I believe the pivotal point is the man and his reflection. It has action and poses the question of why is he jumping across the water in that location. Also where is he going to? The figure is much darker than the surrounds and the eye is constantly drawn to it when often we are drawn to lighter things in a photograph such as the sun.
I attempted to create a decisive moment catching the ball in mid-flight off a cricket bat. It showed how, shooting on single shot, how difficult was to get all the elements of shadow, action and interest in the frame. Even though the second shot has a nice ball shadow, there is action and shadows the image still does not work that well because of the distractions in the background.
Cartier- Bresson on the other hand has managed to capture not only the action of someone jumping across the water but to do within the frame as a whole. The railings of the station frame the image with the vertical parallels. The ladder like structure in the water runs across giving us a sense of direction.
In the background we can get a sense of it being an urban area, but no specifics. There is the sign telling us it is a railway station then next to it is a poster of which the subjects in it also seem to be jumping in a similar vain to the main subject.
Overall the image as well as framing the photo well gives us a good context but without leaving us to fully comprehend what the subject is doing.
www.100photos.time.com (Accessed July 17)
Rather than try to respond to a famous photographer I thought I would respond to the type of photograph taken by Royal photographers by taking my own perspective on it whilst attending the Queen’s birthday parade.
Original Press Photographer: Daily Mail
All the press photographs whilst being spectacular tend to have a ‘clinical’ rehearsed view about them. I wanted to try to capture a more natural shot that wasn’t at such a distance.
In response to Barrett’s view of how we interpret pictures this one clearly is interpreted by the information in the picture.
In response to the Press photograph I wanted to be within the photographic experience, not at a predetermined distance. Whilst I had been to the event before so was aware of roughly what happened I was unsure when I went just how I would achieve this.
Rather than position myself in the main Mall I noticed a narrow bridge was being used by troops returning to their barracks. So unlike the Press with their carefully rehearsed positions and a certain us and them distance I was able to get within inches, suggesting there is no barrier between us and we are there in the moment.
Just like the original shot we only see a few faces but with very different expressions and it is still clear who they are and that they are marching. I feel it helps to give a sense of ‘we were there’ not just ‘we observed’.
2016 Queen’s Birthday Parade
2017 Queen’s Birthday Parade
The performer was continuously engaging with his audience whoever that may be. This wasn’t a one off performance, but a ongoing engagement with his surrounding environment. The simple bubbles pleased both young and old and everyone felt part of his world, albeit it only for a short period.
However although there was this connection between the performer and his audience the only connection was the magic of the bubbles. Ultimately we know nothing about the performer or his world so there is a definite distance.
The ultimate shot below appears to be trying to connect with us but then everyone else probably believes the same. Hands are reaching out and the large bubble in front captures a moment of time about to float off and burst.
Source: Google images; Landscapes; Fields
The shots I have taken of the England/ Scottish Borders are much brighter than those from google. The vertical lines are made up of vegetation and stone walls and run vertical unlike most of the google images running across or to a point. The lack of dramatic sky or no sky in the second gives a very different view to those above.
Source Google Images; Loch Lomond in mist
Again in the google shots most have notable skies rather than layers of grey clouds. The google shots tend to be quite straightforward with little distraction, with silhouette used quite a lot. The first 3 shots have an element of distraction with the various black features slightly distracting. The fourth shot probably best fits the images with its straightforward simple lines and varying shades with dark hills.
This exercise was actually harder than I thought. Whilst it was quite easy to get a shadow and make it obvious which was the key light it was much more difficult to light it in a more neutral way.
It felt that compared to the other exercises the quality of light in this was much more distinct and more noticeable how different set ups affected the quality.