Activity 2: Photographic Galleries on the Internet
Answer the following questions for 3 photographic gallery websites:
- What category e.g. Fine Art, Creative, Illustration, Advertising, Scientific or Photojournalism do the images fall into?
- Are the images colour or black and white? Discuss why you feel the photographer has used colour or black white images?
- What themes are featured?
- How much digital enhancement do you feel has taken place?
- Download 3 images from each virtual Photographic gallery that is representative of the work shown on that website.
I have chosen three contrasting image styles for my galleries, and each of the photographers used were unknown to me prior to this assignment. I have included black and white street photography, colour portraiture and finally, macro photography. Each of these styles is very different from each other, yet all showcase the individuality of the photographer and the ability for all photos to possess beauty and therefore be considered a work of art.
Paul Ricciadi Photography:
Paul Ricciadi is an American photographer who specialises in Street Photography. All of his images use the black and white medium. His photos feature many faces of the street with a distinctly urban feel and tone. The use of black and white gives each image a strong impact and eloquently shows a variety of emotions.
Thematically, each image is uniquely individual but collectively the photos show a unity of everyday life and are a photographic record of life in the here and now. There is no obvious evidence of digital manipulation beyond the expected photo enhancements (as in cropping, sharpening etc).
Although his photographic approach is not one of my preferred styles, I can appreciate his articulacy in capturing the normality of the everyday; taking the mundane and making it shine.
The True Love Project:
The True Love Project attempts to photograph real love without the fakery of the “Say Cheese” moment. In the words of photographer Zack Seckler, “… a group of volunteers worked with a professional hypnotist to reach, in trance, a point where they were able to visualize the camera as a beloved person. The resulting images capture people who are actually in love with the camera.”
The True Love Project was photographed by Zack Seckler Photography, a small American business that publishes the online magazine The F Stop and is often synonymous with unique viewpoints and unusual photography.
All the images in the True Love Project are in colour and feature portraiture. In messages between artist and me, Zeckler says he prefers to shoot in colour, so other options were not considered. No obvious retouching or editing of the images is noticeable and thematically the True Love Project satisfies its ideals and gives a unified vision of true love.
When asked about his favourite images from the True Love Project, Zeckler said, “I had the powerful experience of being with these people as they went through very deep emotions so I couldn’t choose one over the other. They are all moving to me.” (Seckler, 2010)
Paul Hamilton Photography:
Paul Hamilton (b. 1972) is an Australian self-taught photographer that specialises in Macro images. He has been taking photos for 10 years and I was recently able to conduct an email interview with him. He states that “Macro is exciting, escapism for me. It’s about seeing something through the lens, that no-one else can see – and then showing the world what you’ve discovered.” (Hamilton, 2010)
The majority of his images are based on floral macro shots, although he does have a small portraiture folio also. His images are in colour and appear to be highly saturated. According to his messages to me, his digital enhancements are “Photoshop curves, contrast and general brightness” for most images, however some images have had dramatic manipulation on them (such as colour inversion) which he clearly states on the photos.
The images below show the impact this strong colour has on his imagery and how the view of nature in such minute detail can be both artistic and beautiful. The use of soft focus and blurring in parts adds to the focal point of each image. The use of light in these images adds to their translucent magnificence.
commarts.com. (2009). Zack Seckler. Blog Retrieved from http://www.commarts.com/fresh/zack-seckler.html
exposurecompensation.com. (2009). The True Love Project by Zack Seckler. Blog Retrieved from http://exposurecompensation.com/2009/07/31/the-true-love-project-by-zack-seckler/
Hamilton, P. (2010, 9 September 2010). [Facebook Messages].
Hamilton, P. (n.d). Paul Hamilton Photography Retrieved 9 September 2010, from http://www.paulhamiltonphotography.com.au/
Ricciardi, P. (2008). Paul Ricciardi Photography Retrieved 7 September 2010, from http://www.paulricciardi.com/
Seckler, Z. (2009). The True Love Project Retrieved 7 September 2010, from http://thetrueloveproject.com/
Seckler, Z. (2010, 10 September 2010). [Facebook Messages].
Seckler, Z. (n.d). Zack Seckler Photography Retrieved 7 September 2010, from http://www.zackseckler.com