This is photography II

After listening to David Oates’ presentation on what inspired him, I then decided to keep a diary of things that I found particularly creative:

Selfies by Paul Zizka

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 Zizka has combined incredible landscape shots with self portraiture and the result is incredible. Attaching a torch light to his head has enabled him to remain an important part of the shot during long exposures, the torch also gives the photographs a futuristic feel.


Self portraits by Kyle Thompson

Kyle Thompson became interested in photography at college but unfortunately, his anxiety prevented him from talking to people. This forced him to opt for self-portraiture:k1He would spend hours, even days, walking alone through forests and exploring abandoned houses.k2These two mystical self portraits were created using flour.k3Those are not headlights. Kyle clamped two desk lights to a chair and used a fog machine.k4His photographs were captured with a Canon 60D, a 50mm 1.8 lens, a tripod, and a timer.k5After taking hundreds of photos, he posted some of his best to Reddit, they got over 4 million views. Kyle has now quit his job delivering pizzas and has dedicated his life to photography.


Colourised history

Over the last couple years, an increasingly popular trend online has been to create and share colourised photos from history. Artists such as Jordan Lloyd, Dana Keller and Sanna Dullaway take intriguing old black and white photographs and bring them to life making them relatable to a modern audience.c1Thich Quang Duc’s self-immolation happened in 1963 and was part of a protest demanding that the Diem government fulfill its its promises of religious equality. The colour in this photograph makes a dramatic difference due to the impact that a roaring, orange fire has on its audience.
c2This photograph shows British troops boarding their train for the Front in 1939. Due to the realistic added colour, the viewer is able to compare these young lads to close friends or relatives who could have been or could be in the future on their way to the front line.c3Albert Einstein is the epitome of all geniuses; when we think of Einstein we think of a superhuman. This colour photograph destroys that illusion and reminds the viewer that Einstein was just a ‘normal’ man who wore ‘normal’ clothes and enjoyed ‘normal’ activities like visiting the coast. It also acts as an inspiration for ‘normal’ people who wish to achieve something great.


The Battle We Didn’t Choose by Angelo Merendino

Just five months into married life, Merendino’s wife was diagnosed with cancer. This began a challenging four-year journey of remission and relapse, an emotional roller coaster which completely changed their lives. In an effort to cope with the reality of the disease and show others what it’s like to struggle day to day, Merendino documented his wife’s battle with cancer and the effect she had on others.



I Turn Myself Inside Out by Luke Evans and Joshua Lake

In an unusual attempt to explore their own digestive tracts, student artists Luke Evans and Joshua Lake swallowed single frames of 35mm film, folding each piece in a brightly coloured capsule that allowed for the acids and bodily fluids to process the film with minimal risk of colon damage. Once excreted, the negatives were recovered, cleaned, and studied in detail by an electron microscope; ultimately, they were printed into giant black and white works.



This is photography

A an introduction to Professional Frameworks, David Eaton and David Oates gave presentations on what photography meant to them. David Eaton began by explaining how photography was about telling a story; he showed us work from Frans Lanting, William Albert Allard and Steve McCurry who all produce images for the National Geographic.

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David also included work from a selection of photographers who captured the Vietnam War:

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Nick Ut

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Eddie Adams

For this style of work, photography is all about observation, timing and taking risks.

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Sebastiao Salgado

I enjoyed how David exposed us to Salgado’s work as it is full of controversy; is it ethical to charge £50 for a book that documents poverty?

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Sebastiao Salgado

This is my favourite image from Salgado, I think it represents the government and the desperation for control; everybody is trampling on one another to get to the top. The skyscrapers in the background set the context for the rat race in the city, babies are used to shock the viewer and show how our mindset and priorities change over time.

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Michael Christopher Brown

Michael Christopher Brown spent six months documenting the Libyan revolution; he explored ethical distance and the iconography of warfare. David told us how Brown only used a camera phone for this project and still managed to earn affiliation with Magnum Photos. Because of the size of his phone, Brown was able to become a lot more familiar with his subjects as they were not intimidated by any photographic equipment. I found this encouraging as it shows money is not a necessity in order to be a successful photographer.

David Oates made a blog on Tumblr for his presentation:

I found it interesting how David was so inspired by those who photographed the everyday. His blog gave me a whole new perspective on how to view the world and what actually makes a ‘good’ photograph.


Grant Gunderson

To me, photography is all about exploration and exposure. I believe that it is important to travel, to tell a story, to inspire and to make a change. However, I think that it is not always necessary to have a dramatic subject matter to say something meaningful and there is a lot that we see everyday that can be explored in different ways.

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David Doubilet