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Joel Meyerowitz

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This photo is of a woman driving a bus to Los angles airport with passengers. The photo could suggest that a airport can take you anywhere and it can lead to different experiences that could only happen once in your life. This was taken 1974 and we can tell this because of the style of the cars/buses and the clothes she is wearing. The title is  Los angles Airport, California. The colours are very neutral with blues, yellows and browns. The photos have not been manipulated but they could be to create different effects about the photo. This makes me feel like i want to know where she is taking people and if she’s taking them to the airpot where they will go from there. It uses a mixture of hard and soft lighting to get a effect of shadows and light.

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Shoot 1 – In the style of The boyle Family.

This shoot is in the style of the Boyle family on the shoot they took. They conducted this shoot by picking random points around the UK to take photo of that location. I did this in my home village of Birdingbury, Warwickshire by using an ordnance survey map and a piece of string. I make a radius of 500 yards around my home and put 20 dots on to the map. This is how I found the locations for the photos above. The shoot represents the place I live and the things you don’t notice walking down the street. None of these photos have been manipulated but I plan too for my final piece for the Journeys unit. The contrast of all the photos is dull because of the time of day i took the shoot. But this made me think does everything look different when the light changes around you. It creates new shadows new looks and impressions that wouldn’t usually be there. So this is a possibility for my final piece too. The photos make me feel intrigued to find out what else can be found that you don’t usually look at. The shapes in the photo were all accidental as they were taken directly downwards on the point I chose on the map and all the photos are in colour.

Artist Research – The Boyle family.

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The Boyle Family took series of images in 1969 where they picked a random place on the map and went and photographed it. The photos above are called the London Series. The photos above link because they are all of something that you use to travel on for example road or pavement. This could suggest that how much infrastructure is taking over our planet and how it’s making us change for the better or worse. I find the style of the Boyle family photos interesting and I will replicate this in my first shoot. All of the photos use basic colours but they have a lot of detail of what they are taking photo of. The lines painted on the road are really clear as you can see the paint marks on the road. Also the shapes are just lines or squares.The pavement image makes it look like a patten and could be anything, maybe a wall or building.

Artist Research – Walker Evans.

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Walker Evans takes photographs of what he sees when he travels around America. This photo is taken outside a coffee shop looking in at the people inside and the people expressions. This photo was taken in the 1929 in New York and is Titled ‘Lunchroom Window‘.  The photo suggests that everyone in cities has their own little world and nothing is kept a secret. It symbolises this by having people sat in the window with Evans taking the photo of them. We could also interpret it as everyone has their own emotions and everyone thinks different. For example in the photo every person is pulling a different face and this shows how people react different to the same things. The photo is taken in Sepia Style as this was the type of camera they had back in 1929. I like the refection of the window as it adds depth and make it more interesting as you can faintly see what happing in the street behind. The photo makes me feel inquisitive  as i want to know what they are looking at.

London Cut outs – Final PIECE.

These are my final pieces for growth and decay. I have used the photos from my shoot in London on brick lane because it shows the decay of the area and how the people who live their get affected by it. I created the images by using the dark room to create negatives and positives. then I cut out the shaded sections of the image but not all the way though so there still was photography paper left. When i then placed them on to a Lightbox it highlighted the cut though areas. I did this to show that not all graffiti is vandalism it could be to hide messages or to help the graffiti artist themselves with emotions that they face everyday. You can tell this by the artwork they create such as if they drew people like the one i used. This person may me nothing to use but i may mean something to them such as a deceased family member or idol. Some gangs use images and tags to show areas that they ‘own’ / ‘control’. The photo make me feel interested to find out why some people graffiti and what goes through their mind when creating the piece.

Task 2 Homework – Photos.

I shot theses photos at a disused railway line near the village of Birdingbury, Warwickshire. I have focused my images on Graffiti and also the factor of neglect. I have talked about neglect before and i think it links with the photos above by the general public letting the railway get overgrown and vandalised by youths. Graffiti shows a decay in society with nothing for people to do o they go out to vandalise other people’s property. I have looked Joel Sternfeld  who looks at disused railways in america. I haven’t worked with any of my photos to improve them but i want to work in Photoshop and the darkroom to increase my level further. One of my photos is of a wall with graffiti on it. The wall has the slogan “Hillmorton Crew”. This is used as a form of identity and a marker for a territory. I think graffiti is interesting as people express their feelings and artistic sides with producing images or words. Some youths use graffiti as away to express their anger and emotions. I like the way i have captured the light with  the “Hilmorton photo” with it being divided into 2 showing a dark and light side to the graffiti shown.

Photographers Research.

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Joel Sternfeld is a american photographer and he was born in 1944 in New York City. The photo above is taken from one of his early shoots when he experimented with colour. This photo was taken in Chicago in they year 2000 on a early september morning. This photograph represents loss or replacement. In this case loss of a network or being connected. In America the rail network played a big part with the national industry with raw materials being shipped nationwide. This photograph shows how urban development takes over when money is involved.

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Stephen Gill is a British photographer who grew up and still currently lives in Hackney in London. He has always worked in the photography industry from a very young age. Now he is a freelance photographer. His work with the urban landscape just shows what can be hidden from people. His work with billboards  shows that they can be used to hide things or promote. The photo was taken in Hackney and in front of the billboard stands houses. The caption for the photograph is children should never be neglected. This suggest that nobody really cars about the scrap yard its just a pile of rubbish and this links with that caption completely.

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Kate Mellor is a British landscape photographer best known for her series of panoramic images and her pinhole camera images. The series from which the above photo was taken is called ‘In The Steps Of Robert Pinnacle’. She was commissioned to take photographs of european spa towns and took photos with a pinhole camera. The reason why the series is called ‘Robert Pinnacle’ is because she followed that artists ideas as he visited the same places.

Unit 2 – Task 2. Second artist.

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For the second artist to research I have chosen Keith Arnatt. Keith Arnatt photographs not just still life he also did real life photography which is when I he captures thing that happen in life such as birth and death. Also things like sadness as the photo above shows. The photo is of a cushion thrown in a landfill site somewhere in the UK.  This could represent loss or decay. The reason I think lost is because it looks thrown on the floor where it is dirty and unclean. This could show the current sate of economic downturn . For example rich people go from the top of what they do and have a huge house to the lowest they ever have been either because they have owned a business and it has gone bankrupt or they have lost their job. The reason for decay is that slowly around the cushion everything is rotting away and the cushion will eventually too. Keith Arnatt relates to my photography by the way he edits his photos as the photo above by Keith was taken in colour and then edited to make the cushion to stay in colour while the surround was made into black and white. I would use his techniques in my work like the black and white and then one object in the image in colour.