Re-posted from http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2013/03/26/10-lessons-william-klein-has-taught-me-about-street-photography/
I find this photograph by William Klein particularly interesting because of the prevalent themes it represents. As new terms such as “Fat Shaming” are increasingly talked about, we find that images such as these present a “positive body image” to some. The controversy surrounding body image is becoming more talked about in the news and on social media. I really like the obvious model/fashion poses of the women in Club Allegro Fortissimo, Paris, contrasting against the body size of the subjects. The confidence of the women in the picture is obvious through their expressions and stances and makes such captivating photograph. A show of surprising beauty.
I was intrigued by Bernd and Hilla Becher’s work, almost all of their photography is of collections of industrial buildings. They are grouped together and are often structures such as water towers, gas tanks, silos, etc. I was struck by how dedicated the work was to find these structures from all over the world, showing the pairs clear attention to detail. Every one of the photos is also taken from a straightforward objective point of view, and the buildings themselves are always the only focus of the photographs. I really like this uniformity as attention is brought to the amount of time that must have been spent creating the work, which is so impressive. The way the photographs are presented really brings the viewers focus to the structures and shows how beauty can be found in unlikely places.
Guy Tillim is a South African photographer, who began his career in the 1980s. He has used photography as a tool to show the world and to fight against the racial gap in his country. I particularly like the composition of this picture; I think the clean lines used throughout the entire image encourage you to explore every area, instead of one particular focal point. The clear space at the bottom of the picture almost makes you want to walk out onto it, and look out at the view you feel to your right. The colours and lighting in the picture is another interesting element. The left area of the image is clean and more colourful, and the right shows a clear blue sky. This heavily contrasts with the grimy apartments in the middle. There are panels missing from the wall, balconies taken over by television satellites and discoloured blocks of concrete. I am particularly draw to this photograph because of how these neglected apartments are made to look beautiful and the viewer feels as though they are there.
I PULLED TOGETHER THE ARCHITECTURAL INSPIRATION THAT I’VE EVIDENCED WITH MY FOUND IMAGERY ALONG WITH AN OBVIOUSLY DISTORTED, HUMAN SUBJECT.