UNIT 29 AND 30: Buskers research: Martin Parr

Above is a moodboard centred around Martin Parr’s work. I have looked at Parr’s work because buskers are modern topic and Parr’s work is modern as well so it suits each other.

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I love this image because it makes me laugh. The image makes me laugh because on the back of the newspaper is fatso and the reader is fat so this makes a humours image. I would like to try to add humour to my own documentary images because it will make my images stand out more. If I were to do this image myself I would try to get the man and the newspaper only because I find the other people in the image takes away from the man and the newspaper which is clearly the main focus. I think the image was taken with a 50mm lens because of the intimacy the image has. I like the intimacy because it gives a personal touch to the image. I will try a 50mm lens so I can try to get the intimacy the above image has. I would like to add the feeling of intimacy to my own documentary images because it will help make my images stand out.

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I like this image because of the humour in the image. The image is humorous because of the facial expressions of the boy on the right. I want to aim to get some form of humour in my own documentary photography because it will make my images stand out. If I were to take this image myself I would of just photographed the boy on the right because to me that is what draws me to the image. I could also crop on the mum and daughter because it is also an interesting point in the image. I think this image was taken with a 50mm lens because of the intimacy the image has. I think the intimacy works well because it gives the impression Martin Parr is a friend of the family. I would like to add that intimacy to my own documentary image because I think it will help my images stand out.

Below is a book by Martin Parr called Common Sense. I have found a lot of images in this book which I like because of the humour and the way the image is composed.

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I like how the tea cup spout is similar to the elephants trunk because it adds some humour to the image. I want add this type of humour to my own documentary images because I think it will add to my images. I wish the teacup on the left was removed because I think it takes away from the main focus of the image. I wish the elephant was sharp to because I find it very distracting having something blurry in the background. I like having the elephant blurry because it adds depth to the image. I want to try to add this effect in my own documentary photography because it will make my image stand out more. Even though the image doesn’t relate to documentary photography I can take some aspects of the image and incorporate it into my own documentary photography.

common sense page 1

I like this image because it adds humour to the image. I find it adds humour to the image because of the face in the ice cream. I would like to add humour to my own documentary images because I think it will help make my images stand out. I like the ice cream is close up because it adds texture to the image. I don’t think I will be adding texture in my images because that is not what documentary photography is all about, documentary photography is all about the narrative behind the image. I like how the yellow band acts as a leading line because it guides the viewer around the image and the face. I will try to add leading lines to guide the viewer around the image.

last resort cover

Above is another book by Martin Parr. The book is called Resort. I really like this book because it has more relevant images compared to the last book.

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I like this image because of how it portrays the children in a innocent way, the way the image does this is the way they have ice cream over their mouth. If I include children in my own documentary I will add this innocents because I think it works well with children because most of the time people associate innocents with children. If I were to do this image myself I would remove the car on the left because I find it takes away from the main focus of the picture which is the two children. I would also zoom in on one of the children because it will give the viewer something to focus on.

last resort 1

I like this image because of the humour. The humour is created by the facial expressions of the person lying down. I want add some humour to my own documentary photography because I think it will improve my images. If I did this image myself I would remove the woman in the background because I find it takes away from the main focus of the image, which is the the baby and the woman on the ground. I think a 50mm lens was used here because of the intimacy of the image. I like this intimacy because it gives a personal touch to the images. I will try to add this intimacy to my images because I like the personal touch it gives to the image.

The audience for Parr’s work is for everyone because there isn’t any mature topics in his work. I personally don’t want to target this audience because it is to general. I want to target teenagers because I know how to target that audience because I am a teenager myself.

In conclusion looking at Martin Parr’s work has inspired me to include facial expressions because I find facial expressions makes the image stand out and I want to do that with my images. Looking at Martin Parr’s work has given me the idea of using a 50mm lens because of how close he is to his subjects.

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