Mini Figure, BIG Wave. (Macro Photography)

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http://www.davidgilliver.com/photography/

Gilliver is a photographer who photographs mini figures in many different situations, his work inspired this image.

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Cumbernauld Calling.

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Art Directed Shot, Photo Critique.

For my art directed shot I wanted to recreate a famous picture. I decided to recreate a homage of a homage which is The Clash Album cover for “London Calling,” by Pennie Smiths shot of Paul Simnon smashing his bass guitar against the stage.

Shutter Speed: 1/80 Seconds.

F/Number: F/2.5.

ISO: 1600.

I used the college studio with the lights out a Dedo lights to light my model who wore all black and was holding a bass guitar to the ground.

The subject matter of this image is the “bass guitarist” smashing the guitar against the floor.

The image is a shallow depth of field with oly the model In focus. The background of the image is black as I was aiming for only the model and the Bass to seen.

I got the model to hold the Bass in different positions until I decided that the Bass could be resting on the floor. I had someone moving the Dedo light until I was satisfied to where the light highlighted the model enough and the bass, but also making a shadow of the models legs.

I’m really happy how this directed photo turned out after the little time I had to take it in.

If I was to recreate this shot again I would get extra people to stand at the edge of the shot, also I would add in another set of lights just like the album cover.

Vivian Maier.

Vivian Maier.

Vivian Maier was an American nanny who was also in her spare time a photographer. The children that she nannied for said that she always had her camera on her. At an auction whilst looking for history John Maloof founded a box full off negatives eventually after looking into the negatives with more depth he decided to buy the rest of Vivian’s left belongings, along with the rest of her belongs. Looking through her stuff he found out what Vivian was like as a person. Vivian used a Roflex camera which she could be discrete by looking down into the viewfinder which can make her hold the camera at waist view. She led a very private life demanded that her room be locked but she loved the outdoor leaving her first job to be free, living under someone else using her paid money for her camera and memories.optimized-fob_fea-reinventionofvivianmaier-600

 

This photo is from the Jeffery Goldstein collection.

The subject matter of this photo is the man focusing on whatever is in his hands it seems to be a cigarette. the man is smartly dressed wearing a suit, he reminds me of a Teddy boy due to his suit and slicked hairstyle.

The photo is a shallow depth of field, with the subject centre of the image. Only the man is  in complete clarity and his surrounding a blur or out of focus. Due to the lights reflecting on the windows of the shop and buildings it seems that the photo was taken at night. it seems that the photo was taken under a light as half of his face is in light and the other side is in shadow. The photo was taken in a long exposure as the people passing by are blurry and he seems to be in perfect light.

Overall i really like this photo it seems classy, i love how crisp he is in the photo and how blurry the rest of the photo is. He almost seems oblivious to his surroundings just invested in whatever is in his hands.

 

Gregory Crewdson.

Gregory Crewdson.

Born September 1962 in Brooklyn, Gregory Crewdson grew up with a father who was a Psychologist which was a mystery to him and his siblings until he was older which was an influence and impacted his photography majorly.

His photos are hugely influenced by Film an likes to “create a world” with his shots, with as much detail in the photo as he can. He says that his photos help show anxiety, fears and disbelief that project a fantasy.

All his photo shoots have a budget a crew and schedule.

I feel that this image has a very clear message of body image and expectations.

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The Girl is centre frame naked staring at herself in the mirror with several pictures of models surrounding her. The woman is vulnerable and looks almost depressed and doubtful that she doesn’t look like the women in the pictures surrounding her.

The depth of field is a large depth of field however the image is very darkly lit with the only light source of the slit in the curtains and the low lights around the mirror. The low light highlights the main focus of the image perfectly, the woman. Which help show the emotion expectation and hopefulness in her face. Which again gives the feel of depression and helplessness the photo capturing her darkness. I love how this photo is cluttered like typical young woman’s bedrooms expected to be. It represents the truth and reality that she faces everyday getting ready to face the world.

Overall i think this images speaks volumes and represents exactly a modern day to day life of everyone in particularly young people and woman. It represents the harsh false imagery of how people “have” to look and feel to fit in to the cruel society we live in which is mostly all false.