#quotes from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
I am drawn to Laura Shill’s use of texture and created environments the involve the viewer beyond just the photograph. I have seen her work at Redline. Her use of tintypes creates another layer of texture in the physical photograph, mimicking what she has taken a photograph of.
Her use of female organs draws attention to something society ignores or is disgusted by. Instead of these objects being grotesque the stain fabrics and beautiful colors are playful. This is what I feel is most important about Shill’s work, the way she challenges the female form, making it something different yet enjoyable. She explores the hidden and sometimes rejected female form.
Manuel Álvarez Bravo
Bravo’s work spans over many decades and different subjects, but his minimalist style stays consistent. I was drawn to his use to negative space and dramatic tension that he creates with the use of this space and line. For example in the nude image below, the window pane creates a line down her body which leads the viewer through the entire image. This use of line is present in the absent portrait with the streak of sunlight that crosses diagonally across the photograph on to the empty dress. I love the simplistic way that Bravo creates tension in his photographs.
Never realized how hard it is to pick a good image for a magazine cover! This is NOT a real cover, it is my design. I am putting together some design work for an application for a jr. design position with 5280. Now I need to learn Indesign. But my proudest moment during all this was when I told my photo editor I applied, she was SO happy for me and SO supportive I almost cried. Wish me luck!