During the lecture on Wednesday, Mr. Rice told us something about the composition and lighting. I still remember the day I got my first digital camera when I was a third-grader, my aunt told me that “you need to place the person at the one-third place, it’s the golden line.” From then on, I fell in love with photography.

Mr. Rice mentioned developing the visual language several times. I’m not an expert on that at all, and I find myself even worse when trying to express those terms in English : ( Maybe this class is an excellent chance for me to make up some lessons. Thus, I can be more prepared for the J4556 : )

Here are some key words he mentioned today: angles, color, shape, pattern and the sequence of photos in a slideshow: wide, medium, tight, tight, very tight.

Here, I find more works of the French artist Henri Cartier-Bresson.

I don’t know if you have the same feeling. Many of the photos taken by Bresson look like paintings, rather than photos. I mean, his photos are the perfect combination of reality and arts. In his photos, people’s facial expressions are vivid and powerful, and his use of geometry make the composition really great. I guess, that’s the highest level of photography.

Here, I will use some words said by him, who is called “the eye of the century,” to end the photo part.

For me the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity, the master of the instant which, in visual terms, questions and decides simultaneously. In order to “give a meaning” to the world, one has to feel involved in what one frames through the viewfinder. This attitude requires concentration, discipline of mind, sensitivity, and a sense of geometry. It is by economy of means that one arrives at simplicity of expression

Finally, I want to recommand a multimedia piece from the Missourian about the elk restoration. We can learn a lot from how the producer make use of audio, interview video and still photos.

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