Sustainable Prospects: Week 8 Reflection W/C 10th November 2017

I have had a great week of catching up. also have a lot of feedback from the individual webinar with our new tutor for the rest of the module Paul.

Some of the feedback from the last tutorial was to look at the composition of some of the shots I had taken to the tutorial. I also had some new images to share this week to, in which I felt I had used the feedback to good impact.

I also had the results of my research from the week, looking at Edward Weston, Karl Blossfeldt and Robert Mapplethorpe, looking at these individuals this week I have felt has been really informative.

Both Weston and Blossfeldt were really useful for showing me how I could improve from a composition viewpoint. Whilst Mapplethorpe’s work I found inspiring it is the type of photography I like to do for fun and I can also take tips and see where some of my images might not be hitting the mark. What I can learn from Tulip 1985, below is how to correctly light my work to get the most effect from it. This is something I can definitely work on.

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Tulip, 1985 – Robert Mapplethorpe

It was Weston that I think made the most impact and decided to look further into him.

Weston’s Pepper from 1930 was one of the first images that really clicked with me and I realised that this is the type of image that I would like to create.

He was able to take everyday food items and turn them into art forms. The cabbage leaf 1931, was a prime example of this. I enjoy the composition of his work and it shows where I would like to try to take my photography. There is also the similarity that we both work in black and white.

Looking further into the family the website is now run by his grandchildren after the death of his son Cole who was also a photographer. Cole’s image of the water tank (1979) had a really nice texture that I was particularly drawn to.

I was also interested to find he was a founding member of the Group f/64 in 1932 and other group members included Ansel Adams who is a photographer I have admired for a very long time, with Rose and Driftwood (1932) and Dogwood Blossoms (1938) being some of my favourite work and also ones which I think have influenced my photography since.


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