Smoke and Urban Lights at LACMA

March 11, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

There are hundreds, if not thousands of ways to photograph one subject. Will they all be great photographs is the question. When I photograph events this especially comes into play because often times once you photograph the same people in the same room for a long period of time you have to push yourself to come up with a new perspective, especially if you are hired for another 4 hours! There are so many factors to consider when taking a photograph. In these four photos I took two photos of the same subject to show how different a subject can look depending on the way it is photographed. 

In the first two shots here at LACMA, Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, Chris Burden's Urban Light is photographed using a 16mm lens with two entirely different perspectives. In the vertical shot the lamps are distorted and the shadows create an interesting continuation from the ground up. The palm trees add drama and the blue sky adds beauty and depth, a strong gradient.

The second shot is less abstract but still dramatic with the use of sun flare behind the lamps. The lamps are still mysterious and compete with the palmtrees. It was also shot with the same 16mm lens and includes a rich Los Angeles deep blue cloudless sky.

The second pair of photos are of Tony Smith's sculpture, Smoke, also at LACMA. Here the difference is less dramatic but shows how moving over a few inches totally changes the perspective of the sculpture. Also take note of how the people in the photos add to the photo or take away the attention of your eye from the sculpture depending on their placement.


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