When visiting the Weinstein Gallery (which I initially walked past twice) I was pleasantly surprised that I liked both exhibits a lot.
Louis Faurer’s photographs were cool to look at because he plays with figure-ground ambiguity as well as really stark contrast. He also plays with lines and dramatic angles to help highlight New York City and the people who live there. Alec Soth on the other hand were much calmer and used color which when compared to Faurer’s work, made them feel much warmer.
For the purpose of this assignment, I will only be analyzing photographs taken by Louis Faurer since his work is less conceptual and easier for me to analyze without having to scour the internet for background information (that honestly might not even exist).
The first photo that caught my attention was of two people lighting their cigarettes. I think light plays a critical role in creating emphasis on the two individuals in the photo. It creates a sense of intimacy and the only way that could have been conveyed is with the light of the lighter
The second photo was Garage, Park Avenue, NY and it was a photograph of some cars shot with extremely high in contrast and dynamic highlights. The lighting used conveyed a sense of power, sleekness, and expense and if there was different lighting, I don’t think the feeling would have captured the same emotions. The lighting for this shot created visual appeal, worked with the subject, and definitely determined how the story was told.
The third photo, Roof of Newell Art Galleries, Second Avenue, New York, shows snow covering a roof. There is a lot of contrast between the snow and the other buildings nearby. Having the person in the shot really helped to break up all of the snow and create more visual interest. The light plays an important role in highlighting the movement of the snow as well as creating contrast within the snow. The lighting helped to make a seemingly boring photograph interesting and gave it more life.