Photo Story (AD4802) – Artist Research: Mallory Corr

Mallory Corr is a student in Philadelphia, and is predominantly a music photographer. Many have praised her for her unique angles and attention to detail. I personally like her images because she isn’t afraid to slow down her shutter speed and allow some movement into her images, which I feel is important when photographing a musician as it shows the passion that goes into their music. Also, Fawner move around a lot when on stage, so it’s encouraging to see that it is possible to get good images with motion blur involved.

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I feel to achieve what seems to be a perfect motion blur, she has used a tripod to allow for her camera to be still enough to capture something immobile whilst capturing the movement in the instrument, for example. I feel this especially with the above image, as the foot and the stage are in focus, yet the guitar and his hair are heavily blurred.

I also like the way in which she has used the lighting. Stage lighting is not the most flattering of lighting, especially when trying to get highly detailed images, so it’s interesting to see how she has utilised this lighting and used it to add something special to her photos.

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I really like the above image, as she has allowed for the light to highlight the hands and almost completely black out the face, which I feel is a good way to show a human dimension to the image as many people perform with their hands, so showing the hands in place of the face allows for a personal element to be shown. I also like how she has focused on the cigarette in the hand, and the microphone in the other, which I feel adds a slight bit of humour to the image, and I feel if the face was not blacked out, the humour would be slightly lost as you would be more focused on the musician than their hands.

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