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Title: Red

The reason I chose this photo as my final 5 is because I liked the idea of the past and the present being connected through the same color. The red wooden door symbolizes the past of China, young man on his phone represent the present. Although the man is passing by the door without looking or facing the door, they are somehow connected through the color red. Furthermore, red is a color symbolizing China. I waited until the man comes near the door. When I took this photo, it was a series. It was difficult to choose from the series of photos. If I can retake the photo, I want to try a different angle, such as standing right in front of the door, since different angle might present the theme more clearly.

Silver

I chose this photo as my final 5 because the composition and the silver umbrella was interesting. I like how different vertical lines (trees, the light and the woman) work together, combining with the horizontal line at the background. Also, the biggest shape, umbrella, is the only circle in the frame. The color of the umbrella, reflecting the sunshine also draws audience’s attention, contrasting with the green of the trees.

Man on a scooter

I chose this photo as my final because of the color scheme of the whole picture and composition. Overall the tone is very monotonic and black and white, and most of the colors have very low chroma, sketching dark and simple atmosphere. The vertical image (the man and the buildings) and straight lines (yellow road line) gives an idea of organized laws and order. It gives an idea of developed city life, accompanying with the electric scooter. Also the man’s facial expression adds on to the monotone style.

Chinese Tradition

I chose this picture because I liked the framing style, the depth of the background and the color of the blankets. The paper with Chinese characters, the door and the blankets all contributes to the rectangular composition. The depth is very clear, since it has object in foreground, middleground and background. the color of the blankets are very clear, and the pattern of the sunlight effectively gives highlights on the foreground. The traditional style of architecture, Chineses characters and blankets reveal the setting and the theme, China past present and future.

Two women with hats

I like this picture because it clearly represent various generations combining together. Two old women are in a traditional tourist spot; however, they also have bright color of clothing and hats. The old houses at the back are also decorated with modern signboards. This shows how the past and the present, old and young atmosphere combined together. It contains vertical image, but is combined with other shapes such as horizontal lines (the rock fence), round shape (hats) and diagonal lines (trees).

Prep for Hu Tong

Eric Kim

  • Describe the subject – what is going on in the image?
    • The man is walking on a snowy day, in Tokyo
  • Is the image in black and white or colour – what difference does this make?
    • Black and White. We can concentrate on the shapes in the picture, and it creates the contrast between the person and the snow.
  • Describe the composition of the image – is it calm, still and clearly organised or is it full of action//movement and a little bit chaotic?
    • background is calm, but the snow creates the movement in the scene.
  • Try to imagine where the photographer was standing/crouching – how close is s/he to the subjectand what effect does this have?
    • Rather close, we was probably walking toward the person on the street. It feels very natural.
  • Think about the angle of the viewpoint – looking straight on, tilted, up, down, across …? Was thephotographer standing still or moving when the picture was made, do you think?
    • straight, eye level. Moving.
  • How much information is captured in the image? – has the photographer used a wide angle lens tosuck in lots of information, or has s/he used a lens to draw us closer to the subject and isolate it from

    the background?

    • Fairly a lot. It shows Japanese characters, snowing, and a person.
  • If you had to give the photograph a title (other than the one it might already have) what would youcall it and why?
  • If you could ask the photographer 2 questions to help you understand the image better, what wouldthey be?
    • What time was it?

Lee Friedlander

  • Describe the subject – what is going on in the image?
    • A woman is walking on street.
  • Is the image in black and white or colour – what difference does this make?
    • black and white; it helps the audience to concentrate on the silhouette of the people.
  • Describe the composition of the image – is it calm, still and clearly organised or is it full of action//movement and a little bit chaotic?
    • even the woman is moving, it looks calm because the of the composition with the face of a woman reflected on the window.
  • Try to imagine where the photographer was standing/crouching – how close is s/he to the subjectand what effect does this have?
    • not very close, but good distance away from the woman and the window so he could capture the whole reflection.
  • Think about the angle of the viewpoint – looking straight on, tilted, up, down, across …? Was thephotographer standing still or moving when the picture was made, do you think?
    • straight, in order to capture the straight reflection.
  • If you had to give the photograph a title (other than the one it might already have) what would youcall it and why?
    • A reflection, because it is the main composition and narrative of the picture.
  • If you could ask the photographer 2 questions to help you understand the image better, what wouldthey be?
    • Where was this taken?

