Monday, April 10, 2017

Reflections, Alex

A Long Winter Night

The night before the most important audition of her life, the little girl in the big, brown house awoke to a BANG! Her tired eyes flew open and she threw the warm quilts off of her shivering body. She turned her lamp on and stood still in her room with her arms wrapped around her chest. She looked at the gleaming green letters on her clock. 3:00am. The little girl was quiet, waiting for signs that her family was awake. She heard large footsteps quickly pass her door. The little girl flung her door open and saw her dad running by, towels in his hands. "Am I bleeding?!" the girl heard. She realized it was her mother who had said that. The little girl closed her door, scared of what was happening outside of her room. Her dad saw the light coming from the girl's bedroom and came in, holding her mother's hand in his. Her mom had a towel covering her forehead. "We have to go to the hospital, just to get your mother stitched up. She'll be okay. She just ran into something going to the bathroom," he said. The little girl and her younger brother and sister huddled together and waited. 3:30. 4:00. 4:30. 5:00. Finally, their parents came back. Their mother was okay, she just got a few stitches. Exhausted and relieved, everyone jumped back into bed.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Intro to Levitation Photography

Definition of levitation: the action of rising or causing something to rise/hover in the air, normally by the means of "magical powers".
Definition of paranormal: identifying events or phenomena such as telekinesis or clairvoyance that are beyond normal scientific understanding.
Always photograph the empty background and then set up your shot with the model in the frame. Choose the focus point on your subject and plan the angle you are going to shoot from in advance so everything comes together. Take a lot of photos to create the one image. Make sure to capture a fitting facial expression and body movement to go with the scene and the idea of the photograph. Shoot from a low angle to really show how the subject is floating/levitating in the air. However, watch how low you are and make sure to incorporate everything into the scene that you need.

David Nemcsik

Dani Diamond

Luke Sharrat

I'm not exactly sure what I want to do for this project. I have an idea of doing something on the water or something in Royal River park. I like the above picture by Luke Sharrat because I like the idea of the subject flying. I want it to be more of a calm, mysterious thing with not a lot going on. I want the one subject in a calm place with simple movement, but also a deep meaning. I want the viewer to really wonder what's going on in the picture.

Monday, April 3, 2017

History of Photography

The pinhole camera didn't have a lens, it was just a pinhole and creates an image on the other side of a box through a pinhole. On the inside, it has to be dark and the images come through the pinhole and project onto the wall. This is important because it was probably one of the first developments and beginning of a camera, since it was in 1485. Calotype was invented by William Henry Fox Talbot of Great Britain in the early 1830s. It's a sheet of paper that is coated with silver chloride and is exposed to light in a camera obscura. In areas where the light hits, it would get a darker tone and yield a negative image. This is important because its a really important factor in the development of photos and greater technology. Richard Avedon began his career by joining the armed forces in 1942 during WWII and doing identity photographs as Photographer's Mate Second Class in the U.S. Merchant Marine. Later, he began to photograph formal portraits for publication and is credited with "erasing the line" between art and commercial photography. It's important to see how different people can be lead to different kinds of photography. Jacob Riis is an example of someone who does not only photograph for a career. He took photos of the exteriors and interiors of New York slums and took the photos using flash lamps. These pictures were early examples of flashbulb photography. He also wrote books and he used his photographs to dramatize his books, which helped his books become more popular. Jacob Riis is an important example because he helps you realize you do not only have to focus on photography, but incorporate more and different creative ideas into your work. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Food, Alex

It was 9:00 at night on the girl's tenth birthday, and the night wasn't over yet. The mother grabbed the little girl's hand as they flew out the door into the cool autumn night. "Where are we going?" the little girl screeched with a huge smile on her face. "It's a surprise!" the mother responded. They raced down the jagged sidewalk, along the edges of their neighbors' yards, and dived into a bakery store. Still pulling the little girl's chubby hand, the mother swerved through the aisles in the sweet smelling store. They came to a stop in the back of the tiny store on the corner of their street in their cozy town. The mother let her little girl pick whatever treat she wanted from the "special shelf". Reaching forward, the girl picked a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting, many different colored sprinkles, and blue letters spelling "happy birthday". The girl left the store on that cool autumn night, clutching her mother's hand, with a shining grin on her face and a bounce in her step. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Photos with Quotes

