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Poorly emulated Meatyard

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by f/otographer, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. f/otographer

    f/otographer TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 20, 2013
    Ever since I discovered the works of Ralph Eugene Meatyard I have always been drawn to the dark and morose style of his photography. It strikes a chord with me in a way many mainstream artists works dont. Of course Meatyard could never be called mainstream. I discovered his photography some time after I began shooting (he was recommended by a friend on flickr actually) and I was pleased to find that he sometimes shot in a style that he dubbed 'no focus'. It was intriguing since I had in the past shot with a similar style myself (as I am sure many of us have experimented with) but my photography in this genre does not reach the lofty and artistic heights that Meatyard achieved.

    If you are not familiar with his work just give him a google. Both his art and back-story I find very interesting. You may be pleased with what you see.

    Here are some of my examples shot over the years using my own 'no focus' style. Its not really the same as what Meatyard used. His style involved long exposure times and camera shake. My approach is somewhat more clinically cleaner (and the poorer for it) as I mainly achieve it by shooting wide open with the focus point close to the camera so everything else is just a big slab of creamy bokeh. These photos were shot on a varitey of old adapted lenses on my NEX 7. Please feel free to post up any examples you may have in this genre as I would love to see what other people are achieving in a similar style. So here is some poorly emulated Meatyard.


    the bicyclist
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    playtime
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    a city at dusk (grass)
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    where dreams swing
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    a study of swinging in three pars No.1
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    balancing act
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    imbalance of strata (a weariness lays on my soul)
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    a darkening way (the black church)
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    black room for a blue girl
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    impression of a self portrait
     

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  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    Well, that's certainly a perspective on photography that I hadn't encountered before. Not sure I'm going to try to emulate it, but... :p
     
  3. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Um, out of focus.
     
  4. bmg123

    bmg123 TalkEmount Veteran

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    Jan 15, 2013
    England, UK
    Thought the balancing act one was pretty cool, but the rest...yeah, different concept but not for me.
     
  5. f/otographer

    f/otographer TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 20, 2013
    Haha, definitely not for everyone. But I find this type of artistic photography to be very intriguing. A few more.

    tethered to the earth
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    the impression of a bee
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    omoide
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    the dark of the leaves
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    bokeh me
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    walking down the street
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    boy at play
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    at rest on the evening wire
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  6. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    Thanks for introducing me to Meatyard (I thought this was going to be a photos simulating a cattle butchering shop :eek:)

    I've been playing around with something similar.

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  7. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    The second group have some more interesting shots.

    Just taking an out of focus shot does not make art. It still has to have some appeal.
     
  8. Bugleone

    Bugleone TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 21, 2011
    The amazing thing about photography is that despite the huge technical 'progress' the same things keep coming back!....this reminded me of the British Photography Journal Year Book for 1968 (or thereabouts) which gave over it's valuable centre colour pages to 'images' very similar to this,....As I remember it caused a great outrage then, the 'photographer' was unknown an now long forgotten.......
     
  9. f/otographer

    f/otographer TalkEmount Regular

    196
    Aug 20, 2013
    ChangshaNotes, glad you liked Meatyards work. Like I said its dark and moody, not for everyone. Your example is closer to his work then anything I have ever done. Kudos sir.

    davect01- I take a lot of out of focus photos, not all of them are art. The ones I posted are. And though they may not appeal to you it does not lessen the meaning I know they hold for me, and may possibly hold for someone else. Thus the nature of art.

    Bugleone- There is nothing new under the sun. This has all been done before. :)
     
  10. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    davect01- I take a lot of out of focus photos, not all of them are art. The ones I posted are. And though they may not appeal to you it does not lessen the meaning I know they hold for me, and may possibly hold for someone else. Thus the nature of art.



    Thus I said the second group is much better.
     
  11. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Here's one that I should have trashed but seems to fit this thread.

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  12. f/otographer

    f/otographer TalkEmount Regular

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    Aug 20, 2013
    Was your example actually shot and composed with this style of photography in mind dave? Or is it just an over saturated flower pic that you missed focus on? Because if its the latter, and Im going to be absolutely blunt here, I am somewhat affronted that you would choose a photo that 'you should have trashed' and entered it as an example of what I was asking for. I asked to see serious examples from photographers that had this type of photo in mind as they framed, composed and shot with the intent of using the out of focus area of the photo to tell a story. Im not looking for your trash bin rejects, which in your mind "seem to fit this thread". That speaks volumes as to your opinion of what I have posted. As did your original helpful statement that said simply "Um, out of focus."

    If I am mistaken and this photo is actually the former then kudos to you for shooting outside the box.
     
  13. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    No offense intended, don't take it that way.:)

    I was actually going for a "normal" shot, but liked how this turned out.

    I do recognize and actually have posted pictures in the past that were not "normal" because they presented an interesting image.

    My whole contention was simply that an image still needs to have something interesting. Just being out of focus is not enough.
     
  14. ChangshaNotes

    ChangshaNotes Super Moderator

    Aug 15, 2012
    China
    Colin
    This is what happened to me and then I became interested in making photos like that. I don't see it much different than purposely over/under exposing.

    Learn the rules, then break them... with control.

    I tend to live life like that.
     
  15. Zanner

    Zanner TalkEmount Veteran

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    Aug 19, 2013
    Wisconsin, USA
    Suzanne
    love the swing! Very interesting indeed!

    And, I have to add, that I was completely expecting a giant building with cows getting ready to be slaughtered as well when I saw Meatyard