February 13, 2011 at 1:18 am #18291FrederickParticipant
My interest in photography was initiated by my cousin, who while in the military purchased a 35mm camera. It seemed to be a complicated tool. So, when I went on vacation to Bermuda, he told me to take it. I did and I basically used one setting, automatic. I was amazed at the clarity of the photos. I knew nothing of photography then. I was curious. I wanted to make better photos.
Of course, who is not impressed with Ansel Adams. His work with black and white photography is beyond words. I once visited a display of his when in was in Washington, D.C. There was this three dimensiona display f a snow covered forest. I walked up to it and became immersed in it. I actually began to feel cold as I stood there lost in his imagery. I was amazed at the effect it had on me. So, I began to pay closer attention to photographs when I viewed them.
One of my favorite photographers is Gordon Parks. After reading about him and his life, his photography became more interesting to me. He once photographed the leader of the Black Panthers. The Leader had a pistol on his side. Mr. Parks said to him, “my camera is more powerful than the gun you have on your waist.” The photo is powerful in that the subject is seen an “armed and dangerous”, but the photographer makes a broader statement by simply taking the photo. Mr. Parks photos invoked raw emotion.
I want to make pictures that stir the emotion or cause the viewer to think. It is more complex than just pointing the camera and releasing the shutter.February 13, 2011 at 9:38 pm #20064Duncan RawlinsonKeymaster
Thanks for sending in your piece.
Obviously I’m not interested in how well you write essays so I hope you understand that was not the goal. The goal of this assignment was to just get you to refine how you think about photography and to try to take some inspiration from the masters.
Like all the assignments, you get out what you put in. Lauren, (user 100222) spent some serious time thinking about what her inspiration was and actually realized it was her mother!
I hope you we’re able to gain some insights into why you want to take better images, and how other people have influenced your thinking.
It would be helpful for me if you update your forum signature so I can get to know you a little better. Even just adding a name would be great. A website, twitter, and or facebook would be even better!
Btw, here is a list of other photographers that you can study. See if you can find the one on the list that doesn’t belong on that list… 🙂
Lewis W Hine
Julia Margaret Cameron
Michael K Brown
Eadweard James Muybridge
Duncan Rawlinson 😉
See you on Lesson 3!!
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