September 2011 archive

Sep 14

Venice 1986 – Dorothy Bohm

I referred to this photo, Venice 1986, when I wrote about my visit to the Dorothy Bohm exhibition at the Sainsbury  Centre for the Visual Arts earlier this year. Bohm is perhaps best known for her street photography but it was this picture of Venice that appealed to me above all others. First of all …

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Sep 14

Analysing photos

Part of the requirements for the OCA course is to collect photographs that appeal to the student and say why they appeal. So far I have a rather haphazard collection of cuttings in a folder of photos from magazines. I have also, occasionally, commented in this learning log on individual photos in exhibitions. I thought …

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Sep 13

Exercise; Rhythms and patterns

Produce at least two photographs, one should convey rhythm, the other pattern Pattern I saw the pattern produced by the Hosta leaves in the garden, so I framed the photo tightly so that no boundaries to the pattern were seen. Rhythm Here the eye is drawn from the out of focus base of the flower …

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Sep 12

How to Photograph Flowers by Heather Angel

I bought this book (How to Photograph Flowers, Heather Angel, Stackpole Books, Mechanicsburg PA, 1998) some time ago – it has a section on films and exposure! – and decided to study it again as part of my reading for the second assignment. I found the really useful chapters to be those on Lighting Composition …

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Sep 11

Edward Weston by Manfred Heiting

Weston is well known for his photographs of peppers and this book (Edward Weston, Manfred Heiting, Taschen Books, Koln, 1999) features some of these as well as many other photographs of his. I was particularly interested in the images of peppers, cabbage, fungi, etc. during my second assignment when I was photographing plants. Weston’s images …

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Sep 11

Exercise; Real and implied triangles

This exercise is split into two parts, one using ‘real’ triangles, the other making ‘implied’ triangles. Real triangles The first photo is of Norwich cathedral, the spire of which is an example of a triangular object. The second photo is a triangle, created by perspective, converging towards the top of the frame. This is a …

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Sep 10

Clay Perry’s Fantastic Flowers

Another book I studied when undertaking my second assignment was Fantastic Flowers by Clay Perry, Kyle Cathie Limited, London, 2000. The book has photographs of about 75 different flowers presented alphabetically from Acanthus to Zantedeschia (calla lily). There are many different approaches to lighting, set up and vantage point so it is a great way …

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Sep 08

Robert Mapplethorpe by Richard Marshall

Before starting the second assignment of the course I read (and studied the photos) in the book Robert Mapplethorpe by Richard Marshall, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1988. I was particularly interested in the photographs of flowers. I found them very expressive, beautifully lit and wonderful texture. Those shot in colour are very …

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Sep 08

The Photographer’s Eye by John Szarkowski

The Photographer’s Eye, John Szarkowski, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1996 I found this a fascinating book that investigates what photographs look like and why they look that way. It discusses five issues related to the history of photography and how photographers became progressively aware of the characteristics and problems inherent in the medium. …

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