Ethan

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Artist Reflection

Part 1: inspiration

Select a photographer that inspire a solution to this project. When choosing Photographers, you should be thinking about:

•You don’t have to have the exact same content – you can choose a photographer based just on their editing or camera techniques and then apply it to your own subject matter.

For your chosen Photographer:

1.Name the artist
Ansel Adams
2.Describe the intent /message of the photographer/photographs – include references to context
Ansel Adams was trying to promote the conservation of land by showing the landscapes in a new way(Black and white).
3. Analyse their style: Looking at all their images together – Do you notice similar techniques, common elements in the composition, a favored tilt to the camera? Can you determine the technique(s) of the photographer?
Landscape, contrast, black and white.
4.Justify your choice – What are the reasons for your selection? How do these images inspire you? What techniques will you try out in your experiments? How does this photographer creatively represent your chosen subject matter?
He utilises black and white well, which is what I hope to do.
5.Include 4 of their images that inspire. Use visual language to describe similarities in the images (No need to critique at this stage)

Part 2: Critique

Favourite(top-right):

The subject of this photograph is a landscape. It’s in black and white, has really good lighting, and the land and the sky are split pretty evenly. The cloud in the sky is really beautiful in this picture, feeling really billowy and puffy. My eye is drawn to the cloud in this picture. The lines in this picture are the mountain ridge and the cloud. The lighting really draws my attention to the sky in this picture, especially the light and dark clouds. An adjective that I would use to describe this picture is floaty. This picture does a really good job of portraying its intention to show the beauty of nature with the majestic cloud and the mountain.
Least favourite(bottom-right):
The subject of this photograph is a landscape. It’s in black and white, has really high contrast which makes the land hard to see, and has the land taking up the majority of the picture. The sky’s clouds are a mix of light and dark. My eye is drawn to the top of the mountain in this picture. The lines in this picture are the mountain ridge and the river. The lighting really draws my attention to the sky. An adjective that I would use to describe this picture is dark. This picture doesn’t do the best job of portraying its intention to show the beauty of nature because it’s too dark.

Explain how this style/technique etc. will be incorporated in your next experiments

I will try to use black and white to show the bleakness and hopelessness of being drunk and addicted to alcohol and try to use lighting to achieve the effect of showing how there is an aura of darkness around the drunk.

 

Sketch of Photo(potentially):

Connect Reflection and Vision

1. What is Portraiture?

GIVE EXAMPLES OF PHOTOGRAPHS /PHOTOGRAPHER’s WORK to help reinforce your argument. See assessment criteria – for mastery opposite.

I believe a portrait is some sort of artistic expression of a human. Selfies are a type of portrait because they artistically express someone. Portraits should include a human, some sort of background and some sort of artistic intent. Since portraits portray only a single subject, there should not be more than one subject in the portrait. A good portrait-maker should utilise many techniques in order to achieve their intended purpose. A portrait can still be considered a portrait as long as it displays some sort of depiction of a human feature, even if the human feature is not made up of human parts, but ceases to be a portrait when the feature becomes hard or impossible to recognise. Also, I think that a portrait is usually only one picture, but it can be comprised of multiple pictures that are very similar.

Mind Map:

Photo on 5-9-22 at 9.31 AM

4. Finding Focus

Alcoholism is the issue that I will be focusing on, more specifically the effect of alcohol on the human body and the sorry state it is put into.

5. Image Inspiration

Black and white, dim lighting,

6. Mood Board

Photo on 5-11-22 at 9.02 PM #3

7. Statement of intent

The title of this project is Alcohell™.

The societal/cultural issue I want to explore with my photographs is Alcoholism.

I want my audience to feel disturbed and alarmed at my photos.

I will get inspiration and develop my ideas by looking for photographs that create an effect of unease well.

The Trashtic Triptych

The name of this post is “The Trashtic Triptych” because trashtic is a combination of the words trash and plastic, and the title is an alliteration.

They all have trash or plastic in them.

 

• Which artists have inspired your project and how?

Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind inspired my style.

• How do your images link to your inspirational images

The style is similar to my photos in that both are black and white.

• What have you experimented further with to help you develop your ideas for the project?

Editing photos to give a certain feel or look to them

• How have you built on what you have done before?

I have developed my ability to make my photos more connected.

• What is the idea behind your final series of images and how does it bring together the best parts of your previous projects?

My final photos are supposed to show how depressing and abundant trash is, and this triptych does this in a more connected manner than my previous triptychs

• How did you create your final series of images?

I edited some of the photos that I took in my previous sets.

• What are the overall strengths of your project and why?

A feeling of overall connectedness, and the style of the pictures.

• What are your areas for development – what do you need to work on In future projects?

Maybe angle and dead space?

Set #2 – Contact sheet

Set #2 – Green Photos

Set #2 – Red Photos

Respond and Connect – Set #2

Choose ONE photographer you have seen so far that inspires you.

Aaron Siskind

•Create a gallery of their photographs (at least 8). You can find lots of images online but try to select those that are at least 800 pixels wide.

•Make a list of at least 5 characteristics (typical things) that define your chosen photographs (Tip: think about the Formal Elements. Also, what do you see that’s similar in three or more of these pictures?)

