Category Archives: Assignment 3 – Research

Philip-Lorca DiCorcia Continued

Because my idea for the Assignment has changed and I now plan on taking photographs of people on the fairground rides at Carter’s Steam Fair I decided to revisit Dicorcia’s work. After reviewing his photographic series ‘Heads’ and seeing the way he picked individuals out of the crowd, I felt that his work would be a good guide/inspiration to the way I want to capture the fair.

My initially researched Philip-Lorca DiCorcia for Project 1 The frozen moment and my research for this can be found here https://emma519041.wordpress.com/2019/05/30/philip-lorca-dicorcia/

Igor, 1987

Fig. 1.

In this image you can the motion blur of another train passing out of the window telling the viewer that they are not static, but rather on the move.  The colour of the seats compliment and highlight the goldfish in the clear bag of water that the main subject of the image is holding.    The subject of the image is sitting down and is composed on the left half of the frame.  It appears that DiCorcia has taken this image using a wide angle from knee height as the angle has distorted the size of the subjects hand in comparison to the other and face.  There is a slight fish eye effect to the image linking it back to the goldfish.

New York, 1993

Fig. 2.

Dicorcia has used two effects to allow the subject of this image to stand out.  The first being the shallow depth of field separating her from the street she is walking down and passers-by.  The second is the colour.  The street has a grey colour with the people walking around in subdued coloured clothes allowing them to blend more with the street.  Whereas the subject is wearing a white coat and has orange hair bringing her to the forefront allowing her to stand out from her surroundings.  Looking at the image it looks like Dicorcia has used a flash which has gone off as the subject passes highlighting her left side bringing more clarity and vibrancy to the colours.

Francesco,1985

Fig. 3.

When viewing this image, the shadows don’t appear to correspond with the subject on his bike.  The shadows in this image fall right to left.  However, the subject is fairly evenly lit with a light halo around him from behind, which makes me wonder if DiCorcia has lightened the shadows on the subject to enhance him and bring more separation from his surroundings.  This is something that I will need to consider and see the effect on my images if the light isn’t good enough.  Will I need to bring the shadows up on the subjects due to the shade created by the roof of the rides?  If so, I need to keep in mind that this creates noise within the image and I will need a fine balance between the shutter speed, exposure and ISO.

DiCorcia has used a slow shutter speed on this image to create the motion blur of the bus coming down the road and the two people walking away down the pavement.  The composition of the photograph takes you from the main subject, who is brighter than the rest of the image, down to the crushed can of Coca Cola.  The pop of red from the can against the grey of the pavement stands out creating a path via the white curb to the two people walking away.  I am then taken out if the tunnel to someone riding a bike with a red jacket following the white curb edge.  The yellow of the taxi brings you back into the tunnel and onto the bus as your focus shift to move back forwards to the main subject of the image.  This has created a great tension within the frame keeping you in the tunnel except for a brief glimpse out into the open with the rider before being brought back into the tunnel by the taxi.

Illustrations

Fig. 1.
DiCorcia P
(1987)
Igor
[Photograph]
https://www.phillips.com/detail/PHILIP-LORCA-DICORCIA/NY040115/305
(Accessed 8 June 2019)

Fig. 2.
DiCorcia P
(1993)
New York, 1993
[Photograph]
http://www.findartinfo.com/english/art-pictures/7/65/0/Color%20Coupler%20Print/page/40.html
(Accessed 8 June 2019)

Fig. 3.
DiCorcia P
(1985)
Francesco,1985
[Photograph]
https://www.moma.org/collection/works/46121
(Accessed 8 June 2019)

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