Leanne Staples

  • Describe the subject – what is going on in the image?
    • A man is walking on street, calling.
  • Is the image in black and white or colour – what difference does this make?
    • black and white; it helps the audience to concentrate on the details and composition.
  • Describe the composition of the image – is it calm, still and clearly organised or is it full of action//movement and a little bit chaotic?
    • Full of action. Almost everything in the frame is moving.
  • Try to imagine where the photographer was standing/crouching – how close is s/he to the subjectand what effect does this have?
    • close to the subject. It catches all the details clearly.
  • Think about the angle of the viewpoint – looking straight on, tilted, up, down, across …? Was thephotographer standing still or moving when the picture was made, do you think?
    • little bit tilted. It helps to highlight the chaotic mood.
  • If you had to give the photograph a title (other than the one it might already have) what would youcall it and why?
    • A businessman. The subject looks like a businessman.
  • If you could ask the photographer 2 questions to help you understand the image better, what wouldthey be?
    • Where was this?
    • When was this?

Street Photography: the strongest 5

These 5 photos are the strongest street photos of mine. I want to group the photos into 3 groups, the first photo, the second and the third, and the fourth and the fifth. I think each groups create different moods using similar elements and composition, contrasting the context and the theme of the pictures. I think my strongest photo is the last one, a young man riding a motor bicycle. I think the picture has good composition with the combination of vertical and diagonal lines.

Dragon’s Eye: ISB photo exhibition

April 18th, 2019

This is a photo called 17 Arch Bridge taken by Mike Dawson. This was a picture exhibited in ISB charity exhibition “Dragon’s Eye”. I have been to this bridge, and it was very interesting to see a photo taken like this of the bridge. This picture is very interesting because the composition creates the emptiness, and the color black and white also help to maintain that mood. The horizontal leading line provides peace and quietness. The bridge does not reflect on the water, and the photo has the balance in it.

Street Photographer: Garry Winogrand (1928–1984)

Garry Winogrand (1928–1984)

Garry Winogrand is a street photographer known for the picture of Marilyn Monroe. He often captures intimate and friendly atmosphere between people, highlighting the natural mood of the photos. The figures in the picture looks back into the camera, and the angle is tilted. Although the figures are aware of the existence of the camera, they don’t seem to know they are captured through the camera. This adds unprocessed tone to the picture.

See the source image

See the source image

 

Street Photography Day #1

This day, we went to the street across from the school to take street photographies (April 12th). We tried to capture the daily life of Chinese people at the park, and many of them were elderly people.

Description:

This photo is a photo of an old man exercising at the park.

Why this one:

The points I like about this photo is the old man’s facial expressions and his clothing. His clothes are black, and I think it well contrasts with the bright background; although he is wearing dark color clothes, he still looks bright and happy because of his facial expressions.

How did you get:

I stood next to the exercise machines.

Photo highlights:

The contrast between the man and the background, facial expression, bright color of the background.

Improvements:

I think if the aperture was lower, it would have been better. The background was not blurred enough, so the photo cannot concentrate on him.

This is a photo of a young boy sitting on an exercise machine.

Description:

 

Why this one:

I chose this one because I like the boy’s posture and facial expression. The composition of the picture also helps the audience to concentrate on the boy.

How did you get:

I waited the boy to look into the camera.

Photo highlights:

The facial expression of the boy, his posture

Improvements:

The boy’s face looks a little dark, if I have lower my aperture I would have been able to focus on him more.

Description:

This is a photo of a child standing and looking back to see the camera.

Why this one:

I like the posture of the child, and the way the child is standing on the number 100. Also, the way the kid looks back to the camera makes the photo very interesting.

How did you get:

I followed the child running and waited for the child to look back.

Photo highlights:

Posture, color

Improvements:

I think it would be better if I can get closer to the kid and catch the details. Also, I want the color to be more clear and bright.

Description:

This is a photo of an old mad riding a bike.

Why this one:

I like this photo becuase of his facial expression and the way he is looking into the camera. Also, the lighting of the photo is very smooth without sharp shining points, and it enhances the soft atmosphere of the photo.

How did you get:

I took a series of photos of the man riding the bike, and picked out the good ones.

