Assignment Two – VIS15

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:

http://www.paulricciardi.com/

Paul Ricciardi

Paul Ricciardi

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).

Untitled by Paul Ricciardi

Untitled by Paul Ricciardi

Untitled by Paul Ricciardi

Untitled by Paul Ricciardi

Untitled by Paul Ricciardi

Untitled by Paul Ricciardi

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:

http://thetrueloveproject.com/

Zack Seckler

Zack Seckler

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.

Julia - Zack Seckler

Julia - Zack Seckler

Theodore - Zack Seckler

Theodore - Zack Seckler

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)

Kyrian - Zack Seckler

Kyrian - Zack Seckler

Paul Hamilton Photography:

http://www.paulhamiltonphotography.com.au/

Paul Hamilton

Paul Hamilton

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.

Hydrangea 2 - Paul Hamilton

Hydrangea 2 - Paul Hamilton

Imagination – Paul Hamilton

Imagination – Paul Hamilton

Fire and Wind - Paul Hamilton

Fire and Wind - Paul Hamilton

Bibliography

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

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3 thoughts on “Assignment Two – VIS15

  1. Pingback: Frank MacDonald » Assignment Two VIS15 | December @ University

  2. Here are my comments!

    Hi December,
    Very relevant choices of galleries with inspiring projects and talented photographers.
    It’s brilliant that you have actually contacted some of them.
    Discussion of color vs b&w could be further explored, e.g. I wish you gave your own opinion on why the second one uses color (yes, it’s his preference, but do you agree it’s an effective strategy?).
    Cheers, Lu

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