We had many assignments over the course of the semester but since I have to choose just one, I would have to say it would be the Creative Portrait of Ambrosia. It was so much fun to paint her face in weird ways and then put her outside and take her photograph. It was such a great learning experience on how to work with colors and making sure they didn’t wash out or not stand out. I’m proud of this photograph becasue its very crisp and raw and it makes the viewer question the photograph and thats always been my goal. I took about 12 hours on this project because I has other ideas that I wanted to try but they sadly didn’t work out. But the end result was all worth it.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Throughout this semester there have been countless experiences that I will never forget. From Sly Dawg always having her dunkin donuts Coffee to all of us laughing in the dark room about me failing, I will have memories that I will never lose. Although many of my memorable experiences don’t really have anything to do with learning there are some projects that definitely will go on to be the most memorable.
For starters the “Who am I?” video project was so lit and fun to do. I got to play around with iMovie and just talk about myself which if you ask Sly Dawg I’m sure she would agree that I’m pretty darn good at that. But anyways, this project made me familiarize myself with a new so called “medium”. This project impacted my learning by making me have the knowledge of how to use a video editing software and being able to make it look clean and spunky. I also painfully had to learn about the different types of media files, for example a VOB is called “Video Object” and it doesn’t like to just go into iMovie just with a simple drag and drop. Its a wee bit needy and needs to be converted to a MOV so that its compatible with apple. So in the end the project wasn’t just some simple thing that I was about to do in my free time. It took time and commitment. I’m so grateful that I was able to have old home videos from my parents to make this project look even better.
Another memorable experiences that I had during this course was the Landscape and Architecture bi weekly assignment. This project was perfectly timed, It was due the week after april break which made it so I could take photos over the break. And I was going to Aruba for that break so I was pretty pumped becasue there was so much to photograph. This assignment made it so I was able to take a deeper look around me. Over the trip I made sure to photograph everything to the point where it wasn’t safe. I got some of my best photos while on a off road jeep tour which was very much off road. The Jeep was going so fast and going over hills, rocks, cliffs and everyone was holding on for dear life. But I took this opportunity to do my homework. Instead of holding on to the safety bar for dear life, I held on to camera and used my legs to brace myself on the seat. The area was so surreal. It looked like an entire different island but in reality we were just on the other half of the island. This project impacted my learning by teaching me how to photograph in all types of situations. I’m definitely going to take that learning and use it in the future.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Over the course of this project I learned a lot of how photography back in the day was made. I learned how to use the dark room and using developer, stop bath, and fixer. In the dark I found out how crucial timing is with developing a photograph. I thought that the coolest thing that I learned was the the Photographic paper which had emulsion on it, which is a light sensitive varnish on it. The emulsion reacts to white light so when you go outside and expose it, it does 2 things at once. The more light that is exposed will show up darker and the lesser the light the lighter the paper is. Which I think is pretty dope because I thought it would be the opposite.
Also during this project there were many parts to it. Some of the parts that I thought were the most exciting are, the being able to go outside. This was exciting, because I love the taking pictures outdoors and using natural elements to my advantage such as the sun. Another one was using the dark room and creating the photographs. I thought this was exciting because it was very hands on and I love doing activities that are hands on. Lastly just doing the entire project was exciting because I was learning something new about photography.
But as a side note when there was some exciting parts they all came with challenges. For me the part that was the most challenging was timing. Timing the amount of light to give it, timeing the chemicals, and timing the enlarger. For me I get distracted easily so keeping track of time did not come easy to me. I ended up making more negatives then positives because I messed up my lighting a ton. But once I got the hang of it, everything started to work out and then my photographs started to come out nicely.
Monday, June 6, 2016
- To continue to develop creative problem-solving skills by creating forced perspective photographs in a unique original way;
To practice altering perspective and looking at subjects in a unique way;
- To further develop your Photoshop knowledge and skills
During the course of this project I had many challenges and a few successes. One of the challenges that I was faced more than once was the very first step, taking the initial photographs. I had trouble focusing correctly so that the end product would turn out well. Another challenge that I had was the photoshop aspect because I wanted to make everything look as real as possible and got to stressed out. One success that I think I had during this project was that I'm familiar with photoshop and how to use it. I was able to focus more on arrangement instead of focusing on how to do different things. I would say that doing the levitation project really helped me in being able to do this project.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
To understand the purposes and differences of selfies, portraits and self-portraits;
To look at the work of of contemporary artists who create portraits and self-portraits and interpret and analyze their purposes;
To create a video that effectively communicates “who you are”;
To use imovie’s features in a creative and unique way.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Two strategies that I used were playing with eye contact and lighting. I wanted to to look like the subject was glowing so I made a yellow light go on her body. I used my pinterest board to see how other photographers played with lighting and eye contact and I tried to base my images off of that.
The story that I wanted to capture was that my subject has an inner wild side and she likes to release. I painted her body and used flowers so that I could make her inner wild side super wild and fun. Just like she is.
Monday, May 9, 2016
I am a person who loves plants, circus, and photography. My dream is to work for Cirque du Soleil or more realistically, to become a successful photographer who makes money off of their work. I'm also a little bit weird. I'm always doing weird circus things in corner whether it be a handstand, split, or contortion, you most likely will find me in an odd position.
My background story is a little bit different than others. I'm from the country of Ukraine and was adopted at One and a half. I was a little bit behind in learning so I was held back a year because I didn't start talking until a late age. My mom says that once I started talking there was no way to stop me from talking. I'm told that I'm always moving and I agree 100% I like to say I'm a little bit out there and I'm totally fine with that.