Michaela Van Wicklin
Photography Portfolio 2015-2016
Elements of Art and Principles of Design
In my photos, I used lighting and focus to really emphasize the subject and, in some, make the expectation of something happening more dramatic. Also, I made it so the background was not distracting in my shoot so that all the viewer has the possibility of focusing on is the emotion of anticipation.
Trapped by sleep, all he could do was wait for the alarm to go off.
She realized too late that she had tipped back too far
The moment before discovering a whole new world
In the Spirit of... Eric Pickersgill
Eric Pickersgill is a professional photographer who did the photo shoot Removed during his graduate studies at UNC Chapel Hill. In Removed, Pickersgill took photos of people on their phones or tablets, but instead of actually having them in the scene, would physically remove the device, having the person stay in the same position. Through the use of the subject’s body language and positioning of their fingers, it appears as if the phones or tablets are there even without them being present in the photos because of how common they are in our society. The reason Pickersgill decided to do the shoot was because he wanted to look into how technology has been changing relationships and society and whether it was good or bad. Ultimately he decided it was a bit of both. He mentions in this artist’s statement that he got his idea by watching a family in a café and how their phones seemed to get more attention than the other family members, pointing out that phones seem to have become the most important feature in many aspects of life.
I decided to do my photo shoot in the likeness of Removed because I liked how Pickersgill made it appear as if the phones or tablets were still in the scene even without them being there. In my photos, I focused more on having a variety of things removed from several scenes instead of removing the same thing from different settings like Pickersgill did in his photo shoot. I used Pickersgill’s method of removing the object but still making it “be seen taking physical form without [it] being present”. I made some of my photos black and white partly because of Pickersgill’s being black and white and partly because it is subtler about what is missing from the scene, but still apparent on a slightly closer look.