The midterm was the smoothest. The sad shots were very sad. I choose to photograph a old religious gold chain. And I choice to use a simple method shoot in a dark environment with a iso at 1600 and be very close to the object. Since I used a chain the other method I used was to scramble up the chain. It was very effective for most of the shots, along with that I took most of them into postproduction and gave them a more harsh of a look
The childhood photos were my second favorite shoot. I had some real fun taking fake plastic faces and giving the emotion. I give a doll a cigarette I put two doll lying together in a sad lighting situation with their hands touching, I gave the dolls a modeling shoot and made some look glamour with them full of bright light. My favorite and I some of the classmates liked also was the photo also was called; “What happened last night” I have the dolls some bright light and that caused them to have harsh shadows along with that the expression I gave them made them appear as if they were hungover.
The Rose shoot was one of my favorites. I choose to shoot with a fake rose that had a small bear holding it. The reason it was my favorite was because I shot either very dark or very bright; my ISO was no more than 800 when I was shooting in the dark and at a low Fstop. And when shooting with a much brighter light source I shot at 400 ISO at 5.6 FStop. I also shot with the light in different places; the most interesting place I placed the light was below the foam core, by doing that the light gave sort of a halo to the rose and changed the mood.
The trip to MoMa I would say it was okay. I don’t like going to museums that much, because every time I go and see the “Art” that hangs in there…Oh man, I get a bit mad. But back to the topic. I did find something that got my attention. The portrait (grisaille) of a mannequin by a French artist, Valerie Belin. I thought it was really cool to see that from far away it looked like a model, but once you got closer to the frame… you would see the details in the eyes; the eyes were painted well done. So that really got me because it looked alive, realizing it was a mannequin and not a photo-shopped model. It was my favorite piece at the museum. When women are photographed they put makeup to look like beautiful mannequins, so why not take portraits of the mannequins instead (that’s what i think) since they are perfect and don’t complain… or charge. The other pieces in the gallery were also very interesting and odd or just straight weird. For example (Richard Avedon’s American, 1923-2004 Gelatin Silver Prints 1975 (The Photography Council Fund)) was odd/weird to me. I didn’t get why a bunch of staff members were naked. I try getting an idea at least from it and I thought that “maybe, they want to show how they really are and be free and not be judge”, because in the image there’s a “girl” that has a male organ. After looking at several Images in the gallery, I thought that photography is very flexible, is not just about the colors but also about the texture, details and feeling(s) of that object or person that you capture at a certain moment in time on a frame. And it open my mind to other aspects of photography that i thought ( wow that’s possible with a camera).
also I liked the red bird that was there. By Shirana Shahbazi (German, born Iran 1974)
(Bird-08-2009) Chromogenic color print. When i saw the bird, the vivid colors got my attention and everybody in the gallery. The red color background and the odd position of the bird also got my attention. the bird was flying down but looking at you, Also liked the space that the bird had in the frame. The dark colors blended quite well in my opinion, they were dark but not to the point for you not to see details, but on this piece you did see details. And yes i do agree on certain parts of the the “New York Times” article ‘A World of its Own,’ Examining Photography, at MoMA by Roberta Smith. I do agree that Belin’s portrait of a beautiful mannequin was really good and Shahbazi’s taxidermic bird was also really good. They both got my attention and made me stare at them for a good time in the gallery.
For this assignment was a challenge. It was still cold in New York City, so they weren’t flowers popping out or not much green. Going to the park and still seeing trees around with no leafs. But people where outside on sunny days but still pretty cold. I saw many eggs around the park, thinking hey its almost Easter, Making me think of spring, so why not.
For the midterm I wanted to used a Starbucks cup, but it looked pretty boring to photograph. So I drew on it, give it a little flavor to the design. I had pretty fun with this assignment, placing the same object in different backgrounds. In the studio, playing the lighting it gave me pretty nice images have them in black and white. Being outside and using the natural light (the sun) gave me ideas of what the background should be. Not far from school, is the Brooklyn bridge park so why not have in the background have the city of New York.
for this assignment, I had tons of toys to pick from (having a younger sister does help) but I had trouble with lighting to change the mood. so most of my photos show more joyful moods. Not that I didn’t like it, just that it gets pretty boring. in the end its about being child, and how a child views the world.
for this assignment, I had so many options with a rose. I could use the rose to represent happiness and joyful, love. or represent the opposite. So many ideas came to mind so I went with both. I remember not liking how the photos came out so I kept trying to get the photos “right” at the end of the day, I was still not pleased with the work that came out, but I don’t think they are that bad either. I like to think I tried to show the world what I see when it comes to “love” and it pretty complicated.
For the third and final part of the location photo shoot I took pictures at the train station during late afternoon/early evening. After I arrived I was very shocked to learn that there is construction on one half of the entire station and that that half of the station will be closed until August! I took mostly pictures of the construction but I also took a few pictures from inside the train. The train passes by all of these graffitied walls as it makes its descent underground but unfortunately they were all blurry because the train was moving and I did not have enough time to adjust my camera. However, I did get a really interesting shot of one of the railway signals but the focus of the camera is on the dirt on the window:
This was definitely my favorite photo from the last photo shoot because of the blurry train signal and the red light that stands out.