Week 2 Image 2

Contextual Information:

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Week 2 Image 1

Artist: Pat Stevenson

Title: Peking Duk – Splendour in the Grass

Year of Creation: July 2014

Image Url/origin: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154417215300724&set=a.137548425723.229728.611605723&type=3&theater



Colour Analysis: 

The colours are quite saturated and vibrant, consistent with the setting of a festival. The artificial light puts emphasis on the blue hue cast by the tent above. The rainbow of colours is reflected from the streamers to the sea of people below.  


The lighting in this image is quite strong. Adam (pictured on stage) has a strong artificial light cast behind him, drawing your attention immediately towards him then across the audience below. By using this one light source the photographer was able to effectively illustrate the intensity and atmosphere of the image.

Spatial Composition: 

This image has an interesting compositional orientation. The photo has been shot at a long distance to emphasise the setting, so there isn’t an exact focal point. However there is a shallow focus, emphasising Adam in the foreground with the audience in the background, drawing you to Adam (the artist) upon you’re first look. You as the viewer are then led to the gun he’s holding, which then leads the viewer’s eye to the audience.

The viewer is also looking at the image as if they are the artist on stage, looking down on the audience. Giving the elusion that they’re preforming on stage themselves. 


The atmosphere of the image creates a real sense of the festival environment. There is so much going on in the photo you can feel the atmosphere of the audience, through the varying factors of light and composition.


Week 2 Image 2

Week 2 Image 2

Artist: martin scorsese

Title: Wolf of Wall Street

Year of Creation: November 2013

Image Url/origin: http://images.fandango.com/images/fandangoblog/the-wolf-of-wall-street-official-extended-trailer-0.jpg


Colour Analysis: The colours are again quite saturated in the background, drawing the viewer’s eye to the foreground, where the 100-dollar bill is on show. The contrasting colours stress’s the viewers eye leading them back to the gentleman in the chair. This is also emphasised by the limited lighting.


Light: The light has been used in this frame to carefully illustrate certain parts of the scene. There is a key light, highlighting the left hand side of the man in the chair (Leonardo di caprio), focusing lightly on the $100 dollar bill. The background light fills the rest of the room and creates a nice contrast, as you’re then drawn to Leonardo being the darker figure in the room.


Spatial Composition: He has been positioned directly in the middle of the frame. The angle is set slightly lower than eye level, so the viewer is looking up at him, alluding to that status of power. There is a deep focus in play, highlighting the foreground of the photo, with a soft focus on the 100-dollar bill he is holding. This is to highlight the expressive feel of the image, with the viewer making the assumption that he is holding a 100-dollar bill.  



The gentleman in the chair is positioned in the middle of the shot, looking directly at the viewer, breaking the ‘fourth wall’. Partnered with the expressive look on Leonardo di caprios face, it gives the viewer the impression of a fun kind of atmosphere and/or presence on screen.



The two images are hard to compare in the sense that their set in two completely different settings. The first image is taken as candid shot at a festival where has The wolf of Wall street image has the advantage of using the elements of compositionality to create a perfect shot.

So the first difference would obviously be the special organisation of the two photos. Although the two photos illustrate their purpose well, the advantage of setting up an image is the control the artist has over light, colour and of course the layout of the photo. Although the image taken of ‘Peking Duk’ at splendour is shot really well, the difference in lighting could have been more effective is the photographer had control of it, however the image itself is not something you could replicate in a studio.

The next difference is the image genre. The two images are intended for completely different audiences. The first image is appealing to a younger, energetic crowd with a strong interest in music, where as the second image is appealing to more mature crowd. This is shown throughout the colours and settings the images are set in.


These two images although vastly different share similarities. They share similar focalizers, that link your eyes to the point of focus. Which is shown through the shallow focus of the subject matter in both images.