Glorious Photo Assignment

By: Gustav Hoiland

Feb 08 2010

Category: bike polo

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“More photography has been created for gallery walls in the last decade than in any other period in the medium’s history.  And the most prominent, and probably most frequently used, style has been that of the deadpan aesthetic: a cool, detached and keenly sharp type of photography.”

“Deadpan photography may be highly specific in its description of its subjects, but its seeming neutrality and totality of vision is of epic proportions.”

The Photograph as Contemporary Art by Charlotte Cotton (Chapter 3)

So this was my visual response to that chapter, which is pretty well summed up by the above quotes. Does it really nail it?  I think it’s close at worst.  Just two dudes that, no matter how long you look at it, you can’t figure out what their deal is. You’re free to observe them, they’re not being judgmental.

But what else is happening here?  They’re in crisp focus, along with Man Left’s Coke and Man Right’s Red Bull, a box of Dunkin Donuts goodies, a bulging bag (mine), etc… Most everything else is softened and lighter.  Thankfully that bike polo mallet on the far right made it into the frame – it’s the only object that implies polo here.  Well, except for the Dunkin, that sports bench, and Man Right (Toby), which all scream polo to those of us in the loop.

I rarely shoot posed people photos (non-candid), but with this last assignment I have been. Not to ruin the magic going on here, but I was setting up the composition while these guys were talking and when I had it down, I just said “Yo!  Look at me real quick, and go completely expressionless.”


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