Monday, 18 March 2013

Jorma Puranen

Jorma Puranen (born in 1951) is a Finnish photographer based in Helsinki, whose work involves a lot of experimenting. I like this particular piece above as it is something that I have been experimenting with myself. The use of water makes the photograph look almost like an oil painting. The colours in this particular photograph as strong and contrasted, and I love how the clouds fade from white to pink (from right to left). The photograph itself is simplistic, being of a sunset/sunrise but I think that it works better with this technique, rather than the photograph being complex with a lot going on in the frame, and with a lot of detail as I don't think that this would work as well with the technique which is something to bear in mind when I take more of my own photographs. My favourite part of the image is the bright yellow streak, as this draws the viewers attention. This technique also creates the idea of perhaps the photograph was taken through a window on a rainy day, which is another form of distortment and makes the viewer think about how the image was created, making it thought provoking and therefore more effective. The material used (whether it was water or not) appears to be quite smooth, as apposed to the approach that I decided to take of water droplets/splatters. There are many different ways in which the distortment can be presented and this would be an interesting thing to explore in greater detail. I could also try using oil, ink, vaseline, washing up liquid and more which would all create something different, even if you placed them in the same place and in the same way each time. I could also try applying the liquids with a paintbrush, to create a streaked effect, rather than a splatter/rain droplet effect. This relates particularly well to the exam theme of inside, outside and in-between as it is a photograph of an outside setting, the filter of distortion is the in-between, and the camera could be considered the inside, or if perhaps the photograph was taken from looking through a window, the subject of the photograph would be the outside, the window would be the in-between and the setting behind the window (most likely inside somewhere) would be the inside. 

I find this photograph above interesting, as it is another form of distortment, playing with shadows and how they can completely change the image. It would be interesting to see the photograph without the shadows, to see how they differ. I think that this photograph would have been made with double exposure, as the vibrancy of the flowers are slightly faded. The flowers and leaves also look dead, which gives a gothic feel to the image. The faded effect is interesting as it also looks like the technique from the previous image with the water/texture filter/layer. The photograph below relates to the first photograph more and makes the photograph look somewhat spooky, and what I really like about his photographs is that they look like oil paintings, and this can be created simply. Out of all of the images, I prefer the last photograph (below) as the cool blue colours give it an interesting look with the sun peaking out and bringing a vivid white lighting to it. I think that to further my own experiments and to develop my ideas more, I could try taking the photographs of the sun and clouds at different parts of the day to see how the lighting and cloud patterns differ, as I think that this could make quite a good collection/series of images. 

William Eggleston

William Eggleston is an American photographer who was born in 1939. To begin with, he photographed only in black and white, but began to experiment with colour films 1965 and 1966 after being introduced to the medium by William Christenberry. Eggleston's work has been used for advertising for Marc Jacobs, as well as for album covers for bands such as Primal Screams album 'Give Out But Don't Give Up' as well as Jimmy Eats World's famous album titled 'Bleed American'.

I chose to analyse this particular photograph above as I found the shadows and reflections interesting and inspiring. I love how the light (which would appear to be natural light from the sun) shines through the window and we can see the colours of the drink on the table. This photograph looks like it was taken on an aeroplane from the shape of the window and the clouds outside. The models hand looks interesting in this photograph as we are not as to weather it is a man or a women - could it be the photographer himself? It creates an interesting shape as a shadow and this is a form of distortion, which I'm currently experimenting with myself. It wouldn't be too difficult to recreate either, and you could change the setting so for example on a bus or in a car that has one of those fold out tables.

This photograph has a vintage feel about it, probably because it is not a particularly modern piece, however this would be a technique to research and use in my own photographs - making the photograph look more vintage with the colours slightly faded. Below are some more examples of the faded effect:

I think that his photographs are interesting and unique, and can relate well to the theme of the everyday, which is what I plan to continue with. I also like how when there are people in his images, such as the ones above, you never see their faces, so there is a sense of anonymity about them, making them open to interpretation.

Photography Trip Photograph Experiments

When on the photography trip, I decided to take some photographs inspired by the portraiture theme. I really experimented with the depth of field, using a 50mm lens, with an aperture of f/1.8. I think that this worked well and created an interesting overall effect, and also makes the photograph look more professional.