Saturday, December 5, 2009

WAG Field Trip. Yosuf Karsh

Yosuf Karsh image: Grey Owl

Archibald Belaney, or Grey Owl was writer and conservationist who moved to Canada from England when he was 17 years old. He dedicated much of his life to wildlife and forrest conservation as well as the preservation of native culture.

I chose this image because I was drawn to the dark moody feeling of the image. The shadow cast from his hat creates broody darken eyes and the light falling over his face accentuates the lines and texture of his face. I particularly like the line created from the brim of his hat, it causes my eye to move around his face. Also because it goes out of the frame my mind draws in the blanks created by the framing choices which I also really like. His face fills the frame well and the open space in the top right gives the image balance.

This image appears soft around the edges and where his hair is sitting on his shoulder. Which I'm not sure if it would of been done in camera or possibly in development. Also the open space appears quite bright which could of been due to pre flashing. He probably dodges the creases in his forehead and parts of the scarf. Possibly burning in the dark shadows under his chin and under the hat.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

CI Color Block.

I love colors!
I think they're wonderful.
And I've really been loving learning about them and the reasons we use them and how each one can make us feel differently.
I used some cupcakes from the cupcakery cause well they had some nice colors and I looooove cupcakes. Felt a little sick after, but so worth it... I think the cupcakes gave the pictures a fun feel which was created not just by the colors but by the subject. I had bright fun colors but I felt the fun, happy feeling wasn't only because of the colors but the subject. The icing could of been dark blue, red or orange and I feel like I would of felt the same. But maybe thats just me.
I do think and believe that the color has a huge impact on the feeling and mood of the image but maybe my subject just over powered that idea. In other attempts to 'happen' upon color (the cigarette package in the grass) I think the color created an interesting image where it would of been drab and boring.
Anyways... each color does give a different feeling or emotional response. I used mostly bright tones which I felt were happy, fun and energetic. Other colors could of given completely different feelings.

Friday, October 30, 2009

CI Field Trip to the Zoo!

I was nooooot excited to go to the zoo. Mostly cause I'd already been there on Tuesday and it was rainy and cold today. But I ended up having a really good time. Its so different going with other people and I had a lot of fun taking pictures of our school friends and not just the animals. It added a totally different dynamic and I had a super good time. It was a nice relaxing way to end the week.

Link to my other pictures is here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

AT 6.2 Photographic Hero.

“The good photograph is not the object, the consequences of the photograph are the objects. So that no one would say, ’how did you do it, where did you find it, ‘ but they would say that such things could be.”

For this assignment I chose to write about Dorothea Lange. Lange was a photographic journalist during The Great Depression in the 1930s. I primarily chose her for her type of work but after researching her I grew to love her style of photography as well. Her work is more than photography to me. Each image speaks volumes of the economically devastating times many people faced throughout this period.
Her subject is primarily people. Focusing on the labour strikes, breadlines, and the migrant and destitute families. Her genre wasn't just photojournalism but documentary photography. Providing images free to newspapers she was able to share with the nation the emotional and physical toll the Depression took on the country and ultimately led to her employment with the Resettlement Administration from 1935 to 1939.
Lange wasn't always doing photojournalism. She was schooled at Columbia University and worked in a New York Portrait studio until 1918. Throughout the 1920s she continued studio work in San Fransisco. It wasn't until the Depression set on in 1930s that she started to take her camera to the streets to capture the social upheaval.

In looking at several of her photos and comparing them I've been able to learn more about her style of photography. Lange's photographs are usually presented as individuals images rather than in sequenced stories. In many of the examples I came across I noticed an excellent use of light to create a mood or feeling not necessarily that of which you'd think would be implied in the photo. Many if not all of her photos have a sense of despair or loss but often adding touches of light gives the photos hope.
For example the photo on the right, titled "Resettled farm child, New Mexico" is clearly a photo depicting a hard time in this child's life, but the way she chose to place the child in the center of the light gives the sense of a new begining for this child.
Another photo example below (titled children of oklahoma drought refugee in migratory camp) shows two children looking sad and forlorn. However the light in image adds another layer to the mood the children faces imply. Working with such serious matter, Lange does a good job to add a sense of optimism despite the current situation.
Even with the First image, "Migrant Mother" the way the mother is holding the two children, supporting and caring for them gives a great sense of family, love and again hope.

