Nick Fancher is a photographer, author, and educator who specializes in dramatic lighting, often employing the use of bold colors and experimental camera techniques. Fancher graduated from Ohio State with a BFA in photography in 2005 and has authored several books on his techniques including Studio Anywhere 1 & 2 and Chroma. He is currently available for photo commissions worldwide. Many of his works deal with pops of color, light reflection, and more.
I found inspiration from Fancher’s work because his photograph
s are special and unique to each individual. As you can see in the photographs to the right. Each image is special to that particular individual. This was important to me because my vision is to use reflection photography to bring out the uniqueness of each individual to get across a message saying that “it’s okay to be different and it’s okay to be you”. I think making each photograph special to a person shows the big array of human capability and the identities of different individuals.
Moreover, looking through Fancher’s portfolio I am overwhelmed with how impactful and unique each of his photographs are. What entices me the most is the way he uses color in his work.
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When you first look at this photograph, it is certain that your eyes will drift towards the large orange/red splotch of color and light in the middle of the photograph. What does this cause you to feel…uneasy? curious? Aha! The perfect hook for a photograph. Not only does this pop of color encourage a deeper message for the photograph but the over-saturation of it entices the viewer to keep looking. What I particularly appreciate in this photograph is how there are opposite colors being presented. Blue and orange are opposite colors on the color wheel and since the body of the object is blue and the background is orange it becomes very likable for the viewer. Personally, my eyes like looking at the cool and warm aesthetic presented. I aim to include these concepts in my work.
In my photographs, I am to use my projector to project different colors and shapes onto different individuals to bring out special aspects of them. For example focusing different shapes on the eyes, to bring light to each individual.
Antonio Gutierrez Pereira
Initially when I viewed this photograph I was really enticed because it inspired a new idea of portraiture, this image has a very unusual twist. The refraction of the water distorts the model, making the image slightly sinister, and much more dramatic. The bold lip, strict eyebrows, and black and white make this photograph incredibly focused. I love how the main object is enlarged. I could stare at this photograph for long period because of the definition coming from the glass.
This photograph is similar to the one above. The subject is shown with huge, distorted eyes. It shows an unnatural facial expression as the eyes are contorted. The image is black and white which could mean that Pereira was aiming to symbolize a hidden emotion through the warped, large eyes. He has created this by positioning the camera to make the face symmetrical, so it looks like the distorted eyes are still apart of the face. It seems to the viewer that Pereira has not used any Photoshop, which creates a more natural look for the viewer. It can be argued that he has done this to show that the eyes are enlarged to represent that eyes are windows to the soul and so wanted to emphasize this symbolic depiction. Additionally, this is further emphasized by the two bold lines running straight towards the two glasses and the two eyes, helping lead the viewers eyes and making the photo even more satisfying to look at.
“Girls don’t just decide to hate their bodies. We teach them to.” Mik Zazon.
We live in a world of social media, plastic surgery, and photoshop. It fills our minds with lies and unrealistic ideas that kill our self-esteem and damage our mental health. As a young teenage girl in 2021, I continuously see my girlfriends acting worried and insecure because of the standards they view for themselves on social media.
My intended audience for these photographs is young girls. I hope that when the viewer looks at my photographs, they will feel a sense of interest and self-relief. “Oh, that girl’s nose doesn’t look picture perfect.” All generations need to become aware of self-love and appreciating themselves. I believe transitioning this into photography would be sufficient. Therefore, I have taken the initiative to base my project on this daunting issue.
Lee Friedlander helped spark my vision. Friedlander displayed a series of self-portraits. I was drawn to them because of how simplistic they were yet so enticing. To sum the visual of his photographs, they are images of Friedlander and his camera in the reflection of a mirror. What caught my eye in these photographs was that he did not always show his full-body; they seemed very raw, simplistic, and natural. The natural and simplistic feeling helped identify the ideas I want to incorporate in my work.
Moreover, the photographs on my mood board were chosen because they all mainly focus on one object. The stress causes photographs to be observed as very clear and not crowded. It entices the viewer to only look at the main item in the picture. Next, the photographs’ lighting is very studio-oriented because there is professional lighting in most of them. I feel this helps make the image look and feel dramatic and important. Also, I was drawn to the black and white pictures; it felt as if they could tell a more in-depth story. I am inspired to include features like this in my photographs as well.
In my project, the photographs will show magnified and emphasized parts of the human face. Facial features, like lips, eyes, and nose. These specific features are famously known to be surgically changed (e.g., eye color with contacts, lip fillers). To do so, my plan is to use Pereira’s style, using glasses, to magnify and express different aspects of the human face. I hope to use the variations of features to raise awareness surrounding the idea of body image. Making a part bigger, making it look different, or showing various people and their features can help create the idea that everyone is different, and it is okay to be different. Additionally, since the results will be so warped and potentially funny, or a little quirky it’ll also help lighten the mood and make it seem like body image isn’t something so serious, you can be relaxed and smile a bit, no matter what you look like!
The working title of my project is Feature Preacher. So, “preaching” (facial) features. It sounds quite silly, but it seems like a good fit for my message.
To conclude, I hope to help my audience connect to body image and find interest in the different photographs with this project, and I aim to find inspiration and develop my ideas by looking at Lee Friedlander’s self-portrait photographs as well as Antonio Gutierrez Pereira.