Zoe Antona Art Blog
Latoya Ruby Frazier
Latoya Frazier is a photographer who builds visual archives that addresses political issues revolving around industrialism, healthcare, and family. She uses these topics to drive more awareness as well as tie it to her personal life. I really enjoy how she makes her personal work more larger scheme, especially her series The Notion Of Family. I find the black and white imagery she uses makes the images more dramatized than in color. I find it makes them more compelling and that is something I am doing with personal work I am exploring while shooting images of my family. I find that also compositionally she composes her images seemingly strategic having split compositions as well as using mirrors in her images. That is a tactic I am currently really interested in as well. I find the use of window and lamp light she uses to her advantage. I enjoy the rawness of her images and how compelling they are.
From my initial observation of Nydia Blas’s work In her series: SOMETIMES YOUR EDGES ARE ROUGH AND I WRAP YOU IN RAINBOWS, THE TROUBLE WITH BEING A MAMA, and WHATEVER YOU LIKE. Her work revolves around the ideas of identity, the body, and personal relationships. Which is the visual language I picked up on with the majority of her work. I also am interested in creating visual language similarly to this. I enjoy throughout the bodies of her works she has the use of reflective surfaces that added another layer to her images. Also the relationship of the body in/on said surfaces I find is intentional in the ways they are positioned. I also find the use of natural light is very successful in her work. These are topics I am very interested in exploring as well as gaining inspiration from Blas’s work.
Matt Eich is a photographer who works on long term projects that relate to family and memory. His series I Love You, I’m Leaving is the series I find most compelling. Like Latoya I am interested in the ways he uses black and white photos to his advantage to essentially ‘puts plainly’ what the viewer needs to read while looking at his images. I find the use of accompanying text is successful as well and using it as a split composition. I do find that his images are more candid which makes me pay more attention to the attention to detail he put into creating his composition. I also wonder if he put thought into the composition at all or was just waiting for the divine moment. I would like to take away from this series by using black and white images to my advantage as well as having a fine balance between divine moments/ candidness and having control of the composition of the images.