Phil Borges is a social documentary photographer and filmmaker. For over twenty-five years Phil Borges has been documenting tribal cultures, striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face. In his documentary portrait work he uses people and their surroundings to tell their story.
He uses elements of close cropped portraits, strong lighting to create strong contrast and obvious tribe elements such as their hand made jewellery and tribal markings. Using and repeating all of these strong elements really helps tell the story within his photographs. I think that the close cropped portrait is a good way to still show someones character and attributes without them getting too lost in the background.
Martin Parr is a British documentary photographer and photojournalist. He is well known for his photography work that depicts the reality of certain places he visits. For example, the streets and the beach. His documentary portraits tell a story as he captures people in that moment before its gone. He gets really up close and personal with photographing ‘regular’ people while they’re minding their own business and doing their own thing. Parr uses a lot of peoples character, the surroundings and colour to bring his images to life.
Just from looking at his portrait project of people at the beach, it makes you want to know more about the person. He paints their character very obvious and very well, it kind of gives you an idea as to what the person might actually be like. When I look at his work, I can imagine what the people would sound like, what their name, age and occupation would be. His work is so enticing and exciting that it makes you study the characters of the people in detail, and leaves you wanting more.
Bruce Gilden is someone whose work I have looked into a lot and feel I know well now. Gilden is an American documentary photographer who documents the streets of New York and takes portraits of every day people. The elements that make his work stand out are the facial expressions and emotions he manages to capture in the people at that exact moment. giving us a sense of character and what that person may be like behind his lens.He lights his images by flashing his camera and a hand held portable flash right in someones face, this makes them stand out and contrast against the background, making them the main feature of the photo.
From all 3 photographers, I am going to take certain elements to help build and tell my characters story through a single image. I want to make elements obvious to tell you who they are, I want to use bright lighting to make them stand out more than anything else in the image and I want to use quite a close crop to tell a lot about my person, without them getting lost in a lot of unnecessary background.