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Niamh Turfitt – Level 3 Student

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Project One Research!

Philip Lorca-Dicorcia!

Philip Lorca Dicorcia is an American photographer who focuses on the suburban parts of cities and towns. This piece is an example of his work that focuses on a suburban part of a Los Angeles. I like this piece because it has many aspects which a viewer can think about and feel the effectiveness of each element within the image. I believe that the photographer’s main point in the image was to show the loneliness that people can feel in big cities.

I think that the photographer was wanting to make loneliness is the major theme in this image because of the man who is sat alone outside a block of apartments. The reason why loneliness is present in this is mainly represented through the man’s posture, expressions and body language. The man is dangling his legs over the side of the balcony as if he wants to jump down but the bars are stopping him from doing so which could show that he is trapped and therefore, lonely. The man is lonely and is aware of this because he is holding onto the bars which are representing the denial of his freedom and feeling of loneliness. The use of space in this image also shows the isolation of the man and the use of bright colours could show how the man is missing out on the world because he is lonely and he is keeping himself in the shadows rather than being out in the world experiencing the streets of Los Angeles.

I think the use of bright colours such as the blue lights in the background and the colours of red and orange in the sky are used well to make the viewer question what is going off in the background. I believe that these colours help to make the viewer also question why the man is avoiding the light and is staying in the shadows. Also the use line within the image gives the effect of confusion to the viewer because, although they are wanting the man to be free and enjoy the life in Los Angeles, the fact that you can see if the railings end could show how he can’t escape because you can’t see if the railings will open up and let the man out.

I really like this image because of the fact that it makes me think about what is going off in the image. It makes me wonder why the photographer wanted to show loneliness in suburban life. I think one reason why this is, is because of backstreet gangs. The location of this image appears to be in an old, rough part of Los Angeles and gives a very cautious vibe from the image if you were to picture yourself in that location. This relates to backstreet gangs because, instead of being lonely, the man is actually looking out for gangs and is trying to avoid them and that is the reason why he is on his own.

 

Location Photography!

What is Location Photography?

Location Photography is where you can go outside of the studio or indoor photography facilities and manually take pictures of the scenery around you. For my location photography, I started off by taking photographs in my local park. This was so I could understand the different settings and controls on the camera I was using. From this, I could then understand which settings to use when I do more professional location photography work.

About a week after my first location photography experience, me and my photography class were given the opportunity to go to Liverpool for the day for a chance to capture more exciting location photography. I really enjoyed the trip and I captured many images which I like. We went to many places around Liverpool’s city centre – especially around the docks area. I captured many photographs of the locks alongside the docks which people put up locks to represent their love. I captured many beautiful and colourful pictures of the rows of locks alongside the bridge. I also captured pictures of the Liver Birds on top of the Liver Building. I like these photos of the Liver Birds and when photographing in Liverpool I think its important to show some proof of being there by giving hints within your photography. For Liverpool, it would be the images of the Liver Birds.

I enjoyed the trip to Liverpool for so many reasons. One of those reasons was because I had never been before and was excited to go and see it. Another reason was because I was interested to discover what Liverpool had to offer as the only thing I knew about Liverpool was about football. As well as discovering the things that I have already mentioned from what I’ve already photographed, I also managed to capture some images from one the Wheel of Liverpool which I paid to get on and take images which spread out to all of Liverpool.

David Bailey!

David Bailey is probably the most famous and well-known photographer throughout his career. Known mainly for his portrait photography and also fashion photography, Bailey’s photography is spell-bounding and creative.

Celebrities:

Being one of the most iconic photographers, he has been very popular when it comes to taking photographs of celebrities. Some of these celebrities include Angelica Houston, Alice Cooper, Cecil Beaton and Andy Warhol. The film he made for his TV station, with Andy Warhol in-fact, caused quite a lot of bad publicity due to the fact that both the men were in bed together. However, when Bailey’s TV station contract was cancelled, he returned to Vogue and continued his career in Fashion and Portrait photography.

