I had my photography lesson this morning and although we recapped what we’d learnt last week we didn’t learn anything new with regards the camera.
Our tutor presented us with photos by various famous photographers which we discussed….wow! Some were really powerful and it’s quite incredible the different views people can have on the same photo.
We studied quite a few but the one that really stayed with me is this one by Philip Jones Griffiths. I think it will be with me for a good while yet. I found it dark, uncomfortable and quite disturbing. Initially, it’s the young girl’s smile that attracts the eye and then I was very aware of the threatening atmosphere of the shot. The composition is such that the artist has created a huge sense of vulnerability in the young girl just by the fact that he has used a large depth of field which makes the viewer aware of the immense space of nothingness behind her and the tree. The soldier on the left I noticed isn’t looking at the girl’s face and it made me feel really uneasy as he appears to be looking her up and down. Anyway, I shan’t go on, do please click on the link and let me know what you think about it. I’d love to know if it makes you feel the same way. One thing’s for sure it’s really made me think about composition of shots.
Having said that, I have spent the day snapping willy-nilly at dogs, doors and daft canines along with other bits and bobs that took my eye. Maybe I should narrow down my subject matter, it’s just I see so much that I want to capture and I can’t seem to control myself!!
May I just point out that the three dogs that aren’t amused were tied up outside the local supermarket and I think the look on the Spaniel’s face just tells us exactly how he’s feeling!!!