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A photograph that made me think – ITALY Alex Majoli

I find this photograph by Alex Majoli very interesting, this is because I find it difficult to pick apart who and what is in the image. Looking at the female I find it hard to tell on whether she is an upper class woman or a prostitute, her clothes could represent both as fur could be seen as trashy or wealthy, but then her lower half and her messy hair shouts out cheap. What throws you is the gentleman who could be portrayed as I driver or a doorman sheltering and escorting the lady to a building, where assumptions could be made of either a fancy hotel or a half decent motel. I also feel that the way the photograph is taken could play a big part in the representation of the image, with it taken at night, and the woman appears to be ‘coming back’ from somewhere, it can be assumed that she is some sort of escort/prostitute returning from work. Majoli used an artificial flash to take this photograph, this creates a dramatic effect and draws a lot of attention on to the subjects, I think this adds even more mystery to the image as it’s as if Majoli is trying to say something but I can’t seem to figure out what.

Holly Ellis

A Photograph that made me think: Untitled image taken from the series Afghanistan by Simon Norfolk.

Louis Higgins

L1 Photography, University of the West of England.

When I first looked at this image, I was immediately drawn to the fantastic light in the photograph. The golden aura around the building gives it an almost romantic feel, reminiscent of renaissance paintings. After this aesthetic had worn off I was left to study the image in greater detail. The photograph is essentially of a ruined governmental building, however, as you study it closer you realise that its downfall was not from neglect but was the effect of the attrition of war. Bullet holes are clearly visible in the buildings’ walls, and there is no glass left in the windows. I love this use of juxtaposition by Norfolk. He grabs our attention by presenting the regal building in a stunning natural light, but as we start to dissect the image we are left feeling the effects of a war that has ravaged a country. I feel this is an incredible way to present a very delicate subject to his audience. I almost felt guilty for viewing the image as beautiful, because really what he is presenting to us is the drastic effect that wars have on countries.

A photo that made me think

On 18 September 2016 at 19:19, sam wexham <samwexham96> wrote:

This is the image I have chosen by a photographer called caesar sebastian.

This image caught my eye when I first saw it and made me think. As to me this image asks questions and makes a lot of comparisons creating contrast in the image to the viewer. This pink contrasts with heavily man made pink creating a contrast between not only the two styles present but the views, this man made bright pink paint covering up her nipples and groin, like this image has to be censored by modern society to make it acceptable or appropriate, but why isn’t our own body appropriate? This to me shows modern life about made up stereotypes of whats wright and wrong in the public eye.

It has a very dreamy look to it created by using a low aperture with soft light and colour, making you have complete focus on the girl drawing you to her. Her whole relaxed posture and star at the camera make you think that she has a special connection with the person shes looking at as she seems completely comfortable in there presents.I think the pink paint also creates a really cool layer effect to the image as well as contrast which draws your eyes further.

Sam Wexham


Tom Farmer, a photograph that made me think

Tom Farmer

L1 Photography, University of the West of England

A Photograph That Made Me Think

Stephen Gill, Coming Up for Air

This photograph from Stephen Gills body of work “Coming Up for Air” makes me think of how simple creating an interesting image can be. In this image everything is stripped down to the basics of shape and colour. It makes you question the photographers eye and his creativity more so than his technical knowhow.

I feel how you interpret a situation is very important as a photographer. Knowing when to pick the camera up and put it down is one of the things I try to take on-board the most whilst looking at other people’s work. The glare from Gill’s flash has also been included in the image and not attempted to be eradicated and although many would see this as a mistake or an imperfection it helps in this particular piece to fit in with a more “snapshotty” and almost holiday photograph aesthetic. In my opinion this brings a lot more fun into the medium where he is not worried by the constraints of creating a perfect photograph. But obtaining the image he himself envisioned in the first place.

A photograph that made me think -Bill Brant – Grand Union Canal

‘A photograph that made me think.’

The photograph that makes me think is called "Grand Union Canal"by Bill Brant.When I first looked at this image I was drawn to the repetition of the consecutive buildings that is reflected in the canal.When looking at this image I started to wonder when did this image begin or even end.This makes me think of the way of life that it is continuous flow of many journeys.When looking at this image I am drawn to the lightest tone of the image which is the sky and the reflected sky in the water this effect is framing the image to make your eyes get drawn to the detailed darker tones of the buildings. The way the building flows makes me feel that the main idea of the image is a positive flow.The reason why I say this as my eyes flow into this image it makes me feel like I’m flowing through a journey of my own e.g. life, the lightest tones as the positives and the dark tones as the negatives. I feel what makes this image have a positive feel is the consecutive leading lines from the foreground of the image to the background.This to me insinuates that even though life can get difficult and have bumps in the roads life goes on.

Katie Hunter

L1 Photography, University of the West of England

Photography I find interesting

I find Christian Patterson’s work interesting as its very enticing the sense of dullness that the buildings portray. However in the image it captures the spontaneity that photography enables by capturing the perfect amount of light necessary to expose a certain point of the building that gives off a sense of hope. The photograph also portrays a sense of loneliness of which surrounds the image however still maintains a sense of hope and the light can be portrayed as a God like figure because of the precise structure of the light can be interpretated as ‘God of light’. In addition the composition has a very effective structure as it creates layers to the image in how it’s positioned. Finally it compliments the theme of abandoned buildings which give an eery tone and a sense of escapism which are contrasting themes however the imagery of the light and old building demonstrates this factor.

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A photograph that made me think – image by Chris Steele-Perkins

A photograph that made me think

This photo was taken by Chris Steele-Perkins in Tokyo Japan 2008. I really like the way he has divided the photograph in to two. Personally I think that the bottom half resembles bad (death) and the top half good (happiness and prosperity). The way that the mud or oil has splattered up the pipe looks as though it is mimicking the silhouette of the buildings in the background. He uses lines of dominance to control the viewer’s perspective to be looking straight through to the buildings in the background where it looks peaceful and calm in juxtaposition to the dirty and angry looking pipe. The green trees add some colour and life to the photograph. Again the tree line draws the viewer’s eyes towards the back and center of the photograph. I really like the way that there is so much depth in this photograph ranging from a really close up view of the pipe, then going miles back into the distance to see the clouds and other urban features like the bridges and buildings in the background. There is not a shallow depth of field because the photographer has decided that he wants everything in the frame to be in focus and this allows the viewers to see everything that’s going on in the frame. This is a very clear photograph and doesn’t contain any distortion that if he used a shallow depth of field may have caused.

Louis Verrells
L1 Photography – University of the West of England