Photography podcast #134 features an interview with Toronto, Ontario fine art photographer Bret Culp. During the interview we talk about finding and developing your own photography or shooting style. Bret offers up some practical tips on how to make this process easier.
Photograph How The Subject Makes You Feel
In the podcast I discuss that the iconic photograph Monolith, The face of Half Dome, made by Ansel Adams in 1927, is a great example of an artist choosing a specific technique as a way of expressing how he felt about a subject, as opposed to trying to capture exactly how it appeared before him. Apparently Ansel was unhappy with his earlier photographs of this subject citing that they lacked the power he felt when in its midst. In a moment of inspiration he decided to place a deep red filter in front of his lens resulting in a heavily darkened sky and increased contrast, releasing the drama of the scene that he felt when looking at it. To my knowledge, this photograph was the first time he used such techniques, and for which he became famous.