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Monday, 23 November 2009
The Taylor Wessing Prize has been running in conjunction with the NPG since 2005. The aim is to 'encourage and cultivate new talent with a forward thinking and creative attitude'. I was interested to see the gallery's interpretation of these ideas and to read the biographies of the exhibited photographers.
* Use of colour saturation to highlight key aspects of a picture
* Telling a visual story, encouraging the viewer to speculate to interpret what they see
* Creativity can be defined by choice of subject matter as well as use of photographic techniques
It was interesting to see that not all the artists had specific qualifications in photography, some had backgrounds in art, design and the media.
British photographer Jane Bown's work has been appearing in the Observer newspaper since 1949. She is renowned for her unpretentious black and white portraiture of well-known personalities. Exposures: 100 Portraits exhibited some of the biggest names in music, film and television. My aim was to learn more about Bown's style and to try to pick up some tips for myself on shooting portraits.
* Backgrounds were often thrown out of focus using a wide aperture to maximise details of the face and bring out personality
* Some photos were taken with perspective, in others the head and shoulders filled the frame
* Context was used to place the subject either in or outside of the environment which they are known for
* A range of facial expressions including smiles and laughing made a refreshing change!