Review – Michael Wolf – My Favourite Things

Hong-Kong-Break-1--5-pieces-2015Fig. 1. Hong Kong Break #1 (5 pieces) (2015)

Initial thoughts – Similar verticles create ease on the eye and link the photographs together. Similar tones. I like the fact that the workers taking their breaks are only partially visible. The apparent poses follow the theme of suggesting a person taking a break. The lines, tone and glimpses of the subjects create a series that has consistency and flow.

Hong-Kong-Flora-1-2014Fig. 2. Hong Kong Flora #1 (2014)

Initial thoughts – Although the photos have different colour schemes they also have a similar tone. The grid format of presentation works well here and emphasis the shapes of the windows and pipes. I believe that this works well because it highlights that the flora is not the main subject per say. These are not biological photos of flowers and plants, but they represent the hardiness and gentleness of nature in over coming the harshness of man made structures. However, I also find there is a beauty in the combination of structure and nature, and I think its the balance that is provided between the hard lines and gentle flora.

The emphasis on part three of the courseowrk is communication and narrative. A story is told in both of these examples of Wolf’s photography, and an individual photo would not have the strength that his series convey. Presentation as a series reinforces the visual alliterative, and the lateral and logical processes required to deconstruct photography and discover a personal interpretation.

 

Illustrations

Figure 1; Wolf, M; 2015; Hong Kong Break #1 (5 pieces); Online AT: http://photomichaelwolf.com/#my-favourite-thing-groups-2/6 (accessed on 20/02/2018)

Figure 2; Wolf, M; Hong Kong Flora #1; Online AT: http://photomichaelwolf.com/#my-favourite-thing-groups-2/10 (accessed on 20/02/2018)

References

Gallery Fifty One; 2018; Michael Wolf : Blind walls and night trees – My favourite things: Online AT: http://www.gallery51.com/?navigatieid=237&exhibitionid=110 (accessed on 20/02/2018)

Wikimedia Foundation, Inc; 2018; Michael Wolf (photographer); Online AT: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Wolf_(photographer) (accessed on 20/02/2018)

7 Replies to “Review – Michael Wolf – My Favourite Things”

  1. Wolf really takes the opportunity of making a fascinating image out of the everyday and the potentially mundane. This not only fascinates but leads me to look more closely at the world.

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