Catherine Manthey: CMN150 Task 1 Part B

Photograph 1: Skin Cancer

The Perfect Climate
Dr Shane Carlisle, 52, has been a specialist at Molecare in Caloundra since 2011. He says he has seen a notable increase in Melanoma (the most dangerous form of skin cancer – pictured) diagnoses in the past 10 years, attributing it to the environment he is working in. “South East Queensland has a large population, mostly with older, paler skin types that tend to burn easily. Coupled with beautiful, safe beaches and sunny weather almost year-round, it’s the Mecca of skin cancer,” He says.

Rationale: This picture is all about the story. The Melanoma seen on Shane’s computer screen and the various medical equipment on his desk sets the scene for the viewer. This is a monochromatic photo in terms of colour, although the pattern on his shirt and the pink of the computer screen stand out compared to the beige surroundings, drawing the viewers eyes to the subject and the context of the image (and how it is related to the story). I used the rule of thirds to keep the image balanced and placed the camera at eye level (as if from the perspective of a patient) to keep the feel of the image professional. I also kept the photo rather simple around the edges, with the ‘action’ happening in the middle at the computer. The overhead fluorescent lighting and distinct lack of shadows makes the image feel clinical – which is exactly what I wanted out of photographing in a doctor’s office.

Photograph 2: Environmental Portrait

Small Car, Big Job
Jay Ford, 26, has been a tow truck driver on the Sunshine Coast for 6 years. He says he enjoys the work, especially with his truck designed to go off road. “Its almost every week I pick up small cars like this one, online maps will tell you to go just about anywhere without considering the type of conditions drivers may be facing.” He says, “but that’s the beauty of a truck like this, I can rescue just about anyone.”

Rationale: I wanted to put Jay in the centre of the photo, but also have the large size of the tow truck (and job in general – my car may be small but it still needed a bit of power to be moved). By having the car on the truck tray right in the foreground, it emphasises the size of the job compared to the subject. I didn’t need to have him very close to the camera as his orange uniform stands out from the brown/blue background (in the daylight everything was much clearer too), and the leading lines created by the truck tray, shadow of the car, and dirt track draw the reader’s eye towards the subject. The taller trees in the background balance the photo – there are objects of interest either side of Jay preventing an awkward patch of space, while also putting Jay in the context of his work (off road car rescues).

Photograph 3: Daylight Savings

Business Will Benefit:
Beerwah beekeeper Ken Bannister, 65, thinks that although looking after bees is a delicate job, daylight savings will not negatively impact his business. In fact; Ken suggests the introduction of daylight savings in Queensland would not impact small businesses at all, but would serve to benefit businesses that deal interstate. “The bees don’t care what time of day it is,” he says, “Daylight savings upsets business in a state that doesn’t have it. It is the difference that causes problems… You have to be more aware of the time when contacting suppliers.”

Rationale: Obviously, this photo was less about the daylight savings a more about giving context of who the subject was to the viewer. Since Ken was positive about the potential switch to daylight savings, I didn’t need him looking too concerned. He talked a lot about just being in his own little world – not impacted by daylight savings all that much outside of trading across the state lines- and I wanted to try and catch him in his natural state (further highlighted by the fact that he didn’t put on a suit to look at the bees, saying that he felt perfectly comfortable with them). Having the photo taken in what is obviously someone’s backyard also helped capture the more homely feel (most beekeeping is done in small clusters within people’s backyards). There was a large shed casting a prominent shadow over many potential photos, but in the end the high contrast between light and shadow gave the image depth. I took this photo from a slightly lower angle keep the bees at ‘eye level’. I also used the rule of thirds to put Ken slightly to the side while the bees were centered, and the trees on the opposite side of the photo to Ken balance image. The bright colours feel warm in the natural light, and the contrasting orange on Ken’s shirt against the blue sky draws the viewer’s attention to him – and gives the photo a happier feeling overall.

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