Monday, 17 November 2014

DT 2 Responses: Sara Orme

This photo is taken by Richard Alvedon, an american fashion and portrait photographer.

Richard Avedon was born in New York City to a jewish family. His father had his own retail dress business on Fifth Avenue while his mother grew up from a family  that owned a dress-manufacturing business. The influence from  his family encourages his aspirations in fashion and art. Because of his sister's tragic life experiences, from his photos we can feel that his desire to capture the desire beauty.

This photo was taken in 1963. From the model's costume, hairstyle, this photo reflect 1960s vogue elements. In addition,  the light is not so soft as photos taken recently.

In addition to  his  continuing fashion work, by the 1960s he started to make portraits of civil rights workers, politicians and  cultural dissidents of various  stripes in an America fissured by discord and violence. At that time, some major historical events happened, such as  the Civil Rights Movement in 1963, the Vietnam War and later the fall of the Berlin Wall. All of these political events had great influences on Avedon's photos.

Avedon was always interested in capturing the personality and soul of  its subject by guiding the subject into uncomfortable areas of discussion or asking them psychologically probing questions. Therefore, in order to focus on inner world of the model, he used hard lights in the photo above. Moreover, the photo above reflects its minimalist style, that is, the model is looking squarely in the camera, posed in front of a sheet white background.

I viewed this photo by googling it.

When I took the photo, I used hard lights trying to express the model's angular lines to reflect his inner world. The model is a professional  bel canto singer. From his deep, booming and masculine voice,  I was inspired to take photo to match his beautiful voice.

It is fine art-still life genre.

Dark background and  hard lights applied.

I got the inspiration from the his beautiful voice in his personal concert.

The photo above is very dynamic. The muscle lines and  the body language express the model's  energy and youngster.  Generally, fashion models are taken photos in static state. In this photo, Avedon used hard lights to express the model's inner world. And also the white simple background reflects the author's minimalist style. Maximum shutter speed applied in studio to take the photo.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Bruce. Can you comment on Sara Orme's work and post some of her photographs? How does her work compare with Richard Avedon's? The photograph you posted is one you took last term. You will need to post another image that you took this term as part of your Sara Orme response.