Friday, August 29, 2014

Assignment 1.3

I had a difficult time selecting one photo. There is a handful of photographers I follow via facebook/blogs. My immediate thought was to use an image from those places, but while I scoured the webpages, I eventually discovered this. 

I, unfortunately, do not know who took it, where it was taken, or even when it was taken. I do know, though, that compared to the merely visually stimulating photos I laid eyes on, this one speaks. 

Maybe it is because I am a writer, or maybe because a story is intrinsically embedded in these lines and shadows, but it truly does tell tales. 

I think of my brothers, if the boy is her brother, and how they would have certainly done this for me. And then I think of who she might be talking to; maybe it is an emergency phone call. Is someone hurt? Or maybe mum's water broke and help is needed right away?

I like this photo because it is striking with sharp contrasts and interesting subjects, but ultimately I chose it because of the story it communicates to me.   

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Assignment 1

This is a still from Inglorious Basterds and it is a simple shot but really stages the scene that follows. Th wide angled composition is very simple but leaves the eye wandering around trying to find the small details. An image that can keep the eye roaming is one that will be looked at the longest and even the smallest details will appear. As a cinematographer keeping attention on various parts of the screen is important at times and Robert Richardson the DP mastered that in this shot alone.