"Art is technique: a means by which to materialize the invisible realm of the mind." Hiroshi Suigimoto

Set a Lite & Studio Practice

The intention behind my set up is to create a photo that give off a dramatic feel. I want the background to be dark and a spotlight to be behind the subject. I didn’t want the spotlight to be right on the subjects face but more behind so it looks as if its glowing around them. The pose is suppose to help the dramatic feel by increasing the use of body language. The subject is in a thoughtful pose, but it also provides a feeling of power and confidence to the photo.


I think for a first try this photo was mostly successful. There ended up being a mostly dramatic feel towards the photo. The pose of the subject ended up changing to work with how the lights were set to create shadows. Also, I modified the pose to work better with the model and what I thought would be more comfortable. While the lighting is not an exact copy of the plan, it is almost identical with more of an orange tint. The shadow that the shoe and pose create works better than the original plan as well. Overall, I would say it was a success and the planning helped frame an idea of what I wanted to create.



A portrait is a photo of someone that’s expressing or showing the emotion of the subject. A portrait should include a vital subject that draws the audience’s attention. However, a portrait does not have to be of a human face. There are many different ways to convey emotions or a story through various objects that are not facial expressions. This is done in many different ways, like having solid colors, exciting poses, or other eye-catching elements. For example, in Anton Corbijn’s photo of John Lee Hooker’s Hand, the whole image is a close-up of Hooker’s hand, but that doesn’t affect the impact the photo has. The contrast the palm lines have to draw the audience’s eyes towards the picture and the position of his fingers adds effect to him being a guitarist. The overall photo is a solid portrait to show how work has taken a toll on John Lee Hooker’s hand without using his face. Stories can also be shown through a sequence of images. These can vary from the same subject posing differently to contrasting visions of people, including different clothes or emotions. Sequences help show a subject as a whole instead of one moment in time, so they can be more useful when presenting an idea instead of a specific image with a set story.

Mood Board and Mind Map

Photgraphy mood board 

Statement of Intent:

The title of this project is “Lady vs. Athlete”. The societal/cultural issue I want to explore with my photographs is the stereotypes and stigmatism surrounding female athletes and how “Theres a time and a place to be a lady, and theres a time and a place to be an athlete.” I want my audience to feel a sense of understanding and strong comparison when looking at my photos. I want to provide a sense of understanding around being a female athlete and what that sometimes entails. I also want to use strong comparisons between what would be considered “ladylike” and how that can compare to an athletic look, like having your nails, makeup, or hair done. I will get inspiration and develop my ideas by looking for photographs that use strong contrasting lighting and try to provide a story through multiple shots put into a ‘storyline.’

Artist: David Hockney

David Hockney has a unique way of conveying emotions and capturing the audiences attention in his work. When looking at Hockney’s photos, he always layers his photos to create an imperfectly aligned collage that . I choose David Hockney to inspire my photography because I like his use of collages to add more of an impact to his photo. He takes many different photos of the same scene, sometimes of people or sometimes of landscape, and he creates a collage to look like one photo. This is an interesting idea because of how it can show many different sides to a piece, especially a photo of a person. Hockney’s technique is a creative way to convey many different emotions to one photograph but also to catch the audiences eye. In addition, he sticks is a neutral cool tone color scheme, usually having blue white and gray in his photos. However, he doesn’t stay in the conformity of photographs being a simple rectangle. Some of his photos, like Telephone Pole 1982, is an assortment of different photos in a random shape to best show off the main subject, the telephone pole. He also will include gaps in the collage and fill in a relating colorful background that makes the original photos stand out. I will take this idea into my experiments by trying to piece together different photos to make one that can stand for multiple different things. The technique of having a collage will work best for my intention of comparing and contrasting what society thinks a lady and an athlete should look like. I also want to take inspiration from his use of leaving gaps in the collage and not using simple A4 or a rectangular outline, but instead configuring shapes with the collage to create a stronger impact on the audience.




In this photo the main subject is the whole photo itself. It focuses on the road and the collage together. The eye is naturally drawn to the photo because of the bright, bold colors and the texture the photograph provides. Because its not one photo, many collaged together, there are a lot of ‘errors’ or things that don’t work together cohesively. With this in mind, it catches the eye faster and makes you study the photo, trying to pick out each individual photograph thats part of the collage.  The photo provides almost an uncomfortable feel with the unalignment of the images. The strong controst between the colors in the picture, like the grey and brown of the road against the blue sky and yellow stop sign,

Abstract Set 3:Light

Hiroshi Sugimoto









  • Black and White
  • Simple/ “Easy”
  • Line and Tone
  • Strong contrast or easy gradient
  • Sharp


Hiroshi Sugimoto focuses on the simplicity a photo can give. He took interesting places like a lighting field or an opera house and made the photos calm. His photos usually have a strong accent on line and tone. I like how Hiroshi usually has  a sharp accent in his work, either if it’s bold and noticeable like the lighting field, or more in the background like the skylines in his sea pictures. Hiroshi Sugimoto helps provide inspiration for my vision because of how he uses light in black and white. He takes photos that could be everyday, basic photos and makes them interesting with his work in black and white, what the focus is on, and what the contrasting element in his photo is. “However fake the subject, once photographed, its as good as real.” (Hiroshi Sugimoto) I like this quotation because it can show how a good photo can be taken whenever. This also helps apply to modern days with photo editing softwares that can manipulate an image.

