Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Shadow



It was a beautiful summer evening; warm, but with a cool breeze wafting the smell of grilling meat and the smoke from the nearby fire. The sun was nearly below the tree line, and it was slowly getting chilly without its heat. The sound of young children shouting in excitement mingled with the adult conversations, the pop of the birdie hitting the badminton rackets, and the song of the peepers in the nearby pond. It was the perfect kind of night, one that you look forwards to during the winter time when you think of summer and all the good things that it brings. It had been a relaxed, sluggish kind of day, a day that only comes from knowing that you have absolutely no responsibilities and no worries. It was the kind of day that no one wants to end, so people lingered on the porch well into the night time. This was the ideal summer day.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Planning: Who Am I

I like traveling, seeing new places, and doing new things. I also like coming home to my family and friends after I'm done. The theme for my video is going to be me doing new things and going to new places, but then coming home after. I'm going to portray home as both Yarmouth and Cape Cod. For my into, I'm going to video me driving and going somewhere, then parking before the video starts. I'll show places that I've gone and cool things that I've done, then show me coming home. When I come home, I will show pictures of my friends and family members. I will also show old videos of me when I was a child.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Cindy Sherman and Brandon Stanton

Cindy Sherman is a photographer who takes photographs of herself while playing the part of someone else. Sherman depersonalizes her photographs by not giving any of them a title, furthering her point that they aren't meant to be typical self-portraits. She uses her photographs as a way of pointing out many modern issues, such as women's rights and their roles and the role of artists in the modern world. Her photographs are unique because the majority of them only have one subject and the subject is the same for all of them. In the few series that she did that she wasn't in, she used dolls and fake genitalia to create "sex pictures," which is not a well-explored subject. Her photographs sell for a very high amount of money (up to one million dollars for a series), which is a very high achievement for a photographer.

Untitled #93
No Date
Cindy Sherman

Brandon Stanton is a photographer who recently did a project where he cataloged the inhabitants of New York City. His goal is to take photos of 10,000 New Yorkers on the streets. He also interviews his subjects and includes a short story on their lives. His goal was to do something that changed people, and he accomplished it by donating over one million dollars to a middle-school charity from the proceeds of his book, Humans of New York. His photographs are unique because they aren't always in focus and they don't all have good composition. They're a very real look at New York life that isn't super staged.

Humans of New York Refugee Series - Hegyshalom, Hungary
No Date
Brandon Stanton


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Selfies, to be or not to be


  • What do you think the purpose of the selfie is? Explain.
  • Do you think that the selfie is a form of “Art”? Why or Why not?

I think that the purpose of a selfie is to capture a single moment and share it. It's not meant to be a really lasting thing, but rather just a small event that you want to capture. A selfie can be used to show that you're at a cool place, or you're hanging out with friends, or you just think that you look good in a particular moment. It is a way of communicating and keeping up to date with people when you don't have the time to actually sit down and have a conversation. I don't think that there needs to be a particular purpose to a selfie. The reason why I take a selfie is usually because I find something amusing or I'm in a cool place.

I don't think that selfies are a form of art. Because they're typically meant to be seen and then forgotten, they don't seem to be important. The majority of the people that I know only take selfies on snapchat to send to friends, so they can't even be saved. Very few people who I know take selfies and save them or publish them to social media for the purpose of being broadly viewed. Art is usually meant to last and send a broader theme or message to people, but a selfie is literally just meant to be seen and then disappear. I don't think that something with such little thought put into it can be art.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Levitation






Purpose:
  • To explore Halloween and its connections to “paranormal” and “levitation”;
  • To learn how Levitation is being used in the world of photography;
  • To make connections from levitation to real-world uses;
  • To create levitation photographs inspired by other amateur and professional photographers.


Looking at the visual levitation photography examples impacted my work because they gave me ideas about how to best position models so that they looked realistic. Also, they gave me something to aim for, since the examples we saw were very polished and lifelike. Reading the articles on the website additionally gave me a few key pointers on how to make my levitation photo work, such as where to put the balance point, which angles to shoot from, and that I would need to photograph the blank background as well. I thought that the "Secrets of Levitation Photography" website was the most helpful. It gave photo examples as well as written tips.

I think that one of my successes was learning how to isolate a subject from the rest of the photograph and then move it onto a new photograph. At first, there was too much background still attached or I would be missing a part of my subject, but eventually I got better at it. My final projects look realistic because of how the subject is placed on the background since it looks like the subject was actually in the room floating. Also, another strength of mine is choosing interesting positions for my models. How the model is positioned is very important in the success of the photograph, and since the positions of my models are unique, my photographs look good.

A big challenge that I faced during this project was learning how to use Photoshop. I've never used it before, so I wasn't familiar with any of the features. In the beginning of the project I had to either look up how to do everything or ask for help. I also used trial and error a lot, so I clicked random buttons to see what would accomplish what I wanted to accomplish. By the end of the project I was able to use Photoshop with a lot more ease and it was more fun to do.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Hobbies/Interests



The dog looks out at the ocean, longing to be set free in the tumbling water. She smells the salty air, ripe with the smell of seaweed, sunscreen, and hot dogs from the stand behind her. She hears the rising and falling of the children's voices as they call out to their parents and play tag, clashing violently with the cries from the seagulls wheeling overhead. She feels the sun, warming her back after the long winter months and the hot sand beneath her that is scorching her feet. Through all of this, the dog looks only to the water, waiting for the moment that she will be able to swim.