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This week I’m showcasing the work of local Spartanburg photographer Carroll Foster. Foster, whose studio we visited in class this week, is a local commercial and portrait photographer. In our session with Mr. Foster, we learned a quick lesson about studio lighting – types of lights, types of filters, and how to best compose a shot using your equipment and a computer. What I like most about Foster’s work is how real it looks. Maybe it’s because of the lighting or the way each person is positioned, but every shot looks very natural to me, and I appreciate that in a portrait. His other works are great as well, but his portraits are astounding to me. If I wasn’t a broke college student, I would go and get my portraits made at his studio!
This is one of my favorite shots from the last few weeks of class because of the experience and the sight that I had never seen before. I am a self-proclaimed goody two shoes, and as such I have never thought to venture down active railroad tracks. My parents always told me not to, so I have just never been drawn to do so. However, when I was given permission (read as: told to) do this in class the other week, I was skeptical at first, but I am glad I came along. On this walk down the tracks, I saw sights of Spartanburg that I would have never otherwise seen, like this building. I like the linearity of this shot – the parallel tracks matching up with the lines of the building and the power lines give the shot a very geometric look. I will be sure to one day venture down some more tracks to see what I can see!
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This week I’m featuring photographer Colin Miller, known for his photographs of architecture and interior design throughout the world. However, one of his primary concentrations internationally is the photography of Buddhist monasteries. What I liked about these photos, apart from the fact that they were similar to the kinds of things I saw this week at the Buddhist Center, was the color composition that Miller was able to achieve. In composing the photo, Miller was able to capture the vibrance of color found in Buddhist monasteries. The vivid reds, yellows, and golds truly capture the eye well. Secondly, I appreciate his respect of culture in his photography. He didn’t exploit any singular aspect of the culture, but instead captured as much as he could in each shot and composed them all into a comprehensive, excellent shoot.
One of the monks preparing to speak to us.
A few days ago, we went to see the monks at the Spartanburg Buddhist Center. Here, we learned a bit about Theravada Buddhism, which is practiced by these monks from Mongolia. My favorite parts of the complex were the various shrines. Since I do not have any Buddhist heritage or any experience with Buddhist culture, it was interesting to me to see these altars – their colors, their extravagance, and the devotion that they expressed. It was magical. In the above photo is the main shrine in the meditation room. This is where we all met at the beginning of the excursion. In this photograph, the main monk is preparing for our arrival (I was early, as usual). He didn’t speak very much English, so he really had to think through every word he was going to say to us. I could tell that he was self-conscious, but he was trying very hard and wanted us to get the most out of the experience.
This week, I’m featuring a photographer who uses similar techniques to the ones I described in Weekly Post 4.1, where I showed a photo of a car that I shot. Seagram Pearce is known amongst photographers as one of today’s best in the realm of photographing anything automotive. While Pearce is well known for his photos of cars and other moving things, he also does portraits, fashion photography, and other commercial settings. While this photograph is clearly better composed and more professionally taken, it has the same basic components that my shot of the car had – a red automobile, well focused, and a blurred background. The panning technique was probably used here, as well, to achieve the focus on the car and the blur in the setting. One thing about this photo that I especially liked was the contrast between the red car and the blue-gray ocean in the background. Next time I do this kind of shot, I will experiment more with perspective, light source, and setting in hopes of achieving a shot like this.