Texture, tone, contrast, unique patterns, no main subject

•Describe the work of the artist referencing these characteristics (you can add more if you wish)

The texture is very similar in all the pictures, the pictures are all black and white, the patterns are very random

•Explain why you have chosen this photographer including how the photographer relates to your vision

In my other set, I went for more colorful pictures, and for this set I’m going to try and use a tint on my pictures, making the pictures seem a bit more dreary or something to that effect.

If you can – Find a quotation by your photographer and Explain why you chose the particular quotation and how it helps you understand the photographer’s work.

“We look at the world and see what we have learned to believe is there. We have been conditioned to expect… but, as photographers, we must learn to relax our beliefs.”
― Aaron Siskind

I believe this quotation gives great insight into Aaron Siskinds perspective on photography. It shows that he believes as photographers, people must see things in a different way than they normally do.

  • Why did you choose this image in particular?

It really stands out to me and it feels different than the other pictures.

  • What do you find surprising or unusual about this photograph?

The pattern gets smoother towards the bottom.

  • Look carefully and choose ONE of the Formal Elements that you think is important in the photograph (E.g. Focus, Light, Line, Repetition, Shape, Texture, Value/Tone).

Texture

  • Describe why you think it is important (2 or 3 sentences)

The texture of this photo is very interesting, it feels velvety, but also crinkly at the same time, almost like a type of paper or fabric. This really affects the feel of the photo, making it contrast itself by seeming soft and rough at the same time.

  • In what ways are your chosen artist’s photographs abstract?

There is no main subject, and the pictures all have some sort of pattern that can have different meanings to different people.

  • What do you like about the style? Be specific and explain your answer.

I think it feels very unique and beautiful. It’s unique in that it is very different from regular photos of landscape and people, and it’s beauty comes from the patterns that have a controlled chaos to them.

  • How will you adapt this style to your own photography? How does the image/artist inspire YOU?

I’m going to try experimenting with different tints and filters and see how they affect the picture. This artist inspires me with his unique perspective on things.

Revised statement of intent:

The message of my triptych will be about how plastic/trash is everywhere. When people see my triptych, I want them to want to make a change and help the environment. To find inspiration I will find photos that focus on more negative emotions such as desolation and loneliness. Plastic/trash is a huge problem in the world today and I would like to change that.

Critique of my Favourite Red Images – Set1

Red Image Critique – Set #1

 

Set #1 – Contact Sheet

All photos:

Blue Photos:

Green Photos

Respond and Connect – Set #1

Choose ONE photographer you have seen so far that inspires you.

•Create a gallery of their photographs (at least 8). You can find lots of images online but try to select those that are at least 800 pixels wide.

•Make a list of at least 5 characteristics (typical things) that define your chosen photographs (Tip: think about the Formal Elements. Also, what do you see that’s similar in three or more of these pictures?)

Tone, texture, pattern, no main subject, messiness

•Describe the work of the artist referencing these characteristics (you can add more if you wish)

Pictures are black and white, the texture is cold, pattern with lines or repetition, no main subject for most pictures, and messy patterns with the lines.

•Explain why you have chosen this photographer including how the photographer relates to your vision

He portrays desolation and loneliness very well, and I want people to feel sad when they see trash in the world. Seeing his techniques helps me see how to accomplish that.

If you can – Find a quotation by your photographer and Explain why you chose the particular quotation and how it helps you understand the photographer’s work.

“The photographs that excite me are photographs that say something in a new manner; not for the sake of being different, but ones that are different because the individual is different and the individual expresses himself.” – Harry Callahan

I chose this quote because it shows that Harry Callahan wants people to express themselves through photos as they are.

 

  • Why did you choose this image in particular?

It portrays desolation well, and that’s what I’m going for in my photos

  • What do you find surprising or unusual about this photograph?

The random person

  • Look carefully and choose ONE of the Formal Elements that you think is important in the photograph (E.g. Focus, Light, Line, Repetition, Shape, Texture, Value/Tone).

Texture

  • Describe why you think it is important (2 or 3 sentences)

The texture of the ground is harsh and bland which gives a hopeless feeling. Also, the tree feels dead and empty which reinforces the feeling you get.

  • In what ways are your chosen artist’s photographs abstract?

You have to think about the theme of the photo.

  • What do you like about the style? Be specific and explain your answer.

It does its intended job well, painting a very depressing scene

  • How will you adapt this style to your own photography? How does the image/artist inspire YOU?

I will adopt this style of photography by either making my pictures black and white or by making them have a lack of colour. The image/artist inspires me by how well done it is.

Revised statement of intent:

The message of my triptych will be about how plastic/trash is everywhere. When people see my triptych, I want them to want to make a change and help the environment. To find inspiration I will find photos that focus on more negative emotions such as desolation and loneliness. Plastic/trash is a huge problem in the world today and I would like to change that.

Engineering Blogpost #2, 3, & 4

Blogpost #2:

I don’t need to learn any techniques.

Blogpost #3:

The project is going pretty smoothly, I’m just a bit short on time. Some feedback I got on my design was to laser cut my box instead of manually cut it, and that was very good advice that saved me a lot of time. I also improved my design by making it so that instead of cutting stars out of the plastic, I put star-shaped tape on, painted the whole thing, and took the tape off.

Blogpost #4:

My project wasn’t fully completed, so I’m not able to demonstrate it in a video. However, I was quite successful in putting together all the basic components. If I had worked a little more efficiently, I may have been able to finish on time. I think that the only thing I could have improved on this project would have been to actually finish it. This project reused some plastic which helped the environment, and my audience/client will be my little sisters.

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