Robin Michals | COMD 1340 Photography 1

Author: danny

Daniel dls – Hw1: Composition

I had chosen Stetsasonic Brooklyn 1988  by Janette Beckman. For this photo a lot is going on in it, it’s a group photo on a street side in Brooklyn. One of the first things I noticed was the matching clothes and how the red kind of functions as a two-way arrow kind of making your eye go up and down the image. There’s also a lot of shade, contrast, and darker tone pigment which is kind of combating the white clothes. If I were to guess the image would intend to give a sensation of unity or our neighborhood camaraderie. If not I would take a fair guess to it being a show of pridefulness for being a Brooklynite.

The key elements to this photo would be the figure to ground, pattern, repetition, and finally the rule of thirds. The White and the darker-toned colors work as a sort of pattern within the photo and a good way to withdraw interest throughout it. However, because the gray backgrounds contrast with those colors, it helps keep the sense of passive sort of emotion for the subjects. The mix of the people within it being crouched and standing up creates more points of interest within the image is very collaborative with the colors, people, and the background.

My final project Statement/Mood board

For my final project, my theme is toy photography. Within a dimly lit room, I will use it as a controlled setting for lighting to create certain emotions to drive scenes I want to make with my figures.

 I liked a number of the labs we’ve done throughout the semester but if I were to choose I liked the ones where we had to show the deposition of the people or objects we photographed using lighting to display a feeling the most. toy photography. I will be using a dark room, a white wall or background, and LEDs to try to give a sense of movement and living.

I would also like to experiment with whether or not I should keep it being only a dimly lit room for my studio, and if I should expand to also taking my photos at night in outside settings like parks and restaurants within my area to show more of an adventurous side to the scenes I want to set up with my figurines akin to the photographers I will be referencing below.

 I will also be using the rule of thirds, leading lines, and Figure-to-ground techniques to help push the sense of movement and direction I want my viewer to see. Since I had a bit of trouble with using the lights during the lab we had been using gels and stuffed animals I found it intriguing enough to take another look at it and see if I can grow from the mistakes I made during it. The use of leading lines and figure-to-ground will aid with the clarity of my images so they would be less likely to come out as a blurry mess and the direction in which I want the viewer to process my photos though I do feel I may still struggle with the lights.

Jared Middleton

Mitchel Wu

David Levinthal