My 3 inspirational photos

1. The Flatiron Building, 1904, printed 1909, by Edward STEICHEN, an American pictorialist photographer, born in Luxembourg, 1879-1973

Landscape - 2014FEB24As I flipped through this book, entitled the “Genius of Photography,” I was stopped  by this picture, which appeared to be a black  and  white print at first.  However, as I  looked carefully, a pale blue cloudy sky emerged and dominated the scene.   I thought I saw a corner of tall building with a dark front and a bright side on its right hand side.  Soon after my iris adjusted to this dark but cleverly taken photo, it actually revealed a slim skyscraper, the Flatiron, in Manhattan of New York  city, as per the title of this  photograph.

This picture intrigued me because of its foggy and dark atmosphere, but it portrayed amazingly fine shapes of the branches and twigs of the trees.  It translated a  mysterious feeling with dark silhouettes of people walking on wet city  pavements at dusk.

From a distance, this photograph also looked like a water colour painting with the impression that the dark twigs spread and blended into the the foggy sky.  Since water colour is my favourite painting method, that is why this photographer inspired me and how his artwork will guide me to render the same effects in landscape photography, which indeed is my passion.

Reference: Badger G, (2007) The Genius of Photography: How photography has changed our lives Quadrill Publishing, London. (The Empire of Photography, p 42)

2. Pepper #30, 1930. Gelatin silver print, by Edward WESTON, an American modernist photographer, 1886-1958

Capsicum Image - 2014FEB24

I chose this beautifully taken picture by Edward Weston, because of his seemingly suggested tendencies for the transcendent tradition and symbolism of the American modernist era, according to Badger, author of the above  same book.

Using food to pose for his work of art, on a black and white print, together with a combination of highlights and shadows, Edward Weston gave the viewer a sense of sensuality of two intertwined bodies through this naturally shaped capsicum.  It wouldn’t have the same effects if this picture was printed in colour.

The expressed texture of this photo made the viewer want to touch and feel the smoothness and firmness in the muscular resemblance of the human-like flesh of this interesting pepper.

Reference: Badger G, (2007) The Genius of Photography: How photography has changed our lives Quadrill Publishing: London. (The Empire of Photography, p 49)

3. A portrait of Patrick J. Adams, 2012
by Howard SCHATZ, an American ophthalmologist and photographer, born in 1940, July 30th.  “After an academic career as a retina specialist, primarily in the San Francisco area, he turned his photography hobby into a successful second career,” Wikipedia described.

Patrick J. Adams' Portrait - 2014FEB02

As an inspirational source, I was referred to the website of this multi-award winner American photographer by Julian Watt (one of our TAFE teachers and advertising photographer).

Among so many of Schatz’s masterpieces from his portfolio, I chose this particular portrait of Patrick J Adams, who played the main character in an American drama series, called “Suits,” because it’s one of my favourite TV shows, broadcast on the 7 network in Australia since last year.

I also like this portrait, because of its effective simplicity in the 2 colours, but creatively composed by Schatz to express a sense of perspective.




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