The underlying theme for my photographs is incorporating an urban and modern feel and sense within my photos of nature. My thought process was to combine images of natures with modern and contemporary buildings and architecture. My idea behind this concept was that most people do not not usually see photographs of the city and scenic photos of nature together because they are, in a sense, seen as opposites. The city is viewed as a busy place, whereas nature is more calm and serene. Rarely, do you see photos of these two ideas together in the same photograph– this is why I wanted to take on this theme and idea.
There were not to many evaluations for suggested revisions on my assignment 5, so my goal for the final was to make sure that all the pictures really flowed well together and all reflect back to my overall theme of nature in in the city. I took a second trip around the city to look fo new photos and scenes that would add to my collection of photographs and make my artitist statement even stronger. I ended up taking out one of my previous photos, photo #10, that I did not think went well with the others. I felt it was a bare picture and it also lacked color and it was pretty bare, unlike my other photoswhich have alot going on. I just didnt think it was that good of a photograph in general. I replaced this photo with threee new photographs (#10,11, and 12). I also touched up the color balance on some of the photographs as well to make the colors really stand out becasue someone mentioned in thier evalutation that the contrasting colors were really captivating.
I really liked the idea Erin used for her sequence; I thought it was creative and a relatable process. Her pictures really made me think off all the hectic times I have had getting ready. I aslso thought of my process and compared it to what she expressed in her photographs. I she really covered all of the steps girls take in getting ready. I also liked that she took the pictures at different angles and in different locations. Thedifferent lcations made the process even more resalistic because I know that I have my stuff everywhere, and do different things in different spots. However, a suggesion I have is that for the hairstyling products photos, i would suggest maybe taking a photo farther back with the mirror in the back ground that way yould would be able to show the mess on the counter. Also add a brush and make the bottles less organized. I think this would add to the photo. But, overall her inspiration was creative and unique and her theme is clearly expressed in all her photographs.
I thought her idea was extremely unique and she utalized that tools that we recently learned in the collage assignement. After reader her artisit statement I really understood the concept and thought prcess behind her photograph. I like the different facial expressions and gestures; they reveal her attitide about the two places and how she feels about what shes doing. However, I feel like the angle of the photo needs to be different becase she is not loking in the mirror at all. Her looking at her reflection and being taken to another world is the specfic purpose of her photograph.
I really liked the theme of her photographs; it is actually one of my favorites that I have seen so far. I think the reason why I like it is becasue she used a place, a kitchen, that is so common and items that we use everyday but transformed them in her photographs, She captured the images of different household intems in a creative and captivating way. My favorite photgraph is the image of the sink i really like the angle and the lighting. However, I feel like the photograph of of the hall and the window could be replaced with images that flow better with the rest of the pictures,since most of them ar of appliances or well know kitchen items.
For this assignment, I think I want to take pictures of photographs outside.
Topics of Interest for photographing:
– Daily Life: what I do everyday and what the objects, images I see during my day to day activities
-DePaul Soccer Game Day: document what all goes into a game day– how me and the team prepare and whats all involved
**Favorite Idea: do a theme involving both the outdoors/nature and the different buildings and architecture of city.
Throughout all the assignments I have enjoyed photographing nature and the outdoors the most. However, I want to put a different spin on the theme of nature. I was debating between taking photos of modern buildings, but at the same time I wanted to take pictures of nature. I also love this time of ear when the leaves are changing and also all over the ground; I thought it would make for some really unique and creative images. I decided to combine the themes of modern architecture and nature, and produce images of nature in the city.
Erin Pekovitch chose to research Dawoud Bey. In his photographs he strives to illustrate a site of psychological and emotional engagement between the model and the photographer. His style of photography enables him to capture momentary changes in the model’s expression, gestures, and personality. His photos are portraits of many different types of people who are all expressing different emotions.
Looking at Erin’s five photographs, I think she was very successful at emulating Dawoud Bey, and his style and quality of work is reflected in Erin’s photographs. She captures a variety of emotions; however, each emotion is specific to the model and her personality, giving each of Erin’s pictures a unique quality. I like that she used both colored and black and white images, and she also took pictures at different angles, and settings, and times of day. All these attributes set her pictures apart and allow the view to see a wide range of photographs that all still echo back to the elements of Dawoud Bey’s photography.
The first picture of Erin’s is my favorite– the girl with a backpack looking at the camera. I like this photograph because her emotion because of the model’s eye contact with the camera and her stern look. This creates a strong and intense picture, where the models emotion is almost palpable. Overall, Erin did a great job emulating Dawoud Bey and his style of photography. It is seen through her photographs that she really grasped his photographic concepts.
After resarching and look through many of Paul Strand’s photogrpahs, I decided that my main focus for my emulation would be pictures of natue and the enviornment, seeing as this was a very common theme throughut his work. Portraits were also a major component to Strand’s work as well, so I experimented with that too. My underlying method for working was to look for images in the enviornment and landscape that were straightforward. While I was working I had a minimalist approach to framing my shots and I would look for simple , yet captivating and interesting images. In order to create a minimalist photograph, I tried to take photos that had few external elements surrounding the main images of the frame. I also took all my pictures in black and white, and used color balance to create dark shadows and strong contrast in the photgraphs. Even though I was taking calm, direct, and simple photographs, my goal was that because the images were so direct they would stand out and captivate the viewer in that way. To do this , I experiemented with different angles, objects, and different distances at the which the pictures were taken because I wanted to create bold photographs that still had an edge, even though there is not a lot going on within the photgraph itself. A challenge that I faced was it was difficult for me to find different, larger stuctures that had little exterior elements surrounding them because I am in the city. I would try to take pictures on a larger scale but they would always be too busy, and this diminished my minimalist approach. Most of the photographs that Strand took were in rural or exotic settings. Another problem that I was faced with is that Strand took images of people in small, close- knit commmunities. This was a challenge for me to do because Chicago is a large and fast-pace city, which lacks most of the qulities of these smaller communities, and the people do as well. It was a lot harder for me to take photographs of people; this is why most of my photos are of the enviornment.