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Good and Bad Landscape Photographs

Posted in Add+Vantage Module Homework, Landscapes with tags , , , on February 18, 2012 by moetdigitalphotography

In the series, “Landscapes for the Homeless” which begun in 1988 and finished in 1991, Anthony Hernandez documented the out of the way places the homeless retreated to.  In the series he closes in on minute details such as the homeless’ possessions, revealing a persons presence through photographing the landscape. Whilst photographing these areas Hernandez made sure that no one was around, so as not to disrupt the life of its inhabitants. Viewed at a distance, the images appear to be photographs of the natural landscape. Upon close examination the details of habitation reveal themselves.  This made me realise how important and what great impact the little things can do in an image. I believe these photographs to be great examples of landscape photography. The photos offer deep and meaningful documentation, revealing the homeless’ terrible living conditions, their presence in the landscape and their possessions.

“Landscapes for the Homeless” Anthony Hernandez

“Landscapes for the Homeless” Anthony Hernandez

“Landscapes for the Homeless” Anthony Hernandez

“Afghanistan: Chronotopia” by Simon Norfolk, is a series of landscape photographs of Afghanistan during the war.  Afghanistan has been ravaged by war for more then twenty years and in this series Norfolk has documented the devastating effects the war has had on Afghanistans beautiful architecture, buildings and landscapes. I love the images and for me are good examples of landscape photography. They are powerfully beautiful despite the destruction. The photographs educate the viewer about the turmoil and severe genocide this exquisite place has encountered.

“Afghanistan: Chronotopia” Simon Norfolk

“Afghanistan: Chronotopia” Simon Norfolk

“Afghanistan: Chronotopia” Simon Norfolk

“Afghanistan: Chronotopia” Simon Norfolk

Gerhard Richter is known for his “out of focus” trademark. I chose some of his out of focus landscapes as bad examples of landscape photography. I find them quite pointless and mundane. I like photographs to be compelling, with a story like those by Simon Norfolk and Anthony Hernandez.

"Near Hubbelrath" Gerhard Richter

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Good Portrait Photograph

Posted in Add+Vantage Module Homework on November 14, 2011 by moetdigitalphotography

As a class we were asked to find a good and a bad portrait photograph. I struggled to find a bad portrait as I’m not sure what would constitute as “bad”. Would it be it’s technical qualities such as it being out of focus or over exposed? I don’t think so. There go, I decided to concentrate on finding a good portrait.

James Story, Coal Miner, Somerset, Colorado, December 18, 1979

I chose a photograph from Richard Avedon’s series “The American West”. From 1979 to 1984 Avedon made several trips through the western United States, visiting 13 states and towns from Idaho to Texas. He chose to photograph the real people of the American West, everyday westerners coping with the harsh realities of rural life. Avedon photographed his subjects against a white backdrop but in their own environment. The use of a clean white background removes Avedon’s subjects from their surroundings and places more emphasise on them. The haunting, stark images evoke a sense of the West, these are not images of rosy cheeked families or handsome cowboys, but true Westerners; factory workers, coal miners, drifters and waitresses. I massively admire these portraits for their style and quality, which is why I think they are great portrait photographs. I chose the photo above in particular, due to the subjects (James Story) relaxed yet quite haunting expression and his dirty clothes. The photograph is a story within itself and quite ironic due to the subjects name. It shows the story of a hard working western man, working in the cold winter months not a wholesome pretty cowboy who roams the fields all day!