Sunday, September 29, 2013

Judith Joy Ross: Untitled – Easton Portraits 1988

This image really appealed to my senses due to its visceral and shimmering quality. The composition of the image is extremely powerful in its use of three figures in the foreground which are shown in sharp focus against the background. This image depicts three young girls in the midst of adolescence. The sharpness of their portrait in relation to the out of focus background speaks of the brevity of youth and gives us the sense that this is a snapshot in time; a moment that is immortalized on film. The image was captures using a large format 8 x 10 camera which would have rendered the scene back to front and upside down on the viewfinder. Knowledge of this only serves to strengthen the power of the composition and the classical use of thirds.

Sarah Carroll

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