A recent fascination with the American realist painter Edward Hopper has given me a fresh and innovative approach toward my photography. Adopting Hopper’s methods when portraying the austerity of an urban landscape, I incorporated the harsh lines and large shapes commonly found in a city into each composition. I tried to concentrate on figures representing the emotional themes of solitude, boredom and loneliness: all central to the subjects found in Hopper’s poignant and desolating pieces of realism. To capture the style found in the cinematography of film noir, another current inspirational source to my work, I used a deep focus and paid attention to the stark light and dark contrasts. Like stills for a film, the figures are positioned as if they have been captured just before or after the climax of the scene, in an attempt to evoke a response from the viewer.
Through our Lens
By Nita-Rose Evans
Published January 21, 2010 at 2:30 am