James Robinson on Summer Photography
In this photo I have used vibrant colours with soft lighting, in order to create multiples points of interest for the audience. I have also broken a convention in the way the subject is framed. The conventional way to take this image is to have the subject looking left across the photograph or to frame the subject towards the right. However the subject is framed towards the right and is also looking right, I have done this to place more emphasis on the enigma created, of what she is looking at, as there is now less shown to the right of the frame, while maintaining the audience’s interest in the graffiti on the left.
The subjects acknowledgement of the graffiti is used actively to create interest. The eye line of the subject and the face in the graffiti create a diagonal, which draws the eye of the viewer between the two main focuses of the image.
The facial expression and emotions shown by the subject is the interest point for the audience, the lines used in the background graffiti leads the eye across the photograph toward the subject. The use of the brick work to create texture is also significant and gives the image extra depth which increases visual appeal and helps to attract the attention.
This particular image I feel is reminiscent of Cindy Sherman’s work, because of the subjects expression and the way she is looking outwards, towards an unknown object/ person, which creates mystery as to what the subject is looking at. Which makes the audience ponder and want to solve the enigma which is why this image is successful.
Jill Greenberg (born 1967) is an American photographer, she is best known for her portrait and editorial images. She uses different techniques to create surreal portraits in order to emphasize emotion.
The images are very cleverly shot, which makes the subject appear surreal. The lighting set up creates this effect, it is likely she has used a lighting set-up with two back lights and one main light focused on the face of the subject. This would create the glowing outline which is shown in the pictures. It is then most probably edited to emphasize this effect, by airbrushing the subject. After further research, I have found a diagram of her of set-up (linked to source), it is similar my hypothesis of the lighting set-up, apart from with a third softbox back light and a reflector umbrella on the main light. This explains why there is a powerful glow of light behind the subjects head in each photograph. Additionally this lighting emphasizes the subjects facial expression and skin texture, it is accentuates moisture on the skin.
Greenberg also used manipulation to express political views. The photograph above is the prime example of this, it depicts John McCain who was the republican presidential candidate at the time as a monster. This is likely to be Greenberg’s attempt at showing her opinion on his political views. Also, creating negative press against McCain.
This is an experimental image which I created in the style of David Hockney’s photocollage’s. I used several images which had the subject in different stages of movement, to create surreal sections showing differing movements. The process I used was to cut the original images up digitally on Adobe Photoshop, and then build them up into a collage on a blank document. For this image I decided to not use repetition and emphasize the how movements change drastically. Each segment is a different size in order to highlight the variation in movement. Similarly to the David Hockney Ice Skater image, colours complement each other and changes are subtle. However, I feel that photocollages distract from the fundamental elements that make up an image, although they emphasize each movement of the subject and create a surreal image. Nevertheless, the original images can produce a similar effect.
Experimentation with Cropping