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As Photography Key Skill Essay: Compare Two Photographs by Two Different Photographers The first photograph I'm going to analyse was taken by Bill Brandt in 1938. The photograph is composed of a policeman or what seems to be a policeman standing in a dark alley way in Bermondsey, central London. Bill Brandt was born in London in 1904; his parents were both partly of Russian descent. In 1929 he left a Swiss tuberculosis sanatorium to study with Man Ray in his studio for 3 months then continued to see him regularly for the next 2 years. Man Ray and his circle influenced Brandt profoundly and taught him the value of experimentation. After working freelance for Paris Magazine in 1930, Brandt returned to London and worked for magazines such as Lilliput, Harper's Bazaar, and the News Chronicle for which he documented the life of Britain in the very depths of the depression, post World War I. He photographed English middle- and upper-class life, publishing The English at Home in 1936, A Night in London in 1938, and The Camera in London in 1948. Working as a photojournalist his photography was both individual and idiosyncratic, a mix of the norm with a little added flavour, slightly eccentric to the age - the age of surrealism. ...read more.

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Two, the policeman is silhouetted therefore highlighted, sticking out from the rest of the photograph. The low lighting makes it hard to say whether the photograph is in focus or not. I would say that the photograph was probably taken during the day since the light in the distance is soft and very dull, therefore natural. Then again from the outlook of the photograph it looks like it was taken at night, so I think Brandt took the picture on quite a high shutter speed therefore less light would enter the camera. The low light creates a very claim, slightly lonely feeling to the image. The photography has quite a low key using a very restricted range of colours. There isn't a lot going on in this picture which may help you understand it better and appreciate the sutle tones. I think this photograph relates quite a lot to my initial ideas for this project. Brandt has used a very natural environment to create mood and atmosphere. He has hardly played with the photograph at all, leaving it to itself. Looking at the photograph you really feel as if your there, in that dark miserable alley way, with your sworn protector. ...read more.

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For me this picture is about the strong bond between her family. But I think there is also a sexual side to the photograph, which I think is quite disturbing. The focus is on the two girls, there is a swallow depth of field, directing the viewers eye straight onto the two girls, making them the subject of the picture. Lady Hawarden has used a lot of natural light, coming in from the window, to illustrate this. The light is focused directly on the subject causing a large shadow beyond. There isn't a large variation of tones in this photograph; I think the picture is more focus on mood than photographic quality. This picture is based around mood more than anything else. The photography is using the subjects to explore emotions between her family. Only the photography will understand the true meaning of the picture. This photograph although it was set up by the photography using two of her daughters to act as the male and female. The photograph shows a simple drama between a man and a women, where the man in this instance gets turned down. This is quite a normal occurring thing to happen in everyday life, it could also tell us something about middle-class domestic life in the 18th century. So I think this photograph again could be linked to my social photograph ideas. ...read more.

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