Morgan. The girl in the backround of the picture looking goofy (what I do).18. I'm doing an assignment for my photography class in college that basically sends me through an expedition through great artists from now to as early as the beginning of photography.
Jen Davis, Fantasy number one, 2003
As I said before Jen Davis was an big part onto why I decided to do my final on self image because of how well constructed her self portraits are. Jen’s use of dramatic lighting really helps push the message she is trying to get with each individual breakdown of her self portraits she is taking. Her eye contact with the auidence helps the title a lot because it seems fake rather then something real because if it was real her expression on her face might be something completely different like showing happiness rather then showing an sad or questionable expression. Going through her work it shows an timeline of her viewing herself, wanting to change, situations with others, and now an fantsay.
American Gothic, 1942, Gordon Parks
Gordon Parks was hired by Farm Security Administration along with other photographers such as Walker Evans and etc. Going out on this experience Parks noticed the huge amounts of bigotry and discrimination floating around different establishments such as theaters and restaurants. All of the people he interviewed met the women in the photograph, Ella. Ella was photographed by Parks and told her story of hardships she faced. The image made front page on Washington post and later became a symbol for pre civil rights movement. Symbolism seems to really show through a lot of Parks photographs, and shows how successful his career is. Later on with my work down the line I wish to have the same effect with my photographs to where it would be in the moment of something important or just simply documenting an person’s feeling or history when they share there story with me.
Hiroshi Sugimoto, theaters series
With all of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s work my favorite series is the theater series. All theaters have this dark or medium gray scale that have an very intresting compostion that really pulls the viewers eyes in. I guess he was able to shoot in an very dark area like this from long exposures with each frame he would shoot from. Overall this one would be my favorite photograph from the series.
Jen Davis, 2001, Judgement
Again Jen Davis is really helpful refernce with my final photography project dealing with my models self image or basically there lives or how they portray themselfs. Like Jen I try to explore my models fears and just themselfs overall on how they want to be viewed. With this photography it helped me think about how I should set up and situtation and photograph myself because of whatever I feared or was trying my best to change. I think I love this photo the most because she wasn’t afraid in this series to try different angles and portray what she wanted with normal lighting.
Arno minkkinen, 1992, Self-portrait with Maija-Kaarina • Sysmä, Finland
This week I choose to blog about Arno Minkkinen, looking through his portfolio the most intresting one was man and women. I was really impressed that he would photograph himself really near the water and would set up and tripod to capture beautiful moments like the one above. The gray scale within the photo is very nice and really reflects well of the subjects specially the little area of negtive space by the models neck. The photograph as an whole with the refection, grays, and overall compostion with where the women was place really makes this photograph truley beautiful.
Richard Avedon, Mia Farrow posing for Vogue
Another amazing photographer right here Richard Avedon. His portriats weren’t just an photograph of the person who modeled for him or requested him, but told an story or made u ask questions. I guess him asking his models odd questions to photograph there experssions really paid off, but also made an amazing portfoilo of many people he shot. I choose this photograph because it was an great example of ether capturing an moment or him just creating something really amazing for an magazine.
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Imogen Cunningham, double image, 1950
Looking through I think my favorite photographs come from Imogen’s portofolio of double image photographs she did. With this one it wasn’t exposed twice like some of the others because of the reflection in the mirror for the subject. some think it’s an simple photograph, but the compostion and the way the man is facing and you cannot see his face helps in an element for the picture over all.
Gordon Parks, James Galanos Fashion 1967
Looking through Gordon Parks portfolio I was blown away because he didn’t just photograph one thing, but all things from Life magazine, social contraversatal things like black musilm protests, everyday life, and finally fashion for magazines. This piece out of all his fashion photgraphy really stuck out the most for me because the moment he captured. Movement within the model is beatuiful and in an very graceful pose from her hand up in the air like that, other arm on her chest, and then your eye traveling to see her scarf is moving as well. The lighting doesnt seem to drastic as other photographs but it helps add this element of mystery since it only hits an certain area of her face and you cannot see her face. Overall the photograph is very alluring to the viewer or it was to me with the movement, light source,and compostion of the photograph.
Irving Penn, nude no. 1, 1949-50
I discovered Irving Penn from the graphic design advior who said my current work for week two on emmulation looked like Irving Penn because of the model choice I used. That week I used an plus size model rather then what Ruth Bernhard would do an use thin models she knew. Irving Penn in this photograph reminds me a lot of Ruth Bernhard with photographing only certain area from the model with soft lighting that makes a lot of beautiful grays apear in the print. The fact he steps out of the box to photograph bigger models actually makes him seem much more diversity, and he photographs at different eye and point of views to push different shapes and form from the models body.