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For this project, I have chosen to compare and contrast two individual photographs from two different photographers. The photographers I have chosen are Tessa Musgrave and Adiseshan Shankar.

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Introduction

Aky Compare and Contrast I have decided to look at architecture for my next genre in photography. I have chosen architecture as it is very different to fashion photography and looks at totally different materials and includes different characteristics. In the early years of photography, few if any photographers were specialists in any area other than commercial portraiture, which was the main area in which a living could be made from the new medium. Early photographers did fairly often photograph buildings, often working from the window of a convenient room rather than at street level. Many of the images from this era can truly be described as monumental, giving the subjects (including some very fine ancient monuments) a great impression of importance and grandeur. Using large glass plates and making contact prints gave detail and tonality that, although not strictly natural because of the lack of green and red sensitivity of the medium, are of unsurpassed delicacy. Architecture demanded lenses that gave sharpness and linear drawing across the frame, quite different to the needs of portraiture, where softer edges were acceptable if not desirable, and curvature seldom noticeable and high-speed imperative. Buildings would sit still for as long as the photographer needed. For this project, I have chosen to compare and contrast two individual photographs from two different photographers. ...read more.

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The photo has a large depth of field and appears to be a photo of lots of different coloured frames separating little rooms along the beachfront. This is a very brightly coloured photograph, which makes it quite a positive photo. The photo seems divided diagonally into two different parts- one is very well lit and bright and the other represents more of a shadowed over dull side, which adds a mixed feeling to it. Once again like the first photo, this photo doesn't have a narrative. However, it is a very mysterious photograph- the viewer is unsure about what it actually represents or what it wants you to feel. The photograph is full of mixed emotions- it has a happy side, yet a dark side. The photo seems quite bright and vibrant, yet represents a sense of loneliness and seems isolated- almost blank. Also you're not sure what the purpose of this photo actually is. The photograph is quite meaningless, yet there is a specific energy about it as it has a sense of uniqueness to it. I don't think that the composition of the photo is great; and I don't think that the tonal range is dramatic either. There are aspects of the photograph that could be given more thought and have been made more interesting. However on the whole, the photograph is a gratifying one to look at. ...read more.

Conclusion

Having looked at it closely I still really liked the image, however I thought that some of the tones and shades could be improved and the angle at which the photograph was taken wasn't the best chosen. When I first saw photograph two I knew straightaway that I wanted to use it as one of my photos. This is because I really liked the uniqueness of it and the way that it has a hidden depth to it. After having looked at it closely, I still feel the same way and I think that it is a very solitary photograph. Photograph 1 creates a serene mood and is very easy on the eye, photo 2 has a mixed sense to it, even though it also has calm nature to it, the photo has a mysterious feel to it, you're not quite sure if the blankness of the photograph is supposed to be negative or positive. On the whole, I like both of the photographs. There are obvious features about both of them that stand out and there are a few minor improvements that could be made to them. Photograph 1 has a really nice feel to it; however photograph 2 has an edgier side to it. They both differentiate to it each other but are both equally as dynamic to look at. Both the photos are 2 totally altered types of architecture, yet they both work really well in their individual ways, both having their own highlights and weaknesses. ...read more.

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