Eadweard Muybridge was the pioneer in stop-motion photography and motion picture projection. His experimentation to record fast movements in animals and people led to the discovery of stop-motion animation and it to be used as another medium to capture movements unable to be seen by the naked eye. His works were useful and utilized by both artists and scientists alike. Application of his technique is being used widely in various fields of arts and photography including experiments like “smash” within the course. I particularly enjoy this technique in my wildlife photography where fast shutter speed combined with a high-speed camera that can capture up to 14 frames per second help create some great action sequences.
Duane Michals inclusion of text in his photographic series adds a personal touch to his work and offers the viewers a somewhat more personal insight into his world and perhaps can help the viewer a peek into his mindset at the time of the production of those works. I enjoyed his work mostly because of the way text was incorporated into his images – making it possible to view the work in question in an emotional, humorous or even philosophical way. What makes his work interesting is the constant re-invention of ways to present an image, be it with the help of text, painting, multiple exposures or any of his unique techniques. Going beyond and stretching across limitations is what makes his work special. What may force you to question in one photograph might make you laugh in the next. One doesn’t get bored of looking at his work. There is something in his work that keeps you engaged.
“I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.” – pretty much sums up his approach to his work.
Don’t stick to the familiar and embrace each experience that comes your way is what I relate to most in his philosophy, no matter how alien or how strange or uncomfortable it might seem to you. He also believes that creativity is the discovery that you make in the process of evolving so be constantly experimenting as you go is the key to making discoveries about one’s creativity as well.
John Hilliard’s work is fascinating and interesting. I love the way he has used multiple exposures within an image, reflections, and set pre-visualized ideas in order to produce conceptual imagery.
I have explored and researched about Edward Ruscha’s work in detail earlier as well and the simplicity and nondescript yet impactful way of his presentation of it in the self-published book is indeed noteworthy. I myself document my works in special photobooks from time to time. So I can relate well to his idea of self-published books.
Looking at all these photographers works opens up vast and incredible ways of seeing and documenting things, unique approaches and interesting ways of presentation.