Monday, October 11, 2010

Sebastião Salgado

     One of the greatest photographers ever would be none other than Sebastião Salgado. His excursions across the world have produced some of the most stunning and utterly emotionally moving photographs to date. Excessive labor, famine, and war are some of the plights that anchor the viewer and hold their heart captive. He draws attention to problems that society has swept under the rug for centuries. He stands against the placation and cold shoulder carelessness that is so abundant today.
      Not only does his subject matter grab your attention but his impeccable techniques draw you in as well. His fast eye and expertise wielding a camera allows him to push and stretch the limits of photography. His perfect skill in the darkroom is apparent with his use of burning and dodging which places heavy emphasis on the striking elements within his images. He is a true master and will always be lauded for his work.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Surreal Opposites Attract

     I am mentioning these photographs together because they are definitely a set and should not be separated. They are yin and yang. The contrast balance is brilliant as each horse has an alternate background that makes them stand out. When you view the black horse then observe the white horse the stark difference is stunning. I feel these images should be viewed together to appreciate opposites and how they have an affect on one another. Although the horizon line is imperfect to the next, something I would like to have seen, it further drives home the point of some things being visually related yet so askew and "wrong" that it becomes right.

Set Free

      Wanting to be free yet something holding you back is not uncommon for people. Here, Chinese photographer Li Wei defines such a desire. Whether it is your job or loved ones, and despite the reasons for being "held back", systematic problems can prevent us from gaining what we yearn for. Li Wei uses a photo-manipulation program to fabricate surreal images of flight and levitation. 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Tilt-Shift Photography

 I came across tilt-shift photography this past spring. Of course, my initial reaction was that I was looking at model trains and toy cars when in fact shallow depth of field and a special lens were tricking my eye. Tilt-shift photographs are usually achieved with aerial shots or high vantage points and the focus is very specific. High contrast around the central subject and blurred edges produce an optical illusion. Cars, trains, and people from a distance are ideal subjects to photograph. You can get this effect with Photoshop as well but MUCH cooler when done with the tilt-shift lens.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Jeff Wall produced this photograph with exceptional talent. His accurate use of lighting in key areas create almost a silvering effect across the image. The image almost seems quiet due to the muted quality of the hues. 

The fireflies have emerged from their day slumber, leaving a trail of blinking lights. This photographer has used long shutter speed accompanied by a small aperture opening to gain maximum depth of field. 


Like pods holding the embryos of fairies, globes of soft light glow gently in what appears to be mist. The photographer, unknown, seems to have used a fog machine which they have backlit. Etherial and calm is the photographer's intent and is clearly seen.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Phoenix Down

Long exposure is one of the key ingredients to Dennis Calvert's work. Combined with creative and playful use of lasers, LEDs, and various gelled lights etherial sceneries map themselves out before us. As if she is fighting the Devil himself, his model fights "fire" with LEDs. She is more focused than the lasers writhing with uncontrolled anger. She should prevail.

Oslo Subway

Color contrast, movement, and reflection define this image taken by photographer Tyler Sparks. Although the people are frozen in time, the reflection casting back off the ceiling of the handrails provides a sense of fast movement. Golden light calls the eye straight down the escalator where the chariot awaits us.

Everything in photography lends itself to the power of light. Without light, photography would never have been established. Here photographer Dennis Calvert uses various forms of lights to create resounding effects. His striking silhouette anchors the photograph which performs mysteriously against his precise use of luminescence.