Robin Michals | COMD 1340 Photography 1

Category: HW1_Composition (Page 1 of 3)


The Lams of Ludlow Street II

The photograph I chose was taken by Thomas Holton, called The Lams of Ludlow Street II. This one in particular stood out to me because of the contrast and how even though it’s one picture, it tells two stories.

In this piece, there is a girl and a boy. Looks like they are both siblings. The right half of the picture is the younger sister lying in bed and staring at the camera. Meanwhile, the brother, who is clearly older, is studying at his desk. The contrast between the light and dark background kind of forces us to differentiate the siblings by showing a glimpse into their daily lives. There is a clear sign of diagonals from the bed to the curtains. There are also patterns and repetition on the bed and curtains as well. The sister looks a bit sad, could be because she wants to play with the brother but the brother is busy. There is a sense of strong emotions involved. The photo depicts great defeat and seriousness.

The Lams of Ludlow Street II

Homework 1 Composition

The Photographer I have chosen is Thomas Holton. I chose the Family Portrait photo, because it really connected with me. Growing up in an Asian Household, I come to realize that Asians make the best of what is given to them. In the Photo, the family of 5 stood tall, in front of their kitchen table as they were surrounded by coats in a seemingly small space. Holten does a really good job of not only focusing on the family but, as well as the environment. This really changed the story of the photo as it revealed much more than a typical family of Five.

In the Photo, Holton uses a technique called leading lines. He placed the subject in the center of the photo and took it at an angle in which the window sill created a line that led to the center of the photo. Holton also uses diagonals in the photo to create a different viewing aspect for viewers. The Clothesline running across the top of the image added a different dimension. Lastly, Holton uses patterns in his photo to really elevate his photo. The light string and coats created a pattern that catches viewers attention. Overall Holton does a really good job of incorporating different compositions to his photo.

HW 1 composition Joel Barbecho

The image that I choose was “The Lams of Ludlow Street” “Drying laundry” image as it really stood out to me with all the colors and the sky with the background of New York City. The image shows clothes being hung on a rope getting air dried with a view of the city, the hangers are only red and pink, this could be the owners favorite colors. The purpose of this photograph could be that drying your laundry doesn’t always have to be in the machine, but it could be with a cool view of New York City on your roof. The image also feels like that New York City is his background and that air drying his clothes on his roof is something that he has always been doing and nobody can tell him anything. The mood/ feeling of this image is giving chill vibes, once you put the clothes to air dry you can sit back crack a cold one and admire the city view as your waiting for the clothes to dry, you could even fold the clothes up there too! The first formal element that I choose to describe this image is “Rule of Thirds” because when you put the lines in the image it points on the rope being used to hang the clothes and the buildings in the background. The second formal element I choose was “leading lines” as it can be seen in the rope that is holding the laundry in a straight line from left to right in the image. The third formal element I choose was “symmetry”, the hangers were all lined up and it looked satisfying to the colors of the hangers all going down in a line. Another element that can be seen in the photograph is “pattern” with the hangers that go from pink to red hung on the rope.

Suzanne Stein, New York Street Two

The photograph depicts a close-up of hands adorned with silver rings holding a small bird. The image focuses on the interaction between the hands and the delicate bird. The photographer’s intention could be to capture a poignant moment, which symbolizes the connection between humanity and nature, emphasizing themes of fragility, care, and the beauty of the natural world. The name of the work allows us to know that the location of the photograph takes place in a New York setting.  The juxtaposition of urban surroundings with the act of holding a small bird creates a compelling contrast, highlighting the theme of nature within an urban environment. This further evokes a sense of harmony and connection between humanity and nature.

The photographer uses figures to ground, fill the frame, and patterns and repetition in their work. The photograph uses the “fill the frame” compositional principle by zooming in closely on the hands and the bird, the photographer eliminates distractions and emphasizes the main subject. The Figure to Ground principle is used to contrast between the hands and the bird against the background. Thus, drawing attention to the central subjects. The patterns and repetition could be seen in the arrangement of the rings on the hands, this could have been used to add visual interest and texture to the image. The use of the formal elements like “Fill the Frame” and “Figure to Ground” also further emphasize the intimacy of the moment by isolating the hands and the bird from their urban surroundings, thus reinforcing the central message of the image. Overall, the photograph conveys a sense of tenderness and stewardship toward the bird. The mood or feeling of the photograph also conveys emotions such as empathy, connection, and a sense of wonder in relation to the natural world.

Mirline Jean_HW 1 Composition

This photograph was taken by Suzanne Stein in the New York Part 2 series in 2017. The reason why I like this photo is because it shows that everything is not what it seems. Initially I saw a homeless person who has a cardboard box covering their face to hide the embarrassment of having to sit on the street and ask strangers for money. But then when I zoomed into the photo, from my perspective, “doesn’t look homeless”. Their clothes look clean as if it’s brand new, not rough around the edges like you would typically a see homeless person in New York. It could be someone pretending to be homeless for attention as a scam which if it was the case takes away from those who are in those situations who truly need the resources. Maybe that’s why they’re covering their face; to hide themselves from the criticism of being found out as a fraud. But it could be interpreted from various angles so I like how it plays with your eyes to believe if this person is truly homeless or not.

3 elements from the Steve McCurry video that are shown in this photo are Rule of Thirds, Diagonals and Figure to Ground. Rule of Thirds is shown by the subject at the bottom leaving the space above which if split into thirds, the person lands on the intersecting line. Diagonal lines from the brick wall and windows naturally give the subject’s body a slant to see their side profile. Figure to Ground would be the subject as the foreground and the reflection on the windows of the busy street as the background.

I think the feeling that Suzanne wanted to portray in this photo is the reality of what loneliness feels like to be homeless; assuming the subject is in that situation. New York’s motto of “mind your business” holds a heavy weight when there’s no busyness happening in your life waiting for a miracle to come by while watching that hustle and bustle of a city moving around you nonstop. The reflection on the window could also be a reflection of that person wishing to be apart of that movement and feeling productive. Giving them a meaning that they have a life with things to do and people to see but that’s not the reality. Being on the streets watching others not paying you any mind, judging you with looks to feel less than, telling you to “get a job” as if it’s easy when you literally have nothing. It’s sad and depressing which would make anyone want to cry if we were in their shoes. But there’s a flip of side of not knowing what or who to believe. There are people who do pretend to be in a less fortunate situations as a selfish come up for themselves once again takes away from those who truly need the resources to survive in this big crazy city.

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