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Mood Board

Recently, I've been thinking about three things when I'm doing photography:

  1. Place: I travel a lot and have lived all over the US, in France and in Vietnam. I am always curious to know how people relate to their surroundings. Photography helps me understand that relationship.
  2. Art history: I majored in art history in college. Studying art taught me about composition, light, color, line, shape, form, etc., which all apply to photography as well. For that reason, I've included images of some paintings I refer to frequently. I also think a lot about photojournalism, which is what I'd eventually like to do. For that reason, several of the photographers I've included on this mood board are photojournalists.
  3. Eyes: A portrait doesn't have to show a person's eyes, or even their face. Eye contact, however, can add tension to a photograph, whether the subject is making eye contact with the camera or with another person in the frame. My favorite examples in my list are the Stieglitz photo of Georgia O'Keeffe and the Weems Kitchen Table photo. 

Mood Board

Aaron Huey, portrait from his 2002 walk across America

Alfred Stieglitz, 1918 portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe

Carrie Mae Weems, Kitchen Table, 1990

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Imogen Cunningham, Aiko's Hands, 1971

James Nachtway

James McNeill Whistler, Arrangement in Black and Grey (Whistler's Mother), 1871

Edward Hopper, Nighthawks, 1942

Kathe Kollwitz, Self-Portrait

My Photos

I chose these photos because they exemplify what I try to acheive in my photography, namely attention to a person's emotions and the details of a place. Together, these photos do not tell a story. As individual photographs, however, I think they do, except for the one of my sister.

Becker's Drive-In, Columbus, Ind., summer 2012, taken with an iPhone 4

Cafe Pharma, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Hoi An, Vietnam.

My sister, St. Charles, IL. De. 2012

West Lake lotus pond, Hanoi, Vietnam, July 2012

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