Unit 57: Photography and Photographic Practice Research of other photographers work
Charlie WaiteCharlie Waite is an Englishlandscape photographerborn in 1949. Charlie Waiteis particularly noted for hispainterly approach inusing and shade. BeforeCharlie Waite was aphotographer he workedin television and theatrefor 10 years.
About Waite’s PhotographsThese images are both very typical of Charlie Waite because they bothhave a point in the photograph that attracts the viewers attention. Mostof the time this being a path or highly contrasted part of the image.Charlie Waite seems to use the brightness and contrast of thephotograph to determine the time of year in the image.The image on the right is taken in France and is the Ardennes Canal.The image on the left is taken in England and is Cranbourne House.
CompositionCharlie Waite photographed landscapes sotherefore he used a large variety of positions andangles in his images to achieve differentperspectives. Waite used the colours in hisphotographs to help the viewer understand histhinking behind the image.“Quote by Charlie Waite”“I often think of that rare fulfilling joy when you arein the presence of some wonderful alignment ofevents. Where the light, the colour, the shapes, andthe balance all interlock so perfectly that I feel trulyoverwhelmed by the wonder of it”
Techniques usedWhen Waite photographs alandscape he was most likely touse a very fast shutter speed toensure he didn’t have any blur inthe shot he was taking and alsoto capture subjects such as birdsclearly in his images. Waitepositions his photographs so thatthere is a main focal point for the The style of Charlie Waite is solely landscape photographs, he is mostviewers attention to be caught well known for his landscapes inby. Many of Waite’s photographs England however he did takeare very complex and have a lot numerous photographs in Francehappening in each of them, this is and Italy. Waite’s photographs seemwhy I think he always seemed to to be very brightly coloured or verymake a point in the picture stand dark, some of his pictures such as the one above on the left show bothout. bright and darks colours and contrasts.
Strengths & WeaknessesI think Charlie Waite’s photographs are veryinteresting. This is the type of photography that Ienjoy doing. The part of Charlie Waite’sphotographs I would be most likely to interpret into my own work is the way he uses focal points tomake his photographs unique and interesting. Ialso like how he uses different brightness andcontrasts to again make one part of aphotograph more prominent than the other lessimportant parts of the image. I like Charlie Waite’stype of photography and I would happily use anyof his techniques in my work. In my opinion I don’tthink Charlie Waite has any weaknesses.
Nick BrandtNick Brandt is a photographer thatexclusively photographs Africa, thismainly being all different animals. Hisgoal is to create a last testament ofthe animals he photographs beforethey are destroyed by the hand ofman. Brandt directed music videos. Hefirst came to realization that hewanted to photograph Africa and itsanimals whilst directing ‘Earth Song’sung by Michael Jackson. Hisfrustration that he couldn’t capture hislove for Africa and the animals withinon film lead to him trying to achievethis through photography. Brandt’sphotographs are always black andwhite with highly contrasted elements.
Lions Head to HeadThis image as ‘Vicki Goldberg’(an American photographycritic) said about all of hispictures conveys a rare sense ofintimacy, as if the animals havebeen invited to sit for hiscamera. The fact that Brandtnever used telephoto lensesand that he got up close andpersonal with these animalsshows a lot of detail which youotherwise wouldn’t see, thisadds to the emotion shown bythe male Lion in this image.Quote – Nick Brandt“You wouldn’t take a portrait ofa human being from 100 yardsaway and expect to capturetheir spirit; you’d move in close”
CompositionThe composition that Brandt tends to use is similar to a studiocomposition as if he has took the animals and put them in astudio. Not only does he use studio composition he also usespanoramas of animals with dramatic landscapes. Studio Panorama
Techniques usedThe main technique thatNick Brandt uses is that all ofhis pictures are shot usingblack and white film asopposed to the colourdocumentary-style wildlifephotography that is thenorm. He also doesn’t usetelephoto or zoom lensestherefore he gets up closeto the animals allowingevery detail to be visible inhis photographs. Brandtuses a Pentax 6711 with onlytwo fixed lenses.
Strengths & WeaknessesIn my opinion there is a distinct similarity betweenYousuf Karsh and Nick Brandt. This being that bothof their images are black and white and also usethat studio like composition where the subject fillsmost of the screen. I think the fact that he doesn’tuse telephoto or zoom lenses has a massiveeffect on his photographs as every detail is visible,this helps to convey emotion and story telling inhis photos.
Yousuf KarshYousuf Karsh born on 23rdDecember 1908 was one of themost famous and accomplishedphotographers of all time.Yousuf Khan died on the 13thJuly 2002 at 93 years old. TheCanadian photographer wasbest known for his uniqueportrait photographs. Karsh waswell known for being a master oflighting his subjects, being asprecise as lighting their handsseparately.
The Roaring Lion.This images captures Churchill andthe Britain of the time perfectly,defiant and unconquerable. Karshentitled this photograph theroaring lion because Churchill saidto Karsh “you could even make aroaring lion stand still and bephotographed”,The photograph was taken in theCanadian Parliament buildingduring the early years of World WarII. It shows Churchill looking at thecamera as he might look at aGerman enemy. He has a deepscowl, his head is thrust forwardbelligerently and his hand is placedon his hip in an attitude of anger.
CompositionThe photographer decided to photograph WinstonChurchill. He lit what looks like a old style woodendoor in the background, this gives the viewer anidea of the era this photo was taken. Karsh lit thehands and face highly contrasted to the rest of theimage this resembles how Churchill was as aperson. Karsh positioned Churchill close to thecamera showing limited background. This givesimpact and expresses to the viewer the importanceof Winston Churchill.“Quote by Yousuf Karsh”“I try to photograph people’s spirits and thoughts.As to the soul-taking by the photographer, I don’tfeel I take away, but rather that the sitter and I giveto each other. It becomes an act of mutualparticipation.”
Techniques usedWhen Karsh photographs hissubjects he was most likely to usea very fast shutter speed toensure he didn’t have any blur inhis shots. Karsh seems to positionhis subjects so that they covermost of the frame, this ensuresthey are the pinnacle of thepicture. In some of Karsh’spictures he uses two or more The style of Yousuf Karsh is solelysubjects to create depth of field portrait photographs and very oftenblurring the subjects furthest of famous people from his era.away, this also added attraction Yousef Karsh stuck mainly to black and white images although he didto a specific part of the picture. produce the odd coloured photograph. He was very much into using artificial light and in fact he was a master of lighting subjects.
Strengths & WeaknessesYousuf Karsh’s photographs are very onedimensional and he only sticks to portraits.Portraits are not the type of photography I favor.However I would use the way Karsh takes somuch time and effort to light the shot ininteresting ways. I like this because the viewercan tell a lot from a picture just from the lighting.Another aspect of why I like Karsh’s way oflighting is because it enables him to adjust thecontrast of his shots without having to edit. Thesedifferent contrasts tell a lot about a picture andcan be manipulated to tell different stories.