Commitment to creating an image

An example of a ‘tableaux’ image, entirely created by the photographer, in order to visualise some prose he had read.

Jeff Wall, After ‘Invisible Man’ by Ralph Ellison, the Prologue, 1999-2001, (transparency in
lightbox, 174.0 x 250.5 cm). Reproduced by permission of the artist.

Project 1 – Setting the Scene


Watch this famous scene from Goodfellas directed by Martin Scorsese in 1990: [accessed 24/02/14]
Don’t read on until you’ve answered the following questions.
• What does this scene tell you about the main character?
• How does it do this? List the ‘clues’.
Make some notes in your learning log.

What does this scene tell you about the main character?

The main character is a man, who appears to have a lot of cash to splash around, he is confident and people are providing him with exactly what he wants. He is trying to impress the lady he is with by demonstrating his power. He doesn’t appear to be everything he appears to be. The people around him are trying to keep in his good books.

How does it do this? List the ‘clues’

The camera follows the main character,

  • shots of cash
  • people getting out of his way
  • low light, high contrast
  • smartly dressed
  • follows the action, rather than sits back and watches.

Assignment 4 – Research

some of the blogs I have read whilst researching for this assignment:

MB: Ah, well NYC has a lot more important things to worry about than me taking pictures. I was born and raised in NYC. It is where I am most comfortable.