© Laura Hutton

These are my final ten images and I am very pleased with the outcome. As a photographer, I feel I have managed to get across my idea through my photographs of documenting Lichfield before modernization hits the city and to show the beautiful historic architecture. I feel as a group they work very well but also are strong images when looked at as an individual piece.

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#Laura Hutton #Street photography #black and white #Lichfield City 

© George Brassaï

Like Atget and Doisneau, Brassaï had his success in Paris, France during the 20th century.He was a hungarian photographer, born 1899 and was originally named Gyuala Halasz, however he came from a town called Brasso in Transylvania where the name Brassaï came from. His work mainly documents the streets of Paris at night (which is one of the reasons he appealed to me). I haven’t come across many street photographers whose work is mainly noctural but Brassaï’s work and his technqiues used caught my eye.

What stands out to me most of all is his use of light. It gives the images such a variety of tone and contrast. I have used this technqiue in a few of my images and feel it is very effective and eye catching. I specifically chose to look into the image of the winding road as I have two photographs with a similiar subject matter. Again, really effective in leading the eye into and around the photograph along with the use of the lighthing. I don’t think composition plays a big part in Brassaï’s work, but I don’t think this element matters as his work comes across powerful.

Regarding the photographs being taken at night, it almost gives a feeling of the unknown and they can come across quite eery. This doesn’t relate to my ideas, yet it’s still good to point out other strong and effective elements to the photographs to give yourself an understanding.

Source: http://www.masters-of-photography.com/B/brassai/brassai_articles1.html

Photography by John Ingledew, Published 2005 by Laurence King Publishing 

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#George Brassai #Paris #Paris street photography #black and white #lighthing #night photography 

© Robert Doisneau 

Robert Doisneau is a French photographer who like Atget, photographed the streets of Paris. Doisneau’s work stood out to me when flicking through a book ‘Photography by John Ingledew, Published 2005 by Laurence King Publishing’. The composition in all three of these photographs makes the images strong. 

The photograph with the two dogs in the beam of light influences me greatly due to how much of a variety of tone there is. The beam of light highlights the main focus of the two dogs and the man standing in the background. The position of the light source works well too as your eye can comfortably read the photograph. The darker tones around the sides also draws more attention to the main subject. You can see in my images that a few have darker tones around the edge to lead into highlights of a path. As a photographer, I can see that I am starting to create my own style in street photography as what I am influenced by how my photographs look. 

Again, the two other photographs would not be as powerful if they had been taken a second before or later. Researching into these famous photographers has really taught me that composition, lighting and tonal range are the key to what makes an series of photographs strong, yet each stand out alone as an individual piece just as well. Another point to consider is that in Doisneau’s work his subject matter is mainly people of the streets in Paris. In addition, my work is all about the simplicity of the streets and the beauty of the architecture and history. The elements that I pointed out that are key, still work just as well in a photograph without people than with people. 

Source: Photography by John Ingledew, Published 2005 by Laurence King Publishing  

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Siegfried Hansen is a german photographer who focuses on street photography. He is a contemporary photographer who has a background in graphic design. Graphic design is all about perfection and measurements and this shows through his images. They wouldn’t be strong photographs if they weren’t taken at that precise moment. It almost looks like everything has been placed beforehand. The lefthand photograph relates to the image I took of the lamppost. The way the road curves around leads your eye softly, elegantly across the empty space to the woman walking. It makes you think about what’s around the corner.  This essence of curving space is what technique I have used in the lamppost image and I would definitely want to experiment with this again as it creates a very strong image. 

Most contemporary photographers now use colour and I feel this works very well with Hansen’s photographs. As much as colour photography inspires me I still feel that black and white suits my images better as the subject matter is more historical and it gives the photograph much more expression. 

The righthand photograph doesn’t inspire me at all. However, I chose to look at it just for the composition element.  In my photographs, composition is key. Hansen would of have to wait for these people to fall into the frame. However, in my work it is me that has to create that frame of composition rather than waiting.

Source: Howarth, S & McLaren, S. (2010). Street Photography Now. London: Thames & Hudson.

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#Siegfried Hansen #Street photography #Composition #Graphic Design 

© Laura Hutton

These are some photographs from my recent photo shoot. I am very pleased with how they have come out. Already, I have had a couple of comments on these from fellow students on how they have the same theme as Eugène Atget’s work, which is who inspired me to form the idea of documenting Lichfield. To hear these comments is very pleasing, I must be getting across my idea to a point through my photographs which is what any photographer desires to do. 

The composition works well in these photographs, the eye is lead into the photograph by the path and the perspective of the architecture. It leads you to think about what the image is trying to portray. The way the lighting falls in each of these images makes them stronger as it gives a great variety of tone from the highlights to the shadows. In Photoshop, I tweaked the contrast levels up a bit just to give more definition to the tonal range. I think this effect works well in my work and will use this throughout my images. 

