Julien Deniau is a skateboard (skate) photographer, who links his work in to the streets and graffiti.
This photograph is a man skating by a river, with graffiti under what looks like a bridge. The man is placed in
between a growling wolf, and an aboriginal Indian man. The way which the man is photographed means that non of
the main graffiti is blocked out, allowing the viewer to see all of the graffiti as well as the skater.
The colour in this photograph is very vibrant and eye catching, and then in the reflection, it is slightly dimmer. This
draws the viewers eyes to the central point before they are drawn to the skateboarder, meaning they have to
explore the full image before noticing what is going on. Although the skateboarder is supposed to be the main
subject in this photograph the background contains almost all of the bright colour in the image, making the
background appear to be the main subject within the image.Due to the fact the foreground is a reflection of the
background, the colours appear dimmer
then they do in the background, making
it look like the foreground is slightly
blurred due to the fact it is in water.
The whole background looks very
smooth, and flows throughout as if it is
a backdrop because of the colours being
so bright, and the fact the wall is
smooth the whole way along. The water
is also very smooth, but both of these
are contrasted by the roughness of the
floor, which appears cracked and
bumpy. Where the water meets the
concrete acts as if it is a straight line,
dividing the bottom of the image from
the top, going from the bright colours in
the water, to the darker, plainer colours
of the concrete. This is the same where
the concrete meats the back wall, with the same effect of the light meeting the darker colours, but this time it goes
from the darker colours to the brighter colours. This divides the image in to three sections, a top, middle, and
Just like in the other photograph, the skateboarder is not the only main subject. The wall and bench are also very
main subjects, due to the fact the wall and bench are brightened by what looks like an artificial source of lighting.
The skateboarder is not as bright as the wall and bench, meaning the eyes are once again drawn to the whole image
instead of one single subject of the image.
The colours in this image are bright along the front, but very dark and blacked out meaning the background does
not take over the image. The colours would usually be very plain in natural light, but due to the artificial light, the
browns in the image apear to have many different shades in.
There is a line between the foreground and the background where the stairs start. This is because the light
drastically changes from being light to dark. This seperates the two parts of the image making the foreground jump
out a lot more then the background.
the foreground would also usually look
fairly rough and bumpy because of the
Stone like texture, but the artificial light
changes the appearance again, making
the rough surface look smoother then
it usually would, making the ground and
the bricks look very smooth towards
The bricks flow toward the top of the
image all the way to the bottom of the
photograph, allowing the eyes to flow
through the image, and making the
whole image more aesthetically
This image is very similar to the first one, with the background being very bright graffiti, with the image reflected in
to water. In this image the colours are very vibrant drawing the eyes straight to the background, but unlike Deniau’s
other images, the skateboarder is very hidden. In most of his other images the skateboarder is still quite visible, but
slightly less visible then the background, whereas this image shows the background very clearly, yet the skater is
almost unnoticeable at the viewers first look.
The reflection in the water is this time very blurred. In the first image the water slightly burrs the image, but not to
the point where it is hard to make out, whereas in this image the water makes the background very blurry, and
means the image cannot be made out in the water.
The colours along the back look like they have been lit with artificial light making them more vibrant then they
would originally be, making them stand
out a lot more then the foreground and
The line where the silhouette ends and
the background starts is curved and
runs through the middle of the image,
from quite low at the left, gradually
curving higher toward the right.
Vernon Biever is an American sports photographer from the 60s who shot American football.
Similar to the modern photography of sport, the background in Biever’s images is often blurred, highlighting the
foreground drawing the viewers eyes straight to the front of the image, making the players stand out more.
The foreground is also slightly brighter then the background, making the image stand out even more.
The fact that Julien Deniau often makes his foreground blurred and has the background brightened shows that he
has taken a different aprouch to his images, whereas Biever has blurred the backgrounds due to the fact the image
would often be used for news paper articles, meaning that the image would often be as simple as possible, yet
could still draw the eyes of the viewer straight to the image, but with Deniau’s images, he aims to make a more
complex appearance with his images, using very vibrant colours and artificial light due to the fact his images would
often be for such press as magazines,
meaning the image would be the main
focus, allowing the photographer to
experiment in different ways to make
his images unique and stand out.
This image appears to have been shot
with natural light because the image will
have been observational, meaning
Biever would not have time to set up
artificial light because the game would
be constantly changing.
The image has been taken in black and
white, showing the earer it has been
taken in (the 60s) because coloured
photographs would not have been as
common, and also the fact this will have
been taken for a newspaper or a sport
based print, the image has been taken in
black and white because newspapers would have been completely black and white due to ink costs.
Like the previous image photograph, the image is in black and white, relating to the time of the photography. The
front of the image is also a lot clearer then the back of the image, with the front being slightly lighter then the
back, and the back is also slightly blurred compared to the foreground. Just like the image before, the front of the
image stands out a lot more then the background even though they are both in black and white.
This image is also observational, meaning artificial light will not have been used because Beiver would not have had
time to set up artificial light.
The angles of the players look as if they are in a “V” shape, pointing the eye to the middle and then drawing the
eyes back through the image. This makes the image flow and makes the picture easy to follow.
This image uses similar aspects to the other two with the background being blurred and the foreground being
brighter and clearer, with the foreground standing out, and the main subject being the most eye catching part of the
This image looks like a tiny bit of artificial light has been used. The image looks as if a flash has been used due to the
fact the helmet is slightly shining on the left, and how the man on his shoulders head has a slight white outline.
I feel this is because the image looks slightly more set up.
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