‘You have to follow your nose… to have a mental attitude about what you feel good about and yearn for in a picture. Being able to say ‘I like it’ or ‘I don’t like it.’ That’s first.’ – Jan Groover
The lighting and the atmosphere that was present in Jan Groover’s work presented a sort of emptiness, a longing. I interpreted this within my own outcome by portraying similar lighting to emote a sense of emptiness that resonated with me. I guess this attribute of loneliness is what I was yearning for in my image, in a way to visually reenact how I was feeling at the time.
‘If your pictures aren’t good enough, your not close enough’ – Robert Capa
Robert Capa was the preeminent war photographer in his time, documenting the intimate moments during the war. These intimate moments were not crystal clear visuals, (For example, ‘The falling soldier, Spain 1936’), but rather an atmospheric and honest portrayal of those moments Capa witnessed. Taking this mentality into account, I wanted to portray an honest sense of what I was witnessing. The blurring and the slightly high colour saturation are examples of exaggerating the atmosphere of the nightlife to convey what I witnessed. This idea of ‘If your pictures aren’t good enough, your not close enough’ was one I took into account whilst taking this image, I wanted to capture intimate moments of the public in what would be socially considered a vulnerable time, during these people’s moments of alcohol consumption.
‘The immortal photographers will be straightforward photographers, those who do not rely on tricks or special techniques’ – Philippe Halsman
Philippe Halsman captured his subjects in obscure and humorous moments, to expose a certain emotion. Halsman often captured popular public figures with this approach in an attempt to show a side of their personality that may not have been captured in that way before, such as Halsman’s piece, ‘Marilyn Monroe, 1959’. I was inspired to capture an honest and humorous emotion from a random member of the public, this individual in particular was very open to having a photograph taken, not knowing who I was or what my intentions were, he allowed me to capture a part of his character, I view this to say a lot about this individual’s personality in a rather comedic manner, very much in a similar vain to the intentions of Philippe Halsman.
‘I hate nothing more than sugary photographs with tricks, poses and effects. So allow me to be honest? and tell the truth about our age and its people’ – August Sander
August Sander was most known for his portraiture, especially within his series ‘People of the Twentieth Century’, although I may not have been influenced by his photographic style, it was rather Sander’s approach that appealed to me. There was a raw honesty in Sander’s outcomes and this is what I was aiming to achieve within my own outcomes. These collection of images were taken on a documentary journey, in an attempt to capture the lifestyle of the ‘Nightlife’ in British culture. I decided to capture this ‘Fish & Chip’ restaurant as it signifies the culture in which I was attempting to portray. In relation to the quote, I shared, with this particular image, the idea to honestly convey my vision without using any digital enhancements or unique techniques, just capture the rawness of what I witnessed.
‘I wasn’t imposing my presence on anyone,… which is very important for a would-be journalist. I stayed back. Always let people be themselves’ – Elliott Erwitt
‘Let the subject generate its own photographs, Become a camera.’ – Minor White
‘Let the subject generate its own photographs, Become a camera’. – Minor White