Besides her use of light she also applies several important composition elements in many of her photos. A common one is filling the frame as you can see in her most famous image, "Migrant Mother" and many others. Each image is carefully created and composed to present her message.
Although a common theme in her work would be the tragedy which is the Great Depression, Lange's images became icons of the era and were used to inspire. Her images were art, but they were also documentary. Ultimately her photography was her passion. She is quoted saying "To live a visual life is an enormous undertaking, practically unattainable... but I have only touched it, just touched it." Lange took in what was around her, whatever it was, and turned her emotions into her images. I want to be that kind of photographer someday that can present so clearly a heartfelt emotion. Inspiring viewers and stirring up passion.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

CI Composition At Home.

I found this assignment extremely hard! I feel like I've already taken so many pictures in my apartment and its such a small space it was hard to be creative. I definitely struggled with this assignment. The hardest one for me was rhythm. Which is funny cause I remembered it the clearest from class, and I think I thought it would be easy. I think cause we've already thought about lines, it came easier. Depth too has been something I'd been fiddling around with on my own. Texture, pattern and symmetrical balance we're all newer ideas to me but I found examples of them around my apartment and found it interesting where I would see inspiration for a picture. Overall a good exercise in stretching my creative thinking.

Monday, October 5, 2009

DT Practical Quiz.

The Lovely Suzanne!


Tuesday, September 29, 2009

100 Creative Ways.

100 images... of only three pre selected items...
I was super happy with the items i choose. I was on my way home from school and saw Dollarama and thought I'd check out what they had. I wandered down each isle picking up items i thought might be fun. I found the flower first and well it caught my eye cause i wanted it for my room. The mirror I thought would be interesting for different angles and reflections. The pearls are something I've always been attracted to and I thought they complimented the flower and mirror. So they went together well which I felt made my pictures look more put together. All for only $3!! I think it would of been harder had I'd chosen a stuffed clown, a salt shaker and some socks...
It was difficult continually being creative. After I'd taken 25 pictures I thought I'd done at least 50. I'd say every 25 pictures I had to sit back, close my eyes and refocus. At 75 I really began to struggle!! Which was good. But ideas kept coming and I had a lot of fun with this assignment. Really! I'm not just saying it. haha It took more concentration than I'd imagined though. You really need to keep your mind on your subjects, also keeping in mind the different elements of composition we talked about in class. I had my items on a window sill in my room which provided really nice light, also I have beige lace curtains which gave me some natural framing which I think turned out really nice. I felt like after I'd concentrated so long on these items even more ideas for other shots with different items started coming to me. I took a picture of my old film camera with the pearls on it and its one of my favorite pictures I've taken all year. This assignment was definitely good for getting the creative juices flowing.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

DT2.1 Lines

At first when we were assigned this assignment, I thought lines? Easy! And in a way it is because there are lines all around us in everything. But after my week of classes... Techniques with Ross, Creative Imaging with Sarah, and Analogue with Tristan my mind started to get cluttered and full of all these other ideas. Sure I can take a picture of a building, but can i expose it properly? And yes I can take a picture of a bicycles spokes, but is it creative, or is it boring?? So this assignment did take me awhile but I think some of the images came out decent. But there is more to it than just snapping some photos. Sarah's exercises on free writing, clearing our minds and really seeing helped a lot. Also Tristan's Lecture on composition helped me to see how I wanted my photos to look. My 50mm lens is new to me so I had a lot of fun playing with different depth of fields and apertures. So I think it over all went well and I had a lot of fun doing it.

Monday, September 14, 2009

In Class Assignment.

Hi Kids,
My name is Andrea.
My favorite type of photography would have to be photojournalism. I enjoy capturing people in their everyday environment. I like pictures with depth and emotions.
Two things I'm very excited to learn are the darkroom and also using the Lightroom program, cause I've never done either before.
My favorite photo related memory was summer 2007 when I was working in the Northwest Territories and my friend Zach and I were out fishing and we saw the most AMAZING sunset I've ever seen. I only had my point and shoot but I snapped tons of pictures and a lot of them came out really great. I was very happy in that moment.

See you all next time...