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#Black and White #Lichfield #Street Photography #Eugene Atget 
© Laura Hutton 
Here is another recent edit from my latest photoshoot. Again, the theme arises of repetition of the architecture  and documenting Lichfield before modernisation. Capturing the market really accentuates the theme of ‘old’ Lichfield as markets are seen as traditional and are slowing dying out. I need to be looking at ways to be improving these images and styles used while photographing. 

© Laura Hutton 

Here is another recent edit from my latest photoshoot. Again, the theme arises of repetition of the architecture  and documenting Lichfield before modernisation. Capturing the market really accentuates the theme of ‘old’ Lichfield as markets are seen as traditional and are slowing dying out. I need to be looking at ways to be improving these images and styles used while photographing. 

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#Lichfield #street photography #black and white #markets #modernisation #architecture 

© Laura Hutton

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#Lichfield #Street Photography #Black and White #Documentation #Roger Mayne 

© Roger Mayne

Roger Mayne was an English photographer born in 1929. He photographed the streets of North Kensington, London in the latter part of the 1950s. His work documents what the street life was like at this time, focusing on taking photographs of children playing in the streets. This relates to the project quite well.

According to these photographs the community life years ago seemed so relaxed and laidback. No-one seems to think about safety and it portrays such a happy lifestyle. The children are allowed to smoke at such a young age and play on large vehicles which would not be accepted well in todays society. Nowadays, our children of this generation are tied up in a different world of video games and social networking. The growth of technology seems to be taking over our society and community life.

Mayne’s work stands out to me because he has managed to get quite close to these children, which I think makes the images work. These photographs inspire me to have the confidence to photograph people closely. This could show confidence and quality of the photographer through the image. The children seem to be completely oblivious to having their photograph taken in the above images, which could also illustrate that Mayne was quite shy and blended himself into the background.

Source: (Book) Photography by John Ingledew, Published 2005 by Laurence King Publishing  

http://www.20thcenturylondon.org.uk/mayne-roger
http://www.edinphoto.org.uk/10/12_exhibitions_-_2009_twenty_five_years_of_photography.htm
http://www.rogermayne.com/sstreet/sstreet11.html
http://www.rogermayne.com/

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© Arif Asci 
Arif Asci is a Turkish photographer who was a filmmaker before he turned to documenting the street life of Istanbul. Asci has a series of panorma photographs all showing the everyday lives of the community. Once again, this photograph would of had to be taken at a precise moment. It almost looks like he has arranged everything before taking the photograph. I think this makes the image very powerful. In the majority of my images I feel this is apparent and  gives me a very strong set of photographs for final critique. 
Source: Howarth, S & McLaren, S. (2010). Street Photography Now. London: Thames & Hudson.

© Arif Asci 

Arif Asci is a Turkish photographer who was a filmmaker before he turned to documenting the street life of Istanbul. Asci has a series of panorma photographs all showing the everyday lives of the community. Once again, this photograph would of had to be taken at a precise moment. It almost looks like he has arranged everything before taking the photograph. I think this makes the image very powerful. In the majority of my images I feel this is apparent and  gives me a very strong set of photographs for final critique. 

Source: Howarth, S & McLaren, S. (2010). Street Photography Now. London: Thames & Hudson.

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#Arif Asci #Street photography #black and white #panorama 
Starting to think about presentation I came across an exhibition in Seattle that was named ‘The Silver Image Gallery’ that was known as the oldest gallery on the West Coast and the fourth oldest photography gallery in the United States. It was held 1979 - 1986 and included some of the work of photographers such a Sally Mann, Olivia Parker and Robert Glenn Ketchum.
The simplicity and perfection is what caught my eye to this exhibition. My photographs portray this through the images and I think presenting them simply will create a very strong series of photographs. It will bring the viewers attention to each photograph and they will not be distracted by anything else.
They way the photographs are displayed quite far apart and with quite a large border implies that they are strong images alone and set apart from the others, yet as a series they read well. I definitlely would like to present them in this way, as I feel that each of my photographs should singularly be presented to set them apart from each other to show the quality and perfection. Whereas if an audience was to view them close together without a border I feel that the element of quality would be taken away and each image would not come across as strong and they would blend into each other and show no meaning.
Source: http://art-support.com/silverimage3.htm

Starting to think about presentation I came across an exhibition in Seattle that was named ‘The Silver Image Gallery’ that was known as the oldest gallery on the West Coast and the fourth oldest photography gallery in the United States. It was held 1979 - 1986 and included some of the work of photographers such a Sally Mann, Olivia Parker and Robert Glenn Ketchum.

The simplicity and perfection is what caught my eye to this exhibition. My photographs portray this through the images and I think presenting them simply will create a very strong series of photographs. It will bring the viewers attention to each photograph and they will not be distracted by anything else.

