1-What has been the most meaningful or favorite part(s) of photography? Why?
The most meaningful part of this class has been learning more about photography and improving my personal skill. As far as the most meaningful part of photography in general for me, I would tell you that I enjoy having a platform for my personal expression. I really love being able to create something visually pleasing, and I get the added bonus of other people appreciating it. Having critics in class helps too, because I know that not all of my images will be amazing.
2-What has been the most challenging, difficult or frustrating part(s) of photography? Why?
Again, the challenging and frustrating parts of this class are restrained to the idea of grading art, because that goes against my personal moral code. Obviously it has to be done, but I still don’t like it. When it comes to photography in general, my biggest frustration is my lack of meaningful work. I take pictures that I enjoy looking at, but why?
3-What project forced you to work outside your comfort zone and take a risk in doing something that you had never done before? What was the result? Were you successful or unsuccessful? Why?
If anything, it would be surrealism or portrait. I felt that both projects were semi-successful. Surrealism was a challenge because I don’t enjoy turning my pictures into something that they’re not. Portrait brought me out of my comfort zone because I strongly dislike portrait photography, it’s ingrained.
4-What did you learn that was most surprising or eye opening? Why?
Honestly, the most eye opening thing that I learned was just how many people are great photographers. From photo I, I came into this class with pretty low expectations for the abilities of the people I’d be with. Yeah, that sounds really really egotistical, but there really are a ton of people who are really good at photography. That’s the biggest shift in mindset that I’ve had over this class.
5-In what project did you achieve something positive despite difficulties and/or problems?
Explain the difficulty.
Explain what you achieved.
My difficulty lay in a lack of interesting settings for my pictures. I was lucky to have gone up north over memorial weekend, but it was too late to turn in any projects. I achieved a lot of good works over the trimester, however. The lighting studio and photoshop access helped.
6-In what project did you produce your weakest work?
Why was this piece your weakest?
What could you have done to make this work stronger or better?
One of my portraits - with the guitar - would probably be my worst. I think I could’ve done a much better job of showing the artistic/musical side of myself. Maybe if I had color and more of an unserious expression.
7-What would you have liked to learn about? Why?
I would’ve liked to learn more about art as a form of social commentary and in some cases protest.
8-How has the studio art class changed the way you create art?
It has made me consider composition a lot more than I used to. I also learned about the use of photoshop as an emphasis tool.
9-How has the studio art class changed the way you view, interpret or what you think
It hasn’t really changed my view on art, so much as amplified my appreciation for it. The salt of the earth was a really hard hitting movie and that was a big part of my increased appreciation for photography as a form of social commentary.
There is a certain comfort in anonymity,
The ability to disguise ourselves as no-one.
But this disguise becomes too real,
Reality and fantasy reverse:
We are no-one,
Our disguise is now the person
We once were.
There is no desperation in regaining our
Are we too scared to be someone? To have meaning?
Willingly we discard our existence and
Replace it with nothing.
We are nothing.