Rineke Dijkstra // ‘Beach Portraits’.

All images courtesy of Rineke Dijkstra, Beach Portraits. 

I came across Rineke Dijkstra’s work last year whilst researching for the studio rotation. I particularly like her deadpan style, and her use of natural and artificial light to create atmosphere. She manages to portray her subjects in an almost alien and isolated way, which makes me feel slightly uneasy. I think she is trying to subtly shock the viewer through this style, and to get them to really engage with the imagery.

I was inspired by her work when making this body of work, and definitely channelled some of her influence when making the full length portraits of the Irish community. One thing I could improve on however is the balancing of ambient with artificial light, as this is something that a lot of my influential photographers do very well and subtly. It is not directly obvious that they have always used fill flash to create an atmosphere, and this is something that I also want to achieve.

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