Wednesday, October 17, 2007

After Bill Brandt

Left: Famous Nude, London, Bill Brandt 1952
Right: Mimicking Famous Nude, Amsterdam, Katie Yohman 2007

Left: Nude, London, Bill Brandt 1951
Right: Structure, Almere, Katie Yohman 2007

Left: Policeman in a Dockland Alley, Bermondsey, Bill Brandt 1938
Right: Girl in an OMA Building, Netherlands, Katie Yohman 2007
The Day to Night technique was used for both these images.

While in Amsterdam, I studied Bill Brandt, a renowned photographer in London. Brandt is most famous for his nudes and photos taken during the Blitz. Brandt did many studies of British life as it's natural setting. Many of his photographs were taken using a wide lens which distorts close up objects. Another aspect of Brandt's photography is his use of high contrast which in some cases makes his images look almost two dimensional. What I learned most about this experiment was how to look for opportunities to get a really good image and understanding how a little bit of tweaking can make an image stand out and tell a story.

"Instead of photographing what I saw, I photographed what the camera was seeing. I interfered very little, and the lens produced images and shapes which my eyes had never observed." -Bill Brandt

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