Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Ski Photography

For my independent project, I decided shoot the subject option. I am choosing to shoot skiing. Skiing has been an interest of mine forever, and as my interest in photography grew It only makes sense to bring the two together. I think that skiing has an eloquence that can only be captured in good photography, and good photographers transcend the sports photography field into art. 

Some of my favorites:

I like the colors. 

Freeze frame.

I like the contrast here. 

Action SHOT!

I love this picture. I love the way the skier is framed in the image. 

Awesome contrast, awesome subject. 

Awesome lighting.

Captures the Fun of skiing!!!

This is on Mt. Hood.

This is also an awesome image. Good composition, and good contrast and texture.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Diptychs and Triptychs

Diptych - A series of two images (paintings, photographs) that progresses.

I like how trippy and flowy the image is. 

I love the grainy texture that this image has.

I really like the vignette affect on this diptych. 

Triptych - A series of three images that convey a message or demonstrate a progression over the three images. 

I like the old fashioned feel of the images, reminds of the film 'Oh brother where art thou?', which is one of my favorite movies.

I love the creepiness of these.

These are my favorite by far. I love the strong diagonals, contrast, and abstractness. Also city is my favorite subject to shoot by far. 

Examples of Hockeys cubist work:

I really like the depth of the colors on this. Seems surreal. 

Cubism - A style of art that became popular in the early 20th century, in which simple geometric shapes, interlocking planes, and collage is used to show the image. 

Good Texture


Jeff Delgado Photography

Diego Kuffer

This one is really awesome, not sure how it was done. I wouldn't mind doing something similar to this. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

While studying self portraits, I came across this article called "Self Portraits on Drugs". Basically, the artist, Brian Lewis Saunders, wanted to change his perception of his self. He took a different drug everyday, and drew a self portrait of himself on that drug. The portraits that followed are a somewhat frightening view of a descent into depression and an eventual hospital visit. He claims to want to continure the experiment, but space out his drug use. Here are some of the ones I like the most/felt to be the most powerful. Read the whole article and see all the pictures here + http://bryanlewissaunders.org/drugs/




Nitrous Oxide


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Self Portraits.

Photos of me when I was little:

Me as a baby. Wearing a jeans jacket.

One of my first halloweens. I went as a bat, and my cousin (on the right) was a vampire.

Me at 3. I had just spilled a gallon of honey in the backseat of my car. My mom was not happy, but I played it off.

These days I think I look essentially the same, except I am taller and have a little more facial hair.

(me as a I write this post)

As a really young kid I was pretty social. In first second and third grade I hit my peak. I met my best friend, and we are still friends. In fifth grade I changed schools, where I met a lot of my current Lincoln friends. That was hard for me. I became really shy. It took me forever to be comfortable with people. To reach out to people. Through middle school, I was still awkward, and didn't really like the world. At lincoln I began to figure myself out, and by the end of junior year really started coming into myself. I'm really happy now, and I am only more excited for where I'm going. I still try to be that kid I was in the pictures above. 

Those are wood transfers, and they are my personal favorites. I love the texture that the would adds to the picture. It appears to give the image more depth, and more motion and realism.

I also really like these 2. I like the first one because of how it appeared to be a snapshot in time. A frozen moment, or vignette of one sunny afternoon. Not really sure why I get that feeling, but I do. I like the second, because of the old fashioned feel, and the haze. Once again, it just seems really environmental to me. Not sure why. I am excited to do more emulsion prints this year. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

What Inspires Me.

I was especially inspired by these three sculptures. They aren't photography, but i personally really liked them. I am still not really sure why. I think its because of how rough they were, but at the same time they were beautiful. They truly look handmaid, and I loved that. You could see every notch, where the artist had hand hewn the wood until it was just exactly what he wanted. Their imperfections was why they are perfect. Despite being solid, to me they had a very life like feel. I think that it came from all the small cuts and indents on the face of the wood. It gives the sculptures and illusion of motion, and a more lifelike demeanor. I really enjoyed the gallery walk, and I hope we can do more of it in the future, especially with each others work.
I did not take this
I did take this
Natural Vision

My natural vision is raw, basic, and abstract. I try make my images simple, yet profound, and full of contrast. I want the people who look at my photography to have to look at it for a second, before fully realizing what it is. I want my pictures to have a stark, minimalist look, where smaller elements make up a larger picture. My best photos come are taken at a closer range, where all the emphasis is on one single object. I try to use depth of field in order to emphasize that object. I love the way manipulating depth of field can completely change the meaning and aesthetic of and image. It can also lead the eye to see things it would never notice otherwise. I try to see everything in a more abstract way. I think that the lens of a camera is a perfect tool for breaking down the world. When we view something as common as a building, a city street, or anything else we see everyday, we only see what it is. When you use a camera to break it down into different elements or isolate parts of it, the meaning can completely change. Everything is only as we see it, and a camera's lens can help us take things out of context, and find beauty or even meaning in the mess of things we see everyday. I want to find beauty, symmetry, and significance in everyday things.