It never was a conscious thing. I had wanted to see a lot of things in color because the world is in color.
William Eggleston pioneered the use of color for serious fine art photography. Color is often used in his photographs to achieve emotionally unnerving effects. His groundbreaking use of color has had a profound effect on the work of several filmmakers, such as David Lynch, as well as having helped establish color as the default medium for serious photography in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
Color is now also the standard medium for documentary photography and photojournalism. The work of the Spanish photojournalist Héctor Mediavilla is a good example. His photo-essay The Congolese Sape makes striking use of color in an otherwise drab setting to celebrate humanitys life-affirming resilience under the most challenging social conditions.
To prepare for this Discussion: Read Chapter 8 from the course text, The Photographers Eye. Review the William Eggleston photograph and the Hector Mediavilla photo-essay listed in this Weeks Learning Resources. Review the websites in this Weeks Learning Resources for more inspiration and examples of photographs. Consider the following questions regarding the use of color in Egglestons Memphis, c. 196970 and Mediavillas The Congolese Sape: What types of color are present in Egglestons and Mediavillas photographs? How does color contribute to the overall mood of Egglestons and Mediavillas photographs? How might the meaning of Egglestons and Mediavillas photographs change if they had been shot in black and white?
With these thoughts in mind: By Day 3
Post an analysis of the way color is used in Egglestons and Mediavillas photographs. Describe how color relates to the themes addressed in these photographs. Explain how Eggleston and Mediavilla use color to establish a focal point in their photographs. Analyze to what extent color contributes to the sequencing of Mediavillas photo-essay. Analyze to what extent color makes Egglestons and Mediavillas photographs subjective or objective for the reader. Cite at least one example from your course readings to support your analysis. (Approximately 23 paragraphs).
Be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the weeks Learning Resources, or something you have read, heard, seen, or experienced.