Photography Week 3 – Photographers, their work and its composition
During the third week we had to research fifty photographs from our own interest and from those fifty, reduce them to ten. These ten photographs had also to be from ten different photographers and our task was to explore their work and the composition of each photograph.
Photographer Vincent Peters was born in Germany in 1969 and began his photographic career travelling around Thailand in the Eighties. This photographer specialised his career on fashion, beauty and celebrity photography ten years later, contributing with is work with many respectful fashion magazines including French, Italian, British, Japanese and Vogue, Arena, GQ, Dazed & Confused and The Face.
Before this research I was not familiar with his photography but his dramatic and theatrical style made me want to scrutinize his work .
- Distrust – The intensity in her eyes, the body language and the way the light falls only on the eye zone and wall tells us that she does not want to be seen. The light behind her head can also mean she was spotted by someone with a spotlight and didn’t wanted to be found because has something to hide, due to her expression;
- Mystery – The shadows in the corners gives us the feeling that she is alone and having a drink in the darkness reinforces the mystery.
- Peters, V. (2006) Vogue Italia [Online image]. Available at: http://multiplefashiondisorder.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/angela-a-star-in-her-own-style/angela-lindvall-by-vincent-peters-for-vogue-italia-april-2006-angela-a-star-in-her-own-style-08/ (Accessed: 17 November 2013)
Born in Australia, Russell James is one of the world’s most renown fashion photographers of our times. Working with the world’s top models such as Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr, Alessandra Ambrosio and others, made his work become provocative over the decades since they are some of his muses and the photoshoots usually take place in tropical locations.
James’ photography is also known because he is the main photographer of Victoria’s Secret and has collaborated with Vogue, Sports Illustrated, American Photo, W, Marie-Claire, and GQ.
- Separation – Distance between the man in the background and the model. The fact of the light being in the center of the photograph and the movement of the dress also gives us the feeling that she is moving away;
- She is the only thing focused in the image which means she is the center of the attention;
- The shadow on her, the fluidity of the clothing, the warm brown tones of the dress and the rest of the scene gives us the feeling of a hot summer day;
- Her expression reveals power as well as independence.
- James, R. (2012) Donna Karan Spring/Summer12 [Online image]. Available at: http://xaxor.com/fashion/38531-adriana-lima-for-donna-karan-springsummer-2012-by-russell-james.html (Accessed: 17 November 2013)
Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen for W Magazine, May 2012
Australian-born photographer Emma Summerton lives and works in London. This photography lover was a Fine Arts student at the National Art School, in Sydney, and then worked as a photographic assistant for six years. Emma moved to London in 1998 and that’s when her photographic projects really began.
This photographer works with Italian, British, American, German and Australian Vogue, i-D, Self Service, Dazed & Confused and Nylon. In addition, Yves Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, Topshop, Selfridges, Bodyamr and Jaeger are some of her commercial clients. Emma combines her fine art foundation and modern eye to create dynamic spreads.
- Sexual tension – Distance between the couple and cumplicity, at the same time;
- Their body language and clothes reveal they are a married couple, or lovers, from upper class;
- The dramatic atmosphere is present in the corridor length (where the photograph is centered) and clarity beyond the door of the hotel room;
- The feelings I got from the image are repentance, hesitation and romance.
- Summerton, E. (2012) W Magazine [Online image]. Available at: http://wmagazine.tumblr.com/post/21227855898/photo-by-emma-summerton-now-this-is-an-affair-to (Accessed: 17 November 2013)
Michael C Hall for L’Uomo Vogue, 2003
Born in London, Miles Aldridge studied illustration at Central St. Martins and before starting his career as a fashion photographer in 1993, was a video music director. Twenty years later is work is known for contain lurid color and the images being darker in tone. He also is admired for his technicolor dream-like worlds and the glamorous, inspiring women who inhabit them.
Exhibitions of Aldridge’s work can be visited at The National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the International Center of Photography in New York.
- The large areas of shadow and dark colours transmit fear, cold, mystery;
- Heavy atmosphere;
- It feels that the man is being followed by his dark past. His expression reveals anger and discomfort (the hat is covering his eyes).
- Aldridge, M. (2003) L’Uomo Vogue [Online image]. Available at: http://thelarkeyexperiments.com/category/rant/page/3/ (Accessed: 17 November 2013)
Whitney Thompson, Pottle Productions Inc 2008
Born on April 27, 1972 in London, Nigel Barker is a fashion photographer inspired by the art of modeling. Barker initially wanted to be a model, however the love for photography was stronger and so he decided to become a photographer in 1998. Later he created his own photo studio, StudioNB in Manhattan. Has worked with GQ, Interview, Paper, Lucky and People.
His photos are unique and dramatic, lending a perspective and eye that not every photographers possess.
- The black and white always gives a dramatic touch to the image;
- After looking at the photograph for some time, my conclusion is that the couple wants to escape from the paparazzi (dark background, night time and obscure location). His posture tells us he is trying to protect her from the photographer (the arm and angry face). Yet, we think she wants to be photographed because her expression indicates satisfaction and she’s posing too;
- Mood – affliction.
- Barker, N. (2008) Pottle Productions Inc [Online image]. Available at: http://www.porhomme.com/2009/05/nigel-barker-photography/ (Accessed: 17 November 2013)