I chose this image as my favorite because of the attention the screen draws. There is plenty of more interesting details in the background, like the ornate details the opera house has. However, the contrast the white screen brings is the most eye capturing part of the photo. The use of shape is very simple but unique to this photo because its a large block. Usually when looking at a photo where the light created a blank canvas, people would describe it as an accident and start over, but this photo was Hiroshi Suigimoto’s intention. The details of the opera house also help make this photo more interesting because the longer you stare at it, the more you see them. It’s interesting because you overlook the details to look at the screen of white sitting on the stage. This photo is abstract because there’s no easy way to define this photo. Sugimoto’s photos usually have not one definite subject and instead focus on simple things, or how light can draw attention. His photos are very interesting to look at, even more once you learn what they are photos of. I enjoy the unique take he has on photos and how you might not be able to identify the purpose behind the photo but, “art resides even in things with no artistic intentions.” (Hiroshi Suigimoto) I will take inspiration from his photos by trying to stick to a color theme and having strong contrasting elements. I want to try and have some simple photos that have a shadow in the background to stand out. I also want to try my best to take my own attempt at a photo like the opera house. Having a unique background that is only seen after you look at the photo for a while, and having a eye-drawing element in the front that’s simple.


Statement of Intent

I will take photos that draw the eye towards a contrasting element of the background. Using the same color scheme, and a yellow light, the photos will have a simple background with a sharp element in the front. I am taking inspiration from Hiroshi Suigimoto’s style of photos and specifically his “In Praise of Shadow”, “Seascapes,” and “Lighting Fields” work.



Abstraction Set 2: Light

Uta Barth


  • Light makes the photo
  • Never really in focus
  • Blank, not busy background; plain
  • If light main, orange light/sun/natural light
  • Comparison photos


While Uta Barth does not fully represent my chosen view, her images are still good examples of how you can play with light. A lot of her photos have some interesting light element, even if its subtle or the main focus. I like how her photos are unique in that they’re rarely busy. Most of the background is blank or not busy with anything to distract your eye. I like how some of her photos play with shadows as the main focus, when usually shadows are not as common in pictures, or are hidden and forgotten. For my manipulation of light, I enjoy how she compares the two photos if they’re edited or different in small variations. I also enjoy the redness of her photos. I will mostly be trying to use natural or warm color lighting like how Barth’s light usually occurs.

“I suppose I could use a different camera and other lenses, but I am interested only in the area where the light happens to fall; I am not trying to describe the room.” (Uta Barth) I liked this quote because I think it helps describe the blankness of the background. Its about the light and nothing else around; there should be no distractions from the main purpose.

I particularly like this image because of the yellow light and yellow couch. The feel of this photo is how I want my triptych to feel. The use of shadows and shapes in this photo is alluring against the empty background. The contrast is strong even when the colors and tone are very similar. I would consider this photo balanced even when it could be considered a “Wrong” photo as well. The shadow is the main focus, but with the couch framing the wall the piece is pulled together well. I want to try to bring this balanced and calming feel into my own photography by using close colors. A strong contrasting picture could switch emotions fast, making the photo more dramatic and and opposite of the original intent.

All Photos

I tried to take my photos off of turning light into abstraction. I wanted clean, empty backgrounds and for the light to be the main focus. All of these photos were taken through the school.

Green contact sheet:

Abstarct set2 contact sheet


Red Photos:

The images link to my artist because of the focus on light. The light and its echo is the main focus; there’s no distractions behind it. Shape is also a very important element to these photos because its what gives them dimension. The photos work together because of their elements, they all have an echo that creates a interesting feature. The photos are meant to give an ominous feeling, together. Even if the individual photos are different and contrasting from the others, they work well together to give the sense of warmth from light, but also the ominous feeling the light colors provide. For my next set, I want to focus more on one light and how different photos can be taken. While I like how these photos turned out, they’re too different to work together towards the vision I was trying to get. I need to focus on more warm color light, and I will use a textures background to play with shadows and how to manipulate the light echo. By set 3, I hope to have a warm, coffeehouse feeling, triptych that has a clear theme without having to use words.

