Under the influence of Alex Prager Interview Summary

Alex Prager, was born on 1979. She is a self made photographer from Los Angeles, California. Prager was 20 years old when she realized she didn’t want to sit at a desk job for the rest of her life, she wanted to funnel her energy and creativity into something exciting. Prager first visited art galleries and museum to discover if she had any hidden talents. ” I came across the Eggleston exhibit at the Getty Museum”. Soon after she bought her first camera at the age of 21 years old off of EBay for 80 dollars. After reading manual on how to use dark room equipment she began taking photos and would stay up late into the night until she was happy with the results. She used to hang photos in the apartment buildings laundry room. Returning the following day to see what was taken from her collection, she would come to see which photos people enjoyed the most. Once she got into galleries people would tell her how they felt from her pictures. A lot of people expressed they felt a familiarity in her work, as if they knew the people in the photos. Her photos are often seen as images right out of a movie set. She loves the Golden Era lighting in Hollywood, from the 1920’s until the 1950’s. She explained “it has that glow to it, but in dilapidated old scenes, and the subjects look like angles”. Her most recent work are of crowds. “Crowds fascinate me”, gathering people off of the streets and using family members such as her sister which is in every crowd photo, she would then create a scene and let the crowd react upon instincts. She would not give any hints on what her new project was that she is working on but I am very interested on what it entails. You can never rush and artist but I hope to see more work from Alex Prager sooner than later.

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I became interested in this photo once I saw my girlfriend walk past the dump truck in my neighborhood. The large dump truck and tires made her look out of place in her vibrant aqua dress. She tried four or five different poses but this one stuck out above the rest to me. I am most inspired by using objects (dumb truck) that were intended for another purpose. On one hand you have this huge machine that moves dirt, rocks, trees ect. On the other hand you have this female that is in a dress standing right next to the dirty truck. They don’t go together but the photo works with her in it.

My main source of inspration came from a photographer named Alex Prager. I find her photos very attractive. Her photos look like someone cut the right out of a 1950’s Hollywood film. The make up and the fashion are big contributers but it isn’t just how the people are portrayed in the pictures. The angles she captures views from aren’t commercial. Her oringnality is refreshing and its a different style than what we see today.

Some of her work is using females in a lone setting. Which is where I bounced the idea from. Her newest subjects are working with crowds of people. I find that very interesting. People can act totally different when they are in a crowd setting. In the future that would be something that I would possibly want to shoot. This photo is going to be one of my favorites, maybe next time ill get a bunch of people in the back of dump truck.

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The photographer I chose is Alex Prager. She learned how to use a camera on her own. One of her main focuses is fashion in her photos. Her style is best described as a movie still life. The pictures are crisp, plenty of bold colors, and framed from peculiar angles. I chose her for the reasons of her cinema quality photos. I enjoy how she captures the sharpness and the bright colors. During my stealing strategies I wanted to catch still water so I could see a clear reflection. I also wanted my subject to clearly appear from the early 70’s. The quality isn’t there yet for me i need to work the shot and find  better in environment.picture-1.

Portraiture and Light

 

People are one of the more challenging subjects to capture in a quality photo. Light plays a very important role when you are shooting a portrait. Altering the light can cause a drastic mood change of how the subject is being portrayed. In these five photos I am inspired by nature, location, and the subject which is my girlfriend.

My first photo is of myself inside of a abandoned tractor. I wanted to bring the picture alive by reenacting as if I was operating the tractor.  The interior shows the true age of the machine. The tears in the seat cover and the rust on the ceiling rails make the photo stronger. The warning, danger, and caution signs are there as a reminder that operating such machinery needs focus and skill at all times. I am steadily looking in the rear view mirror as if I am backing the tractor up making sure i know where I’m driving.

My second photo is of my girlfriend in the library reading up on a hard back. She is currently studying up for a test called the LSAT, which is a test to get into law school. I thought it was a perfect moment to catch. There are books every where in the photo, my favorite is the reflection of books in her sun glasses.

The third photo is of my girlfriend posing on a cement flower wall. The repeating detail in the wall looks great in front of the bright smooth red brick building. Ashely’s green shorts stand out second to her white shirt. Body posture is very strong in this photo, it almost give the picture motion. Her hair hanging all on one side is very important in this photo.

This fourth photo is just a great shot. There isn’t much going on in the background. The double frame gives the photo secret depth that pushed her forward even more. The key light is not directly on her but it gives her a glow on her hair and shoulder. Although she is looking into the camera she is on the verge of a proud smile. Her green eye pull you in close and the sun kissed green trees let you off easy.

This last photo is definitely my favorite. So many things pull you in on this photo. Shes shinning so bright from the warm sun. Her blonde high lights match the tops of the corn stalks. The green corn field and the green in her eyes keep bouncing back and forth. As she protects her eyes from the sun shes looking right at you. I love this photo.

Capturing a person was challenging but fun. You can get a lot of emotions from a photo of a person. Using the skills I have learned and putting them all together worked out nicely. The sunlight I got was great, many of these photo wouldn’t of been the same if the sun wasn’t shinning.  These pictures each have there own story but not knowing what they are you still understand a picture is worth a thousand word.