1.)  Garry Winogrand is not trying to say anything with his photographs.  Winogrand is mainly interested in learning from his photographs, and not revealing with his photographs.  Winogrand’s main interest is his education when it comes to photographing.  Winogrand is interested solely in photography, not social commentary. Winogrand does not take photographs because of interests, but instead because of the contest between content and form.

2.)  (Photos above.)

3.)  When Winogrand says “problem”, I translate it as being that there are so many ways and means to take a photograph, but he can choose only one.  The way may be the right way or may be the wrong way, but he can only choose one and he enjoys this “game”.

1.)  Stephen Shore says that art is made for many different reasons, but mainly art “is made in response to a person’s needs and demands”.

2.)  Stephen Shore says that great art is not made by wanting to make a great work of art, but it is instead made by the artist’s personal quest.

Elinor Carucci (works selected by me)

Lately I have been trying to find famous color self-portrait artists to emulate for my emulation project.  This proved to be a hard task until I found Elinor Carucci.  Carucci’s photographs, especially from her series Closer, speak to me in a way that most photographs (especially color photographs as I am a monochrome person) cannot.  Carucci’s photographs hold so many different emotions, whether these emotions be that of happiness, guilt, sadness, wistfulness, etc.  As largely a self-portrait artist, I am constantly searching for new ways to express myself while still reaching others emotionally, and Carucci accomplishes this seemingly difficult task.  When Carucci features herself in her photographs, she does not seem posed or planned.  Carucci looks as if the photograph was taken in the moment, as if she were actually participating in whichever task.  I want to learn how to make my self-portraits seem less anticipated, as I am trying to grow out of my Cindy Sherman-esque planned self-portrait kick.  I feel as though Carucci making her self-portraits seem less anticipated makes me connect to the photograph more, which is something that I would like to gain with my photography.  Also, I really enjoy Carucci’s color palette of deep blacks contrasting with the lighter colors.  I think it makes her photographs gain more meaning and emotion.  Lastly, I think that it is really different that Carucci includes her family in many of her self-portraits.  This is something that I am not comfortable with, but would like to try.

William Eggleston | Photographs from 10 D.70.V1 and Dust Bells Volume 1 & 2

Photo 1- The subject of this image is the trophies that are placed on top of a cigarette machine.  If this image were black and white, it still might be an okay photograph, but the blue and red-orange colors in this photograph contrast and really make this image pop and not be as boring and normal.  The only thing that I’m not completely sold on about this image is the composition.  I really like the dark blue color that is added from the cabinet-looking thing on the very right, but I am not entirely fond of how only a sliver of it is included.  I will admit that for some reason or another, the sliver of cabinet does add some sort of interest and questioning for me (maybe why Eggleston included it).  Eggleston is using complementary colors orange and blue to play off of each other and to make the photograph pop and seem more interesting.

Photo 2- The subject of this image is the woman who is laying down on the bed.  This image would not look as good in black and white because the image is not extremely contrast-y, and the yellow, red, and grey-blue of the photograph adds contrast.  I think that it’s interesting how none of the bright colors touch each other, but I think it would be interesting to see how the colors would look if they interacted with one another.  I really enjoy the composition, how the woman’s toes and the TV almost touch the edge, and the angle of the ceiling and the walls.  Eggleston uses color to make a seemingly everyday occurance such as sleeping with the closet open and the TV on interesting.  Without the intense color pops, this image would not be as effective because it would just seem normal.

Photo 3- The subject of this image is the photo of the man’s head in what appears to be a hallway.  This image would be extremely dull in black and white, as the subject is merely a portrait of a man’s head hanging on a wall, and most of the photograph is the room that is framing the portrait.  The color really helps the image to be interesting and to not seem normal.  The orange-pink of the walls and door and the yellow color of the hallway wall definitely add more to the photo than if everything had just been white.  The color adds depth to the image.  I even like the bright, blinding light coming from the left side of the door.  I wonder how the image would look if the door was a different color than the walls, maybe the door would stand out from the wall a little bit more (maybe that would distract from the hallway and the portrait, however).  I really like the geometric, straight lines of the door, the ceiling, and the walls.  Eggleston again ultimately uses color in order to make the ordinary extraordinary.

This is now a Color Photo blog!

Jay Maisel | Recent Work

Jay Maisel’s use of color is very effective in his recent work.  Maisel’s compositions and use of cropping is very interesting.  I’d like to take Maisel’s cropping and put it towards my own work.  Maisel engages all four corners of the frame, which makes the compositions even more interesting.  Maisel’s work has a nice sense of line.

Vikenti Nilin | From the Neighbours Series | 1993-present | Giclee print | 165 x 110 cm

I really enjoy series like Vikenti Nilin’s series Neighbours because though the content of the images is similar, no two images are the same.  I have created a couple of series like this, and am currently working on my third series.  Though it may seem like a simple approach to an idea, Nilin’s series pulls together very nicely.  Neighbours is an edgy series in content, as all of the subjects are sitting on a very high ledge and looking down.  I want to gain an edge to my photographs.

Duane Michals | The Human Condition (sequence) | 1969 | 6 gelatin silver prints | 5 x 7 inches

I really enjoy Duane Michals’s sequences, and this one in particular grabbed my attention. Michals took two seemingly different things and managed to perfectly morph one into the other in this series of six photographs.  I have never tried making sequences like Michals, but I think that it would make for a very interesting experience and it is something that I would like to do in the future.  Michals’s printing is spot on- the prints aren’t messy works-in-progress, they’re very well printed photographs that each make sense in the sequence.  I really enjoy the contrast in Michals’s prints, also.

Weegee (works selected by me)

I haven’t seen much of Weegee’s work, but from what I have seen, I can tell that it has a nice documentary quality to it.  By looking at some of Weegee’s photographs I can see that he was in the right place at the right time and new what to do with his camera in order to capture that moment.  This is a skill that I would like to learn, because sometimes I’m in the right place at the right time but still miss capturing the moment on camera.  I have been avoiding more straight-up documentary photography, but I think looking at Weegee’s work has made me realize that I should try it because I might enjoy it.

Jerry Uelsmann (works selected by me)

I was first aware of Jerry Uelsmann’s work last year when I was taking Photo 1.  Since then, I have been liking his work.  Uelsmann’s photography is by far the strangest that I have seen without being too ridiculous.  What I mean by this is although Uelsmann manipulates his images so that things that normally wouldn’t be seen together are together in one photograph, the different parts of the photograph flow together and actually seem like they belong.  I never really got into double printing in the darkroom, but I think it would be really interesting to learn how to do it so that I could try making one final image from several images like Uelsmann.