1.Bertolt Brech: “Photography has become a formidable weapon against truth in the hands of the bourgeoisie. The enormous quantity of picture material spit out daily by the printing press, that consequently appears to posses the character of truth, actually serves only to obscure the facts. The camera can lie just like the type-setting machine.”
I decided to use this photo because it looked like a news report was taking place and this quote talks about the ‘printing press’ but also references a camera. The last line “the camera can lie just like the type-setting machine” makes me think that in the television news is just as bad as newspapers. This is why I photographed this scene.
2.Minor White: “Let the subject generate its own photographs. Become a camera.”
I like visual illusions, I like using shadows to create them in photos, I like using shadows on stairs because your eyes see the image as a flat image, then with the stairs. I feel like the photo then generates it’s own images because your eyes see different things. (This image was taken at the William Morris Building)
3. Robert Frank: “I have been frequently accused of deliberately twisting subject matter to my point of view. Above all, I know that life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference. Opinion often consists of a kind of criticism. But criticism can come out of love. It is important to see what is invisible to others. Perhaps the look of hope or the look of sadness. Also, it is always the instantaneous reaction to oneself that produces a photograph.”
I was looking behind the Graham Sutherland building where there are railings but some parts were rusted. I thought if I wanted to show a bad part of the university this is an image I could show, which would be twisting the subject matter.
4. Helmut Lang on Juergen Teller: “Juergen has a very strong individual voice,” Lang says “which is a rather rare accomplishment these days. I love his ability to say out loud what other people are afraid to even think” Teller became the documentarian of Lang’s designs: “It was natural to have him express the soul of my work”
When I was looking at Teller’s work it seemed he used a lot of bright colours. I wanted to use them in my photos. So I enhanced the yellow in the background.
5. Matin Parr: “I go straight in very close to people and I do that because its the only way you can get the picture. You go right up to them. Even now, i don’t find it each. I don’t announce it. I pretend to be focusing elsewhere. If you take someone’s photograph it is very difficult not to look at them just after. But its the one thing that gives the game away. I don’t try and hide what I’m doing – that would be folly.”
I tried to use this quote as instructions. I tried to go physically close to this person, and I didn’t announce it. I tried to look like I was focusing just behind him but I didn’t try to hide what I was doing.
6. Eliot Erwitt: “I wasn’t imposing my presence on anyone, which is very important for a would be journalist. I stayed back. Always let people be themselves.”
Again with this quote I tried to follow it to get a photograph, so I didn’t try to impose my presence and definitely stayed back and let the man do whatever he wanted.
7. Paul Caponigro: “It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person look like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”
I took this photo of my friend’s shoes because I felt it showed off who they were but in a subtle manner. They look very practical for walking, especially in the countryside, which is what my friend does. He helps out on a farm and at a scout’s campsite. He likes to walk and does a lot of walking.
8. Jan Groover: “You have to follow your nose… to have a mental attitude about what you feel good about and yearn for in a picture. Being able to say “I like it” or “I don’t like it”. That’s first”
I definitely followed my nose, when I saw my friend walking away from me in the tunnel I thought that I should try to zoom in an out whilst taking the photo, to enhance the idea of movement. When looking through the photos this is the one I particularly liked.
9. August Sander: “I hate nothing more than sugary photographs with tricks, poses and effects. So allow me to be honest and tell the truth about our ages and its people.”
I wanted to use quite a simple photo for this quote so when looking at the Alma Building there is a lot of geometric shapes and I thought that I should photograph them in some way. So I took it straight on (so no tricks or a sugary photo) and took it. I thought it was quite nice all the different shapes and compositionally geometric shapes are a good way to get a simple way to get composition.
10. Rober Capa: “If the pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough”
I took this photo a little more zoomed out, with the man in the photo too, but it just didn’t work, so I thought just to get his hand and go closer in. I feel it is better.
11. Bill Brandt: “I am not very interested in extraordinary angles. They can be effective on certain occasions, but I do not feel the necessity for them in my own work. Indeed, I feel the simplest approach can often be most effective. A subject placed squarely in the centre of the frame, if attention is not distracted from it by fussy surroundings, has a simple dignity which makes it all the more impressive”
I took this photo straight on, with no interesting angles, just straight on. And with only 90° angles in the photo too. I really tried to keep the photo simple with simple lines, shapes and colours, nothing too fussy.
12. Duane Michals: “Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’ and then do it.”
I thought this exact thing before taking this photo. The room was quite dark with only one street light outside and a few monitors with lights on. So I put the camera on a long shutter speed and turned the camera.
13. Edward Weston: “I would say to any artist: ‘Don’t be repressed in your work, dare to experiment, consider any urge, if in a new direction all the better.’”
When looking at the part of the library I thought it would be interesting to get a strong contrast between the bright side of the metal and the dark. So I upped the contrast and lower the saturation of the image.
14. Philippe Halsman: “The immortal photographers will be straightforward photographers, those who do not rely on tricks or special technique”.
I took this photo straight on, only using lighting from the window. I thought it would be quite a simple thing to do. I didn’t want to edit it either to enhance the simplicity of the photo.
15. Nan Goldin: “The complete disregard for the camera’s presence indicates its complete saturation in their lives. The subject neither notices nor seem to care that someone has been invited into their private moment.”
I thought this image really reflected this quote well. He had no idea I was taking a photo. He is having a fairly private moment because he had turned away from his friend and was making sure he looked good.
16. Yoosef Karsh: “Photography is, to me, more than a means of expression, more than my particular profession – it is a way of life. And if I were asked to choose one word which holds the key to my work I would select ‘light’ – for light is my language, and it is international, readily understood by any person of any race. It has been my good fortune to welcome before my camera many great men and woman who have made their mark on our generation and will find a place in history. I feel that my life’s work is to interpret the best of my ability, the inner strength, the true character, of these personalities, through the medium of photographic portraiture. I can think of no elation equal to that when something close to my ideal is achieved, through necessarily there must always be a spark of what I call ‘divine discontent’ – the constant striving for near-perfection. In this self-appointed task, which also carries, I believe, a great sense of responsibility, the medium of light is all important. It is the portraitist’s chief tool, and he can never learn enough about it.”
Photography to me is my life, not even just a way of life. I really like taking portraits. I like connecting and working with a person and to create the image I want. I like how my image’s lighting is well exposed so you see everything about them. I like working with my friend because we know each other so well.