You can always rely on the Japanese.
The three posts today are, to me, indicative of our own particular style.I go in deep and personal. Ann is really keen on context. Peter likes the subject clear and full frontal but to the side with arty context.What do you see as your personal style?
For me -- No people!Actually it's an interesting question. I'll think it over and come back to it later today.
The word/s for Peter is arty farty :)I'm not into portraiture for its own sake, which I think Julie is. I am definitely a travel photographer (or trying to be) so I guess I am trying to say something about the place or the person - preferably both, especially if the context is so different to home. My other style is full frame with a really interesting face or head attire but that's usually without permission and using full zoom. Might try the close ups with permission while I'm away, if I can.
A really ugly mask but your caption makes it all very funny. "Away"? Are you heading out?
It's interesting Julie, I am still not sure whether my decision at the beginning of the project to confine myself to landscape format has been a constraint or a cop out! Certainly earlier it led to some serious thinking, but it seems that I've sunk into a formula now.Must see what I can do about that over the coming days.
I tend to stick to landscape because it displays better in one screenful whereas it you display portrait the 640 edge is the height and this can involve scrolling which is a pain in the butt.
I had not realised the Joan steered clear of people, but when I consider back, that would appear to be the case. Just the bikie and the chap painting.I can understand the difficulties of invasion that including people entails. However, they are integral to my view of where I live. I like to bring characters to life and think that people soften the built landscape and make in more accessible.Take Peter's Point Cartright series: I would have endeavoured to have a person walking along the beach to give it scale and to help viewers relate.
I don't steer clear of people but you might be horrified to hear me say this, they just don't interest me enough -- photographically that is. And yet I find landscape and nature endlessly fascinating. I do find Sean's style of street photography interesting. But that is more often a peopled landscape rather than portraiture. There was one other person shot of mine that is somewhere in between ... the girl writing in the journal. I caught that one because I wanted so much to be her ... just sitting around writing in a journal.
Interesting comment Joan. I've always photographed "exotic" people overseas but have never been interested in taking shots of local people. The 100 strangers has shown me just how interesting the locals are. I hadn't realised Peter's landscape format was a conscious decision at the beginning of the project - I just thought it was his style. I use whichever format I think suits the subject, often taking both portrait and landscape/close up and environmental. A peopled landscape, providing they aren't just dots in the distance is a form of environmental portraiture. You are saying something about both the person and the landscape. Can you tell I'm reading my Lonely Planet Travel Photography books.
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