Inspiration

The artist that inspires me is David Hockney, he has a very interesting style, he takes several images of the same subject and then combines them with his own ideals. He combines them in a fashion where the image of the subject can still be recognizable, and actually forms an interesting shape of the original subject. This way, this brings out a much more intriguing potential interpretation of the image. The message is quite vague, but it could potentially be how there isn’t always one side to a story. Since in this case, he takes many different photos from many different angles of the same subject, which corresponds to the story, and then combines them together to show the image in a different way, which corresponds to the different sides of the story. I chose this photographer as my inspiration because it is quite similar to my intent. I am trying to show how despite being in completely social classes, people are still the same. With a style that is like David Hockney, I am able to show how they are the same subject, which how they are the same person despite being on different ends of the spectrum. Which is why I have chosen the style of David Hockney as my inspiration.

This photo here has several different photos that are combined into one big photograph. As I previously mentioned there are many different photos of this man, from several different angles. This creates a multitude of interpretations that are completely open to the audience and the viewers of the photograph. This applies to several other photographs that are by Hockney as well.

This photo displays a person dancing that is captured at several different moments by the photographer. This shows a process in which the dancer moves around within the photo.

Cultural and Societal Issues

One photograph can tell so many things, the story behind it, the meaning behind it, the message behind it. I think the societal issues that I will be trying to explore is how different social classes, as well as different wealth classes, and how people from both classes are actually innately the same, and how they’re living their life to the fullest. They don’t necessarily need the amount of wealth as those that are in more financially successful classes. Those people are just as happy despite potentially not being as financially stable. They could be even more happy of how they live their life in contrast to those that are financially stable.

Science and Negotiation

I haven’t read all too much over the break, however, I was able to complete the science of story telling. It’s an extremely well-written book, it allows the readers to understand, what the brain considers interesting, how the brain works. In general, how humans functions, and how they are so predictable. Unfortunately, I don’t think that this book is a very good one to analyze, since the subject of the book, is analyzing how humans work, and analyzing, an analysis of the human brain, doesn’t sound all that interesting. So I think, the self help book, never split the difference, about negotiation is a much better option. Even though, I read this book quite early on in the year, I still think it is one of the best reads I have had. It was written by Chris Voss, which is an ex FBI agent, a master negotiator.

Identity

What makes a photograph a portrait, is when the photograph is orientated towards a representation of the person, meaning that the person is the subject of the photo. I personally believe that selfies are considered to be portraits, they are what you would categorize as self-portraits. Based on my previous definition, there are absolutely no reason for selfies to not be considered a portrait. There shouldn’t be other unnecessary people inside a portrait, the portrait should only consist the main person of the subject. There are endless possibilities of what makes a good portrait. However, there are some key rules that could potentially improve the quality of your photograph, such as the rule of the third. That is there for you to place your subject within the appropriate frame. Once again, rules are meant to be broken, their sole existence is for them to be broken. Thus, there are endless possibilities of what makes a “good” portrait. I believe that most photographs can be considered a portrait, since the rules are there to be broken. Such as a hand, a close up of a hand, I believe can be considered a portrait, it is still something that belongs to an animate body, such as the face of the animate body, both are something that is possessed by the something animate. I personally don’t believe that abstract concepts, such as a torn person, or faded person, will ever cease to be considered a portrait. As long as the person is still somewhat recognizable, or even a humanoid figure. I believe that is considered a portrait. Through inanimate objects, as long as those objects represent a person, I still believe that it is considered to be a portrait, even though the person that is being represented isn’t exactly present within the photograph, but the objects that are, is representing the said person. A sequence of images is definitely considered to be a portrait, with a sequence of images, it is much easier for you to tell a story that is about the person inside the photograph.

Science of Story Telling

I was initially recommended by my brother to read this book. This book is about how to catch people’s attentions, and how to trigger their nervous system into paying attention. It uses several examples from the real world, to help the readers understand the complicated scientific terms that were used in this book. It allows the readers to see the world differently due to the introduction of how human brains function. How we are instinctively, how we are primitively, and what grabs our attention. This book is a really good read, I would highly recommend this to anyone who is interested in psychology, or cognitive science.

Triptych

I selected these three photographs because of their individuality. All three photos are quite distinct from eachother, however, when you combine these photos with the right amount of white space between it. It really can be quite interesting, the way that these photos cross with each other. They all inhibit the color red, however, of different shades. It really allows the audience to wonder, how each of the photograph was taken, since each photograph was taken in a much different manner. Framing of the photo was extremely important in the making of the triptych. 

