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Category: Photography

Set #2 – Contact sheet

Set #2 – Green Photos

Set #2 – Red Photos

Critique of my Favourite Red Images – Set1

Red Image Critique – Set #1


Formal Elements

  1. Explain what the phrase Formal Elements means in photography.
    1. They are the basic elements that make up a picture
  2. Describe each of the 6 elements discussed so far (line, shape, pattern, texture, tone, focus)
    1. Line is the lines in the photo, and they are the lines that our eyes follow, so they are used as a tool to direct our attention.
    2. Shape is the second most fundamental aspect of a photo.  Shape helps convey the nature of a subject, not just what its appearance is, but also other aspects of it.
    3. Pattern/Repetition is a tool to help show the differences in similarities.
    4. Texture adds character and interest to the photo, sort of adding onto shape, and it’s also influenced by other elements.
    5. Value/tone adds colour and contrast to the picture and divides it, and can give it a certain feel.
    6. Focus can put attention on certain objects, or make them harder to recognise. This can be used in many ways.
  3. Give an example that emphasises each element –
  4. Can an image show just one element at a time? Justify your answer.
    1. No, because even the most basic image has at least some of these, it’s impossible to not have at least some.

Paul Strand Response

  1. List 3 things the photographer might have been interested in capturing in this picture?
    1. The shadow, the shapes, the contrast in lighting
  2. If you were the photographer, what title would you give it? Explain why.
    1. Bright shadows, because of the contrast between the light and shadow
  3. Name one thing you think is unusual about the photograph.
    1. It’s tilted
  4. Describe the use of line, shape, Pattern, texture, tone and focus
    1. There are lines in different directions, giving a sense of contrast. The shapes are all right up against each other, which makes contrast easier to see, and the pattern in the shadows have different tones which also contrast. The texture feels rough and cold in the shadows but warm in the sun, again creating contrast. The tone is a warmish tone, I don’t really know how it affects the picture, and the focus is average, so that it doesn’t affect the picture.
  5. What do you think is the best thing about this photograph?
    1. It does what it’s meant to do really well.

Starting Point Assessment

  1. How can photography change our relationship to things?
    1. It can make us consider things in different ways
  2. What is pictorialism?
    1. Pictorialism is an approach to photography that only cares about the beauty of subject matter, tonality, and composition rather than the authenticity of the picture.
  3. What is abstract photography?
    1. Abstract photography is taking photos that are meant to be unclear and send a message
  4. Write a (very) short biography of Albert Renger-Patzsch (just 1 or 2 sentences).
    1. He was a German photographer who liked realistic photos.
  5. From looking at his images above, What types of subjects do you think Albert Renger-Patzsch preferred to photograph?
    1. Normal, everyday things
  6. Why do you think he entitled his famous book, ‘The World is Beautiful’?
    1. To show that normal things are beautiful
  7. Why do you think Edward Weston moved away from the soft-focus of pictorialism to the new Straight photography movement? – the idea that ordinary objects and scenes can be photographed to reveal their beauty
    1. He felt like pictorialism was too fake and wanted his work to be fascinating because of what it is, not how it was manipulated to look.
  8. Give examples of one of his pictorialist images and one of his straight images.
    1. pepperEdward Weston. 'Steel: Armco, Middletown, Ohio' October 1922
  9. How has Aaron Siskind been influenced by the Straight Photography Movement
    1. He has no filters on his photos, So it’s a kind of Straight Abstract photography.
  10. Name some other photographers that have been influenced by straight photography
    1. Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Dody Weston Thompson, and Berenice Abbott
  11. What makes the work of Andreas Gursky and Uta Barth abstract. Are they straight photographers? Why?
    1. Andreas Gursky’s pictures show differences in similarity and similarity in differences, which is a concept that is abstract. Uta Barth makes blurry/distorted photos so that people have to think about what they’re seeing. Andreas Gursky is a straight photographer, however, since Uta Barth manipulates her photos, she is not a straight photographer.

Abstract Photograph Definition

An abstract photograph is supposed to non-represent something, which basically means that people shouldn’t immediately recognise what the photo is about, and have to think about your photo and what you are trying to convey through it.

Wrong Photos Contact Sheet

  1. What is the purpose of rules in photography?

Photography rules are more like guidelines for your standard pictures to make them as good as possible. However, this is just for general pictures and pictures with different purposes might have to break rules to be good.

2. In your mind, what are (some of) the most important rules in photography?

Make sure your subject is fully in the photo, make sure the photo isn’t blurry, make sure there isn’t too much dead space, and make sure that the lighting is good.

3. When might it be a good idea to deliberately break the rules?

When you are trying to take a picture with purposes outside the norm.

4. Do you think it possible to break rules if you don’t know they exist? Give reasons for your answer.

Yes, why wouldn’t you be able to? Just because someone doesn’t know something, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. If a tree falls in the forest and it makes a sound nobody hears, it still makes a sound. The world does not revolve around humans or any kind of lifeform.

5. Can a ‘bad’ picture ever be ‘great’? – How important is context in photography? (context= why a picture was taken, when or where it was taken and what message you were trying to make)

Yes, it can be. Context is very important in photography because knowing someone’s intentions helps understand the purpose in their actions.

Wrong Photos

Context is very important in photography because it might affect the way you see the image or the meaning of the image.

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