Personal Background: Eliot Porter was an American nature photographer. He was born in 1901 in Winnetka, Illinois, and he died in 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For schooling he originally went to Harvard and became a biochemical researcher. However he decided that with improvements in phototography and the work of famous photoographers, he would take pictures full time. Througout his life he published twenty-five books and displayed picture at many famous art shows.
Style: Porter's work would be described as art wtih nature thrown in. He would always try to find the most vibrant colors, even though he would mostly photograph in black and white. After taking a black and white photo he would color the film with dyes leading to striking vibrant images. He would also mix two photographs to create more interesting photos than just one regular image could provide. He was often compared to Ansel Adams because of his most beautiful images of nature.
Philosophy: Porter was someone who really loved the Earth and everything about it. His nature photographs ofter portray the most beautiful places and some the the most interesting cycles of life. He tried to preserve the Earth as much as possible (even before global warming) so that he could continue to take amazing pictures. The other part of his philosophy was to create the best pictures as possible no matter what. He devoted so much to creating dye transfer color prints so that they would look amazing.
Influences: Eliot Porter has influenced my work in many ways. The first take away is that I need to take the most vibrant photos before photoshop. Doing this will allow to create the most realistic images that I can. The second way I have been influenced is his message to always get out into nature because it is something worth looking at. I think that he is a very good role model for young photographers like myself.
Compare and Contrast: My first photo compares with Pool in a brook because both images have a red color throghout the image. Also they both have water with a type of pattern and object in the water. My second image is similar to Birch Tree Bridge because both photos are in black and white and have some type of bridge. My picture is unfortunately devoid of foliage because nothing has grown back yet. My last image has a similar water flow but I learned it is very hard to replicate water with a specific color in photoshop.
Personal Artist Statement: My photos are the story of water. Water flows every and is the essence of life on Earth. Whether the water is color or in black and white is will always flow and will always be majestic. One very important aspect of this project was trying to get the colors just right so I could do Porter's work justice. I feel that I managed to create good photographs for the first two images but that last one still needs more knowledge to create a color change in the water.