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.