One reference Artists that I looked up was Rinko Kawauchi. Rinko Kawauchi is a japanese photographer which photos placed emphasis of the use of natural lighting and colours while keeping it simple.
For this photo, it is just a simple photo of a person smoking a cigarette. However, the use of the natural blue lighting and the use of the red/orange heat from the cigarette produces the cool and warm contrast effect. Since the blue/cool colour takes up the majority of the picture, the contrasting red/warm colour instantly draws our attention. Why I like this picture is because it is very simple, strong and straight to the point.
This other image also make use of the natural lighting while keeping it simple. The natural lighting presents a very soft complexion of the old lady’s skin while highlighting the wrinkle on her cheeks. It brings out a very strong idea of gentleness of the old lady. The light blue background also place a very calming environment. Overall the picture draws out the tenderness of being old.
Overall, I really like Rinko Kawauchi’s work because it is simple. The pictures she takes seem so effortless and so calm without making it too complicated turning simple boring objects into interesting and intriguing objects. What I can learn from her work is probably her use of natural lighting and colours to bring out strong emotions and ideas. All these are my opinions and everyone can have different interpretations…:)