Contextual Studies- Reflective Journal Task Two

Sublime is a term used to describe something of great excellence and beauty, and therefore the perfect word to describe both the work of Tim Walker and Ansel Adams. In particular Adams ‘The Face of Half Dome’ taken in Yosemite National Park in 1927, and more recently the work of Tim Walker for Vogue in 2015. Adams photographed a sheer drop in the national park, the overpowering feeling the viewer gets when looking at the image is a clear example of its sublimity. The intimidating cliff face is exaggerated by the low angle in which Adams positioned the camera, the pure beauty of the rock structure is captured in all its essence. The tonal range adds to this with the dark rock of the cliff face contrasting with the bright white snow at the bottom. The severity of the drop and the way in which Adams has captured it gives the image a sublime beauty that takes the viewers breath away with its natural impressiveness. The work of Tim Walker has similar features to that of Ansel Adams as well as contrasting concepts. The background in which Walker has chosen for this particular shoot captures sublime natural beauty in a very similar way to ‘The Face of Half Dome’, however due to the nature of this shoot the two images are very different. Walkers photograph is staged and composed in a way that has been set up and directed differing from Adams natural raw image. The use of a model in Walkers work gives the photographs a sense of surrealism, she is posed in a strong, bold statuesque way, coinciding with the bold mountains in the background.Although the red of the models outfit stands out against the natural colours of the trees, it links to the idea of being bold, strong and fierce, as does her emotionless facial expression. Both the model and the scenery express the both power and beauty that we see in Adams work. They are both sublime. Tim Walker Vogue 2015Ansel Adams 'The Face of Half Dome'


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