Photo highlights:

Bright, soft

Improvements:

I want to lower the aperture of the photo, so the background can be blurred out and the audience would be able to concentrate on him.

The Fair Love by Judy Park

The Fair Love by Judy Park

 

[In Rosaline’s room, rainy night]

 

ROSALINE [looking outside, closing a book in her hands]

Is it raining?

NURSE [quickly ran out to a balcony, and facing ROSALINE]

Oh, yes, ma’am. It is raining, and ‘its strong. Very strong.

I wonder how would he goes back, ma’am.

ROSALINE

Like the love of the son of Montague? Which one is stronger?

NURSE

Well, the rain outside is strong, and also the love of the cully, too, to my dim eyes.

ROSALINE

His love is like a squall, won’t survive ever long.

A sudden storm of youth, that is naught more.

NURSE

But ma’am, I think his love is as real as that rain?

Also, he is the son of that Montague.

It would be very helpful if you form a relationship with those households.

ROSALINE

Love is not money, nor the rain.

Before long, that rain remains as a memory of immatureness.

So as that misadventured love. I truly have forsworn to love; it was a rash word.

NURSE

Please forgive ma’am, sure it was my mistake.

Anyways, it won’t change anything.

The son of Montague just returned.

ROSALINE

His love will collapse in a day.

NURSE

I hope so, ma’am. Also, there is a party morrow.

ROSALINE

From who?

NURSE

Capulets. Your close heart, Juliet Capulet.

Montagues’ only enemy, Capulets.

ROSALINE

[Facing aside] What is this feeling? This ominous rain,

Montagues and Capulets, Capulets and Montagues!

What direction would his love face? In this fair but tiny Verona,

the only success of rejected love will be the expiry of oneself.

[covering ROSALINE’s face with hands]                      Oh, love is not love!

Where would it lead this youth of Verona!

 

 

 

[In the party, ROSALINE with her hearts walking around]

 

ROSALINE [suddenly stopping]

Alas, is that him?

ROSALINE’S HEART

Who?

ROSALINE

That younker, kissing to the daughter of Capulet.

ROSALINE’S HEART

That is the buck from Montagues. But what do thou mean by him?

ROSALINE

Then who’s that man approaching the gentleman?

ROSALINE’S HEART

The coz of the damsel, Juliet is his cadet.

ROSALINE

The two households cannot be hearts. Tell me thy thinking in sadness,

the son of Montague hath a doxy, named Juliet; isn’t it?

ROSALINE’S HEART

Mary, ay.

ROSALINE

’its truly sad, that storm on that day was the tocsin for this day!

Love, that star-crossed love ‘tween rival households!

Natheless, mummers are just mooncalves.

My Lord, listen to my orisons! I desired stilnes for every shape!

 

 

 

[ROSALINE’s room, after the funeral of ROMEO and JULIET. Rainy night]

 

NURSE [closing the window, facing ROSALINE]

It’s raining, ma’am, how would everyone goes back…

[ROSALINE does not answer] Oh, oh! I will bring some milk, or crackers or…

ROSALINE [suddenly shake one’s head]

No, no. Thou can collogue, but thy got the permission to dismiss.

[NURSE exits]                     Love is not love! The star-crossed love, how…

How can you throw your shape, your heaven and your earth for the love!

For the love that lasts half a day! Or was it Sooth, was it true! Was it true as the rain!

Oh, Montagues, oh Capulets! Thy long long malice slaw this youth!

Thou paid the fair youth as corse for thy malice…

And, the stiness came! The stiness, after that long rivalry, it came with the expiry!

Romeo, and Juliet! I have forsworn to love, but I truly loved!

