Otterbein University, photography

Claire Stinedurf



Claire Stinedurf
ART4500: Advanced Photography
Digital Prints; 44” x 33.5”
Part of a series of 5 displayed

This is a continuation on a project that I have posted about before. I originally had a still life in the foreground, but after experimenting, found that taking the subject out all together left a more interesting composition and concept. This project explores the idea of reduction and photographing something as simple as paper. These pieces also explore texture and color relationships.

15 thoughts on “Claire Stinedurf”

  1. I love that each of these pictures are left open for interpretation. Despite having no ‘subject’, these pictures seems to be complete by the rich color and texture you have rendered through careful framing and focus. You have also made good use of the rule of thirds – this works wonderfully to you advantage.

  2. I like that you explored the background instead of a subject matter as we tend to ignore what is behind it. The high quality of these images really lets me see what IS there, the texture, color, temperature, all shine through. These pictures can be traced back to minimalist artists where they just put a line on the canvas, but it made you feel something, and I think these images did. One thing to explore would be in black and white, see if we still get the same product without the distraction of color.

  3. At first glance, the images looked like flat colors, but then upon further review, I saw that there was much more dimension in them. I would not have known what the subject matter was without reading your description, but I think that makes the photos interesting because it allows the viewer to draw their own conclusions. I really enjoy how these images are complex in their simplicity.

  4. I appreciate the simple yet sufficient techniques used in these photographs. Artist utilizes color palette, controlled lighting, and abstraction altogether to create a flat image. Her strategy is particularly successful in the first one: Red and yellow are both warm colors, thereby reduces the contrast between two color blocks. It’s impossible to tell whether I’m looking at one plane or two intersecting planes. However in the second photograph, the hard edge of reflection kind of gives it away.

  5. I love how this work has a feeling of Graphic Design and Contemporary Paintings all while being a photographic medium. I love how soft the colors are, its rare that you can give a digital photograph that is so minimalist so much texture. It makes me want to touch it.

    I would love to see more of this type of work from you especially more images like the top one.

    Thank for sharing,

  6. Immediately, these photos are reminiscent of Rothko paintings, in even the appearance of being paintings rather than photographs. After reading the description, it’s interesting to know that there once was a subject, but again like Rothko, it has come to a further simplification to explore relationships between color. The texture of the bottom photo almost creates the image of a landscape. which is intriguing in that photo is so often thought of documentary of reality and this, much like a painting, creates and eludes to its own reality. Definitely an interesting concept and I’d like to see more!

  7. I love how much depth exists in the bottom photo. The increase in saturation as the color hits the “horizon” is very strong and acts as if a light is lit in the foreground. What appears to be scratches also adds a great textural element. While the top image is intriguing as well, I do wish it contained more of these elements of texture and color variation.

  8. I really like your idea of reduction and photographing something as simple as paper. I think it was a very bold choice to take out your still life object because not many photographer’s take this risk of just photographing the background which makes yours unique. The color choices are really interesting as well, in the top picture having warmer colors, and the bottom having cooler colors. Also, the way you split the papers in half in each photograph makes it almost look like the bottom half of the picture is the ground/water, whereas the top half is the sky which makes it look really beautiful.

    I kind of wish you would’ve included your still life object in the foreground for one of the two pictures just so people could see the difference it makes to have something in the foreground take away all the attention from the background, and how different a photograph looks when you add/ take away the object that your supposed to focus on.

  9. Again as people have mentioned, these pictures remind me of New York School of painting. What seems more fascinating to me is that, especially in the second one, I can see pixels, or maybe the noises, which would appear in digital photograph when the ISO is low. I love them because they are almost the signatures of the medium itself. They make the pictures that originally look like color field paintings recognizable as photographies, and also, like you said in statement, they create a sense of texture and pattern, which in itself is visually interesting.

  10. I like the choice of color in the first one and the texture in the second one. Both look like million dollar paintings sold at auctions.

  11. The blue hued image is much stronger than the orange hued because your use of texture in it. The aspects of simplicity and color relationships is really strong but adding in the element of texture really strengths the piece.

  12. Being a Graphic Designer, these photographs immediately reminded me of color swatches. I did not see the photographs that included still life’s, but personally I would not want still life’s added to either of these photos. Both photos have a strong composition because of the use of rule of thirds. In your first photo the split between the two colors is slightly angled down and I wish it was a perfect horizontal line. In your second image, the division between the two colors is slightly angled down, but I do appreciate the slight curve. I think you need to perfect the division between the colors instead of showing the audience a “almost perfect” line. To make these photographs stronger than they are now I would recommend you to either re-photograph or edit/distort the angles. Make the split between the two colors a straight across line. Or similar to your second image, leave a slight curve, but the curve should be symmetrical.

    I believe that less is more and you have achieved this theory in your photos.

  13. Before I read your artist statement, I thought the second photo was taken outdoor. Somehow, maybe on the ocean. And I supposed the first one was edited in some ways so it turned the second one into warm color. After reading your words, I was impressed by your idea of reduction and your use of paper. You use of paper really gives these photos the beauty of simplicity but at the same time, give space for imaginations.

  14. I appreciate the dynamic simplicity of these photos. I am intrigued by these photographs that upon first glance, could appear to be paintings. I am interested in knowing more about the set-up for photographing these items/materials and what different sources of light could do for your work.

  15. I love how these two pieces work together as a whole. At first glance it looks as if thesis photos didn’t have any dimension to them. But a looking closer I can see the slight shadow where the two piece of paper meet. This was very clever. The color choices really help with pushing the idea of texture in the bottom photo. The simplicity really emphasis the idea of shape as well.

    I can really imagine this being a series of work.

    Hope to see more


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