Mind Map and Intent

Statement of Intent

Exploitation of Light

The message behind my triptych will be to show how manipulating light can convey a feeling of calm. When looking at my photographs, I want my audience to feel a sense of peacefulness, almost as if it would fit into a coffeehouse aesthetic. I will be getting my inspiration from a wide variety of artist, I will be trying to embrace how Uta Barth is able to manipulate her light to get photographs where the light is the main focus. I will also be looking at how other photographers are able to convey specific feelings through their photographs and what common elements they have in them. Light can help convey a different range of emotions, but I will be focusing on a calming feeling. My goal is to come up with a piece that looks as if it would sit on a coffeehouse wall.

Green Contact Sheet

698 Green Photo contact sheet

“Red Photos” Critiques

Red Photo Critique

 When taking these photos I had looked for simple architectural designs.

 The inspirational photos I had chosen were working with shadows, everyday sights, and without a specific human subject. Line is one of the main photos emphasized by these pictures because the way they split the picture. The elements work together to convey a concise image they provide a calm feeling and one that could transport the photos back in time toward industrialization. The photos ended up steering away from the artist I has meant to follow. For set two, I am going to be more clear about my vision and how to capture those photos. The photos I take will be more concise towards the vision and work well together. While these three are similar in the aspect of looking more industrial, they’re still far from working closely together to portray what I had imagined when taking the photos. My next set will be more planned and thought out.

Albert Renger-Patzsch Set 1

Albert Renger-Patzsch









  • Shadows
  • Everyday objects: things you don’t think twice about
  • Reveal beauty
  • Basic Backgrounds, not busy, blank
  • No faces, people aren’tthe focus of the photo

Albert Renger-Patzsch takes photos of every day stuff, he focuses on not as eye drawing things and photographs them so they grab your attention. His photos don’t usually focus on people but more about the things around them. He takes shadows, shapes, and kine to show things people wouldn’t usually think twice about.

I choose him because I liked his work and the challenge of finding “boring” stuff and making it interesting. I also liked that his photos were in black and white so there was no color to capture the eye and that it was the sheer interest of how they were portrayed that kept audiences attention. I liked his building and architecture shots and took that in mind to 798.


“In photography one should surely proceed from essence of the object and attempt to represent it with photographic terms alone.”


This photo is one of my favorites from Albert Renger-Patzsch due to his use of shape and light. The way the image has been set up, the shadow coming from the bottle and glass contrast very well against the white background. The colors are very simple because the photo is taken in black and white, however it works well with the use of tone in this picture. With Patzsch use of value and tone, the shadows give off a feeling a warmth and peace. Albert Renger-Patzsch photos are abstract based on that there is usually not one main subject. He’ll take photos of basic objects and portray them to where your perception of them changes. I like his style of capturing the everyday world because the photos that come out can be very unique. Trying to find these photos opens eyes to the beauty that surrounds you when you least expect it. Also the simplicity of his photos combined with the feeling they give off, which is usually serene and calm, is very interesting. Im going to take this style of photography and try to capture pictures of subjects people would usually walk by or not look at. My goal is to capture photos that will change the way people look at the things around them



My vision is to capture photos of things that are not usually given a second thought and bring a new light to them.


Blue Photos.

I took these photos to try and capture the architectural feel Renger-Patzsch photos. I looked for more industrial places where I could end with more interesting photos that could change your view point. I also ended up with some photos where I feel like they could pull you back in time when the architect style was more popular versus the modern feel of places now.

Photo Safari

Photo Safari Contact Sheet

Most of my photos that worked well were my spur of the moments one. When I was trying to find specific ones that matched a 1-12 image, they looked forced and were not as good. I found that the photos where I had just taken them because I thought they would look good were some of my best ones. It was hard to go out and try to find specific photos that fit the standards instead of just seeing what worked. Line, shape, and texture were some of the easier photos to see with the eye. They easily stood out as what could be a captivating photo.

Formal Elements

Formal elements in abstract in photography is what you look for and see in a abstract photo. They are what makes the photo stand out and attract attention.

Line: Lines can be simple and attract attention to one thing, or they could also split the photograph and obscure prospective. Lines can also change the feel of a photograph. For example, horizontal lines provide a restful feel while vertical lines can show power and strength.

Shape: Shape is what the eye can focus on. They add depth and show the nature of the photo. They also help show the relationship with things in the photo.

Pattern: Pattern can be used to play tricks. It can make something look different from what it actually is. Photographers can also use breaking a pattern to make an interesting photo because it helps reveal what the context behind the photo is.

Texture: Texture adds feeling into a photograph. It helps the audience imagine what the photo feels like and can help portray the mood of the photo. Different textures can also draw the eye because texture itself can be the abstract photograph itself.

Tone: Tone is important because it provides a variety of color and shades. It can help portray the feeling behind the photo, and it could also be the focus of the photo

Focus: Focus can change the perspective of a photo. It could be used to show different view points, how often specific things are overlooked, or what feelings are put into the photo. The focus of a photo can be widely different from the one next to it.

An image could possibly show only one element at a time. However it would be very hard to because they all go together. When a photo has shape, it also has the lines that make the shape up. With patterns usually come different type of texture or tone that contrast with things around it.

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