Jonathan Gainer photographer – review

I have been looking at one or two workings of some of our locally based photographers here in Dubai. One such suggestion was a company called ‘Surface Photography and Films’, which is run and owed by a gentleman called Jonathan Gainer (see link here http://www.dubai-photography.com/#mi=1&pt=0&pi=1&s=0&p=-1&a=0&at=0

The company takes images and was as video, mainly using a Drone looking at the site. They have a wise arrangement and cross section within their portfolio of Dubai, and I was surprised to read in the bio that Jonathan is originally from Missouri in the USA. He has travelled and worked in Berlin, London, Italy and Russia just to mention a few location. He also speaks 4 languages.

I liked his his cross section of images ranging from aerial to reportage. He has some excellent images taken in China on his reportage section, and the images come across with subtle colours and very good use of bokeh. One which strikes me is of birds (pidgeons) filling the frame, and close ups of weathered faces such as an old man and lady. See here: http://www.dubai-photography.com/#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=6&p=11&a=0&at=0

Some other images include the building of skyscrapers in Dubai which comprise of both buildings and the workmen who are on site. It shard to know from the images if these are commissioned or he has taken these as a by product while on site with the man focus being the construction of the building itself. I think at time s astute use of off camera flash has been used but with good effect and not over powering the images.

Some other images include a combination of real and rendered images, which according to the site have been manipulated in New York. It will be interesting to see how these renders come out in real life once complete.

I will look again at some of the images of interiors and exteriors for ideas for my assignment 4. Jonathan’s are very crisp with again good use of fill in flash or other lighting, with good use of steel and glass making the pictures high key.

His site and portfolio can be found here:

http://www.dubai-photography.com/#mi=1&pt=0&pi=1&s=0&p=-1&a=0&at=0

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Henri Cartier Bresson review

I’ve known of Henri Cartier Bresson of course before I started my OCA degree, but never took a closer look into his work until I came across a BBC documentary on then history of photography. It was only then that I saw the famous work of this french artist who lived form 1908 until 2004.

His most famous work maybe well know for his book The Decisive Moment, were he takes  some of his best work from around the world into 126 images, and was printed in 1952.

Bresson’s book  The Decisive Moment

After looking through his images its clear to see they are both artistic, with many images having people jumping which I saw as a common theme. They are also sad and violent, with images from war zones around the world, both with images of people after and even during death.

Breton makes the statement  “To me, photography is the simultaneous recognition, in a fraction of a second, of the significance of an event as well as of a precise organization of forms that give that event its proper expression.” Thes fraction of a second can be clearly seen in a number of images, again from the famous image of the man jumping the water, to the asian photograph of people seemly getting shot, and with one even looking like he has an arrow in his chest. 

Bresson apparently never cropped his photos, he believed that all of the image in camera was ‘the decisive moment’. ‘For the rest of his life, Cartier-Bresson’s approach to photography would remain much the same. He made clear his disdain for the augmented image, one that had been enhanced by artificial light, dark room effects, even cropping. The naturalist in Cartier-Bresson believed that all edits should be done when the image was made. His equipment load was often light: a 50mm lens and if he needed it, a longer 90mm lens’.

His images are dark, punchy, with very high contrast, and one of his comments was intact “You know William, colour is bullshit”. His Leica camera with only two lenses made it easy for him on the street, as well as situated in war zones. No heavy equipment to carry and always ready for the unexpected shot.

His images of people from all ages appeals, from the young playing in the streets to the old, poor and at the end of life bring emotion into the picture. He seems not to care almost for the risk of getting the shot, which brings the questions ‘ Does he ask for permission before taking the shot? Is it posed, or is the non posed shot really posed? How close to real life did it really look? Did he get the kids to play in the street or was it luck?

He truly was a master of People and Place.

Henry Cartier Bresson

Henry Cartier Bresson

 

REF:

Henry C. Bresson [Accessed 27 05 16]

https://steidl.de/Books/The-Decisive-Moment-0516515559.html  [Accessed 28-05-16]