Both of the exhibits, though very different in content and style, were incredibly inspiring and fun to look at. I liked Alec Both clean, cinematic take on photography; his work looked very conceptually thought out and executed to perfection. That being said, I found myself more drawn to the stories behind the street photography of Louis Faurer — much like I was to the work shown at the Resistance, Protest, and Resilience exhibit. While differing in content, I thought the style of photography — of capture raw and real moments in purposeful compositions — was very similar. I think I preferred the narratives behind the street photography more because of the realness and authenticity in the emotions of the photos.
Out of Faurer’s collection, I was really drawn to one called Win, Place and Show, Third Ave. at 53rs Street. The photograph shows a silhouette figure seeming to be hustling up a staircase. There is no light illuminating any detail on the figure, only showing the brick building behind him as well as a small reflection of the same silhouette on the bottom left of the photography. Light is creating a very ambiguous composition in this image and it is hard to tell is the photographer is standing behind a glass, or even where this reflection is coming from at all. I like this relationship between the figure and the ground that this light is causing and think it makes the image as a whole very intriguing.
Secondly, I admired a photograph of two men lighting their cigarettes in front of what looks like a night scene of a tall skyscraper and a shoreline. The photo was called New York, NY. I think light, through the fire of the lighter, is acting as the focal point. I found this particular focal point to be interesting because it is just skimming above the bottom edge of the frame. To balance that, there is a string of out of focus light where the body of water meets the shore. These two very prominent uses of light are especially noticeable in such a low lit, nighttime photograph like this.
The last, and perhaps my favorite, image I want to reflect on is called Broadway, New York, NY. I seems to be taken at night of three women in the front seat of a convertible driving down street decorated with plenty of bright signs. There are beautiful reflections going from the signs above creating a really unified and dynamic composition. I think the subjects emotions and movement accompanied by the bright lights, both above them and reflected on the car, contribute to the overall carefree and blissful mood of the photograph. I like how Faurer used the reflections of light as a visual element that intentionally added to the narrative behind the image.
All in all, I was inspired by Faurer’s ‘in-the-moment’ style of photography. You can tell that his photos were capturing real emotion and event while still clearly being thoughtful and carefully shot. Additionally, I think he used light to his advantage in a variety of way through many of the photographs on display.