Gallery Reports

4/7 – Gallery Report 

1. How will viewing these photographic essays effect the way you take photographs in the future? After viewing the different photo essays, I was inspired to look at things differently. While taking pictures sometimes I feel myself trying a little too hard to capture the perfect shot that I forget to look a little deeper in the moment. I think this will affect the way I look at everything in a different angle and a different light. I will try to take some time to analyze the composition and look at the possibilities of what can be captured and in what ways I can make that shot memorable and easy on the eyes.
2. Which is your favorite essay and why? I enjoyed Italy- Coronavirus Lockdown. This stuck out to me because it is a moment, we can all relate to in different parts of the world. I liked how she gave us a little story of her life and her daily process and caught little things that we are all familiar with and made them interesting to look at and engage in.

3. Which is your favorite photograph from each of the 4 essays?

Italy Lockdown
Freetown- Sierra Leon

 

 

 

 

Dalai Lama
Migrant caravan

4. Explain why you chose each of the 4 photographers. I chose these because of the composition and the lighting. All have different types of lighting throughout different times of the day but still manage to capture a crisp and simple, yet powerful moment/picture.

5 How did each of the 4 photographs make you feel – what emotions did the photos convey? For the brushing teeth photo, I related and felt a sense of familiarity and connection with the photographer because I can relate and do the same thing. In the moving vehicle photo, I was really drawn to the colors and use of the “golden hour” lighting. The photographer truly took advantage of that quick moment and got some interesting components with the fogged glass off the window but the crisp and golden sunset in the people crated a moment. Dalai Lama was such a personal and thoughtful photo because of the position he is in, it gives a pensive mood. The color contrast was refreshing with the greens and blues and him being the center in red. Lastly is the woman standing outside the stadium. This one was interesting because of the use of the streetlights and how although she isn’t directly under the light, she is clear and the center of attention and clear.

6 For each of your 4 favorite photographs describe:
Composition – rule of thirds, filling the frame, other? Rule of thirds in a unique way
Camera angle – high, low, eye level, other? High looking down
Source of lighting – front, back, side, from within the image, other? Overhead/ Side
Framing of the image – how framing enhances the storytelling? Close personal
Symbolic elements of the image and how they enhance the storytelling? Toothbrush
Setting or situation and this enhances the storytelling? Running water on brush

Composition – rule of thirds, filling the frame, other? Rule of thirds
Camera angle – high, low, eye level, other? Eye level
Source of lighting – front, back, side, from within the image, other? Side
Framing of the image – how framing enhances the storytelling? Adds a sense of curiosity
Symbolic elements of the image and how they enhance the storytelling? Window, observant
Setting or situation and this enhances the storytelling? Fogged window

Composition – rule of thirds, filling the frame, other? Rule of thirds
Camera angle – high, low, eye level, other? Eye level
Source of lighting – front, back, side, from within the image, other? Side
Framing of the image – how framing enhances the storytelling? Creates depth and meaning
Symbolic elements of the image and how they enhance the storytelling? Mountains
Setting or situation and this enhances the storytelling? Overlook balcony

Composition – rule of thirds, filling the frame, other? Centered
Camera angle – high, low, eye level, other? Eye level
Source of lighting – front, back, side, from within the image, other? Back
Framing of the image – how framing enhances the storytelling? Ambition and determination
Symbolic elements of the image and how they enhance the storytelling? Facetime phone call
Setting or situation and this enhances the storytelling? Other migrants, waiting around in the back

 

 

 

 

2/11- National Portrait Gallery

  1. How will viewing each of these two exhibitions effect the way you take photographs in the future?
  • I think in the future I will be more open to taking risks and not rushing the process. Looking at these photos really made me think about the time invested in capturing one shot. Capturing a moment can change dramatically with use of light, color, distance. Seeing all different approaches was very interesting and refreshing.

THE OUTWIN 2019-American Portraiture today

 Lauren Hare- Secrets

  1. I loved the use of her focused through a window and the use of natural light.
  2. The composition was strong using the rule of thirds that really helped focus on the person in the photo along with appreciating the background.
  3. The lighting was beautifully captured in this photo because the woman is indoors with shade around her, but the natural light looks to be setting in her direction. I loved the color contrast in the yellow and blues as well.
  4. The sense of person in this photo seems to be lighthearted at first but as you look deeper and longer the woman’s mood
  5. At first this photo made me feel connected to her eating donuts but as I looked closer, I felt sorry and a sense of concern and questioning why she looks this way.

 

Mike Byrnside-George, b

  1. This photograph really made me focus and I truly appreciated his face being the focal point and center of attention.
  2. The composition in this photo was so crisp and focused.
  3. The lighting was perfect which seemed to be coming from a light and reflector which also shows the light in his eyes.
  4. The sense of person was a bit harder to read in this picture but overall it seems very strong and respectable.
  5. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this photo because I was so focused on the depth. I was mesmerized by the simplicity yet strength of the photo.

 

Nekisha Durrett- James Baldwin

  1. I was drawn to the material used for the close-up on Baldwin’s face.
  2. The composition was interesting because at a closer position you couldn’t really tell what is in the photo.
  3. The lighting was interesting because there were only two main colors, but it worked perfect because it focused on the shadow and highlights of that face.
  4. This seemed like an honorable sense of person and focus
  5. I felt a sense of interest and curiosity for the materials and how the shadows and highlights were captured in such a simple way.

“IN MID-SENTENCE”

Robert Adelman- Martin Luther King Jr.

  1. This is just a strong and unforgettable photograph and I was drawn by the action in the photo and who was in it.
  2. The composition was easy to read because the rule of thirds was used making it easy to focus on Dr. King although there were other people in the photo.
  3. The lighting was interesting because given the. Fact it was a picture taken in 1963 I couldn’t tell if it was sunny or cloudy that day, but you could tell it is outside and in natural light.
  4. This gave a powerful feel and vibe with the emotion and focus.
  5. I felt honored. This made me think of the people who were able to participate in such a movement and how we have proof and skilled photographers to keep that moment alive.

 

Garry Winogrand- John F. Kennedy

  1. This was such an interesting photo to look at because you focus on the back of Kennedy’s back, but you can also see his face at the bottom through a television which I thought was cleaver.
  2. The composition really had him centered
  3. The lighting I believe drew me in the most because he had that glow around his hair “hair-glow” that is sometimes hard to capture so it was nice to see in what I would think would be a professional setting.
  4. This was another powerful and honorable photo with a hint of personality given the additional factors in the photo.
  5. I felt intrigued with this photo because at first glance you only get the back which was intriguing.

 

Ralph Steiner- Morris Carnovsky/ Lee Strasberg  

  1. I loved this approach because it captures an unusual point to focus on from a different perspective and position.
  2. The composition I felt was well executed in this photo because no matter the chairs it shows Carnovsky and Strasberg in focus and in action.
  3. I appreciated the use of indoor light in this photograph because it has strong shadows of all the furniture around them which also draws you back to them because they are the ones most exposed to the light.
  4. The sense of person in the moment felt very pensive and focused.
  5. I felt intrigued and curious to what was being talked about in the photo.
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