They way the photographs are displayed quite far apart and with quite a large border implies that they are strong images alone and set apart from the others, yet as a series they read well. I definitlely would like to present them in this way, as I feel that each of my photographs should singularly be presented to set them apart from each other to show the quality and perfection. Whereas if an audience was to view them close together without a border I feel that the element of quality would be taken away and each image would not come across as strong and they would blend into each other and show no meaning.

Source: http://art-support.com/silverimage3.htm

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#exhibition #the silver image gallery #seattle 

© Laura Hutton

Above are some photographs from a recent photo shoot. I felt these were some of the strongest images from the day. The top image really stood out to me particularly. The position of the clothing rail outside the little boutique shop works well. The image would not be as strong if the clothing rail was more central or more to the left. The composition of the photograph is almost comforting for the viewer. The white space of the building around the subject matter makes the clothing rail and shop stand out. If it was next to other shops it wouldn’t be such a strong image as it would blend into the background and wouldn’t have the same effect. The contrast in the black and white also makes this image strong as it is eye catching. 

As you can see, the photograph with the lamppost is another image where I have used techniques which I was influenced by. It is very similar to the first image I produced of a lamppost but I think they would work well together. There is the leading path which draws and leads the eye into the photograph, the exact position of the lamppost in the foreground and the lamppost in the background which gives the image an essence of simplicity and perfection. All these elements alongside the black and white tone and contrast levels being altered all work together to produce a very strong image. 

The same goes for the last photograph. I feel as a collection of images they read well and I would definitely consider these for my final images. I have to start thinking about which images work and read well together for my final photographs. Speaking to my tutor we came up with the idea of re posting some images together to see if they are still as strong in certain groups as they are individually. 

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© Henri Cartier-Bresson 

Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer who was known for his street documentation photography. I feel that his work relates very well to my idea of composition. The four images I have posted all have a certain perfection to them and everything seems to have a place. This is exactly where I am going within my idea. It’s about being in a certain place at a certain time and that ‘decisive moment’ that we think creates a photograph. If Henri Cartier-Bresson had taken these photographs at a second earlier or later they wouldn’t have half the same effect on people as they do when they are captured at a specific moment. 

The work I have created towards the latter part of this project definitely portrays the idea of capturing that one particular moment. However, some more than others. I want to produce a series of images that all have this element that is illustrated through the photographs strongly like Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work.

His work inspires me to photograph more perfection and elements of composition within a photograph even if it takes hours to wait for that ‘decisive moment’.   

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#Henri Cartier-Bresson #Street photography #Composition #The Decisive Moment #Black and White 
© Laura Hutton 
I previously posted a photograph very similar to this. The difference was that there was ‘street’ activity going on. After having feedback from my fellow tutors and students they stated that the photograph would look stronger without everything going on. Fortunately, I had taken the same photograph but just stripped back to simplicity.
After editing this image, I definitly have to agree with the feedback I received. Street photography doesn’t have to be all about the city rush, people and traffic it can be just stripped back to its purity. I will definitly consider using this as one of my final images alongside the photograph with the lamppost. The idea of simplicty will be the theme of my final images, no people, no traffic just the beauty of the streets and arhcitecture.

© Laura Hutton

I previously posted a photograph very similar to this. The difference was that there was ‘street’ activity going on. After having feedback from my fellow tutors and students they stated that the photograph would look stronger without everything going on. Fortunately, I had taken the same photograph but just stripped back to simplicity.

After editing this image, I definitly have to agree with the feedback I received. Street photography doesn’t have to be all about the city rush, people and traffic it can be just stripped back to its purity. I will definitly consider using this as one of my final images alongside the photograph with the lamppost. The idea of simplicty will be the theme of my final images, no people, no traffic just the beauty of the streets and arhcitecture.

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#Street photography #Lichfield #Architecture #Black and White 

Interim Critique…

After having a critique with my tutors and fellow students about my progress and work so far I feel good about where my idea is going. I had some very positive comments on my photographs (shown below) and some inspiring thoughts.

The photograph that stood out as the strongest was the first image below with the lampost. I had positive comments regarding the composition of the photograph and the architectural repetition. This photograph shows elements of perfection and simplicity which makes this image strong. I was advised to carry on with the theme of looking into the architecture and simple repetitive structures on the streets of Lichfield. I will still carry on working in black and white, I think it works best to show the beauty of the architecture as there is much variety in tone.

The other three photographs had mixed comments. Some would of preferred no people in the image, some thought they were more touristy images. There is nothing wrong with experimentation, it is all apart of the learning process and making stronger, more dynamic images.   

My next steps are to go on another photoshoot but concentrating on the architectural structures and old streets of Lichfield trying to capture that simple and beautiful moment.

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#Critique #Architecture #Lichfield #Street Photography 

"If your photographs aren’t good enough, then you’re not close enough"

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