Animals:

Bailey was a very creative person. He had many interests and one of those interests was his love for birds. Bailey loved animals and birds (especially parrots) took over his home. He had so many that even his model girlfriend Jane Shrimpton even commented saying that when she moved in with him, she was shocked by the amount of parrots that were all around his home. Another time where animals became involved with his photography is when he did a photo shoot with Alice Cooper. Alice had a pet python and was almost like it was his pride and joy. He contacted David Bailey and asked if he could come round and do a photo shoot with his pet python. The photos that were produced were of the python hanging over his shoulders and twisted towards his stomach and Cooper holding onto the python.

Abroad:

David Bailey was very popular photographer, both for his own photography and for the major popular fashion magazine, Vogue. During his career with Vogue, he became bored of taking the same fashion photographs in the same locations. Therefore, Bailey took his fashion photography abroad. He went to places such as Turkey and Egypt to take his photography. When these photos were published in Vogue magazines, the world was amazed on how brilliant the locations and the clothing were and this then encouraged readers of Vogue to not only continue to buy the magazine but also made them buy the clothes advertised and also encouraged people to travel abroad too.

Vogue:

David Bailey had a lot of success with fashion magazine sensation, Vogue, but after 15 years of being in partnership with them, it started to become at bore to him and so left. This is when David Bailey decided to work individually and for anyone or any companies that would want to pay David Bailey for his photography. David Bailey has been active for almost 60 years and is at the age of 78. He has been active since 1959 and is still active to the present day. David Bailey’s photography is impressive and Vogue were disappointed when he left because his photography was an inspiration to Vogue magazine.

 

Richard Avedon!

Richard Avedon was a renowned photographer who was active for about sixty years. He focused particularly on fashion and portrait photography. In his photography, he explored many subjects such as things which he was afraid of and even went to different countries. In some cases, he went to several mental institutions to take his photos.

His First Model:

Avedon’s first model was his younger sister, Louise Avedon. He worked very closely with her. Avedon and his parents both stated multiple times that Louise was the most ‘photogenic’ in the family and her beauty was worth being photographed as much as possible. Unfortunately, Louise was admitted to a mental hospital and then died at the age of forty-two inside the hospital. Louise’s beauty and early death then haunted Avedon for all of his life. This, therefore, contributed to the tragic sense of life which is present in many of Richard Avedon’s work.

White Background:

In some of Avedon’s photography, the portraits of his subjects would only include them with a white background and no additional props. The idea of this was because he wanted to isolate the subject. This idea therefore gave Avedon that by isolating the subject, it would make him focus on them. He would mainly focus on the face because, to Avedon, he believed that the face was the most important part of a subject as you could do many things with it to get a good quality photo which possess many questions and feelings for someone to experience.

Celebrities:

Avedon was a very popular photographer when he was active. He photographed many models and subjects. Some of these included celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin. Others even included Andy Warhol. Today, most photographers would use celebrities as models for there work due to publicity. For Avedon, celebrities would contact him about having a photo shoot with him. This was strange for Avedon. He claimed at an exhibition opening that when Charlie Chaplin called him about a photo shoot, Avedon did not believe him at first and hung up the phone. Then the second time around, Avedon was shocked that the real Charlie Chaplin had called him about a photo shoot.

American West:

When Avedon photographed the American West, he received quite a lot of bad publicity from people who actually lived in the West, due to the fact that he had exposed the fake identity of the West and he did this by making the inhabitants of the West pose and act in the ways in which they would not be like in the actual way that they live. Although the photography is cleverly thought out and is good in capturing emotion, it shows how it is staged and doesn’t show the true identity of the ‘then’ American West.

Original vs. John Rankin!

John Rankin is a portrait photographer who recently created a documentary on him recreating 7 iconic fashion photographs from different time periods. In this blog, I will be comparing the original photographs and Rankin’s versions of these photographs and talking about each one and with additional information about each one.

Cecil Beaton

  • Cecil Beaton was a n English photographer who would mainly base his work around  fashion.
  • His most famous piece was of the White Panama Hat which he took in 1934 with a 10 x 8 camera.

