"I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious" - Albert Einstein

Identity – Inspiration “Good artists borrow, great artists steal”

My chosen Artist is Nirav Patel.


Here is my analysis of the photographs:

  • A light with bright colors shines an object.


Identity – Mind map


Identity – Introduction to portraiture

Portraiture is any picture or photograph that aesthetically portrays the creator’s message so that everyone can nod their head sympathetically. Thus, the more beautiful visual elements and clearer the photograph’s message, the better the portrait would become.

In this regard, Selfies, a photograph that one has taken of oneself, can be defined as a portrait if it has a clear message.

Here are some examples:

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We can see that man is pleased to visit the city because man is indicating it.

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We can notice that she is happy because she winks at the camera

Young couple takes a selfie on a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

They are showing off their courage by sitting and standing on the top of the tower.

Thus, if people didn’t find out the photographer’s intended purpose in the photograph, it is not a good photo.

Some portraits consist of a small detail only, such as a close-up of a hand or a blurred figure or a photograph of a person that has been torn, ripped, or faded. That kind of picture stimulates viewers’ imagination by allowing them to guess the photographer’s message. In the same way, Along those same lines, photography without a person being photographically present in the image like an arrangement of inanimate objects can be called a portrait because of its endless possibilities of showing the photographer’s message.

But when photographers’ message is more than one meaning or hard to fill up in only one photograph, they shall take a sequence of photographs to depict their large meaning.

Evaluation of Albert Renger-Patzsh

The brief introduction to Albert Renger-Patzsh




Those pictures are from the book “The world is beautiful” by Albert Renger-Patzsch.

First photograph


Because of the long curvy line in this photograph, it makes me feel comfortable. This calm mood is enhanced by the sun shining on the houses. Furthermore, the photograph conforms to a rule of perspective, making me feel as if I were inside the photograph.

Second photograph

The photograph’s background, plenty of towering chimneys, captivated me because it enhanced the beauty of the picture. 
Buildings on both sides contribute to the grandeur as well.

Third photograph

Because of its unique shape, the building in the photograph is very appealing. 
The transparent glass on the building allows the sun to come in, giving the photograph more natural appearance.


Overall evaluation

The subject of these pictures is the industrial or huge building that inspired Albert Renger-Patzsch. Albert gazed at several weapons and industrial factories in awe during WW1. Inspired by the photography, he chose to take a picture that purely describes the objects the best; for example, if he took a picture of the house, he found the prettiest feature in the photograph without adding esthetic elements that may digress from its identity. Likewise, I was inspired by a large soccer field in the school as well as many buildings in Beijing. Albert suggests that anything has value, but it’s on us to find what its value is. My vision is to show how much I love my daily life in Beijing by describing the buildings that inspired me the most without adding anything. Therefore, I want the spectator can recognize my passion and happiness with my photographs; hence my vision is somewhat related to what Albert was pursuing.

Contact sheet 2 (Blue Green Red photos)

The first photograph

I did a decent job adjusting the camera angle and taking the first snapshot at the appropriate time. The person and ball stand out against the background due to the color and texture of the ground. Furthermore, the person’s pose adds to the picture’s dynamic quality. Although it would have been better if I had taken it somewhere lighter, I believe this photograph will capture other people’s views for sure.


The second photograph

Unlike the first photograph, I believe the second photograph’s exposure to the light is excellent, but the person’s pose seems incomplete, making me uncomfortable. And I like that the photograph’s background has subtle yet distinct patterns that draw attention to the individuals in the shot. Besides this, I found the snapper’s shadow unintentionally harmonizes with the background.


The third photograph

In this photograph, I like how the ball and individual are centered. This photo will definitely inspire many people, including me, because the photo requires high-level technique. It’s challenging to capture the right object at the right time, and it takes a lot of time to reach that level. I believe this photo has the right timing with the right objects; hence I select it as my favorite red shot.

Contact sheet 1 (Blue Green Red photos)

I researched the work of Albert Renger-Patzsch.
While I was doing that, I found that his painting is commonly
black and white, and the structure that has the patterns.
So, here are my photos that resemble his works.
I then started to select photos that can express my vision
the most effective.
(My initial vision – we need to protect our environment, especially
from air pollution and habitat destruction)

To be honest, I think those photographs are so excellent that I cannot distinguish which is blue and which is green!

But if I have to choose 3 out of those pictures, I would choose:

The first photograph

The long horizontal line in the middle of the photograph shows the direction, attracting viewers’ eyes. The clouds that form pattern gives a sense of calm to the viewers.

The position is shown by the long horizontal line in the center of the photograph, which draws viewers’ attention. 
The viewers are calmed by the clouds that form pattern.

The second photograph


The third photograph


Albert Renger-Patzsch analysis

 Albert Renger-Patzsch (1897-1966) was a photographer from Germany. He was known as the New Objectivity’s eager helper.

Speaking of the New Objectivity, the movement commenced with German artists, focused on reality. The action, then, emerged as a reaction against expressionism, claiming that it is limited and shallow.

Albert Renger-Patzsch saw several weapons and industrial factories when he was involved in WW1. After WW1, he worked as a press photographer in Chicago Tribune. Certainly, those experiences may affect his direction in the performing arts. 

He then became a freelancer. He published the book “The choir of stalls of Cappenberg” in 1925. He held the first exhibition in 1927. And he published “The world is beautiful” in 1928, and the book became his best-known. 

