When finding research for a project you have to consider what you are looking for. In particular the subject, type of lighting used by the artist, how they produce the work, publisher etc. This will create a general theme of running ides.

This will lead you on to creating a full idea in your head of how your own work will look and what will be successful to use to capture your imagery the way you have it in mind. Doing so will also help you consider your own work in a wider context such as how does it fit in with other practitioners work in that it becomes similar or different to work already seen.

From this I was given the task of finding a theme in a range of books. These were:

Gregory Crewdson


Here his work is seen as film stills, where certain areas are lit up. This is so to show a glitz and glamour look to the work of an area. However, when looking back at the image you see that the items highlighted with soft light are abandoned. This makes the viewer feel sorry for the items as they are forgotten about.

William Klein –

In this work, Klein uses contrasted highlight to show both good and bad. He also controls the eye so that you are drawn to the barrel of the gun through the highlights. Giving a bad feel of the image until you then realize it is of a young boy playing while having a sinister look on his face. In the background a girl is doing gymnastics. Showing the innocence of the children but also pointing out the danger.

Mapplethorpe –

His work was based on flowers where he looked at the beauty of them but also removes the stigma that is linked in with each one so that they don’t hold the expectations. This is by setting up the flowers as a portrait instead of still life. Making it easier to have the item away from it’s surroundings. Like with the rose where he uses a soft light to make it graceful and shows the beauty but surrounds it with smoke to enforce an idea of deconstruction. In turn bringing the flower away from the stigma of showing love.

William Egglestone –

In Egglestone’s work he uses a strong midday light, which is flat and evenly spread over the image. Then uses other light to illuminate parts of the image that makes you wonder what the story is as the highlighted features are one’s that won’t cause much offence. In turn pulling you away from other parts of the image. This light is used to enforce the realism of the work that is mainly landscape or documentary however in some it is artificial, depending on the image. The main focus though is his use of colour as he is a pioneer for when colour was first used in photography.

Richard Moss –

In Richard Moss’s work he looks at stuff that is out of the ordinary to most people, like with life in the Congo. The images are mainly cover with a soft pink fairy tale glow as a light. Which you realize when looking at the subject, it represents death. The light though adds a beauty to the imagery so you enjoy viewing it. However, the curve ball thrown in is that the subject is a feature such as child soldiers. Then you feel bad for liking the image because of its context. You do tend to look at the images more because of the contradiction held in the work. Especially with the landscape pieces that are close up so hold a purple capillary and cell creating a bloody feel. While the purple shows an unnatural representation with war and how far across the world war has spread. However, in the full picture the location could be some where near to so to bring the point of the picture home to the viewer. These images show the extent of the problem with firearms and war.

Misrach –

This work is based on Golden Gate Bridge from the exact same position, here the artist captures the mood and atmosphere created from the light of the day and night. This is so to create beautiful imagery seen by people with a large amount of money. These images also hold resemblances of Constable and Szane paintings so to enforce the beauty formed. However, as a twist it also provokes a reaction through the beautiful imagery holding Alcatraz Prision in the mist. This gives a political outlook as then the imagery is seen to represent how the prisoners are seeing the same image twenty-four, seven from the exact same place. This is enforced by the layout of the days and how the colour has changed but nothing else has. Also in this twist is how the location that the images are taken from hold a wealth through it being the rich people who live in the area and who have paid to see that view of what would be mind numbing to the one’s on the opposite island.


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