Artist Inspired

Cars in a Hallway

Anna Labbe

OCTOBER 1, 2018

For this image, the goal was to create an image that was inspired by a photographer that we did the research paper on. My two photographers were Bill Curtsinger and Scott Fortino. I decided to do an image inspired by Scott Fortino because I thought that it would create more of a challenge for me. This is a picture taken of the window at Nordica Theater in downtown Freeport, showing both the inside of the Nordica hallway and the surrounding road and stores outside of Nordica. The main reason why I was really interested in Scott Fortino’s work was because I thought it was so interesting how he was able to fit two images into one by using the reflective surfaces of windows and buildings, and overall create an image of urban life that is abstract and really confusing at first. My main idea for the image was that I wanted to represent the buildings in my life in Freeport, Maine, and I when I was thinking of interesting architecture around the area I thought of Nordica. I love the movie theaters and go there a lot, and I was thinking that it would be really cool if I could take a picture using the huge windows there and somehow capture the movie posters and lights inside, and also the parking lots and stores outside of the building. The image came out a little different than I thought it would, but I was able to edit it following Scott Fortino’s images to make it look more interesting. To do this I made the image toned more blue, to look literally cooler, and sharpened it up to make the inside and outside of the building both pretty clear.

I do think that my image is a little messy, but granted getting a photo like this was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be! Scott Fortino’s images are very clean and precise and angular, and I tried to do that to the best of my ability while still capturing the two images of inside Nordica and outside. Overall I really like the way it came out because I do think that it shows that image duality, even though some of the moving cars may be just a little bit blurry. I also like the way it reflects my view of urban life and how I experience the architecture around me, like Scott Fortino.