Duane Michals was born on February 18, 1932 and he was a American photographer. He was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. As a young lad Michals became interested in art and eventually wanted to pursue it later in his life but, first he went to the University of Denver and got a B.A and decided that he would do other things with his life. When Michals was age twenty-four he decided to go to Parsons School of Design in New York to become a graphic designer. Then one day, Michals went to Russia and realized he had something for photography, from that point on Michals was a well know photographer around the states. (J.M #1) Continuing, the photo that was chosen is called “Who Am I?” This photo is very important because it shows two sides of things. To explain, the guy on the right is the good one and he is looking into the mirror and the bad side of him which is all deformed and stretched in weird ways. It also represents many different identities that people have in their lives and in this case there are three and, all three of the faces are in different shapes which shows that identities aren’t always the same and sometimes people hide something that they are afraid of or know as ‘covering up.’ Besides that, there are many other features to the photo, elements of art and lastly the principles of design. (Who Am I? #2)
Furthermore, Who Am I is a very intense photo, on the right is a young man that is staring into a large oval shaped mirror which had two distorted faces in it. The background is white except for the far left where there is all black to draw more attention to the middle of the photograph where the faces are. Then there is his hand that is outstretched across the photograph and it is holding up the mirror and it almost looks like a bridge which allows the viewers eyes to scroll back and fourth from the regular face to the two ones on the mirror. (Who Am I? #2) In the photo, the young man’s eye is connected in the mirror, and that might represent that even though we have different identities that they are so close, they aren’t even noticeable. There is also the face directly in the middle of the photo that if looking straight back into space and, the face off to the left is looking to the left like it’s not interested in what’s going on. It also seems strange that the man has his shirt off and that may represent that for some people their shirt is like there protection and when it’s not on, many different identities get mixed up. To sum up, this photo shows a lot of different things and it says that some people may have one identity doing then and then a different on somewhere else.
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In the photo it is easy to determine that there is shape. First, the two eyes stuck together draw you in and then the face is examine and then the arm begins to get traveled and then the young mans face is then examined. Also in the photo there is form which is three dimensional and a human is most certainly three dimensional. Next, space is represented in this because in the far left there is a negative color which is black and the man’s face is white along with most of the mirror and the area above the man’s head, these are all positive colors and right below the deformed faces there is another negative color area. In this photo, there is value in the face directly in the middle and the two faces on the outside because the one in the middle is much darker around the eyes, mouth forehead and chin. Besides that there is not much more and in general it is hard to see any depth because of the background. There is also Texture which is ‘actual’ because you can touch your face and feel like your actually touching the texture of the photograph. In this photo there is no color, it’s just black and white.
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Continuing, the Principles of Art are a large part of determination if a photograph has all the essential parts needed to be a good photograph. First off, Unity is shown in this photo there is one center point which is the double eyes and everything else focuses around them because they are so strange. Next, Rhythm which is spotted easily because the photo flows from the very middle down to his arm and then across the bottom to the far right where it focuses on him face. Repetition is shown a bit in this photo because the three faces and they are all of the same person but, just different forms. Next, there is not much variation because it’s black and white and it’s hard to notice any changes. The movement is essential to the photo because it starts you in one location and then brings you around in a circle and then you get the meaning of the photograph. The focal point of the photograph is in the very middle where the two eyes connect because it’s so unique. In this photo there is some contract between the black and the whites which makes everything that is white stand out so our eyes are drawn to it. In the photo there is an even amount of balance or known as symmetrical arrangement because on each side there is a good amount of black and white. The proportion is also good but, the face all the way to the left looks to be much larger than the other two heads so that may be the only flaw. Lastly harmony, and this photo definitely has it because if has all the other principles of art and when you bring them all together it creates a great photograph by Duane Michals.
In conclusion, Duane Michals was a great photographer and created several good photographs that are still discussed today. He does this all by taking a unique photo and incorporation the elements of art and principles of art, so that it has many different qualities that attract people. Lastly, Duane Michals created some great photographs but, in my opinion this is by far his deepest and most personal photograph.