Sunday, September 12, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
This photograph is by Ansel Adams. This photograph is broken into 4 separate pictures. You have the left and right river banks that are separated by the river. The river is the third picture, and then the fourth picture is above the horrizon which is the mountains above the horizon. This picture is broken up by the sharp contrast of black land and the white river. The picture is also broken up by the rising landscape.
Friday, September 3, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
This photograph was taken by Mike Wells. The framing of the photograph serves to highlight the different size of the hands. The out-of-focus background further serves to draw attention to the difference in size of the hands. The photograph is in color, which I think further compounds the difference in the size of the hands.
This photo is also separated into thirds, though a little more abstractly: the wall, the mirror, and the man himself, who is the subject. Like Frank’s photo, this picture moves your eye from left, where the subject is, to the right, where we can see what’s happening in the mirror. To me, the mirror manages to frame the whole picture, even though it is only enclosing the one scene. Each part of the picture sort of has its own section due to the mirror frame; similar to the windows of the bus of the photo we looked at.
Photo found at: http://www.studiolighting.net/arup-ghosh-of-india-wins-sony-amateur-photo-contest/
Dorethea Lange, Street Demonstration, San Francisco 1933
The bodies of the protesters break this image into (horizontal) thirds. For example, the first section is above their heads: the area where the signs are. The middle section is defined by their bodies and the bottom section is the ground beneath their feet. The photo is also spilt into thirds vertically by the police officer.
The subject is the police officer in the center. Being in the foreground makes him appear larger than those behind him--his face is also shaded where as those behind him are lit (except for the shadow created by their hats). While the demonstraters create the background, one stands out as he is staring directly at the camera--which is a pose the police officer might be expected to take as a way to create authority over the photograph.
An interesting element of this photograph is that it makes the view move from right to left, rather than left to right (as we discussed in class, this is the natural way for Westerners to view images or text). The faces (except the one staring at the camera) are looking towards the left which makes the eye move towards the left.