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A Shift in Vision

Posted in PHOT 152 by Paul Turounet on September 27, 2007

The movements of the front and rear standards on the view camera, particularly the use of the swing and tilt movements, allows the photographer to engage their subject in an intimate manner by creating juxtapositions and relationships of physical space, forms and shapes. Unlike the deadpan aesthetic in which the use of the movements are minimized, this more intimate aesthetic destabilizes the subject through shifts in scale, perspective as well as planes of focus and sharpness.

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© Andrea Modica, from the Fountain Series, 2005

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Utilizing the swing and tilt movements, photographers including Andrea Modica, Zeke Berman, Nicholas Nixon, Jan Groover, Laura Letinsky and Abelardo Morrell, subject matter is given a visual charge that meditates on the transformation of how we perceive things and experiences. The emphasis is on challenging our conventions on how we normally view subject matter in and out of the studio.

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© Zeke Berman, Fruit Basket, 1984

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Assignment

Shoot film utilizing the camera movements of the view camera in natural lighting conditions and/or artificial lighting in a studio environment to reveal your conceptual concerns with a sense of visual intimacy. In an effort to expand upon your understanding of the basic view camera operations, consider your use of the photographic frame, camera-to-subject relationship and vantage point, planes of focus/sharpness and the cameras movements, including tilt and/or swing as well as rise and fall, and shift to reveal your subject in an intimate manner.

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Requirements

For the critique (see Calendar for Due Date) and evaluation, please complete the following:

  • minimum of 2 Digital Contact Sheets with minimum of 4 different shots per contact sheet using various Swing and/or Tilt movements
  • minimum of 4 Grayscale Prints (2 darkroom prints and 2 digital prints)

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Each critique print is required to be retouched. It is not necessary to mount the photographs for presentation. Turn-in all edited contact sheets and prints in a manila envelope for evaluation and feedback.

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