Tuesday, February 14, 2012
August Bradley’s personal project “99 Faces of Occupy Wall St.” was simple to execute and brought immediate media attention as it caught fire online
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The approach to the photography and the design of the website was minimal for both practical and aesthetic reasons. The need to get the images up as quickly as possible was paramount, so the website layout was designed to do three things—to emphasize the images while giving an introductory overview to Bradley's "sea of faces" and to enable viewers to further explore the issue as they saw fit.
"A headshot is by its nature simple in composition," Bradley notes in regard to the homogenous approach to composition, "yet good ones capture the complexity of the person, revealing an emotional depth. There's some variety to these images, but in the end, I saw it as a series that needed to fit together."
"I hope it will enable more portrait work," he says, "particularly, in instances where access isn't as easy to obtain—it's nice to have a showcase that was well received when pitching new ideas. Regardless, I'll certainly be pursuing more personal projects like this on a wide range of unrelated subjects. I had already been planning several others before this one occurred to me."
You can see the full project at www.99facesofoccupywallst.org. To see more of August Bradley's photography, go to www.augustbradley.com.
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