Choose ONE photographer you have seen so far that inspires you.

Aaron Siskind

•Create a gallery of their photographs (at least 8). You can find lots of images online but try to select those that are at least 800 pixels wide.

•Make a list of at least 5 characteristics (typical things) that define your chosen photographs (Tip: think about the Formal Elements. Also, what do you see that’s similar in three or more of these pictures?)

Texture, tone, contrast, unique patterns, no main subject

•Describe the work of the artist referencing these characteristics (you can add more if you wish)

The texture is very similar in all the pictures, the pictures are all black and white, the patterns are very random

•Explain why you have chosen this photographer including how the photographer relates to your vision

In my other set, I went for more colorful pictures, and for this set I’m going to try and use a tint on my pictures, making the pictures seem a bit more dreary or something to that effect.

If you can – Find a quotation by your photographer and Explain why you chose the particular quotation and how it helps you understand the photographer’s work.

“We look at the world and see what we have learned to believe is there. We have been conditioned to expect… but, as photographers, we must learn to relax our beliefs.”
― Aaron Siskind

I believe this quotation gives great insight into Aaron Siskinds perspective on photography. It shows that he believes as photographers, people must see things in a different way than they normally do.

  • Why did you choose this image in particular?

It really stands out to me and it feels different than the other pictures.

  • What do you find surprising or unusual about this photograph?

The pattern gets smoother towards the bottom.

  • Look carefully and choose ONE of the Formal Elements that you think is important in the photograph (E.g. Focus, Light, Line, Repetition, Shape, Texture, Value/Tone).


  • Describe why you think it is important (2 or 3 sentences)

The texture of this photo is very interesting, it feels velvety, but also crinkly at the same time, almost like a type of paper or fabric. This really affects the feel of the photo, making it contrast itself by seeming soft and rough at the same time.

  • In what ways are your chosen artist’s photographs abstract?

There is no main subject, and the pictures all have some sort of pattern that can have different meanings to different people.

  • What do you like about the style? Be specific and explain your answer.

I think it feels very unique and beautiful. It’s unique in that it is very different from regular photos of landscape and people, and it’s beauty comes from the patterns that have a controlled chaos to them.

  • How will you adapt this style to your own photography? How does the image/artist inspire YOU?

I’m going to try experimenting with different tints and filters and see how they affect the picture. This artist inspires me with his unique perspective on things.

Revised statement of intent:

The message of my triptych will be about how plastic/trash is everywhere. When people see my triptych, I want them to want to make a change and help the environment. To find inspiration I will find photos that focus on more negative emotions such as desolation and loneliness. Plastic/trash is a huge problem in the world today and I would like to change that.