Portfolio #2 Proposal

“One of the great things about photography is the power it has to convey one single idea or story within one image.”

For my Portfolio #2, I would like to take a photograph without setting anything up. Since this is a narrative assignment, I think that we can find any story in everyday life. This means I will basically take my camera everywhere, and take pictures of scenes I think will show a good narrative.

If this does not work, I would like to set up a family scene. More specifically, I would like to set something up with children. Something fun and colorful, and have a playful scene.

My goal in this photograph is to show a narrative of everyday life, without having to set anything up or asking anyone to pose.

Chapter 2 & 3 Reading Assignment

Two photographers that I thought successfully showed painterly light and composition in their work are Walter Niedermayr and Ed Burtynsky.

In Walter Niedermayr’s Val Thorens II, we can see a photograph of a tourist landscape. The landscape is very colorful gives a warm feeling and a sensation of freedom. The overall photograph looks like a painting, since it is not in complete focus. The photographer also took this photo at a detached distance, which could also have incorporated the painterly quality.

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Ed Burtynsky gives us an example of deadpan photography in his Oil Fields #13 photograph. This photograph also shows painterly qualities. Actually, it looks more like a painting than an actual photograph. I am not too sure how he achieved this in his photograph.

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Deadpan photography became popular in the mid 1990’s. Charlotte Cotton defined deadpan photography as “a cool, detached and keenly sharp type of photography.” Basically, deadpan photography is demonstrating how a picture without any obvious emotion can get the audience to start thinking. Deadpan photography is very popular with portraits, since it is easier to express emotion with actual faces. However, deadpan photography is not limited to portraits. It can also be landscape  and architectural photography.  This changed the scale of photography, which was a significant part of deadpan photography. It was significant because it took photography into the same league as painting and installation art. The most regularly mentioned forefathers of deadpan photography are Albert Renger-Patsch, August Sander, and Erwin Blumenfeld.

I do think that deadpan photography is an important way of making images, because it has a sense of mystery. It keeps the audience thinking of why the photograph was taken in that manner, and what the subject of the photograph means. This also means that the audience will not just look at the photograph and walk away quickly. It keeps the audience looking at the photograph into detail.

Landscape Portfolio

When I think of landscape I think of anything geographic. The difference between landscape and place is that landscape is something geographic such as rivers, mountains, and oceans. Place refers to somewhere in specific. An example of place would be a school, restaurant, or city.

For my landscape portfolio, I wanted to do something that could incorporate both landscape and place. In order to do that, I used mirrors to capture two things in one picture. I also wanted to incorporate things that make up a place, such as people. Here are my final four images.

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