Wednesday, December 9, 2009
The Holi Festival (Festival of Colors) in India is something I've always wanted to experience. The festival of Holi is a religious festival. People gather and sing bhajans of Radha and Lord Krishna and it marks the beginning of the Spring. I chose a couple of photos shot by Poras Chaudhary that were really striking because of the action and color.
see more of her work: http://www.photoshelter.com/c/poraschaudhary
Thursday, October 29, 2009
the photo i chose to represent early 20th century art with is one that might not exemplify the subject matter that the f64 group chose to use, but technically has some of the same characteristics. this image is one that i shot of a friend's wrists with her fists clenched. i believe that stylistically this is a good representation of weston, adams, and cunningham because of all the details. the shot is a very tight one, taken close up. you are able to see all the wrinkles in the skin and the shadows from where the skin folds and creases. besides that the contrast and sharpness is in the same fashion of these photographers.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
i think Glamour magazine should be applauded for showing the public that beauty isn't just what is seen on the runways and in the media. these women are all exceptionally gorgeous, seriously, look at their faces they're stunning. don't get me wrong, i'm not saying i'm against any retouching or editing, but most photographers and publications take it way too far. i think that the people who deserve to be in spreads and on the covers of magazines should possess true beauty. companies like Dove & Nike just to name a couple have begun to embrace the "realness" and have launched campaigns with curvier women. i'm not out to completely change the game, i think models are models because of the way clothes hang on them and how they work it, but taking things to either extreme (pin-thin or extremely overweight) is just unattractive. i really could go on for a lot longer about standards of beauty, what they were in the past, and the extent to which they have come, but i'll save that one for another day. for now, i just want to say good job Glamour.
from the november issue
from the september issue
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
check out more of Ian Cameron's work: http://www.transientlight.co.uk/index.php
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
The portrait I chose is entitled "Lusty Spring", shot by one of my very favorite photographers, David LaChapelle. This photo of the famous actress, Angelina Jolie, was shot in 2001. I’ve always been fascinated by LaChapelle’s work and the risks he takes. I would actually consider this one of his more modest images. In this photo, LaChapelle captures Jolie in a moment of pure ecstasy. She is nude in a field of flowers on a beautiful, cloudless day. To me, this image depicts pure bliss. It is an unconventional photo, especially of a celebrity such as Angelina. Rarely do you see people in the limelight let their guards down and let that moment be captured, but LaChapelle managed to do so, and he executed it quite beautifully. The subject is almost perfectly in the center of the photograph with just enough negative space around her. The way she is hunching her shoulders creates beautiful shadows from her collarbones and neck. The contrast of the color of her skin and the bright yellows, oranges, greens, and blues make the photo a captivating one. It almost looks like a still from a very pleasurable dream. The fact that she is in focus and the background, although vibrant, is blurry, really gives the photo dimension. LaChapelle is a great example of a contemporary portrait photographer who is not afraid of pushing the envelope. He began his career in the 80’s shooting for Interview Magazine and since then has been taking more daring and head-turning photographs. He has been published in various fashion magazines shooting editorials, but he is still best known for his portraits.