My Tableau Photography

At the Fountain

I do a lot of this type of, what some call, tableau photography. People in scenes. You could call it “Decisive Moment”, but I don’t want to be that pretentious.

All candid. This at a Civil War Re-Enactment
Man and His Horse

And this one at a local pumpkin stand

Dared To Look Up

The purpose of these photos are to show people in context, people in life. I hope you like them.

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3 thoughts on “My Tableau Photography

  1. Idetrorce December 15, 2007 / 4:37 pm

    very interesting, but I don’t agree with you
    Idetrorce

  2. rOman March 9, 2008 / 2:25 pm

    maybe the last photo with the girl “could” be a tableau… but tableau is the complete opposite of the “decisive moment”….
    staging vs documentary
    here are some big names for tableau: Jeff Wall, Hannah Starkey, Philip Lorca DiCorcia, Erwin Olaf… see the difference..(beware of hybrids!)

  3. inancy March 9, 2008 / 8:44 pm

    r0man – thanks for the input. I will look up those names. I had not considered staging vs documentary as differentiating tableau from decisive moment. Perhaps I should just revert to calling these just candids. Even if I used the word “street” some would argue.

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