80’s Pictures, Whats really in them?

Photography has been around for hundreds of years and has improved over time and technology. There are some basic rules that can be followed to create a better picture. As stated in the blog below the pictures should include:

  1. become picky with taking photos
  2. contrast helps make the story
  3. personal change of perspective and view of lines
  4. make depth
  5. balance, rule of thirds, background and foreground
  6. pay attention to the moment
  7. lighting and shadows
  8. best lens or angle of photo
Image result for Bruce Springsteen, London, England 1985

This a picture of a Bruce Springsteen concert in the 80’s. It shows foreground and background because it is with Bruce closest to the lens and the crowd gets smaller as they move further away. It looks like Bruce is the star but the fans at the concert are shown in the stadium showing the different in the area of the photo and how it changes the outcome of the photo.

New York City by Frank Horvat

This photo above is showing contrast for the photographer. The fire is the brightest thing in the photo even though it is further away than the cars or building. The people in the photo are not really paying attention to the fire taking up the city they are still just going about their daily life. The building on the side is darker than the fire showing the contrast and how big the fire really is.

This photo represents the selection and depth a photographer does when taking good photos. The photographer waited until some people were on the escalator but not so far up that they take the whole lens. The viewer is still able to see the lower level of the mall with kids playing and people shopping. They picked the right moment to get the reflection of the people on the escalator making it appear there were more people there than there really was. The depth is where the picture shows the foreground of just the escalator, the middle ground with people riding it, and the background of the rest of shopper walking around the mall. It has people in different sections of the lens creating the feeling of a 3D image when its only 2D.

Stoke Newington

This image shows a particular moment the photographer was trying to capture. The girl in the picture does not look happy with the situation and it looks like he just starting reaching down her body. The photographer payed close attention to the girl and her body language and holding a cigarette which was so socially normal. The photographer appears to be watching the two people and waiting for the correct moment to snap a photo. They were anticipating a special moment and were able to capture it and the feeling associated. The picture captures a sad, depressing feeling of her not wanting to be there in that moment.

Photo by Jack Pierson. Courtesy of Cheim & Read, New York.

This picture is important in showing lighting and its affect on the story behind a picture. The boy is dark and the light is coming from behind him making the smoke from his cigarette brighter and appears to be the main focal point of the picture. This photographer saw the light from behind the boy and used it to his advantage making the boy in the shadows of the picture. The lighting also shows the boys body and his arm sticking somewhat out the window holding a cigarette, that is where the light is coming from. The photographer appears to have noticed that and used it to their advantage.

This picture is showing balance in a photograph. The models are off centered in a third of the picture. The sale sign is just about center and clothing is all around the models. The immediate attention goes to the three models on the left side, and their styles. The models are not the center of attention because they are off center and the eye moves attention the the clothing and sale sign along with other prices of clothing options. The image is expressing the clothing styles and prices with out overbearing the lens of the camera.

nyc nightlife photography meryl meisler

This photograph changes perspective of what photographers would take pictures of. The photographer was pointing the camera up getting a different angle of the people dancing. This photograph is different because most pictures I have seen from this time period are head height versions where you as a viewer as looking straight ahead, this one is pointing up and getting to see a different side of these people. The angle is different than most normal photos you will see.

These different aspects of storytelling influence the story by changing what the viewer can see and the feelings associated with the photos. The aspects change what the viewer is going to focus on and what may get overlooked initially. The images change meaning with different aspects as the focus, the lighting for example changes what the viewer is going to be focused on, and what else the viewer will not see because it is to dark. the aspects change how the viewer is going to react to the photo and the story behind it.

I was able to find examples of the different aspects of photography and while some images were examples of two different aspects all aspects were shown in this post. I enjoyed looking for the photos but really struggled with what to say besides the obvious of looking at the photo and saying what I thought was happening. I tried to be more creative but it was hard with the photo choices we had to choose from. This assignment does make me look forward to taking my own photos and playing around with the different aspects for photos I want to take.

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