Archive for the ‘Move Me Research’ Category

Holes

10/06/2012




The themes that are emerging from this Move Me project are unexpected. As London based street photographer Nick Turpin says on his website : “… the street reveals itself to you through the act of making pictures and as times goes on themes and patterns often emerge in the resulting pictures and as you become aware of these ‘subjects’ you find yourself seeing them more often and actually looking out for them. You end up with a project you didn’t know you wanted.” I could not have said this better. For more inspiring words and images on street photography, check out his website, click on either link in the text above. He also has a blog on “Sevensevennine”.

On their own these images may not be so interesting, but in a series they make much more sense. Except the middle image, which to me tells a story of loneliness. The man may just be waiting for a friend, and may not be lonely at all, but that is the feeling I get. This is enhanced by the idea of prison that I get from all the metal vertical lines that surround him.

I like how each image has an element of colour in it (from top to bottom: yellow, turquoise, green), and also how they show a person from different angles, one from behind, one sitting and from the front and one side on.

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Vivian Maier

09/06/2012

Vivian Maier was an American street photographer. Her story is an intriguing one, and her candid, and often humorous photographs inspire and move me greatly. The PDF Vivian Maier, which I created, shows some of her images featuring legs. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

For more information about this interesting woman, and to see her images, please visit:

http://www.vivianmaier.com/about-vivian-maier/

New York Times Lens Blog – “New Street Photography, 60 Years Old” by David W. Dunlap – 7 January 2011.

New York Times Lens Blog – “Vivian Maier: Better and Better” by Kerry MacDonald – 16 February 2012

Chicago Mag.com “The Life and Work of Street Photographer Vivian Maier” by Nora O. Donnell

Legs

05/06/2012



Although I do enjoy the subject of stillness, the images I have posted so far for the Move Me project, are not moving me enough. I was going through some older posts in this blog and was inspired by this image I took in 2010 of two women at the market. Funnily enough I wrote about stillness in this image: “The fact that you only see part of these women plus that they are in the foreground, adds a certain stillness to this photo even though it is a busy environment. The shiny asphalt, caused by the rain helps to enhance this effect.”

I enjoy street photography, and the unexpected opportunities, and chance encounters it brings. It is challenging and fun, so I will move away from photographing objects and will focus on photographing legs of people. They can be waiting to cross the road or at a bus stop, sitting on benches in town, or anywhere else. I like how legs communicate something about a person. You can tell a lot about a person by looking at the way they stand, how they position their feet, and the clothes and shoes they wear. The images will document the fashion of the time, and this ties in with my interest in documentary photography. When there are two or more people involved, I want to show the interaction of the legs, and the relationship between the people, as can be seen in Louis Stettner’s image taken in Central Park, New York in 1997.

Louis Stettner – Central Park, New York – 1997

They are not sitting close together, are they work colleagues? The woman’s hands are pointing away from the man. The man’s hand and foot is pointing toward the woman. What does it tell you?

Stillness

06/05/2012

One of the books I picked up in the library inspired me enormously. It is called “Expressive Photography – The Shutter Sisters’ Guide to Shooting from the Heart”. Published by The Ilex Press in Lewes, United Kingdom and edited by one of the Shutter Sisters, Tracey Clark.

The Shutter Sisters' Guide to shooting from the Heart
Chapter 6 is called “Stillness” and it is written by Irene Nam. She talks about stillness in photography and the sense of peace that is to be found in moments in our daily lives, that often goes unnoticed. “It is about finding tranquility in the way we perceive the world around us and capturing it, no matter how chaotic and unpredictable the circumstances are.” This speaks to me because I am very much interested in capturing moments, people, and objects in our ordinary, everyday lives that we take for granted and do not notice, and make them visible.

For more information about The Shutter Sisters go to: http://shuttersisters.com/.

Start with Research

03/05/2012

Most of the time with a new assignment all sorts of ideas and images flash through my brain. I write them down as this is what comes up first. Next it is a trip to the library and pick up whatever books or magazines attract. I look at a lot of images as images give me ideas. In “The Studio Photographers Lighting Bible” I saw an image of a woman blowing soap bubbles. I was drawn to this image because of the colours and reflections in the bubbles and the playfulness and lightness of it. I started thinking and researching bubbles. There are all sorts of tips on the internet.

I also had a model in mind, one of my classmates with short, dark hair that would suit the shoot I had in mind. She needed to have short, dark hair because I wanted her to wear a shower cap. I recently had seen photos of her doing yoga poses and I wanted to combine that to have some fun with the digital medium format camera. In the end we didn’t do this as it didn’t make much sense.

I bought different sizes containers with bubbles, including a fire engine bubble machine. When you turn it on, the siren starts to make noise, lights start flashing and you have to hold it, otherwise it drives around in circles. It blows nice little bubbles.

My idea was to have my model wear black and I would photograph her against a black background and wearing a shower cap (which I find relates somewhat to a bubble).The words I gave her to describe the effect I was after were: light, fairy tale, quirky, meditative, pantomime, and in some images I wanted her face to be stoic as a contrast to the playfulness of the bubbles. It would have been good to have a third person in the studio to actually blow the bubbles. Also for shooting bubbles it is good to be able to use continuous shooting, which the digital medium format camera doesn’t do. You’ll see the results of the shoot in my next post.

Meanwhile another idea had emerged: photographing stillness. More later.


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