Inspiration – Conspiracy Theories

Before setting off with the camera and planning my photography, I wanted to look at the style of photography that I’m looking to imitate, understanding the emotions and messages the audience is receiving. I’m going to look at a series of images of wild cats in the uk, analysing what elements work well and what I can take from this research to implement in my photography.

 

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I find this image quite striking. There is a lot of motion blur, implying the animal is fast. Although the background is so blurred, you can tell the animal is in a natural environment. The cat blends in with the colours of the background, making him blend in and seem less obvious. The animal looks as if it’s hunting and running towards its pray. Interestingly, the animal is framed in the lower left part of the image, spreading across almost two thirds of the horizontal width. I found it interesting that the legs appear to be cut off in the frame, however, I think this has be done purposefully, to show how difficult it is to get a glimpse of the animal, and injecting fear.

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This cat has been shot from a long distance and this can be seen in the grain of the image. This tells the audience that the animal is wild and the photographer took care not to approach the cat. The dark cat is almost a black silhouette in against the dark shadow behind. However, The audience can distinguish the shape of the cat from its pointy ears and feline figure.

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Again, the image above has been shot from a long way, and the image is of very poor quality. Although the photographer is providing evidence to back up the claim of wild cats in the UK, he has also added doubt in the audiences mind due to a poor quality image. The dark cat again can be identified by its long tail and stance from prior knowledge of cats.

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Although this may seem comical, the idea of using a statue may actually be quite effective in my own project as it’s pretty unrealistic to find a wild cat in the UK in such a short time. I may use a single shot like this, or, I may isolate the cat statue and create a composite of different images.

What I can take from this research?

  • Motion Blur
  • Using cat statue
  • Image quality? Blur?
  • Cat silhouette
  • Framing of the shot – Where & Why?

 

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