Thursday, January 14, 2016

Post #2: A Dream Assignment

Themes: 

1.Photograph Xavier students when they are expressing themselves- be it theater class or aviation club, just some place where they are comfortable and are not afraid to be themselves.
Sisters in the Summer

 2. Photograph antique shops- there is something beautiful in the history that no one knows about and that is what antique shops are like, they are intriguing in their anonymity.
3. Photograph friends at different times of the day- everyone knows that people are a little haywire at certain points of the day and more relaxed later so it would be fascinating to capture that difference, if possible.
4. "Kill" someone with kindness- this idea popped into my head randomly, it was based on a quote that went a little further. So whatever would normally be the weapon would be changed into something else (i.e. a knife into a flower, a bottle of poison turned into a bottle labeled "love").
5. Girls trying on period clothes- we are so used to our short shorts and jeans and tank tops, it would be hilarious to see how modern day girls view themselves in old time-y clothing.

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6. Photograph Lux- I love that coffee shop, it has such an air of normalcy and welcome that you just can't avoid going there. I want to show all the fun people and the food and the entertainment that goes because it really is quite a lively place.
7. People painted as animals- we, humans, are animals after all and usually face paint is only for little kids. This would be one way to combine parents and their teens and their grandparents to all have a little fun as they try to express their animal nature.
8. Background of movies as they do the impossible- so if in a movie someone looks taller, this would be a behind-the-scenes look as to how (i.e. standing on a box) or if they are flying show the strings or show the fans blowing in their face, it's just a weird but fun idea.
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9. Photographing ONE emotion- find a bunch of different people, ages ranging, and tell them to express one feeling, for example, happiness, and photograph how every generation and person is different in their expressions.
10. Incorporating something I love- so I would randomly throw in my phone, or my favorite book, or anything else that I love and make it look completely out of context so that it is almost a puzzle and a question as to whether it was a mistake.





My favorite theme was definitely "Kill" with Kindness because it does seem a little more out of the box than we are used to and that would be something interesting to see. It's not something I've ever done before or thought about until I began this class and had this assigned on the first time. I definitely think that as I progress with my photography skills that it will be impossible not to recreate this theme because not only will I want to see my improvement, I know that I will want to elaborate on it.

The Card: 

The card I chose in class was a verb: reading; ironically it was one of the words I had written down. thank goodness this is quite easy to incorporate into my favorite theme. Seeing as everything is "Killing" with Kindness, I will have to find books with a killing scene and imagine the weapon in a nonthreatening way. For instance, if I look to fairy tales like Snow White, the apple will no longer be poisonous and instead the witch will be bringing a basket of them as a sign of good faith. And if I want to be a little more realistic I can always borrow some mystery books from my father and get ideas there.

I hope that I will maintain a little control of this series but I kind of want to let my imagination rule my body as I take the photograph. I don't want to have it so perfect that it's staged, I want this project to look relaxed and effortless.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Post #1: Welcome

Mario Testino
 Mario Testino is a very talented Latin American photographer. One of the most amazing things about him is the diversity among his array of photographs. For instance, in this he is photographing for Vogue (fashion). The way is able to play with the angle and allow the dress to blow in the wind is splendid. Not only that , he makes the model look proportionate, nothing seems too long or too short and most of all, you can see all of her, no hidden hands or legs or anything of that sort. It adds for not only a fascinating picture but a well-photographed one.

Mario Testino
However, Testino also does portraits of models and celebrities and the like. There is something truly inspired with his portraits because he captures the essence of a person. He is not only focused on what they look like smiling or serious, he captures the person as they are, which makes for a stunning composition.

Mario Testino
Furthermore, Testino has photographed amazing people like the late Princess Diana and the results are captivating. His photograph screams relaxed and casual, nothing staged or forced. His work is lacks nothing and exemplifies what I would like to achieve, capture people in their normalcy or in their candid walks through life. 

Senior Photo (sort of)
 So I took this class beginning of sophomore year and I kind of never wanted to let go of my digital camera, I was so amazed and excited with that experience I couldn't wait to return to a photography class. After that class ended my heavy ol' vintage camera and I had some fun adventures in Washington, D.C. and South America on the beaches of Peru and boy was that amazing! However, in the past year or two I have reverted to digital photography once more, armed not only with the Sony camera but also with my camera phone (thank goodness). This has allowed so fun moments to occur, like the image above.

Right Place Right Time
 This photograph is my favorite of all time, it looks like something I took off the internet when, in fact, it was the result of me pressing my phone against the glass of the tank, turning off my flash, and waiting for the jellyfish to swim far enough down. I don't normally photograph any sort of animal or creature but when I do I'm always looking to find a moment like this that is almost perfect.

Not Staged
This last one was completely candid, I know, surprising. But really, being at the right place at the right time has its advantages. With this class I'm hoping to expand on moments like these, to show people's natural expressions and their crazy faces and pretty much teach people about their peers or strangers that would describe without words. Finally, I am so genuinely excited for this course, it will be a roller coaster ride of fun.