by Milo Smith
Recently at Photo Club, Francois Desjardins has been reviewing the development of photography and of the many different schools that developed over the last almost 200 years. I have been imitating the pioneers.
#1 is a daguerreotype style image made at the Heritage Trail event in 2019. I found this young lady in a period dress standing shyly in the shade of the blacksmith shop (she did say yes to the photograph, and I hope she doesn’t mind me using her image as I don’t have a signed release from her). I tinted the image slightly sepia and then made it look like an old and scratched daguerreotype from over 150 years ago.
#2 is an homage to Edward Weston of the group f64 and his Pepper #31. I made mine in a baking pan (he used a metal funnel). His has great depth of field and I used focus stacking to give mine a similar depth.
#3 is after André Kertész, an abstract photographer. He often made images of objects casting shadows. I made this one on my patio in full sun.
#4 is after Man Ray, another abstract photographer, who often made “Rayographs”. My imitation was made by inverting a black and white image.
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I find them fascinating except for number 2 which I don’t understand. The pepper looks very distorted, creating a threatening sort of mood.
Ruth: Google “Pepper #30”. Weston’s image looks like a body builder to me. I wasn’t lucky enough to find as good a pepper as he did. I did like the contorted look of my pepper. It is not supposed to look like a normal pepper. Threatening is fine with me.
What an interesting experiment! Wonderful shots all, Milo!
I really like the forks and shadows. Really striking image.