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November 4, 2008

Music Video Review: Stars – Your Ex-Lover Is Dead

This video has a huge amount of artistic elements crammed into four minutes.  Most of the unique elements are achieved through camera angles.  A majority of the video is filmed from directly above the musicians or at the ice skaters’ feet.  Both angles create interesting silhouettes of the darker people laying on lighter-colored ice and the dark shadows moving along the lighter ice rink.  When the camera films from up above, it makes the symmetry more obvious, such as during some of the synchronized skating parts.

I also like how there is a large amount of contrast.  The video is in color, but there are more blacks and whites than grays.  This, along with the camera angles, creates many unique shapes that are similar to a kaleidoscope.

The filming moves well with the music; the camera pans and spins quickly when the song speeds up and moves slower when the song’s tempo slows.

September 30, 2008

Photographer’s Body of Work Review: Andy Goldsworthy

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , — rebeccaprowler @ 10:39 pm

 

Andy Goldsworthy

 

Andy Goldsworthy is a nature installation photographer.  His artwork focuses on abstract photography.  In his photos, the visual look matters more than the emotion felt by the viewer.  The objects in his photographs are always found in nature, never manmade.

Goldsworthy pays great attention to detail.  Classic artistic elements such as line, color, shape, space, value, texture, and symmetry are present.  This can be demonstrated in individual photographs from Goldsworthy’s body of work

 

 

 

 

 

This photo wouldn’t be successful without the line in the snow.  It would simply be a picture of snow with a relatively flat color scheme and nothing of interest.  The line leads the viewer’s eye through the photograph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This photo displays how Goldsworthy uses color.  If the leaves were a similar shade to the rocks and the water, the photograph wouldn’t be as interesting.  The red is a direct complement to the neutral grey rocks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Without the circle of colored stones, this photograph wouldn’t make sense.  The circular shape in the center draws the viewer’s eye into the photo and makes it visually intriguing.

 

 

 

 

 

The negative space is what makes this photograph.  Without the opening in the largest ring, the smaller ring wouldn’t be visible and the photo wouldn’t be as compelling.  However, the photograph is very monochromatic; it could use a bit more contrast between the color of the snow and the color of the sky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The warm color gradient in this photograph demonstrates how Goldsworthy uses value in his work.  The exact selection and arrangement of leaves creates a seamless gradient.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In comparison to the previous photograph, the gradient of the colors in this one isn’t as gradual, so the texture of the stones is evident.

 

 

 

 

 

The concentric circles in this photograph demonstrate the symmetry in many of Goldsworthy’s works.  In this case, the similar coloring works to make the symmetry more obvious.

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