En Noir et Blanc – by Beatrice

Art history is a big source of inspiration for my photography. One of my favorite artists is Giorgio de Chirico who was influential during the surrealist movement in the 20th century. Many of his paintings depict landscapes with buildings and other objects often casting very deep, exaggerated shadows. There’s also a certain quietness and eeriness that’s found in his paintings. I hoped to capture some of those qualities in my photos.

Beatrice

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Critiques

Amanda – Stunning photographs, Beatrice! I like how you picked a particular artist to portray, but still made it your own. In comparison to Giorgio de Chirico’s work, your photographs capture a modern take of his stark contrasts and shadows. Photo 4 is the standout of the series — the grandiose height, the deep black, and the angle that suggests infinity all make an impact and evoke awe. I think the weakest photograph of the set is Photo 3 since the greys are not as captivating, and the physical depth is rather shallow. I particularly like the endlessness of Photo 1! Excellent use of the monochromatic scheme!

Stephen – I think your series is great. The angles in the architecture are in harmony with one another that bind the photo set together. In photos 1, 2 and 4, the capture of light on one side, creating a shadow on the other, adds an air of something lurking in the shadows. Using black and white as your technical prompt, the shadows create really deep pits where my eyes flicker between the dark and light. Photo 3 doesn’t have this quality, the shadows are a bit wobbly and aren’t in the same fashion as the others, thus retracting a little from the series. I would like to know what your photo represents in cross-media interpretation.

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