Question: Do you ever become emotionally attached; since the subject matter can be emotionally intensive? Answer: McGill replied that her camera acts like a barrier between her and the subject matter she is photographing, but she said it still is very hard.
The picture with the little sign that says fire door is the one I chose as my weak photo. The photo that has the blue pillow is my strong photo. I was aiming to get a lot of action and facial expressions. The weaker one did not accomplish that, while the other one did because of the multiple pillows and faces.
The photo with the tree on the left side is the one I chose as the weaker of the two. The angle that it was taken hides the detail of the door knob. A better angle would have been better; the photo seems dull. The photo with the Coca-Cola sign was the photo that I chose as the stronger one. I liked the pop of red color amongst the chipped away white paint and the green.
The photo with the red truck is the one I chose that is the weaker one. I loved the idea with having half a truck but on the left side of the photo the red car is distracting and seems out of balance. The photo with the merry go round I chose as my strong photo. There is a lot of detail and your eye goes various places but goes back to the middle bar on the merry go round because that part is in focus and is the largest piece of metal in the photo.
Photographer: Dorothea Lange Birth: 1895-1965 Hoboken, New Jersey Type of Photography: Documentary Interesting Information: A quote from Dorothea Lange that sums up her work: “The good photography is not the object, the consequences of the photograph are the objects. So that no one would say, ‘how did you do it, where did you find it,’ but they would say that such things could be.” Image chosen: “Migrant Mother” Nipoma, California 1936
Analyzing the photograph: I first saw this photograph when I was flipping through a book; immediately my eye was drawn to the women’s face. Her face expressed emotions of suffering, concern, and courage. Courage penetrated from the mother’s eyes that were determined to look beyond the present condition and hope toward the future. Concern from the way her forehead was drawn upward into wrinkles. Suffering that was not only represented in the face, by the shape of her lips, but repeated itself throughout the composition. One’s eye cannot help but be drawn toward the woman’s face. The way the mother holds her hand on her face reminds the viewer that her hand not only gives support not only to her head, but provides the support of an income to live. (The conclusion was drawn from prior knowledge of the context of the photograph.) The image as a whole is strong because of the photographer’s use of contrast, grayscale, lines, balance, and texture. The mother’s dark hair contrasts with the light hair of the two boys which makes her face; in addition to the way the light hits the mother’s face makes it appears a lot whiter, creating a strong difference of light and dark, while the boys hair blends in with the same range of values that is in their clothing. Texture and tonal range of the hair and clothing play an important role of emphasizing their present state. One can see the raggy edge of the clothing on the sleeves because of the way the light hits the mother from the left side of the photograph. That light creates the boy’s clothing on the left to appear lighter then the boy on the right. The contrast and brightness of the photograph makes it one with the background because of the range of tones used, even though the background is unfocused. Though the background is unfocused it makes the woman’s and boy’s shirts appear crisp and precise next to each other, creating it to stand out. The fact that the image is in black and white makes it very powerful; coloring would have taken away the strong focus from the mother’s face, even though most lines in the photograph point toward the mother. The boy’s shoulder points down to the mother’s elbow forcing one’s eye to be drawn up to the mother’s face. Furthermore, the head of the boy on the left is tilted and his neck is drawn upward towards the mother’s face. The same applies to the boy on the right. His shoulder points down toward the mother’s arm. As well the photograph is split into spaces, which are defined by the arms, created a symmetrical balance. The mother is framed in the middle with a boy on either side. There is a symmetry to the image: while the boy on the right appears larger it balances with the boy on the left because the boy looks like he is dressed in lighter colored clothing than the boy on the right, creating a sense of balance; the boy on the left is evenly balanced with the boy on the right because the white comes forward and the dark steps back. The different tonal range creates it to be unified along with the boy’s bodies mingled into the mother’s body creating organic shapes. The organic shapes contrast with the geometric shapes of the rectangular forearm and circular shape of the face. Overall the image is strong even with only partial background showing because the focus is on the mother. The composition tells a story by itself; one does not need to put a, “Pea-Pickers Camp” sign in the setting to notify the viewer as to the type of labor they do. By titling the image with a literal description, the viewer would be cheated of the experience.
After analyzing Langes work, I decided to do the reverse of what she did to capture the final photograph, The Migrant Mother. I choose an object, a sculpture, and took some photos up close (the three are some of the up close ones) then gradually stepped back to get the whole picture of the sculpture. I love trying different angles in all of my photographs, so like my other shots, that was a major component in the photograph. As I stepped further back the background in the shot became more and more important because I wanted the sculpture in the foreground with a strong background as well. In these three the background does not stand out like the final one but the eye focuses on the texture of the metal sculpture.
I love shoes, clothes - basically anything dealing with fashion. I am kind, responsible, and determined to do my best. Presently I am living and loving life.
A quote I would like to share:
"There are no secrets to sucess. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."
-General Colin Powell