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Project 1 – Lost & Found Step 1 – Discover


Obvious 01

I found this crack while I was on the way to come to the class. This picture is obvious and has a 30/70 percent relationship with figure and background. I felt this crack showed how the history of the New York subway was.

Obvious 02

This picture found near the college. At first glance, the structure chaptered my sights because parallel things looked like bones of the fish. This one is also obvious.


Obvious 03

I believe that a spot would be made from painter by accident. The rough surface and almost perfect circle grabbed my sights. He or she might  clear or make its brush rubbing the ground. As you can see, this is obvious.


Ambiguous 01

At first sight, the scattered salts got attention for me because it looked like snow on the ground.  The object was like snow piled up in a heap. As can see, this picture is ambiguous. It has a 50/50 percent relationship with figure and background.

Ambiguous 02

This wall looked like the practicing paper of painter. I felt as if the watercolor had spread in the wall. There were numerous touches, and some object presented a splash of paint in the water. It was like showing some of the painters’ hard work for their masterpiece. The wall also has an ambiguous figure.


Ambiguous 03

Even though it has a plat picture, the feeling of the image is very whimsical. The change of color was very smoothe and natural as if the painter was meant to be. I believe it was an intended work. The two structures against each other caught my eye as well. The photo is ambiguous.


Picture 1

Swirl – obvious

This picture is obvious because it’s a glue splatter kind of picture. The picture has a 70/30 FG and BG ratio. I believe this was created by a plumber, after finishing his job, the left over silicone on this hand, he wiped it on this wall creating this silicone swirl.

Picture 2

Splatter – Ambiguous

This picture is obvious because you can tell its a splatter on a wall. The picture has an 50/50 ratio of FG and BG. I believe someone was just messing around and the pint roller accidentally catch the wall, creating this splatter. The image consists of geometric shapes.


Picture 3

Running dog- Obvious

This is a chip on the side of a pole I saw at a car garage. I believe the chip was created over time due to the weather, or it could be that someone peeled it off. The picture consists of geometric shapes. I believe this image is ambiguous because it has a 70/30 ration.


Picture 4

Flower on the wall – Obvious.

The Flower on the wall picture is an obvious image, it displays a white flower with a yellow button in the center sticking on a red wall. The picture consists of shapes such as circles and squares, it also consists of geometric shapes as well as organic shapes.


Picture 2

Brushes – ambiguous

This picture is ambiguous because the black rectangle looks like its hovering over the white brushes. The picture shows two brushes one at the bottom and one at the top with a black rectangle in the middle. The shapes I the picture are organic.

In some other world, these pieces were placed for someone to find them! One man’s garbage…is another mans treasure. Hopefully all of my discoveries find a home soon.


Lost & Found-Step 1: Discover



#1: At one point in time, I believe there was nothing but dirt planted in the area of this photograph. I took this photo of the ground around a tree. Someone maybe saw that just soil wasn’t as enticing to look at. So they decided that small chippings of wood made the tree more appealing. The shapes here are organic. When looking closely, you can see overlapping. The shading gives a sense of chipped wood. The figure/ground relationship is 50/50. That means this photograph is ambiguous.



#2: This is a picture of the floor at the Utica Avenue station in Brooklyn. The shape really caught my eye. So I angled it in a way that made the picture obvious. The darker shape is the 30 percent of the picture. The light grey is the 70 percent of the picture. Thinking of the color way to the train gives me an understanding of why geometric shapes were chosen. I also feel like the school and playground located exactly above the station could have made an impact on the geometric feel to the station.



#3: This is a picture of the baseboard to the MTA bus wall. In person, the baseboard looks like its a metal border that is painted black. The reflection of the light on the paint makes the texture look like leather. I consider this to be ambiguous because of the 50/50 ratio between the light and shade in the photo. After I transferred the photo to tracing paper, you could tell a lot easier that the figure/ground relationship is ambiguous.



#4: This Con Edison plug looks like a button. I honestly believe that it is a plug on an electric pipe that possibly leads to the power plant on 14 street in Manhattan. This photograph has a 70/30 figure/ground relationship. When I look at the picture, I can easily distinguish that there’s a Con Edison plug first. Then I notice that there’s a bunch of background area that takes up most of the photo. What catches my eye is the Con Edison.



#5: This is a zoomed in photo of a subway train wall. At first glance, in person, you’ll notice that the wall looks like a smooth, solid grey surface. I’m thinking that the interior designer put a lot of thought into a sort of pixel version of their design to get the desired look. In the photograph the shapes are organic. There’s a flow to the shapes rather than a bunch of purposely paced circles that would have given a geometric look. The photograph’s figure/ground relationship here is 50/50.



#6: These are cigarette buds found on sidewalk. I would say the shape is organic because they once were cylinder shapes. In the hands of either a man or woman, the form of the cigarette became distorted. To me, the distortion came from the pressure of the forefinger and the middle finger as it was smoked by the person. The figure/ground relationship here is definitely 70/30, making the photo obvious. My focus is to the cigarette buds first, then towards the background.