I made sure that the words matched the green color of the palm trees. I also didn't want the text to be fancy, but I wanted it to be a calming text to go with the calming flow of the palm trees. I really wanted the actual words "palm trees" to be incorporated in the quote because I wanted it to be direct, but to also have a nice meaning. I also thought the color of the words went nice against the light grey sky. I chose to keep the "-unknown" light and not bold as to not draw attention to it, and to draw more attention to the actual quote. I also wanted to have the curve the quote to go with the curve of the trees, but lower the quote so you could really see it and it would not be too close to the trees.

For this picture, I wanted the text to be right in a spot where you would have to look at everything, like the horizon line, the building, the water, and the docs. I also put the text in an obvious and eye-catching spot. I made the text a tan color, to match the color of the building. I wanted it to have that connection with a strong piece of the picture, and I couldn't make it the color of the water since that's similar to the sky, where it's placed. I also wanted the words "all worries" to stand out more, because I think it's the strongest, most important part of the quote and the part that should be the most emphasized. I left the quote closer to the building and horizon line because I think it is visually pleasing to let the colors become darker and go lead you to the top of the picture.

When making sure the quote went with the picture, I thought of positioning the words in a way that looked like the sun was setting. I made the text the color of the trees to have that other connection to the nature. The text is also a more fancy, beautiful texture, just like the photograph itself. I wanted to fill up more of the picture with the quote, too, which is also why I wanted the quote to spread diagonally across the picture. I wanted the quote to pull you across the entire picture, and guide your eyes from the top to the bottom. I wanted to actually include the word sunset to make an even stronger pull with connecting the quote and the actual picture.

When doing this project, I learned how to make a picture and a quote flow together. I learned how you can't just slap a quote on the picture, but rather you have to move it around and change the color and the font to make it more visually pleasing. I also learned how, even though it may be tough, you will be proud and happy in the end. This project took me a while because I kept turning things around and reorganizing and changing my mind. However, if you persist, you picture can come out really beautiful and well thought-out in the end. The whole point of this project is to be creative, and with being creative, you can't give up and you must try your best and believe that you can do your best work if you put your mind to it.

Monday, March 13, 2017


Everyday after school, Emily sits and waits at the small, square, green table for the little girl. The little girl, always bundled in the warmest or coolest clothes, sits across from her. Together, Emily and the little girl tell each other what they did at school that day and what they ate for lunch. They sit there for about an hour, just talking and laughing. And then every day at precisely 4:00 p.m., the little girl leaves without a word. Emily goes the next day at the same time, with the hope of the return of the little girl. The little girl always comes back.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

David Hockney inspired Photomontage

In this photomontage, my group was trying to communicate at scene at the stairs. There are many different pictures of me in different places on the montage. We wanted to capture that sense of one place, but many different things going on. I believe we were successful in capturing this because we have a clear montage of the stairs. We also have different parts of me put everywhere on the stairs. For example, the top of my body is positioned in a few different places, while my feet are put towards the bottom of the stairs. We also have a couple parts that include my entire body. I believe that we had a successful, creative version of the scene that we were trying to communicate.

One thing I learned as a result of this project was effective collaboration. My group struggled with including all of our ideas at what we were trying to express at first, but we eventually cooperated and incorporated all of our ideas and worked well together. Another thing I learned was to plan well with this sort of project. My group and I just started glueing pieces down and we found bumps in the road. We had to keep printing pictures because we did not plan well. The last thing I learned was really including all of the requirements and making sure we knew what we were doing. We had trouble with knowing what the requirements were and planning our time well.