Tom Hussey is an American photographer specialising in commercial advertising and lifestyle photography
In 2010, his “Reflections” campaign for Pharmaceutical drug company Novartis’s Exelon patch won a Gold Addy Award from the American Advertising Federationand was featured in Communication Arts 2010 Photography Annual.
This form of photography creates two different perspectives to each image. This is an example of why I choose reflections as the subject for my FMP. Creating an image with two subjects not only tests my skill range but produces a very interesting image that can be perceived in multiple ways.
David Seiner was born on the 18th February 1957 and was an American photographer known for his portraits and fashion photography. Producing images with multiple reflections from different perspectives. Seiner uses various props which enable him to capture a range of different images however keeping reflections a relationship between images. Looking more in depth to the props which he has used to his advantage, from natural water reflections to mirrors duplicating the image creating a more art focused image. I would like to focus on using mirrors to portray reflections in my photographs.
Egglestons work has been a long time passion for me, how he plays with the colours within his images to create an over dyed and saturated image therefore distorting reality throughout this process. Researching his images which contains reflections I have been able to find out how Eggleston makes reflections personal to him. The images Eggleston takes are often natural, taken in the spur of the moment. Often capturing the images at eye level to portray the simplicity and reality.
Maier was passionate about capturing reflections in everyday life. Aiming to find reflections any where and everywhere, this requires a lot of time and passion to be able to look out for the unseen. I am particularly interested in the image with the mirror and removal men, Maier has managed to capture a split second moment in which takes devotion. She will often take images with herself as the subject, this is not often done and shows how advance she was in the 20th century.
Walker Evans was born 3rd November, 1903 and passed away 10th April, 1975. Evans was an American photographer and photojournalist largely known for his work for the Farm Security Administration documenting the effects of the Great Depression. He often used his large format 8×10-inch camera which produced the best images at the time. He said that his goal as a photographer was to make pictures that are “literate, authoritative, transcendent”. I have selected images based around ‘reflections’ these images are often mug shots of people through glass.
Hatakeyama often changes the perspective of her images by flipping the orientation or darkening the images in photoshop. I admire her simplicity, the images are made up of man made canals combined with city lights. In their standard form the images would be plain and understated, however using simple techniques within photoshop such as crop and saturation. They caught my eye due to the vibrance and colours. They are defiantly a set of images which require a second looking.
Lee Friedlander was born 14th July, 1934. Friedlander is an American photographer and artist. Friedlander was very influential in the 1960s and 1970s, evolveing an influential and often imitated visual language of urban “social landscape,” with many of his photographs including fragments of store-front reflections, structures framed by fences, posters and street signs. This imagery is not a favourite of mine however Friedlander has managed to include reflections into the images which enables the viewer to look deeper into the images due to the smaller image within the larger.
These images caught my eye purely on colours alone, the colours used are bright and vibrant and prove the longevity of colour images. It is often easier to use black and white and sometimes it is the correct thing to do however when you capture and bring out the colours in everyday life people will appreciate the image more. The movement in the water allows for these colours to be separated into elegant shapes. The use of a natural subject matter will enable a wider audience to appreciate the image, evoking people senses – sound/smell and general feeling whilst at the seaside.
Cody William Smith
Now I have identified what I will be shooting my research will be entirely based upon mirrors. Cody William Smith has used a mirror within a natural setting to show two sides of the image. Allowing the audience to see what is behind the landscape is almost like two images in one. I love the mix of natural and abstract combining to make an image, it is subtle due to it being very easy to accept however hard to create the final image due to the mirror posing problems. These specific images work well due to the perfect roundness of the mirror interrupting the natural landscapes which are never symmetrical.
This concept has been perfectly executed in my eyes, using the mirror to create an object which is never there requires a tremendous amount of patience and research into the location. There are several factors which have to be perfect in order for these images to succeed. These images are almost to perfect to make them believable however another inspection will through up clues. Images which require this second look to make them believable make the photo all that more powerful.
These images work extremely well as a set, they display the exact same characteristics and Magnani has used this to his advantage. I can appreciate the way the image have been put together and I think this makes the image all the more satisfying. They all have a natural theme however the colour gamut is very limited due to the the natural setting.