David J Carol
For my photographer, I decided to research and recreate the photographs of David J Carol. David was born on August 23, 1958 in New York City and is currently 57 years old. David attended the school of visual arts in New York City and study photography. Along with being a photographer he was also an author of numerous photography books. The main reason I wished to recreate David's work was because of the style of his work.
Some of the visual characteristics the artist for possessed was the use of black and white filtering leaving a realistic impression of the photograph. The major ideas behind David's work is taking the social aspect to an extreme. I think the artists is trying to say that there is all there a little things in life that we can just slip past us and we need to learn how to appreciate a little bit more.
How the artists influenced me is with how real his photos were. A lot of photographers tend to set up the scene for the photograph, David's work though, looks very natural and gets a realistic view of things. Although none of his photographs had titles you could easily tell which photograph someone was talking about of his just with a simple description. My method of selecting photographs of David's I wanted to recreate was thinking of interesting places that reminded me of his work. The locations I chose for my photographs always gave similar vibes as David's did which helped my photos compare to his.
My first photograph was an image he took outside the garage door of what looked like a warehouse of some sort filled with clothing racks. Looking at this photo I automatically thought of a building that I always pass. Located somewhere between Dexter and Chelsea, Michigan, you will find a building filled with machinery and lights that always seem to be on,yet there is never people in it. With an garage door 24/7 with bright lights coming out it can't help but catch your attention. The photograph I took had similar form and value as David's.
For my next photo, I was inspired by the image he took of a building with giant white letters spelling out “happy” in front of it. I wanted to do a recreation of this because the lines in the photograph really caught attention. I took my photography on a street corner of Downtown Ann Arbor. On that corner you will find figures of giant fish that gave expressed lots of space like David's work did. Recreating the value of his work for this photograph was more difficult because of how the scenario was arranged.
Lastly, David J Carol photographed an old store that looked as if it hadn't been touched in forever. Near the University of Michigan there is a little gas station that is no longer in use. Taking my image I tried capturing some of the form David's work had. I struggled to get a photograph to compare to David's do to the unity of the image. Taking my photo, I tried to make everything look like it belonged like david's work did. Unfortunately I felt as if you could tell that it was just one old building in a populated area making this my least comparable photograph to David’s work.