I’m reading a very interesting book about “Photography as a Contemporary Art” (here) and I find amusing how author is challenged to choose one of many photos from each author, to define his own art or style.
The author is a woman – she explains how hard this activity could be. She begins the book with an explanation, saying that one photo cannot define one photographer. but one photo can explain his/her style or his/her idea of style (sometime just one style among many he/she masters).
So I ask myself: how can I find which one is my style, therefore explore it deeply, therefore I can master it? And I’m not talking about Portrait vs Nude vs Landscape. They are more like a genre, in my opinion.
I’m talking about the subtle touch, one ARTIST put in his/her shots, so they look like something unique and peculiar.
You know, those times you see one photo, ten photos, and you immediately can tell they belong to the same artist.
ANALYSIS: RIGHT COMPOSITION, SHARPNESS, CONCEPT, FRAMING, CLUTTER
MY OPINION: “I don’t feel anything, just good tecnique”
- FACES AND FIGURES ARE DISTORTED (BECAUSE WIDE ANGLE LENS),
- SOME DETAILS ARE TOO DARK,
- SKIN COLOR IS TOO TANNED (BECAUSE CLOUDY WHITE POINT),
- ONE ARM APPEARS IN THE COMPOSITION NOT CROPPED (MY ARM),
- THERE ARE TOO MANY SUBJECTS-NO CLEAR SUBJECT</li
MY OPINION: “I love this shot, there is action, dynamics, many people.
I can feel something is going to happen:
- the men on the left probably is saying something,
- the woman on the center looks like she is the queen of the overall space,
- the two girls on the right are probalby talking about something we cannot see, we just imagine
- the baby is moving to somewhere.
The arm of the photographer makes me feel I’m part of the shot, not just a distant observer. It links me emotionally.
Details of faces are too low to be sure about what are their feelings or moods, so it reflects what I feel when I see this shot.”
ANALYSIS: LOW DETAILS BECAUSE NIGHT, THREE (PROBABLY) SUBJECTS, NOT RIGHT ALIGNED / COMPOSED, SATURATION TOO HIGH
MY OPINION: “I can smell what they smell. I feel we are there with them, checking the shop products and prices. Probably the guy is bored and tired, just walking her home. The girl instead is dreaming to buy some new expensive clothes she can’t afford.
Colors are awesome, shiny, saturated, catchy.
The contrast between the real clothes on the left, the ones on the commercial on the right and the dark-blurred-low detailed two people, makes it all alive and real.
When I see this shot I can hear them talking, listen to their dreams, feel their mood, I touch the shopglass.”