Green Wood Cemetery

This photograph is using a framing and depth of field. The tombs show that they are build in nineteenth century.  I had learned the document of calculating last week, and Green Wood Cemetery must spending a lot of time and money to build.

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I picked this photo because this is one of the mausoleums that are part of Green-Wood Cemetery’s 19th and 20th century collection. The photo also speaks to the steep but beautiful landscape of hills and grass that sets it apart from other cemeteries I have seen before.

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Green-wood cemetery

While not able to attend the Historical Brooklyn Society I did learn quite a bit while viewing the website. What really made an impact on me was the historical significance. People buried there were important figures in human history. The cemetery really resonate this historical flow that exist in the there. Every angle of the cemetery tell stories.

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A trip to the Green-Wood Cemetery

The trip to the Green-Wood Cemetery was extremely amazing. A very nice Sunny day provided us the best lighting condition. Just before we went to the cemetery, we had learned that it is not only a cemetery but a very beautiful ,historical spot for visitors. In the Cemetery, I saw beautiful design for all the tombs with sculptures and plants. Overall, the atmosphere there is not mystery at all but elegant and pleasant.

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Greenwood Cemetery-Kenyasoweta Bowman

I chose this photograph because the juxtaposition of the statue to the tombstones looks like she’s about to raise the dead.  She looks mournful yet at peace.   At the  museum we learned about family plots and how much they cost and how multiple bodies were often used for one grave.  This is a picture of a family plot.

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Green-wood Cemetery

Before we went to Green-Wood Cemetery, we were at the Brooklyn Historical Society to do research about the cemetery. I learned that Green-Wood Cemetery is a historical place that attract visitors. It had been there for more than 138 years. From the map that I looked at, the cemetery is a huge field that contain around 560,000 residents in 2010, include politicians, artists, entertainers and inventors. I was looking forward to go and see the cemetery. When I was walking around the cemetery, the variety of flowers attracts me the most. It fills the cemetery with freshness and colors.

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Entrance to Green-Wood Cemetery

This is the entrance to the historic Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York.  I saw photos of this entrance at the Brooklyn Historical Society during our class visit.    The entrance sets a sort of grand mood for this famous cemetery, and seems to let the visitor know that this is an important site.  The gothic nature of the entrance creates a mystery about the place, and the height and intricacy of the design go along with the grand nature of the cemetery.  Although a gothic motif is completely different from what you see in general around Brookyln, and at the cemetery, it lets one know that this is a special type of site, apart from what ou normally see in the area.  I learned at the Society that many famous people are buried at the cemetery, and that it has been in existence for over one hundred years.  I also learned that it is a big tourist site in New York, which also goes along with the grand nature of the entrance

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I choose this photograph because at last weeks Research on Green-Wood at the Brooklyn Historical Society my group read a pamphlet about the rules of the cemetery. The part that really got my attention was the emphasize of the type of flowers they have to offer to put by the tomb stones. I thought it was nice to see that the cemetery actually showed care for the people who had just lost a loved one. The more recent rule book didn’t have anything like that it was just straight forward rules regarding hours and maintenance. I thought the trip to the cemetery was great i had never seen a cemetery that had such a tourist attraction feel to it. Last week i didn’t understand why someone would go to a cemetery just to visit but now i could see why, it truly is a beauty.

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I picked this photo because I had seen a photo of the fountain in the book that I looked at in the Brooklyn Historical Society.  I was really looking forward to seeing the beautiful fountain and I was lucky enough to see it when the sun was shining :).  There were a lot of visible differences between my photo and the one at the Society.  In the old photo the trees were shorter and not so lush.  I knew that the cemetery was going to be very fancy and not just your every day headstones.   Not just because of the photos in the brochure but even at that time it was a destination spot which cost a lot.  I am really glad I got to go and definitely want to go back and and check out some famous stones.

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Homework 1: Dawoud Bey

Bowman, Kenyasoweta
GRA 2330 – Digital Photography
Professor Michals
February 8, 2010Photograph used: Dawoud Bey’s “A Boy in Front of Loews 125th Street, 1976”

1. What type of photograph is it? This appears to be a “candid” photograph.
2. What can you tell (or guess) about the photographer’s intention. I think the photographer wanted to show the maturity and style of the young man who seems wiser beyond his years.
3. What emphasis has the photographer created and how has that been done? The photographer places an emphasis on the backdrop of the theater entrance by using high contrast for the background and full scale for tone for the foreground.
4. Do technical matters help or hinder the image? I think technical matters aid in the message of the image. The photographer uses soft focus for the background to draw attention to importance of his subject, which is the child in this case. He also toys with deep space to show the distance between the child and the theater.
5. Are graphic elements important, such as tone, line, or perspective? Yes they are. The contrast in tone between the subject and its background creates a perspective. The diagonal line of the subject shows his age which is recognized by his juxtaposition to the barricade he is standing next to.
6. What else does the photograph reveal besides what is immediately evident? I think the photographer reveals the child’s youth by how his right leg is perched to supported his small stature, his clothing and demeanor however, alludes to an older individual.
7. What emotional or physical impact does the photograph have? This photograph makes me smile because I grew up around people with his mentality and outlook on life. There’s a sense of familiarity here.
8. How does this photograph relate to others made by the same photographer? This photograph shows everyday people in a dramatic fashion by letting their environment tell their story.

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