Artist Study

Angus McBean

Angus McBean is my historical photographer I will be looking at. I have chosen to look at this photographer because I am interested in his creativity, for example in one of his pieces he has the model a sort of heavenly theme.

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(Image taken from http://www.culture24.org.uk/history-and-heritage/literary-history/art46442)

Angus McBean was a photographer from South Wales and was recognised for his studio photography of celebrities in the 1900’s, working with big names such as The Beatles, Vivien Leigh and Aubery Hepburn. He was very famous in the era of vintage film and the rise of the cinema.

In the image shown above, the main focal point of the image is the model seemingly floating in the sky. I feel like the Rule of Thirds somewhat applies to this image as the models hands seems to be in 2 different sections. The depth of field in this image is a wide depth of field. The feeling of movement is created by the strange cloud-like shapes around the model, making it seem like she is floating in mid-air. The lighting in the image brings out the texture of the models clothes. There is defiantly a sense of depth as the models right arm is more shadowy, whereas her left arm is lit up vibrantly. The lighting on the models appears to be slightly harsh as the contrast of the shadows seems to be mildly different.I think this is a medium contrast image as there are a lot of grey colours in the image. I feel like this image suits the surreal style as the model appears to be floating. I feel like the image is about an angel of some sort.

Alex Tran

Alex Tran is my contemporary photographer I will be looking at. I have chosen to look at this photographer because I am interested in the way he uses vibrant colours in some of his portraits, and how he incorporates scenery within them.

(Both images taken from http://www.alextranphotography.com)

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I think the main focal point of this image is the stationary and curtains around the model. I think the Rule of Thirds applies to this image as the cup with the assorted pens and pencils seem to rest on the bottom left point of interest. The depth of field is medium, as the majority of the image is in focus, but the edges of the photo seem to be slightly blurry. The feeling of movement is created by the way the model is composing a painting in the image. There appears to be a leading line in the image where the diagonal line of the models arm, leads up to the details on her face. Patterns can be found on the curtains on either side of the model which gives the image a little more detail.

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