Still life has been used by many painters from the early 16th century onwards. The careful arrangement of objects can tell a story about the owner. Using formal elements of composition the artist can draw the viewers eye into the artwork. Colours have been altered to create mood from dark and sinister to bright and cheerful. I have been inspired by these artists use of colour and I will use their techniques in my photographic work.
Albert Renger Patzsch
Albert Renger-Patzsch worked from 1909 to 1966 in Germany. His photos have many common themes that link his style rather than the subject. He was interested in showing the drama of composition. He was not interested in pretty landscapes but the industrial smokestacks of factories of urban Germany. He transfered his concentration of composition and pattern to the natural world as well, where texture, lighting and contrast prevailed.
my response to albert renger patzsch
Editing and refining my response to Renger Payzsch
To create a highly contrasted photograph I used the levels tool on photoshop. I limited the mid tone greys to give a photograph that resembles Renger Patzschs glasses.
Refining my response to Renger Patzsch by using colour
Analysing a photograph by Jed Devine using the formal elements
my response to Jed Devine
editing and refining my response to Jed Devine
Symbols were used to tell a story in the paintings of Pieter Claesz. The objects, the arrangement of the objects, an the colours all told the viewer about the person who commissioned the painting. I will use this techniques to tell the viewer about my life.
An analysis of a Pieter Claesz painting
my response to Claesz
refining my response to claesz
Using the curves tool on photoshop I changed the colours to be richer and darker. This matches the colours used by Claesz in the original oil painting.