Otterbein University, photography

Andrew Beers



Andrew Beers
Art 4500 – Advanced Photography
Silver Prints; 11″ x 14″
Series of 24-36 prints ranging in size from 5×7 to 11×14

A collection of photographs from multiple cities around the U.S. Wide shots and extremely tight crops of people living in the cities with a few cityscape type photographs to interrupt the images of faces and bodies.

10 thoughts on “Andrew Beers”

  1. I really like the concept of these photos. Taking pictures of the people who live in the city, while they’re not expecting it makes the pictures have much more depth then if you would of had them pose for the picture.

  2. The contrast of the first picture is really good. Makes everything look really sharp and full of details. For some reason, the grainy affect of the second one enhances the picture. Gives it a historical value of sorts. Also, this one has a nice contrast too. Good job.

  3. I like the use a tight crop for the mans face. It makes me look in the above image to see if I can find the man in the picture. I am not sure if the man is in the picture above but I think that it would be cool to have a picture like this from a large city and decide to focus on the face of that selected person and have the picture he or she is found in next to the portrait.

  4. it is interesting to place these images together because you can really see the dichotomy between both. the cityscape includes more elements and tonal values, and the subject matter is more generalized. whereas the portrait is focused in on one subject, cropping everything else out. the image is more graphic and reminds me of a still frame from a security camera. I’m not quite sure how the man relates to the scene, so perhaps including some small sort of information to make that connection would be helpful, if that is the aim of the work

  5. I really love city-theme photos. I think the first one captured a “candid” city moment with timeless black-and-white effect. The contrast and composition were well approached. However, I think the second picture was cropped a little too tight. I’m curious about the context with regard to the figure’s expression. And the grainy effect made this picture kind of like a snap shot in a film (which could be something interesting to further experiment with).

  6. I really enjoy the natural feeling of both pieces. The first shows the everyday goings on of the city. The image is almost cut in half to show both man and machine (pedestrians and cars) which are key components of any city. Then the second image is so rough and tightly cropped, which reminds me of a still on a security camera video. It shows the natural side to human demeanor that we often don’t see in photographs because they are posed (even if they may look natural). The gritty effect is so powerful because it shows how raw humans are; we aren’t always photo ready. We aren’t always well dressed, smiling, doing something unbelievably goofy, or constantly doing interesting things. Sometimes we just are, we’re just being.

  7. The expanse of the first picture is aided by the clarity of it, which contrasts and also aids with how the second picture it is zoomed in and grainy. It is almost like an I SPY book. On top of that, my mind immediately goes to “surveillance” or a surveillance state which can find these zoomed-in, grainy faces from a clear photo (though I know these 2 photos are different)
    While it seems that this was not the intent, it would be interesting to see more of these photos from the series to find whether the intent is clear or up to the viewer to decide, applying their own meaning or not.

  8. There seems to be a certain familiarity to these photos that drew me here, but I can’t put my finger on what. I like the invasiveness of your concept–I assume these were taken without the subjects’ knowledge? There seems to be an aspect of surveillance in these pieces; maybe it speaks to the nature of our culture and the ever-present phenomena of cameras and governmental observation. Keep up the interesting concept and well-composed photographs.

  9. I love the photo of the city. Its taken at an angle that doesn’t make the view feel small. I love the authenticity of the photograph. I think the whites could have come down a bit, the exposure feels a bit heavy. But I think it’s a beautiful photo, taken very well, I could look at it for hours and it would feel like a place I want to go.

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