As I mentioned previously, I do not have anyone to model for me at the moment, so I took these photos of the public on a trip to Whitby. The idea of thee brief is to have one person in differing positions in the frame and to consider the impact upon mood, narrative and visual impact.
Out of these three the first is more appealing to me, and I think this is because there is potential for the couple. There is a sense of beginning, go into and momentum. There are three exits that they can take, although from the way they are walking there are only two that are likely. It has a sense of movement and travel. It has a warmer emotional feel than photo three where the couple are leaving the frame. It does not mean that composing people similar to photo three doesn’t have its benefits, the positioning could represent goodbye’s, the end of a day out, companionship and to some extent even romance. The position of the couple in photo three is visually unattractive, and although they are moving physically (as can be seen by the positioning of their legs, the photo overall doesn’t talk of movement in the same emotional manner that the first two photos do.
The first photo, yuck, not nice, get away from my eyes. It’s a very poor tourist snap. The Abbey is the focus and the people are a distraction. Unless those two men were involved in some dramatic activity then they would have no reason to be in the photo. The second photo is cheesy, but I can still learn from this photo. Being so close to the front of frame, she is imposing, and my eye is also drawn between her and the Abbey so her presence creates some visual tension. Now the third photo I like, sort of. The camera and tripod were both quite low to the ground, and this means that there is more of a draw to the dog. Lower still would have been better, as being on the same level as the dog would have meant a doggy perspective, and with the dog looking at the camera that would have been good. However, the shot is also ruined by the two people standing by the whale bones. That’s street photography hey? No, not quite, because I was taking multiple shots I had the same frame but with no people in them, so hey presto!!!
The position of the man means that he has more prominence in this photo, and with he and the dog both looking towards the camera then there is a touch of drama. The transitional space works well, and along with the other visual clues we can say that we have a man who has taken his dog for walk on the beach and is now going home. They don’t live in the town, but they come here regularly. It’s just a shame that the shutter speed wasnt fast enough to catch the dogs far side rear leg properly.
OK – so what do I say about photo one! Badly composed, have cropped the weather vane off of the top of the whale bones. Cheesy cliché – in this setting. So I will ignore the aesthetics and concentrate on the position of the people. They add some context and interest. The position is good for a full length portrait, and could be used for corporate photography, a wedding group. It would work better for a small group where the brief was to include clothing, but it would work better with a landscape perspective, especially for larger groups. The position of the closest group of people in the second photo would be good for street photography, to catch brief snippets of action where the activity is more important than the people. There is more of a feeling of distance between the people and the viewer, although the fact that they are talking and waiting for the couple walking up to them does create an emotional connection. However, the position of the couple walking up the steps is not good for portrait or activity based photography, unless they are involved with people closer to the front of frame. They would be too distant if they were on their own.