The two photographers
Out of the two photographers, I was drawn to Alec Soth the most. Normally I wouldn’t like ambiguous photographs but his photographs had the perfect amount of detail. I was able to form a good understanding of whats going on but you also had the ability to take the story of each photograph in a different direction. I felt that there was a deeper concept in all of his photos but you were always able to follow it to some point.
The photograph that pulled me in the most was the “Untitled 26, Bogota”, picture above. At first the photograph, drew me in because in some way I felt a connection to the girl in the photograph. The smooth, light was spread out throughout the photograph. For me the dullness of the colors in the photograph and the dullness of the smooth light created a tone and mood where the viewer can see the uncertainty that the little girl may be having. The focus is a lot stronger in the foreground than the background. The focus and lighting forces you to analyze the girl and her gravel surroundings. To me, this photograph was very visually appealing because of the details that the photographer is forcing you to notice by manipulating the light and focus. The photograph forces me to come up with a story but I do not have to start from scratch.
Louis Faurer, is talented street photographer. I wasn’t aware of what street photography was before I went to the gallery. His black and white photographs showed strong contrasts in light. Some photographs contrasts created figure and ground ambiguity and others had a purpose and directed your eyes to where he wanted. Each photographs had mini stories. Stories that one can come up with while they are walking down the street. Assumptions and stereotypical ideas of how and why different characters were in different situations. Overall, his collection created a strong image of a typical New Yorker daily life.