Recensione LensCulture competitions.
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Seeing the light as a subject rather than a tool can be a rewarding way of looking at the world. I love that you have this level of control over your light so that it becomes part of your subjects in its non-conforming shapes, nicely done.
Now, I’ve rearranged your images to show you your strongest at the top. Your statement refers to ‘men’ but it might be my translation from Italian that is reading it in the wrong way, but I’ve grabbed a few of the women as well. Statements can be a tricky thing to write so do be mindful of your intent when writing the words to correspond with your images. Image #1 has this mystery about it and with the only part of the subject, lit is his eyes one can only be drawn to them like gravity. The aesthetic with this image is something I think you might want to create more of with future work. Consider the mystery element and the abstract way your light is formed in relation to your subject and the background and the potential all those elements are giving you to create a variety of future portraits. Image #2 is a break from the aesthetic I see in the other images but it is a nice change of pace from everything else. However, with the tight framing of this image you are losing the uniqueness of the light and its ability to play with the surrounding wall as well as the subject. Perhaps pulling back would have made the light more present as a subject rather than an element. Something to consider. Image #3 is another strong collaboration between subject and light with the way the shadows falls in the background reaching to the edge of the frame with her curly hair. Again, however, the playfulness that you are demonstrating in the other images feels less present in this shot because so much of her body is lit. What might this image have looked like had you exposed less of her body frame and spotlit her like you did the others? Or perhaps she is too close to the wall to effectively play with the background and the light in such as way as the others have. Now, image #4 feels like the perfect combination between your subject, the light, and the background. You have successfully created a unique moment where we are greeted by the light, introduced to your subject and curious about the surrounding walls around her to keep staring at her. Very nice work here. Image #5 is another successful moment where you are showing us an equal amount of background while still lighting your subject in a way that she is not overpowering the frame and on equal terms with the rest of the elements within the image.
Overall I think you have a strong eye and I would encourage you to continue creating imagery that inspires you. I’ve added some links below to help guide you towards to local festivals, good luck with your photography and thank you for submitting your images for review.
Recommended Books & Photographers
- The Photograph as Contemporary Art, by Charlotte Cotton
- The Artist Statement: How and Why to Write Yours by Jennifer Schwartz
- How to write an Artist’s Statement
- Ways of Seeing, by John Berger
- Crusade For Your Art: Best Practices for Fine Art Photographers, by Jennifer Schwartz
- Edward Weston: Portraits