Thursday, 6 November 2014

Street Photography Research - Bruce Gilden

Instead of looking at Bruce Gilden’s photography that he captured in New York, I decided to look at the work he captured in Haiti. I have already looked into Bruce Gilden’s work and talked about it on one of my previous blog posts ‘The Ethics of Street Photography’ -Blog Post Response. I find have discovered during the course of Gilden’s photographs he captured in Haiti, that he has been able to capture the personality and emotions of his surroundings. I think the photographer has captured the sitter’s personality, though I think because of the close proximity to the camera, the sitters in the photograph have reacted in a certain way. I don’t think the photographer has created their own interpretation; this is because I think they have represented situations in an honest light.

The photographer has achieved the outcome by really getting close to the people while capturing the photographs. I can also tell that Gilden has used a flash throughout his photographs; this shows how much courage he has had when capturing the shot.
I have compensated my attention to the narrative throughout looking through the book, Bruce Gilden Haiti and have found the photographs make sense to one another. I was attracted to the photograph because of the contrast in the photographs as well as the surreal situations that have been captured by Gilden.
Gilden’s photography throughout this photo shoot compared to his work he has captured in New York has a different influence upon me. The photographs truly make you feel emotional in a way, a way that makes viewers become apprehensive. I feel as though the people captured in the photograph are crying out for help from the viewer, but there is justly nothing the viewer can do but look at that moment captured in the photograph. The photographs also give me a sense of the noises and sound in the atmosphere Gilden has captured. During Gilden’s photo shoot in Haiti, although the photographs have been captured outdoors there has still been a camera flash used to highlight the subject and main focus in the photographs. The impact of using a flash to capture the photographs has also shown the true emotions in the face of the people within the photograph. The flash has allowed the photographer to gravitate attention towards their camera and easily shot the expression held by the people surrounding Gilden.

Within the frame, the photographer has included at least one person’s attention settled towards their camera. This may not be a true representation of what the photographer can see, as this may be a distraction to what is really going on around Gilden. The choice of the photographer capturing mainly people who are looking at the camera may influence the viewer to have a query of why the sitter in the photograph was looking at the camera instead of focussing their attention on a situation going on around them?
Research Books:
Thomas Struth. Chewing Gum and Chocolate by Shomei Tomatsu.
Eve Arnold's People. Bruce Gilden Haiti.
Overall, I think that Bruce Gilden has been able to capture successful photographs and has represented situations in a different way. The way of being that although the photographs have been captured in black and white, you can also make out the colours within each photograph.

Book Scan: Bruce Gilden Haiti, 1984 
Bruce Gilden Photograph Analysis
From this photograph I can tell that the sitter in the photograph is busy, this is because of their stance and how they are facing away from the camera. The person captured in the photograph doesn’t show any expression and doesn’t focus their attention towards the camera.
The depth of field used to capture this photograph looks deep, this is because the photographer hasn’t just focussed on the person in the photograph, but also focussed on the shadows behind. The shadow in the background also tells the type of lighting. The lighting this photograph was captured in looks natural. Natural lighting has been used as the photograph has been captured outdoors on what looks to be a sunny day. I think a large aperture was used to capture this photograph; this is because of the brightness already in the photographers surroundings.
The composition of the photograph looks closed; this is because everything the photographer wants the viewer to look at is already in the frame. I find the shadows in the frame also are the main focus in the photograph. The shadow also shows the photographer with the sitter. The person captured in the photograph looks, in the shadow, to be reaching out to the photographer. The angle has been captured from just slightly lower than eye level; also the shadow of the photographer shows Gilden to be at a slight crouch when capturing the photograph. I find rule of thirds has been used in a successful way, this is because the shadow is the main point of interest where the line of intersection would be.

My Photograph 35mm SLR, Photo Shoot 3
My Own Photography Analysis – Photograph from Photo shoot 3
The photograph I have captured is comparable towards the photograph Bruce Gilden has capture, from the photograph I have previously analysed. I find that in the photograph I have captured, I have included the shadow of myself as well as the sitters in the photograph. In the photograph Gilden captured, he has also included himself in the frame.
When capturing this photograph, I have used a deep depth of field, is allowed me to capture not just what was in the foreground of my photograph, but also the edge of the bridge. I think capturing part of the bridge goes well the striped top the lady in the photograph is wearing. This also works well with the contrast in the photograph. I captured this photograph with 250 shutter speed, allowing just enough light through my lens, but not too much as the lighting was already well lit on the day of this photograph.  
I had captured this photograph from a straight on angle, this allows the viewer to see from the same height and eye level as me. The composition of the photograph was closed; this is because everything I wanted to capture was already in the frame.
The body language of the people in the photograph shows one man, which was part of my main focus to be looking at the camera. I think the man was wondering what and why my camera was mainly focussed on him, the lady he was with walking the dog. Overall I have been able to get close to the people in the photograph and also had at least one person looking into the lens of my camera while shooting photographs on the Millennium Bridge in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

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