10 Most Compelling Photos

For my 10 most compelling photos I chose images that have elements that I define my style. They also contain elements and technique that I wish to further develop. I am really happy with my progress in photography. I am really starting to get into the groove of things and I think I am really getting to know my aesthetic. I can’t wait to see where the rest of my progress is going to get me.


Deadly Sins of Composition


The deadly sin of composition that really stuck with me is “lacking emotional impact.” The images we create should have some significant meaning and make the viewer feel. Photography and imagery in general are forms of communication. Instead of using words and sentences, we use captured representations of life to deliver our message. There is a reason why the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words” exists. The images we create embody our thoughts, opinions, and whatever else comes into our minds.


Another of the deadly sins of composition that reigns true to my work is subject in the bull’s eye. I rarely ever have my subjects in the center. I really favor framing and rule of thirds in my creative images. I’ve been always drawn to rule of thirds. It’s pleasing to most people so I naturally was drawn to this form of composition. Framing came along later for me. Framing using foreground objects and whatever is in the environment makes it fun to explore whatever is around.

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

Dorothea Lange lived quite a life. Something I can definitely see in her is resilience. A lot of them it seemed like she the cards stacked against her but she made it work for her. She was able to have her voice heard and it was game changer for the photography world. Her images showed the truth. She showed real people going through their real lives. Her depiction of people is a testament of true story telling. Her work evokes such emotion. I think the reason she is able to pull out so much emotion in her work is due to her emotionally rocky family relationships. Having felt her own emotional discomfort, she was able to recognize distress in others. This then would lead to her very captivating, emotional pieces of work. I truly appreciate black and white photography so much more after being exposed to more of her work. It truly adds to her way of story telling. The way she plays with light captivates her audience and lets them know that this alone can only have been done by her.

Portraiture with Chris Orwig and Charles Stagg

It is always nice to see an artist like Charles Stag that is proud of their work but not too boastful. He is very modest about his grand creations. There was a bunch of interesting light going on in his little glass bottle house. I also like seeing how other photographers work, it helps me to add to my workflow when I’m shooting. Having new ways to look at photography and art makes it refreshing every time you go out to create.

I really liked Charles Stagg’s quote, “Happiness is not having to measure anything.” We get so busy thinking about how we can reach perfection and we sometimes lose track of our creativity. The more organic a creative processes usually lead to more interesting work. I definitely tend to gravitate towards images that feel a bit more organic than completely posed. A mixture of the two is always nice as well.

I can definitely agree with Chris Orwig that photography allows for a unique privilege to get to know people. We get certain into their lives that wouldn’t really happen in a different scenario. There is something about a person opening up their world to you visually that really stimulates creativity. In the case of Chris Orwig and Charles Stagg, Chris was really feeding off of Charles Stagg. He began to be more and more creative as he entered more and more into his world.

JR and Jose Parla

JR has always been one of my favorite artists as soon as I found about him in the portrait drawing class I took back at MiraCosta College. They were a great team to put together a project such as this. Their project showed the power of not only photography but art itself. It allows us to communicate with people no matter if we speak different languages, art transcends language. It conveys messages that words sometimes can’t. This short film is something I would definitely share with some other people that enjoy art, photography and just people. This film was about the people. We all struggle during our day to day lives. It is great to see ordinary people commemorated for just being people. Wrinkles in the City is a true example of why I love art and photography. It’s all about connecting with people.