Framing The World Through My Photographs

Light Theory Lecture

At the beginning of the lecture I watched a video by Nick Knight produced for ShowStudio for TopShop, myself and my peers were asked to find the moment where we liked the lighting the most, we were then asked to take a screen shot of that moment and on lighting create a diagram of how we think the lights would have been set up.

In class I couldn’t find a particular moment that I liked, so in the break I re watched the video in my break and found two moments that I liked. (shown below)
Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 11.09.44I like this moment of the video as its not something you usually see. Its artistic and pleasing to my eye. I am not quite sure how the blur in the mirrors where created.
Below is  the lighting diagram in which I think was used to create the image,
1 lgScreen Shot 2013-04-23 at 11.55.50I liked the use of the coloured gels in this image. Below is the diagram of which i believe would have been used to create the image, including a light behind the model (which I forgot to but on the diagram)

2 cor.4.6 – and god said let there be light: and there was light. And god saw the light, that it was good: and god divided the light from the darkness.

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Even painters consider how they want to show lighting in there images and the tones of the lights add to the story of the image. For example in the image above, the pure white light and blue tones conotates good or heaven with contrasts with the dark red and brown tones which in this image suggests evil/hell.

Philip- Lorca Dicorcia

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Like I said in the colours of an image can tell a story.The tones on the body are very red. The colour red can suggest many things such as love , anger, danger and sex. I didn’t know the story behind this image until Paul said it was taken of a male prostitute in a red light district.

The Kelvin scale

Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 23.33.06The Kelvin is a uni of measurement in which to measure temperature. This can be used to determine the variety of shades and tones you get when using natural to studio lighting.

Immersion Piss Christ -Andres Serrano

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Piss Christ is an 1987 photograph by Serrano who is an American artist/photographer. Serrano submerged a plastic crucifix into a glass of his own urine. The photograph is a 60×40 inch  cibachrome print. Serrano wanted to represent the cheapening of religion. Of course this series wasn’t always taken as intended, as to be expected.

Tim and Sue – Contemporary British artists

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The use of shadow is just as important in lighting as shown here the use of the rubbish and the light from projectors have casted shadows which you would expect from what is seemingly carefully placed junk.

  • PLATO – if you placed a group of prisoners in a cave from birth shackled to the wall and all they could see were shadows of the people and objects out side “the prisoners would assume that the light was reality”.

Henry Peach Robinson – Fading away

Screen Shot 2013-04-23 at 23.33.51The bright white tones of the girl on the right who is seemingly passing away suggests she was a good person and will rise up into heaven, in the centre of the image the man in black adds a sense of unknown into the image as well as doom.

This photo is Peach-Robinsons most well known. I have studied this image during my course at college .Created in 1858 ‘Fading away’ depicts a young girl peacefully passing away from TB with her grieving family around her. In 1860 Peach Robinson explained the creation process to the Photographic Society of Scotland, Which lead to hue disapproval of the realist manipulations, as photography was always seen as a truthful medium.

Categories of light

Natural – window light, sunlight.

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Artifical – Studio light, flash.

Blended – mix of natural and artificial.

Reneke Dijkstra – Dutch photographer. He used a combination of sunlight and artificial light. Fill in flash. The use of flash is key in fashion photography.

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This entry was posted on April 25, 2013 by in Working With Light.
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