Photography Critique: Nicolai PT

Updated on June 19, 2017 in Critique
10 on June 14, 2017

Hi everybody,

my name is Nicolai, I’m 19 yers old and live between a small town in Souther Italy and a city in Eastern Germany. After this summer I will start to study mechanical engineering at the university. I’m interested about: photography, especially street photography; literature, especially English modern and dystopian novels and writers like James Joyce and George Orwell; philosophy, I like philosophers like Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Shopenhauer and Feuerbach. 

I started shooting street photography two years ago, when I was 17, without knowing anything about this photography genre and without knowing its existence. My goal was to capture a realistic portrait of the life of ordinary people doing ordinary things and living ordinary lives in my community (like Joyce did in is novels).

Why do I take photos

I made photographs to find meaning in the world around me. Photography is a way to share my perspective with others, express myself and it’s a way to have a voice and share my opinions and beliefs. Photography is a way to know who I am, a way to learn about myself,  it’s self meditation, it’s a way to forget my problems and lose myself in shooting. I take photos to represent the reality in which I live and not try to escape it. I take photos because it’s the best tool I have to create art.

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1 on June 15, 2017

Photo 1

This photo is well shot. I like the eye contact of the subject with the viewer, the hand gesture (he touching his hairs) and the colors: green and blue convey me a sense of tranquillity.

Photo 2

I see the sad and tired expression of the women, I like the light pole at the centre of the frame that divides the scene of the woman with the bike from another to the right. I like the low section.

Photo 3

It’s like Photo 1 but there isn’t eye contact but the subject seemed to look at something that is happening.

Photo 4

Good shot. Like the symmetry given by the reflection of the mirror. Like the expression of the subject but I would shot it a little bit at the right of the subject so to point out better her face.

Photo 5

An urban landscape shot. It transmit me a sense of loneliness and sadness.

Your photos are shot with the same style, I like the consistency.

on June 16, 2017

Thank you for your feedback.

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1 on June 15, 2017

I like the washed out tone that your photos have. There is some sort of melancholy that’s going on consistently on every photos. Keep up the good work!

on June 16, 2017

Thank you for your feedback. Yes, I wanted to capture a little bit of sadness to represent how I felt: lost and sad.

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1 on June 15, 2017

Photo 1

I like this picture. Nice colors, and interesting pose. It is almost as if the man is framing his own head. Nice!

Photo 2

I especially like what’s going on at the left side of the pole. Again, nice colors, nice light and shadows as well. I like the expression on the woman’s face, and the street sign accentuating this. The right side of the picture I like less. It would have been interesting if a person was moving in the opposite direction or something.

Photo 3

What I like about the picture are the colors: the beige, the red, the black. There’s harmony in it. I am afraid I find the man not interesting enough and find the bike and bag disturbing.

Photo 4

Simple idea, quite well executed. Nice colors.

Photo 5

I understand what you’re doing. For me, these pictures need to been viewed in a series, or at least in a context. And maybe I would have chosen a different point of view (different angle or further away).

All in all, nice work!

 

on June 16, 2017

Thanks for your feedback and advices. Yes, the right side of the Photo 2 is boring but there wasn’t nobody walking and maybe I could focus only on the women on the left. You are right, the edges of Photo 3 are distracting from the subject.

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0 on June 18, 2017

I love your introduction–Eric might enjoy having some more book recommendations! His favorite are dystopian novels and he’s in a Nietzsche study moment right now.

For me photo 1 and 4 stand out the strongest.

Photo 1 has a good hand gesture, perspective, and includes enough of the environment to tell a story. However I would try a few frames to include the feet, or a non-traditional framing that only focuses on his upper body and the sky/trees. Maybe experiment with future portraits?

Photo 4 for me also has a more interesting composition to take my eyes throughout the frame. I wonder if a new composition with completely cutting out the face on the far right would give a more abstract/mysterious feel to the image?

Great work!

 

 

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Hi there Nicolai!

For me the best photo is photo number 4. I find it interesting and the composition it’s better than in the other photos.

Also I think that the other photos you present here are not that interesting. I don’t make myself any question after watching them, don’t feel any strong feelings and don’t bring up curiosity about the scene or the people involved in it. For me, this are key points in photography.

Again, it’s my opinion and I don’t want to offend you in anyway.

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0 on June 18, 2017

I like how the trees frame the sky above his head in the first photo, it compliments the gesture of scratching his head. The colors and contrast are the most interesting part of the second photo for me. The lack of depth between her face and the sign make it seem like she’s about to smack into it! So there some tension created there. The fourth photo is probably my favorite, though I can’t help but miss her nose! The back turning towards the reflection implies something subtle, and also creates a fun 360 perspective

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0 on June 19, 2017

Dig your style Nicolas. I like the cold color tones. Perhaps add more depressing imagery to your portfolio?

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