Artist challenge - Giacomo Brunelli

May 15th, 2024
Giacomo Brunelli is an Italian street photographer, the difference being that his usual subjects are animals .

Features of his work are..

*low-key black and white ( he uses film)
* a film-noir aesthetic
*shallow depth of field combined with as close focal distance as possible
*low point of view / animal eye-level
*deliberate use of high contrast - dark subject on light background or light subject on dark background
*use of dodging and burning

"By pushing the lens to its closest point of focus, getting as close as possible to the subject, he forces the animals to either flight or fight, which is exactly the moment he releases the shutter. It is all about capturing that moment of reaction, triggered through various approaches that vary from animal to animal. Whether it is ignoring them, running after them or using their natural curiosity for the shot, Brunelli's images are striking for their immediacy as a direct consequence of the intervention by the photographer.

"Brunelli's animals are often composed only of suggestive fragments. His spare black and white images are attuned to the nuances of a moving mane, a silhouetted whisker, a highlighted, almost illuminated wing. He favours the profile and the counterintuitive angle, setting dark unobservable features against dark undiscernable backgrounds. A dead mouse, on its back, paws in air beside an oversized flower against a stark and distant mountain is no more or less frozen in time than is the growling dog, eyes alight and teeth forever bared; both are icons of states we fear but cannot know. These pictures are timeless and uncanny, powerful in their ordinariness, and emotionally much bigger than their simple subjects."

—LensCulture "

I was introduced to the work of Giacomo Brunelli by the Youtube channel Ïmitative Photography" highly recommended for a deep dive into the photographers'work that he featues and explanation of the techniques you can use to emulate, which is exactly what this challenge requires of you ! .

The video in question is here, ( I think this is the best way to view the photos and its very entertaining as well)

pictures here

his instagram

I hope people will give this a go, don't worry if you are not in an urban environment, you can still use some of his ideas.

challenge will run from 15 May until 30 May

tag ac-brunelli

May 15th, 2024
May 15th, 2024
Very, very cool!!
I think I can do this!
May 16th, 2024
Definitely a challenge on this one!
May 16th, 2024
@northy @farmreporter @olivetreeann I hope to see your entries in due course!
May 18th, 2024
@kali66 I may not have access to animals over the next two weeks, but if I get a shot to work with, I'll enter it.
May 20th, 2024
@olivetreeann he does have some watery reflections from Venice and some silhouettes of people if that helps , you can just get into his way of processing too
May 20th, 2024
@kali66 Thanks- great back-up plan/idea!
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