Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Assignment That I Am Most Proud of

I am most proud of my PSA video on garbage pollution. I feel that I took really great, quality photos that showed how much garbage isn't picked up. I also think that I got my point across really well because of how I structured the video. I think the music was a great fit for my message, and I think the photos sharpness really created a wake up call. Overall, I think my PSA came together really well, and that it was also really effective. My PSA taught me how to create photos that people had to think about, not just look at. How to create photos that had meaning behind them; that weren't just point and shoot for the purpose of a memory. It also taught me that I should pick up after myself because of how startling the facts were that I found about garbage pollution. In conclusion, I am most proud of my PSA video on garbage pollution because I think the images I shot were very powerful, and I think the video came together really well.

Most Memorable Experiences

This year, our class trip to New York City was one of my most memorable experiences. We got so much closer as a class while producing amazing photos. Going there really solidified my manual camera settings skills. It helped me a great deal in terms of creating amazing photographs, but it was also really fun. I'm sure that going there for the sole purpose of photographing the city would be totally different than going to tour the city, but for my first time going, I wouldn't have had it any other way. It was so much fun, and everything there was so beautiful. There are so many different memories to choose from, but my favorite part of visiting New York City was going to the 9/11 memorial. I was only 1 at the time the tragedy happened, and my parents hadn't really told me much about it, so going there and looking around the museum really put into perspective how terribly sad that day was. Probably the only downside was that it was freezing! I think the cold was worth it though because I came back with beautiful photos, and I came back with an experience from New York City, where I had never been before.

Another one of my most memorable experiences was using the pinhole camera in class. It was a gorgeous day out: very warm and sunny. Mrs. Noack had just showed us how to use it and I was eager to try it out. When she told us how long we had to stand there for, I thought it would be really easy. Well, when I took the first picture, I realized how long 30 seconds really was. However, once we took the picture, we went into the dark room to process it and turn it into a negative. It was just like doing it with a picture and an enlarger, but it was more fun because we just took the picture, and we would be able to see what it looked like before class was over. We got to take at least 10 pictures that class, and the shots we got were so much fun to make. What I learned from this experience, was that I wouldn't have wanted to be around in 1600 when it was first invented because I would get so frustrated with it. However, I solidified my knowledge of the chemicals in the darkroom, and how to process the photograph. I also learned what it was like to take pictures with a pinhole camera instead of just a digital camera, and it's tough!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Final Independent Project Reflection

My Movie

Emotions tell someone's story, and I have always sought to capture these stories on camera. I'd always see pictures of people mid laugh or mid cry, and I always looked at them and analyzed them to try to figure out what the story was behind them, and which emotion they were displaying. They weren't just pictures of people crying or laughing; they were taken to make you think. It's not always easy to tell what emotion someone could be displaying. I also realized that there are more emotions than just happy or sad, and I did my best to make people really think about a good adjective that could describe the expression shown in my photographs. My overall connection to emotions is that they are displayed all around me and I want to tell the stories behind them through photography.

This project challenged me because I had to come up with a creative way to take pictures of emotions; not just having someone pose in a smile or frown. I needed to capture an emotion while it was really happening and not when someone was imitating one. I also had a hard time with figuring out how to put it all together because there was no given criteria. I didn’t want to just have a slideshow of boring, posed pictures. So, I got around that by cropping the photos in a way that is interesting and will make the viewer really think about what emotion that person was displaying at the time. Overall, the project as a whole challenged me, especially when we were first assigned it, because we had to be creative and not follow specific criteria. Once I got going, however, I realized it was easier than I thought it would be and I think my final product came out quite well.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ideas for Implementing Emotions

I am going to crop my pictures into specific parts of the body that display emotions. I will focus on the eyes, mouths, and noses mostly, but I am also going to include some arms and legs. I am going to compile them into an iMovie. The cropped pictures don't display a person laughing or crying; they will display an emotion, but it will cause the viewer to think about emotions.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Critical Analysis of "In Case of Emergency" (bronze sculpture, Andrew Myers)

This bronze sculpture is of a man that has his heart in a glass box. He is holding a hammer and his sleeve is rolled up. His expression is neutral, and he looks very vulnerable.

This sculpture was inspired by a fire extinguisher that had "break glass in case of emergency" written on it. Andrew Myers was looking at that fire extinguisher and the thought occurred to him that the heart is like a human fire extinguisher; we use it to put out emotional fires that we create. It's made of bronze, wood, and glass.

This bronze sculpture displays a man with his heart in a glass box that can be broken at any time. It can be broken to put out the emotional fires that we create in ourselves. The man's sleeve is rolled up which is expressing the idea that the hammer can be used at any time to put out the emotional fire and free his heart. "Break glass in case of emergency" is inscribed on the outside of the glass to show the metaphor more clearly. The man also looks like he is somewhat emotionally unstable giving the impression that he could break the box very quickly if he so desired.

I think this sculpture is one of the most perfect examples of emotion. It's not just a picture of someone smiling, you have to look at it and think about it. It doesn't express one certain emotion, but you can tell that it expresses the theme of emotion. There are different ways of interpreting it, but it expresses the theme of emotion, not just a certain emotion like happiness or sadness. The artist was very successful in terms of getting his point across. The fire extinguisher was a great analogy/metaphor.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Artwork Throughout Time, Reflecting Emotions

4 examples of emotions:

1) Taita Carnaval: February 14, 2015
    By Ila Coronel

This photograph is a great example of my theme because it depicts two girls smiling from ear to ear. It's not just a picture of someone making a face to "express" an emotion. This photographer captured a moment of happiness. It's also an interesting setting; they were caught off-guard and probably weren't aware they were being photographed. There is a story behind this photo, which is why it is a great example of emotion.

2) Sea of Galilee: March 17, 2010
    By Paolo Pellegrin

This photograph is a good example of emotions because this couple is sitting on the beach going about their day, and they were photographed. Even though there isn't a clear emotion shown in the photo, you can tell just by looking at the photo that there is love between them. There is a story behind this photograph also, which is why it's a great example of emotion. I feel that behind every emotion there is a story or a reason you are feeling that emotion, and I think this photo captured that.

3) Smiling Girl: July 24, 2009
    By Catherine Whitford

This photograph is a good example of emotion because this little girl could be smiling for any reason under the sun, and you wouldn't know because you have to interpret the photograph. She most likely posed for this photo, but again, it's a creative photo, not just a picture of someone smiling for the camera. I think this photo is a good example of emotion.

4) In Case of Emergency (doesn't give a date)
    Small Bronze Sculpture
    By Andrew Myers

This sculpture is a great example of emotion because you can see the hurt in his face. His heart is out and vulnerable which gives the impression that he has been hurt before. Even though it's not a real person expressing an emotion, this sculpture still captures the aspect of emotion. You can interpret this in many different ways, but it is a great example of emotion.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015


My theme is emotions.

The definition of an emotion is a natural instinctive state of mind deriving from one's circumstances, mood, or relationships with others as well as an instinctive or intuitive feeling as distinguished from reasoning or knowledge.

My personal connection to emotions is that they are all around me. I've always seen pictures of people crying or in mid-laugh, and I've always wanted to capture a moment like that. Those pictures of people expressing a certain type of emotion always have a story behind them. I've sought to tell that story through capturing an emotion, bad or good. My main aspiration for this project is to tell a story through photographs of the emotions of people.