All the photographs in this post are all pre production. I haven’t worked into any of them yet, i think the images would be vastly improved by some minor editing. Once i’ve edited some of these images, hopefully i’ll be able to show what i mean.

Martin Parr

Parr ‘s best known work is his documentation of the British population in his work entitled ‘Think of Britain’. His work is often critical of its subjects and employs bold and vibrant colour.

“To show things as I find them and to show things as they are rather than how people expect them to be” – Martin Parr on Photographing Britain

I was familiar with Parr before the project. When i think of him my mind jumps to his ‘Think of England’ work rather than the quote that was given… These pictures are more a response to Parr himself and the quote i found than the quote i was given on the project.

Eliot Erwitt

“I wasn’t imposing on anyone, ..which is very important for a would be journalist. I stayed back. Always let people be themselves.” – Eliott Erwitt

Scowling Twin

‘Humor in his images. Some think they’re sad, some think they’re funny.’ – Personal exposures

Although ‘Scowling Twin’ (The image above) was taken in responce to the ‘Let people be themselves’ part of Erwitt’s quote, it also links to Brandt’s ‘subject placed squarely in the centre of the frame’ quote.

Bill Brandt

I am not very interested in extraordinary angles. They can be effective on certain occasions, but I do not feel the necessity for them in my own work. Indeed, I feel the simplest approach can often be most effective. A subject placed squarely in the centre of the frame, if attention is not distracted from it by fussy surroundings, has a simple dignity which makes it all the more impressive. – Bill Brandt -“Camera in London”, The Focal Press, London 1948, p. 13

An assumption i made when responding to Brandt was that the subject which is placed squarely in the frame is something interesting to look at. When responding i looked for picturesque (or odd) faces to photograph. Whereas in ‘Scowling Twin’ making the child central shows the viewer who the photograph is featuring.

Jan Groover

“You have to follow your nose… To have a mental attitude about what you feel good about and yearn for in a picture. Being able to say “I like it” or “I don’t like it”. That’s first” – Jan Groover , More Joy of photography by Eastman Kodak (editor)

These 3 images are very simply just images which i like for one reason or another.

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