On the left, is Rankin’s version of Beaton’s work and on the right is the original image by Cecil Beaton himself. I think they both look equally good and both an relate to each other. However, I believe that Rankin’s version is made to represent the change in fashion and has re-created this look with a 21st century addition in fashion. Beaton’s version is of the 1930’s fashion sense and so gives the original its own personal look to it. white-panama-hat

 

Erwin Blumenfeld

  • Erwin Blumenfeld was a vogue photographer.
  • He was a very daring photographer. One photo which made people take notice was that he took a photo of a model walking along the edge of the top of the Eiffel Tower.
  • However, his most popular and recognisable piece was the cover of Vogue he provided in 1950.

On the right is Rankin’s version of the magazine cover and on the left is Blumenfeld’s version of the image. I actually prefer Rankin’s version of the image because it is more cheeky and funky in some ways and I think this can engage with readers better at a first glimpserankin_doc_02

 

David Bailey

  • David Bailey is probably one of the most famous photographers known and has done many amazing and unique photographs.
  • One of his most iconic photos though is of David Bailey’s girlfriend at the time. For this re-creation by Rankin, he decided to use his own girlfriend – Model, Tuuli.

On the left in David Baileys version of the photograph including his girlfriend (at the time). On the right is Rankin’s version of the image with his girlfriend Tuuli ad the model. I think that David Bailey version is better because of the fact that there are more shadows which shows the details on her body much better than in Rankin’s version of the image.

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Richard Avedon

  • Richard Avedon was a popular photographer in the 1940’s and early 1950’s.
  • He has created many amazing photographs but his most popular and stunning image which made people wonder about his photography work.

On the left, is Avedon’s original version of the image and on the right is Rankin’s re-creation of the image. When first seeing the original image I thought that it was very unique and completely different to the fashion photography that you see today. However, when watching the documentary of Rankin re-creating these images, I noticed that in Avedon’s image, the elephants are chained down. Me, being a huge animal lover, immediately turned to Rankin’s version of the image due to the fact that the elephants were being treat with respect and during the taking of the photo, I could see how the elephants were being treated and that was in so much more care than in Avedon’s original image.

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Herb Ritz

  • In this image, there is a basically a very muscular man holding a pair of tires.
  • This image caused quite a lot of talk because of its slightly sexual theme that was coming from it. Many people thought it was meant to be sexual and that Herb Ritz was trying to express gay sexuality through this image.
  • It was also taken in the period where male models were becoming more and more popular in the photography world.

On the left is the original photograph by Herb Ritz and on the right is Rankin’s re-creation of the image. Herb Ritz has managed to capture this image really well as the light that is hitting the model makes him stand out from the rest of the image. Although Ritz’s version was a ‘one-of-a-kind’ at the time, I still prefer Rankin’s version because it look less staged with how he is stood and how is postured is. In Ritz’s image, he is stood as if he has been put there and doesn’t actually works there but in Rankin’s version, he appears to actually work there and is just relaxed rather than just tensing his muscles for the photo. Rankin’s version looks more like a believable version.

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Helmut Newton

  • Helmut Newton reinvented fashion photography.
  • His photo below was actually taken just outside his Paris apartment.

On the left is Newton’s original version and on the right is Rankin’s version. I like both of these images due to many reasons. One reason is because it shows how the street has changed from when it was first taken in 1975and then in 2008 by Rankin. In Newton’s image, it has more of a feeling where you want to question what is happening in the image. This is because the wet floor is reflecting much more detail onto the camera and so this gives Newton’s image a better look. With Rankin’s version, it didn’t possess the detail and right mood that Newton captures in his original image.

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Guy Bourdin

  • Guy Bourdin took many photographs related mainly to fashion.
  • He was mainly active during the 1970’s period and his work was unique, eye-popping and very, very different.

At the top, is Bourdin’s original image and on the bottom is Rankin’s re-creation of the image. I like Bourdin’s image because he has captured it really well by allowing space between the leg and the shadow of the leg on the wall. Also the colours he had used within the image work really well together. In Rankin’s version of the image, I think that it is too much by adding extra colour with the red tights. However, I do like the fact that the model he used has longer hair than the original and so creates more of a shadow on the wall behind her. Although I think this, I prefer Bourdin’s version of the photograph because it is simple with the use of colours but it is really effective.

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