I took these pictures with slower shutter speed. I panned the camera to follow the bus so the background would appear blurred
Gail Albert Halaban: Italian Views
I recently had opportunity to view the Gail Albert Halaban: Italian Views exhibit currently being held at the Aperture Gallery located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. It was an interesting exhibit which exhibited photographs by Gail Albert Halaban which were taken in Italy. The work focuses on photographs by “observing life through windows.” The artist has used varied Italian architecture to frame different moments in the everyday life of Italians as she views them through windows. The works were somewhat reminiscent to me of Hitchcock’s “Rear View Window.” As you view each photograph, it is if you are peeking into a personal moment in the lives of the people being photographed.
The photographs were large and were for the most part well framed. The subjects were focused and well lighted so that they stand out in the windows of the buildings. One photograph, “Necklace, Via Pietro Maestri,” that was well executed. I noticed that all the other windows have their shutters and windows closed. In the upper right hand corner, there is one open window showing an older couple. The woman is trying to put on a necklace and the man appears to be helping her. It made me wonder if they were preparing for an evening out or if perhaps, he had given her the necklace as a gift. Another photograph which was interesting was “Boy and His Dog” which shows a boy in a dining room. The outside of the window has large black shutters. I had to look closely to see the dog which the boy was feeding a treat. In this photograph, the windows on the left were also closed.
I enjoyed the exhibit and peering into the windows to determine the actual subject. It gave me a different perspective on how to frame my work. In my opinion, the works were well done and interesting. However, in some of the photographs I had to look closely to determine the actual subject. Perhaps, that was the intention of the artist.
Final Project / Fairy Tale
My final project will present story of “The Fellowship of the Ring.” I will use figures which represent the different characters from the story in locations which resemble the settings in the story. I will also use some miniatures for props.
1. Photo of the ring in the story with closeups.
2. Bilbo and Gollum in a cave.
3. Frodo and Bilbo Baggins in the Shire.
4. Frodo and Gandalf in a garden.
5. Frodo and Samwise Gamgee starting their journey in a farm.
6. Frodo and Samwise with Aragorn.
7. Aragorn and Legolas in an Elf setting with a waterfall like Rivendell.
8. Gimli and Legolas in a forest setting.
9. All characters surround the ring.
10. Photo of Frodo with the ring.
The first two where created by moving the pixel stick behind the subject over a longer period of exposure. image was created using multiple exposure, to create the illusion of a person fighting themself. In between the flash, the person moved to the opposite location. The blue light was moved around the person’s arm after each flash.