Set 2

Set 2 Contact Sheet

Intent:

For the second set, I decided to go for a style similar to that of Klaus Lentjew, a minimalistic and architecture influenced photos. This relates to my original image since these things are still related to man made things. I want the audience that viewed these photographs to feel a sense of simplicity and forget about all the complicated things in life, and just appreciate the colors that are being presented in this particular set of photos. This would be something that I would like to enact on my audience, or, whoever is viewing this photograph. What separates my photographs and his, are the fact that some of the colors in his photographs have a practically 0 gradient to it. Which makes it seem like it is digitally created and not captured live. This would be something that I would be inclined to imitate, however, in some cases, my photos were a bit overexposed in terms of lighting. That would be something for me to reflect on, as I believe that if those photos were not overexposed, those same photos would be much better than they were.

Analysis of Favorite Red Image:

The first red image that i have highlighted I think is the best out of all of the photos I have taken throughout the journey to set 2. I think this image was able to utilize the reflection effect that was provided through the glass. The trees in the background of the photo was able to bring out the open interpretation of the photo, allowing the audience to interpret the photo as they like. Whether they want to focus on whats reflecting off of the glass, or they want to focus on the glass itself, it is completely up to them. Or they can focus on something completely different from what I can imagine, that is what makes abstract photography great. This relates to my artist Ola Kolehmainen, because he uses glass as a tool to take photos, the reflection of the photos, is what makes his style unique. That was what I attempted to imitate in this photo here. However, contrasting to what my intentions where for set 2, imitating Lentjew, I still took a couple of photos that were related to Ola Kolehmainen. I don’t think there is anything that is particularly unusual about this photograph, what makes my favorite image of this contact sheet is the fact that several elements bring out this effect that I have previously mentioned. Like the reflection effect for example. Lines, I think are the most important effect in this photograph, largely due to the fact that there are lines in the reflection, as well as the outline of the glass is actually created by lines. So in this photography, lines would be the most important element in this photo.

Analyzing the “red” image

I chose this image in particular because this image appears so simplistic yet it is so detailed. From the first glance it is just a a piece of window that is in between two rusted walls. However, if you really look into it, there is so much more than that. I found the patterns within the reflection of the glass to be quite interesting, its not completely straight, meaning that the glass is not perfectly straight either, so instead of completely mimicking the images, it instead refracts the pattern. I think the shapes are the most prominent in this photograph, there are so many shapes within this photograph, that it allows the audience to interpret as they wish. I believe, the rusted walls corroborates the glass by deviating all the attention towards the reflection, the shape gives it a sense of direction. My artist, Ola Kolehmainen, uses the reflection of glass in order to create repetition in his photographs, which is really boundless, I dont believe that words are able to describe his photos to its fullest extent, even if I attempt to imitate his photos, there would always be something that is missing. I’ll definitely use his style to improve my own, I’ll use the glass and reflections to help bring out the open interpretation in my photos

 

Set 1

Set 1

The photos that I have labeled blue, are a lot more lenient towards that of a repeating pattern and a lot of them are quite rough, in terms of the fact that they aren’t actually centered, or that they are angled properly so that there are no extra elements in the photography that are not supposed to be in there. Several pictures that I have chosen green from the blue are also repeating patterns, however, they are a lot more centered, and they aren’t certain elements or, extra elements that makes the photo look less focused on the subject. This was my intention in picking the green photos. There were some cases the blue photos were shot on the corner of a stair case, or a corner of a cube. This would allow the audience to simply appreciate three shades of the same color. Since the sun would be there to create a sense of depth and a gradient of sorts. Still, they are really similar to the blue photos, what sets them apart from the blue photos, is the fact that it is much more focused. The red photos, are different, for the brick tiles, I really enjoyed looking at the lines creating this spiral effect, which then consequently created shapes that spiral around the center brick as well. This was what caught my eye, and I believe that this would catch the audiences eye as well. The second red photo, I later analyzed in one of my other blog posts here.

Mind Map + Vision

The message of my triptych will be to respect mankind’s creations. Everyday objects we use, and we take for granted, I want people to appreciate the work that mankind has gone through in order to bring us to where we are today. Through my presentation, I want the audience to appreciate and respect those who have been innovative and be grateful to our people. For inspiration, I plan on finding a photographs, or a photographer that takes images of the most simplest mechanical things, having the audience feel the immediate reaction of appreciation. Everyday things that did not exist in ancient times but existed now, are so important to us these days that we don’t even realize how our life would be without them.

MindMap