Monday, June 13, 2016

Assignment that I am the Most Proud Of

Throughout the whole semester, I have surprised myself with the work I have created.  My landscape photographs, my food, or my shapes, geometric or organic bi-weekly assignments.  But my assignment that I am by far the most proud of is my Who am I? video.  This assignment allowed me to express and show who I really am.  I do a sport outside of school so not a lot a people know about it or what it is, but this assignment allowed me to show what I do.  Although I don't like talking about myself, when I have an assignment where I am doing something that I am very passionate about I feel that my work ethic is greater and I have more drive to complete the assignment above and beyond my very best.  Additionally, during this assignment we used iMovie, a program that I am not very familiar with.  I got to experiment with everything iMovie had to offer, in order to create the best possible movie to show who I am.  Getting to cut video footage and finding photographs that described jiu jitsu and who I am was something I really enjoyed.  Also, messing around with trasistions between video clips and photographs was something that I enjoyed doing.  This assignment allowed me to express myself using different media, which I thought was very interesting and allowed this assignment to stand out.  My final video is something that I am very proud of and will forever remember.

Most Memorable Experiences

Throughout photography one this semester, there have been many fun, enjoyable, and memorable experiences.  One very memorable experience from this semester was the pinhole camera assignment.  This assignment was something very different than other things we had done earlier in the semester.  It included a historical background of the camera and how the pinhole works.  This assignment allowed for me to experience photography as though we were back before digital times and allowed me to look at photography in a new way, with a different artistic eye.  I learned about photography paper and how and why it reacts to light and about what a dark or light photo means.  Additionally, I learned about the dark room.  This assignment was my first dark room experience.  I was at first overwhelmed by how much needed to be remembered inside the dark room in order to develop a photograph that would last.  But I came to experience what the dark room had to offer and as the classes went on I began to love coming to photography class and going into the dark room.  I had gained knowledge about each chemical and what they did.  If I had to choose one moment that was the most memorable in the whole semester I would have to say seeing my first pinhole photograph develop.  This was a moment where I saw all my hard work come to life into a tangible photograph that was going to last forever.  Also, creating positives from negatives I felt was a very memorable experience.  This was also my first time creating positives.  The steps that we went through to create our positive photographs will be steps that I will remember coming into photography two next year because it was by far my most memorable experience and allowed me to look at photography with a new artistic eye.

Although a very frustrating one, another very memorable experience was using Photoshop.  Throughout the semester, we used Photoshop three different times, Photos with Quotes, Levitation, and Forced Perspective.  I really enjoyed and learned from all three of these assignments.  This semester was my first time using Photoshop.  I have come a long way from the beginning of the Photos with Quotes assignment where I knew nothing about Photoshop.  During the Photos with Quotes assignment, I learned about many things.  I learned how to rotate text or an object within Photoshop.  This skill was one that I mastered by the end of the Photos with Quotes assignment and I used throughout the other two Photoshop assignments.  Over the course of the semester, I learned that it is very important to take newly learned skills from one assignment and apply them to the next.  I did this every time we used Photoshop this semester.  Another thing that was a very memorable experience for me was learning how to create many layers then merge them together to create one final product.  Although this was very frustrating and time-consuming it is something that I will remember how to do because all three Photoshop experience were very teaching and memorable moments.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Pinhole Photography

Throughout this experience with the pinhole cameras I have learned many things.  First, I learned about pinhole photography itself.  From watching videos at the beginning of the unit, I learned historical and scientific reasoning and meaning behind the camera.  I no understand the process of creating the photograph.  The paper that is placed into the pinhole camera is treated with emulsion and is a light-sensitive varnish.  When this paper is exposed to light outside the chemical reaction occurs. Also, I have learned about exposure during this unit.  While outside with our pinhole cameras I experienced having to do trial and error to create a picture that was visible and clear.  It would depend on the light outside/the weather of the day, the size of the pinhole, and how long the paper was exposed to light.  The size of the pinhole was something that had to be adjusted on my camera because the pictures were being developed too lightly meaning that the exposure was not enough for our camera.  Additionally, I had my first experience in the dark room and learned many things.  I learned about what type of chemicals are used to develop the photograph and why they are used.  I have learned about the developer, the stop bath, and the fixer, and what each one does.  I learned that the silver nitrate in the fixer is what permanently fixes the image onto the paper.  And I learned about the timing that the photograph needs to be in each chemical if this does not happen the photograph many not develop properly.

