Alexander Vavra – Sports and Person at Work

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The above photograph of athlete, Dustin Anderson, is my favorite from the sport assignment. I believe I have a great appreciation for this photo in particular because of my background as a competitive swimmer for nine years. It provokes a mood within me that has been in hibernation since the end of my swim career. The mood produced is along the same lines as pounding a rock – everyday you show up to practice, sometimes twice a day to do the same thing swim from one end to the other staring at a solid unchanging black line at the bottom of the pool. However, you keep coming back determined that despite the routine and scenery changing minimally eventually you will get the results you desire. In addition, I think this shot provides a unique visual perspective for Dustin is not fully submerged or on top of the surface – you can see the layer of water around his right arm resisting futilely to withstand his breakout. I also like how I captured his left foot on the upbeat of his kick, causing the water to splash up. One thing, I would like to experiment with is incorporating more of the solid black line for this may provide a greater graphic quality with how parallel the rest of his body is.

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The selects from Person at Work, this image was my favorite. I believe it provided a nice sense of place and depth of field, for the stage in the background illustrates the subject is working in a theatre. In addition, I think I did a good job at capturing the state in which Mark Wilson works. He is the coordinator for the lighting design, and this photo illustrates his position by the headset he is wearing to communicate with the people operating the lighting, and by the computer screen having the different intensities and shades up. One thing that may improve this photo is having the an actor or actress more visible either on the left side, middle, or right side. Perhaps, providing a little more light on the subject would help to but I like the darker picture since all the subject’s attention is directed to the stage.

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