COMD 1340 OL 90 Photography 1 Spring 2022

Prof K Pelka : Monday 6:00 - 9:20

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Jordan Essay

  1. I would like to talk about an American pioneering photographer named O’ Winston Link, also known by the name of Ogie Winston Link.  He was born on December 16, 1914, in Brooklyn, New York.  He was known for doing black and white photography and sound recordings for movies, some of his famous recordings were for the movies, October sky (1999), The photographer, His Wife, Her Lover (2005), and train unlimited (1997). Some of his most popular photos are the shots of steam locomotive railroad pictures and various scenes from movies.  He was introduced to photography by his father named Albert Link.  He taught him various shooting techniques that gave him the idea to become a photographer.  He went to college to get his degree in engineering from the Polytechnic Institute in Brooklyn, NY in 1937. 

2. The reason why I chose Mr. Link is that I love the fact that he had a love for photography and pushed himself from a young age to his adult life to work hard to become a famous photographer. He was not just a photographer,  he also designed and made new photography equipment, like the rigging of 43 flashing bulbs, and did various shooting techniques.  He also designed a way to take pictures at night, there is one photo that he shot that I find interesting to talk about.

3. This photo shows a person holding a lamp and waving to the train as it was taking off.  What I really found interesting and striking is how this picture highlighted the white building and the smoke to make it look brighter as if the moon was shining a light directly on them.  The white in the picture looked almost like a bright neon white, which I found beautiful.  What also strikes me is how the photo captured how vibrant the silver was on the train and how massive the train appeared in size.  I credit that shot to his technique and his creation of rigging the bulbs.  Although the white stood out, the way he was able to capture the shadows and showed how the darkness was getting darker was intriguing.  I think that the depot looks like it was in a rural town and that the photographer Mr. Link wanted to show just how beautiful the small town’s depot was.  He also captured what the townspeople saw at night when the train came into the depot.  Mr. Link was able to allow his audience the idea of imagining where the train came from and where the train may be going next.  One thing is for sure when the train leaves the depot it is on its way to another adventure.  I can relate to the photo because I love to travel and explore areas that I have and have not been to before.  The compositional elements used to convey and emphasize the meaning of the photo are lighting and the use of lines to move the eye through the image. The reason why the two elements convey the photo is that it shows a bit of light in the background and they show you what’s in front of you straightforward as it is clear and vivid.

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