour and textures of the underwater world – in particular Cerianthid anemone. He uses depth of field to isolate the creatures he’s focusing on, often leaving a black background that gives the effect of accentuating the creature and it’s movement.
I’m not sure how I would implement these techniques in my re-works of Assignment 3, but I will look to get more colour and movement in my shots.
http://uk.phaidon.com/agenda/photography/articles/2015/january/30/join-david-doubilet-in-an-amazing-underwater-world/ [last accessed: 29/09/2017]
Following the submission of my Assignment 3, my tutor suggested I take a look at Garry Winogrand’s “The Animals” for ideas of interactions between humans and animals as my photographs didn’t do enough to capture the relationship between the water birds and the humans in the images.
““The Animals” consists of 43 black-and-white images shot at the Central Park Zoo over a period of seven years from 1962 to 1969. Published by the Museum of Modern Art, the photos were created with a wide-angle lens, Winogrand’s preferred style after 1960.”
Garry Winogrand’s images show the animals cling to (in the case of the chimpanzees) or reaching out towards the humans (in the case of the elephants). In the case of the elephants, it’s the non-touching of the human hand which adds to the tension in the photograph. Contrasting this to my image of a swan eating bread from a human hand, the bread is hidden from shot and the shot would indeed have been more effective if there had been some space between the hand and the swan’s beak.