Thursday, May 29, 2014

Assignment of Which I Am Most Proud

I am most proud of my Food assignment. The images above are a few of the many photographs I took in Whole Foods for this assignment. I was initially slightly uncomfortable with this assignment, because I am generally not very good at finding artistic things to photograph in food. I have generally stuck to portrait photography when that is an option, and this assignment really left me with no other option than to take photographs of food. When I walked into Whole Foods, I was unsure as to where I was to begin. Very soon, however, I got so lost in my photographs that I completely forgot my initial discomfort. I took more photographs than I had ever taken before, and I put thought and effort into each and every one. This assignment taught me how photograph outside of my comfort zone. I am very proud of my results. 

Most Memorable Experience

       My most memorable experience this semester in Photo I was, without a doubt, the creative selfie assignment. I had so much fun with Eavan trying to capture a unique and creative selfie. We were very thoughtful, and we were filled with endless ideas. Selfies have become such a normal and casual thing in everyday life, that people haven't really taken the time to delve into the creativity that can exist behind each and every selfie. I really enjoyed this assignment, because it made me think about things in a different way. It made me realize that one can be creative with anything he/she wants to be creative with, even a simple selfie. This realization extended to my perspective on everything; I saw that art and creativity can exist in anything in life.

Culture Clash

To create a Clash of Cultures by creating your own Photo montage, combining images from Beijing, China and Yarmouth, Maine, USA;
To further develop your Photoshop knowledge and skills;
To create a “surreal” landscape by montaging a variety of photographs;
To know, use, and understand the Four Collage Techniques to in your Photo Montage: Juxtaposition/fragmentation, Point of View, Scale Change, Overlapping

            I learned a vast amount from this project from both the successes and the challenges that I faced throughout my creation of this montage. I primarily learned a lot about photoshop. I was very successful in editing the various photographs to fit into my montage. The process of adjusting, cropping, and editing the pictures in order to juxtapose, layer, and contrast them in my final project greatly enhanced my understanding of the program. Due to my success with photoshop throughout the project, I am now actually quite comfortable using photoshop with different projects. I additionally had many initial challenges that I had to overcome, enforcing my problem solving skills. It was extremely difficult to incorporate fifteen images into my project in a way that was imaginary but also real at the same time. I had to maintain the real aspect of the surreal montage, which was something I found to be quite difficult while trying to integrate many different and contrasting images. I ultimately found ways to add in many different images without losing the sense of having a real scene in the montage. I added smaller fragments, and I decreased the opacity of some images to help them blend and juxtapose together smoothly. In the end, I learned a huge amount from this project, and it was definitely a highlight for me.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Free Choice

"A Barn and a Boy"

The sound of the sprinkling rain grew stronger on a sullen Sunday afternoon. The aroma of spring was in the air, and the faint smell of burning wood coming from inside created a comfortable and calm atmosphere. I felt my camera in my hands; I knew what I had to do. I saw the rusty red of the barn and the blue of his eyes and his shirt, and I knew that I could trust my camera to capture a powerful moment. The reds and blues and browns intertwined into one beautiful shot. I saw his eyes look back at the camera, conveying so much emotion with such a plain expression. I heard children playing in the yard next door, and I heard an impatient dog barking from the street. Life was in slow motion as this shot was captured. 

"Game Face"

Game Day
Daunting, Exciting
Defending, Running, Attacking
Until the Ball is in the Back of the Net
A fight.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Culture Clash Planning

Juxtaposition~ When two things things are placed together, forming a contrasting effect.

Fragmentation~  The process of breaking multiple wholes into small, separate parts. Fragments from the different wholes are then used to create a new, unique whole. 

Point of View~ The position from which something is observed. 

Scale Change~ When the proportions of one image to another is changed. 

Overlapping~ When something covers something else partly by going over its edge. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hobbies & Interests

"Musical Escape"
Harmoniously melodic
Mellifluously harmonic
Each moment
Each second
Each touch


The sound
The tune
The beauty

an escape. 

Free to play
Free to roam
Free to


"Tis the Season"
'Tis the season for small yellow balls.
'Tis the season for some nasty falls.

'Tis the season for great, victorious wins.
'Tis the seasons for losses that are harder than it's ever been.

'Tis the season to rise,
'Tis the season to shine;
You can hear it in our cries:
We surely won't resign.