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

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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).


  • 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.

Photo Safari

Reading Reflection #2

  • Since my last reflection, I’d estimate that I’ve read around 30 novels. I would recommend some, but others not, because their grammar is absolutely terrible and it’s hard to understand what’s happening.
  • I am currently reading a book called “The Book Eating Magician,” which is about a magician who can only perform any given spell after reading and fully comprehending a book on it. The plot is good, and the grammar is okay. I believe the plot is engaging because there are many conflicts that the character has to overcome, but they are spaced out well enough that it doesn’t feel overwhelming. Also, it has a lot of humour in it which adds an element of difference in an action book.
  • Some predictions I can make about the book I am currently reading is that eventually, he will become one of the strongest magicians in his world if not the strongest. However, this will probably not happen for another few hundred chapters.
  • I don’t think I will use any of the texts I have read, since they aren’t very literary. However, I have plans to read Parachutes and I think I will probably do my analysis on that book if I can.
  • Since I haven’t read the book yet, I don’t know.
  • I don’t really have any concerns.

Formal Elements

  1. Explain what the phrase Formal Elements means in photography.
    1. They are the basic elements that make up a picture
  2. Describe each of the 6 elements discussed so far (line, shape, pattern, texture, tone, focus)
    1. Line is the lines in the photo, and they are the lines that our eyes follow, so they are used as a tool to direct our attention.
    2. Shape is the second most fundamental aspect of a photo.  Shape helps convey the nature of a subject, not just what its appearance is, but also other aspects of it.
    3. Pattern/Repetition is a tool to help show the differences in similarities.
    4. Texture adds character and interest to the photo, sort of adding onto shape, and it’s also influenced by other elements.
    5. Value/tone adds colour and contrast to the picture and divides it, and can give it a certain feel.
    6. Focus can put attention on certain objects, or make them harder to recognise. This can be used in many ways.
  3. Give an example that emphasises each element –
  4. Can an image show just one element at a time? Justify your answer.
    1. No, because even the most basic image has at least some of these, it’s impossible to not have at least some.

Paul Strand Response

  1. List 3 things the photographer might have been interested in capturing in this picture?
    1. The shadow, the shapes, the contrast in lighting
  2. If you were the photographer, what title would you give it? Explain why.
    1. Bright shadows, because of the contrast between the light and shadow
  3. Name one thing you think is unusual about the photograph.
    1. It’s tilted
  4. Describe the use of line, shape, Pattern, texture, tone and focus
    1. There are lines in different directions, giving a sense of contrast. The shapes are all right up against each other, which makes contrast easier to see, and the pattern in the shadows have different tones which also contrast. The texture feels rough and cold in the shadows but warm in the sun, again creating contrast. The tone is a warmish tone, I don’t really know how it affects the picture, and the focus is average, so that it doesn’t affect the picture.
  5. What do you think is the best thing about this photograph?
    1. It does what it’s meant to do really well.

Engineering Blogpost #1

What is this engineering task?

The engineering task is to make a product addressing and solving a certain problem of my choice.

What are you thinking about/interested in doing? (this should be multiple ideas/precedents)

  • Self-rocking crib
  • Clothes folder

Embed images/links/videos of ideas you like/don’t like – comment on what you like or don’t like, and why.

This is a self rocking baby crib. I personally don’t like this idea because it’s a bit inefficient when it comes to time and resources.

This is a clothes folder, which is useful, but is a bit easy to make.

Define the target audience/ problem/ audience needs you will address.

1st would be for parents that are busy, 2nd for anyone who does laundry, and 3rd is for anyone who microwaves butter.

ANALYZE some of your ideas: What are the pros/cons about each idea? Think about this in the context of the constraints of the project, meeting the needs of the client/audience, etc.

My 1st idea is not very practical, only used for a short time, and resource and time inefficient.

My 2nd idea is practical, however it is very simple.

Starting Point Assessment

  1. How can photography change our relationship to things?
    1. It can make us consider things in different ways
  2. What is pictorialism?
    1. Pictorialism is an approach to photography that only cares about the beauty of subject matter, tonality, and composition rather than the authenticity of the picture.
  3. What is abstract photography?
    1. Abstract photography is taking photos that are meant to be unclear and send a message
  4. Write a (very) short biography of Albert Renger-Patzsch (just 1 or 2 sentences).
    1. He was a German photographer who liked realistic photos.
  5. From looking at his images above, What types of subjects do you think Albert Renger-Patzsch preferred to photograph?
    1. Normal, everyday things
  6. Why do you think he entitled his famous book, ‘The World is Beautiful’?
    1. To show that normal things are beautiful
  7. Why do you think Edward Weston moved away from the soft-focus of pictorialism to the new Straight photography movement? – the idea that ordinary objects and scenes can be photographed to reveal their beauty
    1. He felt like pictorialism was too fake and wanted his work to be fascinating because of what it is, not how it was manipulated to look.
  8. Give examples of one of his pictorialist images and one of his straight images.
    1. pepperEdward Weston. 'Steel: Armco, Middletown, Ohio' October 1922
  9. How has Aaron Siskind been influenced by the Straight Photography Movement
    1. He has no filters on his photos, So it’s a kind of Straight Abstract photography.
  10. Name some other photographers that have been influenced by straight photography
    1. Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, Imogen Cunningham, Dody Weston Thompson, and Berenice Abbott
  11. What makes the work of Andreas Gursky and Uta Barth abstract. Are they straight photographers? Why?
    1. Andreas Gursky’s pictures show differences in similarity and similarity in differences, which is a concept that is abstract. Uta Barth makes blurry/distorted photos so that people have to think about what they’re seeing. Andreas Gursky is a straight photographer, however, since Uta Barth manipulates her photos, she is not a straight photographer.

Abstract Photograph Definition

An abstract photograph is supposed to non-represent something, which basically means that people shouldn’t immediately recognise what the photo is about, and have to think about your photo and what you are trying to convey through it.

Socratic Seminar Reflection

  • What did I do well in the formative Socratic seminar?

Talking without grammar errors

  • What do I still need to work on?

A lot of things, “I didn’t speak until 10 minutes in”(Rubric). However, I would like to improve most on contributing more.

  • What goals do I have for next time?

I plan to contribute to the discussion by giving insightful comments and questions, since “my comments showed limited understanding of the text”(Self reflection)

  • What steps will I take to achieve these goals?

I will prepare more thoroughly and make sure to have analysation of language since I “did not analyse the language choices enough”(Peer reflection)

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