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Although these images are under exposed, they have a certain charm to them. The under exposure is only evident in the facial area which adds a certain mystery to the photographs overall.

The reason I’m putting this body of work in, is just to note the drastic necessity for the right type of lighting in a shoot. It can make or break the photographic work.

I’m also putting this in though because I like it, the colours of the clothing and the hair is bold and stands out but the facial features are hidden to the world. The viewer would never know what the person truly looks like. The surrealist element to the photographs adds to the overall effect, the fact that a viewer can only see the eyes and just the nostrils of the nose catches them off guard.

Although the shoot was intentionally under exposed, I never thought the colours would pop so much. I was delighted but taken aback by the outcome.

As much as I am surprised with the images, they still show the importance of the right lighting in a photograph. Who knows, if these were exposed correctly they may have been stunning.

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During my A levels I did a module on the Punk era. During this time I created some images which I was, and still am, really happy with.

Though Punk was the module for which I did this photo shoot, it was more something I did in response to the artist Richard Avedon. Avedon’s models were real working people (opposed to models acting the part). Therefore, in order to put these people at ease while photographing them he would take his set to their natural environment. However, this was not a part of his photographs directly. The photographs only show the person and the white backdrop in the frame, the way in which the images were achieved make for a much more relaxed and natural portrait to be taken.

Because of this I felt almost cheated. The viewer is being lured into a sense of the image being in a studio, when really this is just an assumption on the viewers part due to what is the norm.

As a response, I wanted to be honest with the viewer, let them know it was a set with a model, lights and a backdrop while also exposing the surrounding area.

After several attempts at placement of lighting I found the perfect composition. I am very proud of the light in these images; I think it creates a sense of warmth which keeps the anger in the frame. A cold setting would diffuse tension and lose the atmosphere. I also think the background with the bricks with the white backdrop makes for an interesting photograph. It makes the viewer consider the image as well as the realism being an image.

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The images below are my photographs. After all the research into working with light I decided I would try to do something interesting with light that I hadn’t seen before. However, although the images are basic, the concept is the interesting part.

After looking at some of the light graffiti artists below I realised how hard it is to create something amazing using slow shutter speeds. However, I then looked into the work of Jeff Ascough and his natural light documentary wedding photographs I thought it would be interesting to combine the two ideas.

The images below are taken with lights within nature. I wanted to capture movement in the photographs and so asked someone to drive me though town while I took photos of the surrounding lights during the night. Most of the images are of traffic lights as we passed, some are of street lamps and there are a few of the moon.

Most of the images show a real sense of movement and I am happy with the outcome. However, the thing I’m most happy about is the way I’m thinking. Like I’ve said in previous posts, I want to take throughout and interesting/clever photographs. I think this series is the start of this thought process.

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So i am aware that this is the third example that i have noted which uses light painting in its technique. However, i think that although painting a picture with light is very difficult (for a good quality). This video pushes the genre of art to a whole new level.

The video features light painting all the way through and manages to create many affects within the painting. I do not know if these affect are added post production or if the artist has painted the feature to incorporate the affect… But either way it is very impressive.

Mayumi Lake was borin is Osaka, Japan in 1966. She studied at the studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence. She is also the recipient of a 2001 Art council artist fellowship grant.  

Mayumi Lake’s photographs depict phobias, myths and stereotypes of Asian women. Most of these women’s faces are darkened or are completely concealed from view; however the women often wear beautiful costumes which make the photographs so stunningly mysterious. This mystery is added to by Lakes use of a completely black backdrop with only a small amount of concentrated light on the models.

Lake’s work is particularly interesting to me because this type of photography is something I plan to pursue for a project of my own. I have been planning for a while to do a photographic shoot on tattoos. I have always planned to do this shoot with a limited amount of light so that only the tattoo and the body part it is on is showing. I also planned to entitle (or give a caption) the pieces which explains the individuals reasons for getting the tattoo and why it is where it is on the body.

This work would (in theory) be a lot like Lake’s ‘Aether’ not only in the ways described above but also in that the model’s faces wouldn’t be shown. This would be because i feel that showing too much would take away from the main feature.

I have not yet started this project, but once I have the knowledge where I feel I can do my idea justice I will start.

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In 1989 Jeff Ascough started his photographic career at the age of 21 with portrait photography. Later, in 1990 he photographed his first wedding and his career as a wedding photographer blossomed thereafter. However, in 1994 he came to a crossroads. Stay with traditional wedding photography as was the norm at the time, or move on his obsession with street and documentary photography.

A year later, Ascough decided to combine the two. He began photographing weddings as an observer. ‘Capturing the essence of the wedding day’.  In the eyes of the world, this was a genius move as over the 10 years to follow his documentary wedding photographs won over 170 awards and accolades.