In the book “The world is beautiful,” he photographed many pictures such as mass-produced objects, nature, and industrial buildings. In doing so, he said that photography, when it is separate from art, has its own qualities. 

He wrote: “The secret of a good photograph—which, like a work of art, can have esthetic qualities—is its realism … Let us, therefore, leave art to artists and endeavor to create, with the means peculiar to photography and without borrowing from art, photographs which will last because of their photographic qualities.”

Independent book reflection – English

Independent book reflection 1st

  • What page have you read so far? Give the page number.

The serious incident of the dog in the night time – chapter 47

The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian – 23 page (I just started to read)

I didn’t fully understand the storylines of both novels.

Independent book reflection 2nd

  • What questions do you want to ask of the text?
  • How does the text connect to you on a personal level? How does it relate to your life?
  • What prediction can you make about the rest of the novel?
  • What has the novel made you realize, either about the text or yourself?
  • Aim to write at least 150 words. 

I read “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian.” To explain this story a little bit, you need to know the Reservation (or Indian Reservation), the place where is a legal designation for an area of land managed by a federally recognized Indian tribe. The protagonist is an Indian boy who lives in rez, which means the Indian Reservation. The boy soon moves to the Reardon, which is outside rez. In this story, the boy faces many difficulties while living in the Reardon. Just because he is Indian, many people do not talk with him. But one day, he finds the boy whose name is Gordy, and they become friends. That’s all I have read up so far. I thought this story is about the everyday life of the Indian boy in the rez. I didn’t expect the boy would leave the rez and go on an adventure to the Reardon. That boy’s decision impressed me a lot. If I were that boy, I would choose to spend my whole life living in stable but boring rez.

  • What page have you read so far? Give the page number.

The serious incident of the dog in the night time – about 60%

The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian – about 30%

  • What have you noticed about the author’s use of language and structure? What techniques did you recognize?

In the book “the absolutely true…,” the author, Sherman Alexie, used symbolization. He used it to express Indians’ contemptuous feelings towards Arnold, the protagonist, and left Reservation. In this case, Rowdy, Arnold’s friend, showed his disrespectful feeling towards Arnold like he is on behalf of all Indians on the Reservation.

  • What themes have you noticed so far?

The protagonist of the book “the serious incident..” is a person with Autism. So, the book is in close connection with Autism.

Similarly, the protagonist of the book “the absolutely true…” is a person who is Indian and from a Reservation. So, the book has a close connection with Indians and their culture.

Independent book reflection 3rd

  • What page have you read up to so far?

The serious incident of the dog in the night-time – I read it all.

The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian – 143 out of 230

  • What has changed or developed in the novel since your last reflection?

It was as I expected. In the book “the serious incident…,” I knew Mother is still alive and looking for Christopher Boone.

And In the book “the absolutely true…,” I knew he would be cursed by Indian students when he plays away.

  • If you have completed a novel, what was your overall impression of it? Would you recommend the novel?

I completed “the serious incident…” and I was really impressed. It’s quite hard to understand since it was written from the perspective of a person with Autism. But I will recommend this novel because it was written so that I could fully understand the novel once I understood the author’s background and sentiment.

  • What is your interpretation of the author’s message?

In the book “the serious incident..” The author suggests that Autism is not a big problem and can be met one day, as Christopher goes through his hard times and finally overcomes those challenges.

Independent book reflection 4th (During CNY)

  • How many full works of fiction have you complete so far as part of your independent reading?

I completed reading “The serious incident of the dog in the night-time” “The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian” as parts of my independent reading. I’ve read a topical book that is non-fiction but social-related during my holiday.

  • What did you read over the holiday?

I am reading “Ancient Futures: Lessons from Ladakh for a Globalizing World,” written by Helena Norberg-Hodge with the subtitle “Learning from Ladakh.” As the title and subtitle suggest, Helena claimed that people nowadays have to look up how people Ladakh have lived in harmony with nature since their ancient times.

  • Which of the works has had the biggest impact on you, and why?
  • What was your opinion of it?
  • What will you read next, and why have you chosen it?

Mind map and Vision for my photography plan

mind map Notes :



Vision notes:

My passion for Soccer.

I want to describe how much I love my life in Beijing in my triptych. I am happy whenever I go to school or other places. I want the audience to empathize with my happiness and passion when looking at my presentation. For inspiration, I will find a photographer interested in building and facilities that I like the most, especially soccer fields, because I found soccer the main source of my pleasure. In my opinion, we have to respect each other’s passion and encourage them to achieve their dreams happily.


Photo Safari

Given those pictures, we can indicate which formal element(s) is/are best represented in each picture.














  1. The picture is divided into white and black rectangular. (shape)
  2. There is one square in roughly middle of the picture. (shape)
  3. There are numerous lines that spread everywhere in the picture and make some patterns. (line, pattern)
  4. The white line and black line are rotating. (line, pattern)
  5. Black vertical lines divide the picture into 3 parts. (line)
  6. There is one circle in the middle of the picture (shape)
  7. There are one horizontal line and two vertical lines. (line)
  8. There are 25 circles in regular order. (shape, pattern)
  9. There are many squares that congruent to each other. (shape, pattern)
  10. The black line is a diagonal line that sets up a dynamic tension or sense of movement. (line)
  11. Same as 10, but the vertical line makes the picture more magnificent.
  12. It seems to be coarse. (texture)
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