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Esther Fleischer: Composition in Sports

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A Job Well Done. Photo: Esther Fleischer, Copyright 2018

 

Photography and Text by Esther Fleischer, Copyright 2018

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Book Review

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Looking at Photographs by John Szarkowski, Copyright 2018

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Throughout Looking at Photographs by John Szarkowski, one of the creative elements that stood out most to me was the idea of composition. Rather than simply place the subject in the center of the frame, each artist made a choice as to how to put together the image. Multiple of the photographs, specifically Wes Fesler Kicking a Football by Dr. Harold E. Edgerton and Untitled by Roy DeCarava, contain only part of the figure bring featured. In Edgerton’s work, the focus is on a man’s foot kicking a football rather on the entire person on a background kicking the ball. DeCarava’s photograph shows the lower half of a man holding his briefcase, also keeping the subject’s head outside of the border. This extra consideration to the compositional elements influenced my Still Life project, and those two images gave me the idea for the image I chose to represent this work. For showing such a small portion of the action, Edgerton is able to convey the entire action and give an idea of the surrounding area as well as the associated. In A Job Well Done, I captured a rider patting and thanking her horse after successfully competing, even winning her class. Through this congratulatory pat, the excitement and gratefulness towards her horse can be seen without showing her face or the larger scene. Like in DeCarava’s work, I centered the main subject of the image to emphasize the proper part of the figure. While her leg on the saddle or the rein lying across the martingale would make for interesting images, I made the focus on her pat to emphasize the larger action taking place. Similarly, DeCarava’s work focuses on the man clutching onto his briefcase, raising the question of both its contents and its importance.

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About The Author: Esther Fleischer is a Freshman enrolled in the College of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2021. To access additional articles by Esther Fleischer, click herehttp://tonywardstudio.com/blog/esther-fleischer-emotions-zoe-griffiths/

 

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