It was then only a matter of time before interest sparked overseas from the ‘Washington post’ who ran a feature on him. This publication was the ‘first time a British wedding photographer had been featured and overnight his work went global.’ A year later he was voted of the top five wedding photographers in the world by the BBC.

What I love about Ascough’s work, and why I have included him in this task, is his amazing ability to take such fantastic photographs while only using available light. Due to the fact that he is a wedding photojournalist he photographs natural occurrences which means no false lighting or no set ups. Ascough’s work is so unlike anything else I’ve seen and is exceptionally different to the traditional wedding photographs.

Working in both black and white and colour, his work is spectacularly romantic and because his subjects don’t pose, the subject matter is beautiful in its truth.

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Included in his photo gallery on his website at , Ascough also includes replies and comments from his clients. These can also be viewed in the album above.


All quotes are from Jeff Ascough’s ‘Bio’ section of his website –

Months ago I wrote an essay about Punk being another version of Dadaism. In the conclusion of this essay, I asked the question that one day, will science be art?

This article answers my question.

The Stunning Detail of Shells Under the Microscope

Charles Kazilek wanted to photograph the Chester Collection of shells without coming across the same difficulty that so many photographers have had before him: focus.

“The scanning light work all began with a journal publication by Nile Root. A colleague of mine, William Sharp, and I were challenged to get a close-up image of a cicada. This is a common insect in the southwest. The problem was we wanted a close-up image and with everything in focus.”

In order to achieve this goal, the pair set up a film camera with three points of light in order to create a thin plane of light. This process is a lot like painting the image onto the film. To avoid the images becoming blurry in areas, the process was carried out in a completely dark room. This meant that the photographers had no idea what their images would turn out like, if at all.

Once the pictures were developed, the results were mesmerizing. ‘Emeralds, sapphires, diamonds and rubies are what most people consider jewels. But there are some tiny unique items in nature that are just as beautiful and jewels in their own right. Some of these are amazing shells whose beauty is usually hidden under normal light but can be brought out by a special light, specifically light scanning microscope photography.’ Says Kazilek

Personally, I love the photographs. I think their stunning visually but what I love most is their uniqueness. They have a sense of newness – this has never been done before. These photographs aren’t just a click of a button but a science experiment. I’d love to accomplish something so rare.


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I have looked into Jill Greenberg’s work before for a previous assignment; however I have never looked into or discussed this particular work. However I find it fascinating, not only are the picture striking and interesting, but they also carry a message. It is not uncommon for Greenberg to share her feelings and options through her work.

This work is inspired by a commission that Greenberg got in 2008 which featured Olympic swimmers underwater. These images also show women underwater. However, these women’s professions are athletes and dancers and so they are dressed for work. While underwater, the models ‘attempt to perform and pose but the water knocks them into awkward positions. They wear high heels to be “sexy” in this performance, yet this is absurd, it hinders their movement and amplified their lack of control’. The whole shoot is a metaphor of their world and lives, they adjust their swimsuits, shoes and gasp for air.

To me the images are gorgeous, the women almost look like Barbie dolls, and they’re so perfect. The water is such an intense blue and the colours reflecting on the water above from the light mixes in with the deep blue, it’s relaxing to look at with all the texture from the ripples in the water. The colours of everything are capturing, the light, the blue, the swimsuits, their hair and the heels. The intensity of the colours is mesmerizing.

Something I love most is the reflections and the bubbles. The bubbles show me the models are underwater, they create a sense of realism out of a fairly surreal image. The reflections are something I’ve never seen before. I’ve only ever seen a reflection from above the water, a person looks in and see’s their reflection in the water. In Jill Greenberg’s work, the viewer can see the person underwater and their reflection outside. It’s a complete role reversal.

The light makes the image. If the day was dull, the colours would be less intense, the blue would be grey and the beams of light shining through wouldn’t be there. These images literally couldn’t be created without the lights used.

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I found some amazing photographs by Quinn Rooney online. These photographs have won awards such as being named the best sports photojournalist of the year. Unfortunately, that’s all I can find out about him. I showered the net looking for a nationality or some sort of information about his work but there’s literally nothing.

All I know is that he works for Getty images and covers a variety of sporting events including the Olympics. He’s done pictures for the Australian Open, formula 1, World Rally, World cup and the Swimming championships.

Some of Rooney’s images are amazingly lit, they’re mysterious and are technically flawless. He has the ability to capture the exact image he wants, with the light, the timing and the composition.

As well as this, Rooney’s images give me a sense of atmosphere. I can feel the warmth in some of them and the action in others. For a sports photographer, the images fit his criteria perfectly. I love them.

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