I think the story behind the photo is that in a city (probably England) it just stopped raining and now it’s slightly flooded, and the photographer wanted to represent the desperation of the people afterward by showing a kid running/jumping on the water, probably to go somewhere.
The photo is named “Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare”, and the photograph was taken by Cartier Bresson. It was taken in 1932, and it was taken in the “Saint-Lazare” train station in Paris. “Photo of the Century” in Time magazine. At the time, many people were taking photos pf people jumping over water, but Cartier’s was unique and was the moust famous.
Unit 3: Photography Themes
Upload your series of photos
What was the theme for your photographic series?
Hopes and Fears
How have you chosen to represent your theme through your photos? Share about your subject matter, scene, and camera settings.
We used a quick shutter speed to reduce light, and give the image a dark feeling to show fears. We had light sources to represent light, which is hopes that we have. The hands holding each other represented hope, as in help, someone is helping him reach his hopes and go away from his fears. The image of Mudit praying is showing that he is surrounded by some of his fears, but his praying is bringing him his hopes.
How did you use compositional rules in your final work?
We used the rule of thirds, rules of space, rule of triangles, rules of diagonal lines, lighting, and form.
Is your work “original”? Why or why not?
It is original because we took the pictures of the photos and we were inside the photos. We didn’t have any references or examples that we copied off of, we made the image first.
Evaluate your photographic series. How effective is your series in conveying your theme? What would you change?
I/We believe that it is (word) effective because we are able to show
Explain what your role was in the group work?
In the group, my main roles was to take the photographs, as I knew that posing for photos were not one of my strong points. I did pose for a few photos, but they did not end up as well, so we did not use them in the end.
I think this image is a picture of someone who was in a conflict, because the background is quite dull, and she looks quite dirty and in robes that seen worn out.
After research, I found on national geographic that actually the image is known as the “Afghan Girl”. Steve McCurry took the image in a refugee camp in Pakistan, the girl is named Sharbat Gula. The image was taken in 1984 and was used as a national geographic cover in 1985.
Newman, Cathy. “Afghan Girl.” A Life Revealed. Web. 17 Feb. 2016.
Portrait of partner:
I used the Rule of space and Rule of thirds.
The story I am trying to convey is that there is a mystery, and there’s a light, as in an idea to what the solution could be.
I think the most important elements in a photograph are: The Lighting, as it shows what to focus on. The background, to make sure it’s not too distracting. And The subject’s expression, to show what mood the image is in.
Task 1: Horizontal Lines
Task 2: Vertical Lines
Task 3: Diagonal Lines
Task 4: Rule of Thirds
Task 5: Rule of Triangles
Task 6: Rule of Space
Task 7: Repetition and Pattern
Task 8: Form (Depth/Perception)
Task 9: Combination of “any” rules