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A photograph that made me think – Freight Train, Wendover, UT, 2013 – Huntington Witherill

Witherill has captured this image with a focus on the detail and the point of view, this image was created asymmetrically but with a strong feeling of being almost symmetrical; I find that this draws you into the image and captures your full attention. The subject of this image is highlighted and you are forced to recognize it straight away (The Freight Train.) This unusually shaped rest stop with its long arch over the roof was near a desert, the train tracks are a mile away – the placement of this was key for this composition. Witherill wanted to capture the train as if it was moving along the narrow wall – it almost looks like a model train set. The composition has to be a key factor for this image, if it was taken any higher then the train would have looked like it was floating, any lower and you wouldn’t have been able to see the train. The foreground is soft with the tones that have been created. The detail that has been captured on the concrete tells a completely different story than the overall image, implying that there is more to this image than first meets the eye. Something I will personally take away from the image and photographer is to try and capture compelling compositions and work with the view point to my own advantage.

Samuel Mitchell

1 Photography, University of the West of England


A photograph that made me think – Dorothea Lange, Migrant Mother

I chose this photograph as I felt it expressed such emotion, sadness and concern instantly. The woman is centered facing the front and the two children either side with their heads turned away. This puts the attention and focus straight away on her and looking at her expression makes you feel her sadness and you want to know what has happened to her and her children by asking yourself questions.

The two children are cuddled into their mother with their heads turned in, this body language makes you understand they are scared and they are fully dependant on her. This mother and child relationship highly impacts how you feel for them as they look in danger and you want them to be safe. There is also a clear absence of the father which puts more pressure on the mother and again makes you feel sorry for her. Their clothes look ragged and unwashed which makes you think they have been involved in a horrible cause or are poor and desperate. The black and white tone to this photograph adds to the glum feeling, it also creates a sense that is was in an older time period.

Fiona Warburton

L1 Photography, University of the West of England


A photograph that made me think-The decisive moment by Henri Cartier Bresson (1952)

Initially, the image was striking to me but I never understood why everyone found it so special, I always wanted to know more about the image such as who was the man jumping, where was it taken and many more questions but as I started to go out photographing more and more,I started to understand what the context was to a photographer. The image is a snapshot as is many of Henri Cartier Bresson’s work but I began to see it for what it’s title is,The decisive moment it shows how fleeting photography can be and how you cannot just let a shot go if you see something spectacular as a photographer you have an almost obligation to capture a moment and it’s the boundary between the everyday and mundane, without the man jumping over the puddle, there is no image as impactful as this. This image made me think about my own practice and made me continue to carry something around permanently to enable a chance to capture something special. This image is a reminder to me to think about the opportunities that can be missed if I don’t look at my surroundings and find that decisive moment in the everyday.

There’s no name on this article. Can you please me know who write, it, thanks. Shawn


A Photograph That Made Me Think – Gammelyn’s, Daughter A Walking Dream – Kirsty Mitchell

The title of this image combined with all aspects – from props, colours, makeup, wardrobe, placement and composition instantly portrays deep emotion. Most of which we may never be able to understand. I instantly see a photographer using photography as a method of therapeutic realise in order to communicate feelings, thoughts and dreams. The delicacy of the subjects’ body language especially her hands portrays vulnerability, if her hands were clenched I would instantly see aggression and discomfort. This alone shows how important placement is within any photograph. Previously researching this photographer, I know the background of this photographic series (Wonderland – dedicated to her late mother) although, this image is one which stood out to me, making me question a lot about it: what is the reason behind the colour scheme? Why is only one eye showing? Many questions which may never be answered. My thought process wonders in regards to the ships symbolism. Does the ship symbolise her saying goodbye to her mother? The hands placement around the ship combined with the expression on the models face – to me – shows sadness, someone who does not want to say goodbye or let go of someone they love.

Natasha Hunt-Cafarelli

L1 Photography, University of the West of England.


A photograph that made me think – Normandy Invasion, Robert Capa

Lack of colour, contrast and a bleak sky leave the photo with a sombre initial impression: The only object easily drawn out from the background a body and soldiers. Strangely it seems to even add detail forcing us to take in the entire image. As the title suggests showing the past corruption of a French beach, recognised for family holidays. A seascape covered in harsh metal and corpses, overlooked by the “victor”. Bodies fading into the pebbled beach, when examined properly draw your mind back to the beach scene, sunbathers long lost to the invasion. The couple in the foreground show odd emotions for the scene – the first hands in pocket with a cigarette; numb to the suffering caused, resigned to his sins for the “greater good”, the other hands on hips frowning, as though clean-up is all that’s running through his head. All was for a good cause and in hindsight seemingly an understandable (though not acceptable) loss of life. Bringing this all back to the seascape is haunting for me – showing the power and flaws of those before whilst invoking such a positive comparative memory. Really bringing me into the photo to question past, present and future.

Adam Stoller

L1 Photography University of West England

A photograph that made me think – Greece by Joel Meyerowitz

Initially I was interested in the angle that this photograph is taken at, looking across at a passing car from inside another almost like a still from a movie. The people in the car appear to be a family and the young girl in the back has a carelessness about her, which makes her look like a typical teenager, the way she is dressed, sat up on the back of the car and staring at the camera with a stubborn expression. You can just about make out that the woman in the front of the car, assumed to be her mother, is smiling widely almost in a way of keeping up appearances, to seem as though they are a happy family despite the father looking less enthusiastic. This image resonates to me family holidays, where you can almost always guarantee at least one argument during the trip, particularly at the teenage age where you begin to feel as though you have grown out of the things you used to do as a child. the young girl dressed ready for the beach, with a flower in her hair, yet her body is slumped as though she is bored and her expression moody, disappointed.

Martha Dunning

L1 Photography, University of the West of England