First photo assignment of the semester
My advanced photo class started off with a two part assignment to get us thinking about light and how it's used in photography. We're talking a lot about the direction, intensity and qualities of light, and how you identify what kind of light was used just by looking at the photos that result.
Part one had us picking a couple of images taken by other photographers to shoot on a light stand for us to talk about later in class. One had to use light to create a particular emotion and the other had to present a bit of a challenge to the viewer in terms of determining how exactly it had been lit.
Two young girls in their finest Easter outfits run and play after Easter morning services at a local United Methodist Church. Photographer: Bryan Moss, www.lifeincorydon.com
I'm not sure "nostalgia" is really an emotion, but I think that's the idea that comes across most clearly in this one. Its washed out, monochromatic tones give it an old fashioned look and the bare hint of color, combined with the harsh contrast that hides a lot of detail in darkness, allows the viewer to fill-in-the-blanks with their own memories of childhood and children.
The downside of all that darkness of course is the fact that every speck of dust on the photostand glass is lit up and highlighted for all the world to see. I was one of the first students to use the studio last week and I saw yesterday that a classmate of mine had the brilliant insight to bring a bottle of Windex with him to avoid just this sort of spottiness. Live and learn.
It also occurred to me that the little girls are running, so maybe it's not all that out of place on this blog after all.
Broadway Diner waitresses Tammy Aitken and Deidra Pratt discuss Deidra's first overnight shift at the restaurant in Columbia, MO, February 3, 2009. Both women worked at the 63 Diner which closed in April 2008.
Jay Starks shares a meal with Sarah McDannold at the Tin Can Tavern in Columbia, Mo, February 2, 2009.