Not thou nor thy expiry, but thy love! Thy fair love…

 

 

 

The 5 reasons I picked Five People You Meet in Heaven

Five People You Meet in Heaven

  1. Comfortable surprises
    1. We can find many shocks in this book. A significant aspect we can see this is the end of chapters. Each chapter ends with a surprise or revealing a secret. However, with this full of secrets, the readers do not feel overwhelming, and it almost acts as a way to attract the audience. People have the curiosity about the next surprise, not being caught by the secret of the last time.
  2. Rapid and short, but not dizzy transitions
    1. The transitions between chapters and scenes are rapid and quick. However, the story does not stop with the transition. It keeps its face and follows through the changing backgrounds. The readers feel stable with the story, and the transitions evoke the feeling of curiosity.
  3. A common protagonist
    1. In the stories, protagonists should be strong and brave. But this one doesn’t. It’s an old man, working in a theme park. Not strong, not special. But this commonness is the point that allures people to this book. We are common. The protagonist is common. Therefore, we put our feelings into the story.
  4. Simple language
    1. The language is not complexed and elaborate. It’s simple, but also sensitive and deep. It touches our fundamental part of the soul.
  5. Your story
    1. As you go through the book, and as you flip the last page, you think. ‘Who are my five people?’ The story ends, and your story starts. Your five people. Your five lessons. Your Five People You Meet in Heaven.

Anyone Can Dream, ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho

The book that I picked for my winter break was ‘The Alchemist’ by Paulo Coelho. I heard many suggestions of this book. People nearby me always recommended this book and said it would give a huge impact. Actually, that was true.

I am a freshman, and not very comfortable with my high school life yet. But during this winter break, this book has helped me a lot in mental aspects. As I grow, my life become complicated and confusing. People near me does not consider my problems difficult, but for me sometimes it feels very overwhelming. In this book, the author encourages to have a dream and saying it is okay to have dreams in different ways. A shepherd Santiago, the protagonist, had a dream about treasure under the pyramid of Egypt, and decide to take travel to the desert; this is the start of the book. Santiago is well educated man. He was going to be a priest in his town. However, he wanted to travel all around the world. ‘One afternoon, he had summoned up the courage to tell his father’(11, Coelho) that he wanted to travel. This is where his personal legend starts. The boy recognized his dream and followed his heart.

His father gave two gold coins for him to buy sheep. At the moment, the boy could see “in his father’s gaze a desire to be able to travel the world his father’s having had to bury it, under the burden of struggling for water to drink, food to eat and the same place to sleep every night of his life”(12) There are many people who do not have the bravery to dream because of “water to drink” and “the same place to sleep” as Santiago’s father. Unlike his father, Santiago decides to leave, following his heart. When I read this part, I reminded my mother. She encouraged me to study hard and live a better life than her. The goal she wants me to achieve is to live a life with freedom, and I am trying to finish that mission.

However, many people fear the obstacles and troubles they would encounter during the travel. The book is encouraging “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” (23) This is because you are one part of the universe. “All things are one” (46). The significance of existing one is shown when it somehow harmonizes with the others and create the universe. It is the universe that encourages you to dream.

But, you should not interfere the other’s dream also, the book claims. In the book, the owner of the crystal shop’s dream is to go to Macca, the most divine place in Arab. Visiting Macca and praying there is one of the most important rules in your religious life. However, even the owner has enough money to travel, he does not go. The boy asks why, and he confesses, “Because it’s the thought of Mecca that keeps me alive.” It is the dream that makes him face all the same days. The boy realizes that it is the best thing the owner can do, looking and imagining the dream but not following that. Some say, the important thing is not the moon, it is the finger pointing the moon. Similarly, to some people trying to reach the dream they have is more significant than actually reaching the dream.

After reading this book, I could start to observe different kinds of people and their dreams near me. Realizing and thinking about them helped me to develop deep thoughts about dreams, and I resolved to endeavor to accomplish my dream.

Tokyo Ghoul

An ordinary college student Kaneki Ken lives in a world where monsters eat humans called ‘ghoul’ exists. He one day encounters a beautiful girl called Kamishiro Rize. He found out that she likes the same author as he like, and they get very close. They go out together, but actually, Rize was a ghoul. She tries to eat her, but a random bunch of reinforcing rods fell down on her. Kaneki is in dying condition, and doctors transplanted Rize’s organs on him, and he became ‘half-ghoul’.

The main goal of the protagonist is to create a world where ghouls and humans can understand each other. The main conflict is Kaneki’s internal conflict. He trys to do not eat humans. But because the desire to eat human is so strong to ghouls, he aslways have to go through hard emotions. Another big internal conflict is his identity. After he becomes a half-ghoul, he lose his way between ghoulgs and humans. His body is a ghoul, and his mind is a human. An external conflicts is him verses other ghouls who trys to eat him.

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