The most useful thing Art said was the 3 elements of design. Line, Pattern and texture make a photograph and the more you think of those 3 elements, the better you will see your picture. It was very helpful when he told me to train your eye. Because at first I was thinking that it would just be something certain people can see. However, Art says to train your eyes to see these certain patterns, textures, and lines. He says once you begin to train your eye, it will become easier to start seeing these 3 elements.
I also think it was really useful when he was talking about altering materials. When he was making his own patterns and putting them into frame I thought that was very creative. As photographers sometimes we think what we see is what we can photograph. However, Art says that alerting photographs can help your picture follow a line, pattern or texture. I think that is a very smart idea and I am going to try it in some of my own pictures.
I also found that when Art said patterns are appreciated and accepted by every culture. It does not matter where you live, a shot with a really compelling pattern in it has potential to be a great photograph anywhere around the world. A pattern is something pleasant to the human eye and it is not nescarily taught to a specific set of people. I think all of Art’s speech was about seeing things differently. If there was one thing I could take away from that video is when you are taking a picture, think differently and use all 3 of the elements.
The Point CounterPoint exhibit was really inspirational. There were so many pictures that added great influence to Mexican Culture. My overall experience was really good and I thought I learned a lot. There were several pictures where I got so close to see the details in what the photographers had captured. Once artist that greatly inspired me was Federico Gama. He had one specific picture that I thought was incredibly beautiful. The picture was Untitled but it was taken on December 12 in 2014 and it was part of the 12D series. The picture aims to show how clothes, accessories and body language can define a person and their identity. Federico wanted to capture when people would come back to Mexico City to celebrate the feast of the Day for the Lady of Guadalupe. Federico wanted to capture these people, what they were wearing, how they were behaving and where they were at. He wanted to call attention to this one day where people leave behind their normal lives and come to celebrate this religious figure. The picture with the kid holding The Lady of Guadalupe with the sunset behind him with amazing. I thought not only the contrast was beautiful, but it gave off a really unearthly vibe. Like wherever he was, was not on the planet earth. I thought printing it through the Inkjet Print added a really glossy effect which I thought brought out the picture even more. Overall, the exhibit was motivational and I thought it addressed some of the political, economical, and social issues between the neighbor Countries Mexico and The United States. I think this exhibit took a lot of courage and work to put up, especially with Trump in office…
This documentary on Richard Avedon was weird but inspiring to me. I think a lot of times art can feel this way. Especially since Richard tried a lot of new and different things in his career. Some people can view that as weird just because it had never been done before. The part that stuck out to me, was the part where he was photographing the naked woman with the snake wrapped around her. I thought it was weird while he was describing it, but then again when I saw the final picture, I thought the picture was amazing. I thought it was dramatic when people who were watching were saying they started to cry when the picture was taken. I don’t know if it was that emotional but that part I found kind of weird. I think a lot of Richard’s work was highly recognized by people around the world. The video said you cannot talk fashion and portrait photography without talking about Richard Avedon. I agree with that statement because he took pictures of a lot of famous people. Everyone was going to him to get their portrait taken and for a good reason. I enjoyed learning about Richard Avedon and I think his work will be remembered for a long time.
I think I had the most fun with the night photography shoot so far. I really enjoyed it and me and my friend had a lot of fun. We used two different flash light and a lighter. My favorite picture was the orb with the sparkles around it. I set the shutter speed to 30 seconds and stood in one spot while spinning a flashlight. My friend then went behind me and quickly turned on the flashlight in random spots. I thought it was a really cool sparkle effect around the orb. I also really like the one with me inside the orb. I was surprise because the most difficult part was the movement of the people in front of the camera. I thought the ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture were going to give me a lot of problems, but it was the easiest part to deal with. The orb took as about 15 tries to get down the general shape of it, that was definitely the most difficult part. The first couple of times we tried it, they came out as weird zig zag lines. Overall though, the night photography was really fun and I plan to try some more shots on my own.
For my Photo Booth Project, I went to my friend’s neighborhood and took pictures at a Halloween Party. I brought my own props as well including a wig, a gorilla mask, a pink hat, and a batman mask. I took pictures throughout the entire night and it was fun to see how the alcohol may have changed people’s poses. I used an actual backdrop with a black sheet so the setup was fairly simple. The biggest problem that I had was probably the lighting. The house that I was in had very soft lighting so it was difficult to get a light source. I tried different things such as having someone hold up a phone light and moving the backdrop and tripod to different locations in the house. I had to shoot some pictures on 1600 ISO. However, eventually I moved the backdrop right underneath a light and it was a little easier to see. I included myself in some of the pictures by setting my camera on a 10 second timer. People looked like they were having too much fun so I had to get a couple with me in it. My experience with getting people to take pictures was a little weird at first, but once the first person got in line to take a picture, I actually had a line. A bunch of people wanted to get their pictures taken and I plan on distributing them out via E-Mail to them as well. I had a really fun time doing this project and it really got me out of my comfort zone to be a guy at a party with a random photo booth set up. It was also weird contacting the owner of the house asking if I could set up a tripod and backdrop in her house. However, I really enjoy the outcome of the project and I think the people will enjoy their pictures once they receive them.
For my word from “Letters to young Artist”, I chose Confidence. I talked a little bit in class about how having confidence while creating art is really important. I thought about what I was confident in and wanted to try to take some of that confidence and put it in my own art. I am really confident when I am playing basketball. Even when I am missing a lot of shots, I keep telling myself “This next one is going in”. That is how I want to be when I am shooting. I want to be confident in my picture and video taking ability, and if they do not come out great the next time, I want to have the mindset of “This next one is going to be the one”. So I chose to photograph my friend taking a shot in basketball. I chose to get him from a lower angle to show that the shooter is in power. The ball goes in the hoop depending on what you do, not what others do. It is the same for art. You are in charge of your own art and depending on what you do, you could have confidence in your art.
This field trip was super helpful as far as lighting goes. I feel like a lot of times I have trouble with lighting up people evenly. With the LED light and the reflector, it was easier to control my light source. It was easier to position the people I was shooting as well. My favorite picture is the one of Cori in front of the lake. I like the picture especially because you can really see the light coming off of his face. Although it may look like natural light, but it is light from the LED. It really makes his face look evenly lit and like the light source is coming from that direction. Some challenges I faced was trying to get enough light in while the sun was going down. I realized I just had to get closer to the subject because my F stop was not able to get any lower. My ISO was also already at 800 so I did not want to go over 800. This was only the last part of the day though.
I really enjoyed the video “Silver and Light”. I thought not only was it really inspirational, but it was awesome to see someone follow their dreams like that. I thought it was crazy that each picture he is making, takes $500 to make. He cannot see the picture either until after he spends that money either. He does not know whether the picture will be worth it or not. However, if he does not like the picture, he does not give up. He continues to try and try. That is why I found this video to inspirational. The thing I remember the most is when he says he does not know what the problem is. He does not know if it is the lighting, the place he is at, the equipment he is using, or if he just sucks. Then he says “I feel like I suck”. I can relate to that a lot because a lot of times, I get that feeling too. However, he never gives up in the video even though he thinks he sucks. That is the kind of attitude I want to have. Even If I suck, I can look at it as a chance to get better.