Robin Michals | COMD 1340 Photography 1

Author: Samridha Lamichhane

Final Project Statement and Mood Board

My project will focus on a place in Manhattan, this place is called Union Square Park, and I want to photograph what the area is like and showcase the neighborhood and the people there. I chose Union Square Park because it’s the place I go to the most in Manhattan. For the shoot, I will do one during mid-day, the other one early in the morning, and the other one in the evening, showing the place at different times, which can show different emotions and moods. The theme might be showing the everyday life in the area, such as showing what type of stuff goes on there and what type of people are there in the neighborhood, if there is an event I might showcase that because sometimes in Union Square Park events is going on and there’s a lot of gathering at the park area. The nightlife is also beautiful since it’s in the city and if there’s an event going on at night, the photos will have good lighting. Overall I want to show the daily life that goes on in Union Square Park.

One of the assignments that I enjoyed the most was the one we did in the second week, which was “Composition: The Frame and Angle of View.” So I wanna try different angles, such as bird’s eye view, and low angle, I also wanna show the shot, as a close shot, medium shot, and more. I also want to try freezing motion, especially if there are street performers. Another assignment that I enjoyed doing was on the fourth week, which was, “Aperture and Depth of Field.” I might show the shallow depth of field, at the park in Union Square Park, and show the extensive depth of field of showcasing the whole park and the neighborhood.

New York Street Scenes - Rainy Night in New York City
Steven Pisano :
Maya Reyes :
Aerial View of Times Square, New York
Bruce Ota:
John Scarpulla:
street performance
Angela and Andrew:
New York Street Scene
Edward Liu:

Lamichhane_Samridha: HW1-Composition

Suzanne Stein, “New York Street Two”. The picture looks like it was taken outside, most likely on the sidewalk of the city, as in the background you see rods that are placed for construction. The image showcases a person up close to the camera, where the person has piercings all over his face, and tats all over his upper body. Piercing can be viewed as a style such as a nose rings or earrings, and the person may have these piercings to show his style and from my perspective, it is very unique  from most, as not a lot of people tend to have more than five piercings on their face. The feeling I get when I look at the picture is uncomfortable or unsettling because I wouldn’t like to have that much piercing on my face and it looks very painful to have.

The moment you look at the picture, you see a figure up close which shows one of the Photographic compositions known as “Fill the Frame.” The person is very close to the camera, and you can see all the details on the person’s face, such as the wrinkles, eye color, and the piercings. Another Photographic composition that you notice is the, “Dominant Eye.” You can see the dominant eye on the left side of the picture as it’s bright and you can see the being very clear with a lot of detail such as the reflection from the eye. With lots of piercing on the face we see another Photographic Composition known as, “Patterns and Repetition.” The piercings are shown at nose, lips, cheeks, forehead and eyebrows, and the color of the piercing is silver, which is one of the colors that we see the most. These elements can help you analyze the picture and can help you understand the image better, such as lots of silver piercings that showcase the use of patterns, which lead to show the person love having piercings, and it could be him showing off his style.