I personally think that the most exciting part of this unit was watching mine, but also everyone's photographs develop in the dark room.  I think that this was the most exciting part of the unit because as your photograph developed you saw your hard work pay off into a real picture on paper.  Another thing that I thought was exciting about this unit was that we had freedom to create and try new things.  While outside we could try anything, like in other assignments, but in this unit felt different because we were having fun while trying something we never had before.  Also, this assignment was one of my favorites because it was so exciting and filled with surprises.  When a photograph would turn out better than I thought it would've or when I came up with a great new idea, this assignment revolved around exciting things.

While this unit had many exciting parts it also came with many challenges.  Having less structure to this unit and what we had to do was exciting but very challenging, we were forced to create our own very unique ideas.  The first time that I used the pinhole camera I just placed the camera far away to take a very simple picture.  But as the classes went on I tried more creative and difficult poses to create more interesting photographs.  Ghosting or very up close pictures were harder to complete and set up.  With the pinhole camera, it was very difficult to set up a well-composed photograph without being about to see what the picture would turn out like.  Additionally, I think that while it was very exciting it was also very difficult to come up with ideas for photographs.  Whether, it was a far away shot or an extremely close one, setting up the photograph was difficult.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Forced Perspective

To continue to develop creative problem-solving skills by creating forced perspective photographs in a unique original way; 
To practice altering perspective and looking at subjects in a unique way;
To further develop your Photoshop knowledge and skills;

This assignment personally was one of the most difficult this year.  There were many small challenges within the larger picture.  My challenges were creating unique ideas for my final product and using Photoshop.  While it seemed simple in the beginning, the final product took more thought and problem-solving skills than I first imagined.  Aside from those two challenges this project was mostly successes.  I was able to distort my images to make them look realistic in their environment and was able to take pictures and combine them with the background to create a forced perspective photograph.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Who am I Video

To understand the purposes and differences of selfies, portraits and self-portraits;
To look at the work of of contemporary artists who create portraits and self-portraits and interpret and analyze their purposes;
To create a video that effectively communicates “who you are”;
To use iMovie’s features in a creative and unique way.

Who am I? Video
Song by Rachel Platten

Monday, May 9, 2016

Creative Portraits/Self-Portraits

I used many techniques throughout photographing for the assignment.  I played around with eye contact.  Looking at the camera, looking at something in the frame, or looking at something outside of the frame.  This last one gave the photograph some mystery behind it.  I also messed around with lighting.  Although, this was not one of my original ideas to use for this assignment, when taking my photographs it was very fun and effective to try new techniques with.  In addition, I played around with taking unfocused shots.  This was my favorite technique from the websites.  I really enjoyed playing with it because it gave the photograph such mystery and allowed the view to intemperate the meaning and sometimes context of the photograph on their own.  I think that through viewing these images you can take away a few things.  One being that William, in the first photograph, is an funny and amusing younger brother.  He shows this through his expression on his face in this photograph.  Two being that Olivia, in the second and third photograph, has some mystery to her.  This is shown through the lack of focus in one photograph and the lack of lighting in the other.

Sunday, May 8, 2016


Who is Cindy Sherman?  Cindy Sherman is an American photographer and film director.  She is best known for her conceptual portraits.  Cindy Sherman takes a very original and unique approach to photography and how she shows who she is through her photographs.  After quitting painting because " . . .there was nothing more to say [through painting]" for her, she picked up photography to think more critically and to say more.  Sherman uses herself to exhibit typical clichés of women and to bring up important questions of how women are represented in society, the media and the nature of the creation of art.  She does so by dressing up in very extravagant outfits and makeup.  She has done the clichés of the housewife, the prostitute, the woman in distress, the woman in tears, the dancer, the actress, and many more.  While some think that Sherman's work is mostly self-portrait, it is not.  She uses herself as her subject a majority of the time, but these photographs are not self- portraits.  Although, they are not self-portraits, they do show very small clues to who Cindy Sherman is.  Each clue and photograph is so unique that it can leave the viewer with more confusion than clarity about who Sherman truly is as a person.

Who is Brandon Stanton?  Brandon Stanton is an American photographer and blogger.  He is best known as the founder of Humans of New York.  Stanton takes another very original and unique approach to photography and had a goal of taking 10,000 photographs of New Yorkers on the street.  In 2010, the Humans of New York photography project started.  Stanton moved to New York with two suitcases.  For months during the day all he did was photograph and interview New Yorkers. No attention was paid to him at first.  He then uploaded his photographs to Facebook with a quote or story to accompany the person and their life.  Stanton popularity grew from there with over 45,000 likes on one of his photographs.  He grew into the great photographer that people told him he couldn't be without any training.  A driven and curious man Stanton is to create such an amazing project that would answer the question we all wonder; what is your story?