I am thrilled to announce that I have begun a photography assignment for our course that I will be working on throughout the semester. This will consist of completing several assignments from our required text and learning and growing more in the area of photography. The first assignment in the first chapter of our book aims to help us recognize what types of photos we like and how we come to like photos for the color, brightness, and subject that is highlighted within them. Photography is very important to me, and it is a way to highlight special moments in time as well as objects that deserve recognition across a town or a country. The first assignment that we are to complete involves looking at photographs that are special and appealing to us, as outlined in the first chapter of the book.
Several photos that I have seen during my lifetime that stand out to me include several well-known United States landmarks. Many of these involve landmarks that are well known across the country and are located on the east coast, as this is the area where I was raised and have many family members. Three of the images that are special to me include the Statue of Liberty in the New York City area, the Ben Franklin Bridge in the Philadelphia area, and the White House in Washington, DC. All of these photos are appealing to me not only because they have historical significance within our society, but because they all have excellent composition that highlights the subject well also.
All of these photos have very light colors that evoke positive emotion when I view them, and all of the lighting helps to positively highlight the subject and put the subject into focus. All of the images use primarily colors that I use regularly when taking photos and creating works of art, and these help to have a well rounded photo and message. The colors are varied in each photo as well, and we see many different shades of different colors in many of them. While color and have good balance in photos is very important to me, I focus most on the subject in the photo and how it is interpreted in society and what it is highlighting. Historical photography is ultimately about documenting facts for future generations, and this is why it is important to have many different subjects.
The assignment in chapter 2 gave me the opportunity to reflect further on the photos from our first assignment in chapter 1 that stood out to be because of the balance of color and the subjects within them. The thoughts expressed in these photographs are very important, as they are all historical landmarks that highlight history within the United States. Color plays a significant role in all of them, as color evokes emotion, and in the case of these photos, positive emotion. A wider or tighter lens might make the photo look worse, as a wide range of detail would not be captured. I like these photos because not only do they have excellent subjects, but they also have excellent background as well. The different parts of the photo (background and subject) complement each other very well and the lines seem to be evenly distributed horizontally. The frame is very well put together also, as there is little distraction and the subject remains the clear focus in all of the photos. The lighting and depth are excellent and provide very little distraction, and there are just enough elements to tell a well-rounded story.
So far all of the questions that have been posed to me in our manual have been very helpful in helping me to understand how to critically look at photography and identify successful composition and framing. Some of the questions might be a little bit too specific, which can be bad because it takes away from individual interpretation, but overall the tips that are given are helpful. By reading the first few chapters in this manual, I have had the opportunity to reflect on what I think makes a successful photo. Ideas such as framing, color, and subject alignment help create a good balance in each photograph and help photos to establish an individual identity. Overall, the questions posed to us help the reader to be a critical thinker when looking at photographs, and this is very important to me and anyone else who is lucky enough to come across this manual.