We were given a task to examine lighting in different photobooks, and to better understand it’s different technical uses in photography. We first picked out a photobook, and had to choose images from it to talk about. Some key points are shown below:
How do you see your work in a wider context:
- Relative to module/other photographers
- Beyond University
- Any relation to other works?
- Describe the light
- Does the light change
- Is the light used in composition
- Draw attention or create a mood?
- Make the point solid (bring in images) (point things out)
- Deconstruct frame/use of light within the frame
I started off with William Eggleston’s Guide. I really like this photobook, and it was one of the first photobooks that I looked at when I first got into photography. Below are the images I chose to talk about:
A lot of the images in the book use flat light, with no real extremes in contrast or exposure. They seem to tell a story, by going from early morning/sunrise style lighting and colours, to the book ending with some dark images with a flash, and some indoors with only artificial light. Light isn’t used much in composition, and is only used in some images to highlight features of a face, or in obvious areas such as a neon sign or a single bulb in the ceiling.
I found that these images connected to my second book, which was called Along Some American Highways by Andrew Cross. I also really like these images, and have studied these before in a previous task. These images again are very flat when it comes to how they are lit, and are usually photographed during the day. The light itself isn’t used in composition, but the fact that the light is flat and even is a key part of the images. The way the images are linked together is through the way they are lit, and so the lighting is a key part in this series even though it isn’t particularly extravagant.
The final book that I chose was a book by Stephen Shore called Uncommon Places. While the style is very similar to Andrew Cross, in the way that the images are sometimes of bland open spaces, or empty car parks, there’s something of Eggleston’s work about them too. Images of empty diner’s with early morning light coming through the window, or a fresh plate of pancakes on a table. The lighting in this book is very mixed, with some being key subjects in an image, to others being just a technique to create a flat looking image. I like how this book is a combination of the two previous books, and how you can spend hours looking through the images, and see something new everytime.