The artwork being analyzed and reviewed for this paper is amasterpiece work carried out by Diane Arbus. The portrait was takenin 1967 and named it identical twins. Diane Arbus, initially known asDiane Nemerov and was Born in New York on March 14, 1923, to herJewish parents (Bedient 9). Her family was wealthy and rich. However,the family fortune was used up during the 1930 financial crisis. Withno much wealth to cater for the family needs, her father turned topainting. Diane Arbus met the love of her heart and got married atthe age of 18. She was married to Allan Arbus who was her childhoodfriend (Bedient 11). Allan Arbus also had a passion in photography.Having a common taste and passion in art and photography, Diane andAllan visited major art exhibitions and galleries taking photographsand portraits of anything that pleased their interest (Bedient 39).Time rendered portraits and pictures outdated since the black andwhite revolution had taken over the photography and art industry.This created and generated more zeal and interest for photography inDiane Arbus.
Diane was well known for her unique type of photography. She had aninterest in bizarre photography. In her art work, she mainly tookpictures of individuals who were viewed as weird, bizarre and unrealin the society. The picture under analysis depicts twins who were ata Christmas party organized for twins in the neighborhood. The twinshad striking and amazing similarity that impressed everyone in thesociety including their parents. The twins in the photo are Cathleenand Colleen Wade. Other famous artworks related to Daine Arbus suchas a masterpiece that showed a Jewish Giant and his family. Othersinclude pictures of mentally challenged children, street children aswell as physically challenged and disabled children. After undergoinga heartbreaking and bitter divorce, Diane embarked on takingphotographs of weird people and surreal people. During Diane’sages, these surreal people were known as freaks.
Considering Diane’s work, I see a lot of similarities between herwork and mine. I took her work as a perfect comparison due to thefact that we both share an interest in photography. Additionally, inthe same manner that Diane uses photography as a means of therapy tocurb her emotional breakdown, is the same mean is curb my boredom andstress. I embrace photography and in most instances when I sufferfrom stress, I turn to photography for solace.
Diane focused on the surrealism in the people she photographed. Inher artwork, the twins are similar and it is the similarity thatcaptures the audience of her work. Twins are considered strange andsurreal in the society. This is due to the fact that they are rare ina given society. Diane took the photo of the twins since she wasattracted to the weird and surreal aspect of their similarity(Bunnell 23). The artwork captured the eyes of the audience due tothe surreal aspect on it. Most people who audience the art work arepeople with a similar interest and passion as that of Diane. That isin viewing and taking pictures of people who are considered strange.Twins are considered strange and amazingly weird due to the fact thatthey are rare and only a few within a society setup.
When taking a portrait, an artist should consider various aspectsthat communicate to the audience about the portrait. An excellentportrait should display and depict the mood, personality and thesubject or rather the theme (Hulick 107). I fancy photography sinceit is an encoded means of communication that only passion andinterest can decode the message on a photograph. I find it easy andappealing revealing the mood and personality of a person on aphotograph or a portrait without necessarily having been there duringthe shooting of a particular picture. Portraits carry a lot ofinformation about a subject. It is easy to reveal the personality ofa subject without necessarily having met them before.
To capture a quality and exemplary portrait or picture, it is wise toconsider factors that affect the quality and the content of aportrait. In black and white photography, Light is used to depictpersonality. The personality of a subject is captioned by theHighlighted patterns on a black and white photograph. For a seriousportrait, an artist should minimize light and shadows on a portrait(Marchand 29). Having portraits of smiling subjects does not depictpersonality. For a successful depiction of personality on a portrait,I eliminate the presence of CAST SHADOWS. The local value of aportrait is impacted negatively in case there is a Cast shadow on theportrait. This is because cast shadows alleviate the ratios ofdarkness to light on a portrait. This impacts worse on thepersonality theme of the subject.
TEXTURE is a very important aspect and characteristic of a black andwhite photograph. This is because TEXTURE influences theattractiveness of the portrait. In most instances the audience of agiven portrait use the texture to determine the true complexity ofthe subject.
A collage medium differs widely from a black and white portrait.Major themes and personalities change when a black and white portraitis transformed to a collage medium. On the black and whitephotograph, personality of the twins is defined and depicted by thelight patterns on them photograph. However, on the collage medium,personality is portrayed by the facial expressions. The collagemedium misses a SILHOUETTE. A collage medium mainly shows the roughoutline of a portrait. However, the collage medium also contains andde3picts information about the subject.
I take Diane’s work is an inspiration as I carry out my artwork.Diane interacted with her subject before taking pictures. She dealtwith people who were considered strange in the society. They wereeven named freaks. She took time to understand them. Diane workedhard to capture a masterpiece. I also aspire to take a masterpiece.Despite the similarities, we differ in subject interest. Diane’smain subjects were surreal people. I like nature and hence myinterest is mainly on people from all walks of life. I do not chooseon whom to capture. This makes a wider difference between my artworkand that of Diane since my artwork does not limit audience and thesubjects as well. My artwork attracts audience in a limitless mannerdue to the relationship between them and my art. The mainrelationship is the natural state and aspect on my portraits and arts
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