photography, Western Michigan University

Courtney Rorick

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Courtney Rorick
ART 3470 Digital Photography 1
Digital Prints; 8″ x 10″

Based off the book Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, my goal is to photograph pictures that represent the eerie and ominous nature of the book. Also to take pictures that invoke the question why, and a desire for the reasoning beyond the photo. In the book Rebecca a lot of information is withheld from the reader and I aimed to do the same with this series of photos.

10 thoughts on “Courtney Rorick”

  1. The lighting in the first three photographs is really beautiful, particularly in the way that it illuminates only a small bit of the lower part of the curtains.

    1. I really love the simplicity of these photographs. The eerie nature really stood out. I am absolutely in love with the second picture. The clock looks so good in the low light situation and the simplistic nature of the composition really lends a hand to adding to the overall feel of the photograph.

  2. I think you did a really good job of capturing the eerie and ominous nature of the book. Even though I haven’t read the book myself, I can tell the nature of the book right away so that’s good. I think the choice of doing black and white was successful in creating the eerie nature/ vibe, and your lighting and composition of each photograph turned out really nice. Good job!

  3. Courtney – These are great. I definitely get the eerie vibes from these photographs. I think your choice to make these black and white definitely helps with this overall concept. I have not read the book, but I really enjoy the top image the most – the negative space is very appealing and the natural gradient that feeds into the black space because of the light is beautiful. Well done.

  4. The subjects in these images are really great. The darkness of the overall image is eery and the single source lighting brings out that drama.

  5. I think you captured exactly what you described perfectly. I’m very particular to the lighting you used in the first and last two images. However, I believe the second image is the weakest in the set and could use a stronger light to contrast with the darkness.

  6. You’ve definitely captured an eerie and ominous vibe with these photos. The first one is really catching my attention. I think what’s working for it is that you can clearly see this burst of light, but you can’t quite see what’s lurking in the shadows or what that room consists of.

  7. I love the soft light you’re playing with. Definitely gives a poetic feel to your images. However, this doesn’t really fit with your statement. I think to get your eeriness across I would play with artificial light, rather than relying on natural. For instance, your top photograph, as beautiful as it is now, would get your idea across much better for me if it were a night shot with the curtains blowing, and a single overhead light illuminating a portion of the window. Basically the same photo, but totally different feeling evoked

  8. I am not familiar with the book you mentioned, but I enjoy your photographs. The first one is especially interesting to me due to its simplicity and high contrast. There is such little information to be gathered throughout these pictures, but the viewer can piece together a story based off of what they see and what they can imagine. You did a good job capturing the ominous nature of the book: I get a very crime scene/film noir vibe from the photos.

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