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Even though I’ve had multiple photoshop tutorials there sate still areas that I struggle with. I’m not sure that I can say that I feel totally comfortable with anything in photoshop. Last year I do think I became a lot better at cleaning up the scan and learning how to find the correct color. However, I have issues with actually remembering everything that I’ve learned because so much information is given to us. 

I think I still need to work on a few things. I’ve gotten pretty good at black and white photography on photoshop but sometimes I go overboard on the curves. I need to know when the best balance between lights and darks are. Similarly, when you print the picture it never comes out the same as it looks on the computer screen, this creates visual issues for me and tends to be the reason why I give too much contrast. 

As for another area I need to work on it is sharpening. This one is pretty basic. I’ve never done sharpening before so I usually sharpen too much or sharpen too little. 

Overall, there are areas that I need to try out more and practice more. I so think that I’ve become way better at photoshop than when I first started using it years ago. I think this class will really help cement the other teachings I’ve learned while making me better in areas that I’ve previously struggled with. 

I thought that William Short was really great as a person and as a photographer. 

 

I’ve always been very interested in the Vietnam War. Being as Liberal as I am, it is one of the wars that I think was completely useless, but also I thought that it was extremely helpful in opening the eyes of many Americans. The protests that occurred during this time were extremely telling. Finally the younger generation was getting up and sticking up for what they believe in. That’s why I thought Short’s story was all the more interesting. I had no idea that people actually fighting in Vietnam staged protests as well. That is really cool in my opinion and I wondered why we aren’t taught that in school. It was exciting to be in the presence  of someone who is technically part of a piece of history. His work that went along with Vietnam was some of my favorite of his as well. I particularly liked when he went back to Vietnam and began taking “snap shot” like photographs of people from the area – all who are also a piece of history. I particularly liked the portrait of the women who survived one of the village killings. There is so much history that goes along with photographs like that and not only is it compelling, it is also good for us to remember that “America” is not “the good guy” in many of these wars.

I loved his portraits of the people who used to be homeless but aren’t anymore. I thought he really captured the personality of each individual, and coupled with the lighting, the imaged really stood out. The one I completely remember is the one of the woman making pizza. Her photograph was fun, happy, and lively. I thought that it fit who William described her as very well.

Unfortunately, I can’t save any of the images and post them here but I also LOVED his architecture photography. This is more of aesthetics for me – also because I love dream house shopping. Pretty much, every house he photographed I wanted for myself. The reason for this I believe has a lot to do with the photograph instead of just the architecture. The photo makes the houses look spacious, clean, and simple but still beautiful. The lighting had a large role in creating this affect. I wouldn’t mind visiting all of those houses to see how they look in real life (I’m sure amazing).

In the end, I thought William Short was pretty phenomenal. I liked how he had a clear vision but at the same time takes photographs plenty of different subjects. He is consistent yet multifaceted. I really enjoyed his presentation.

My objects are both a little bit tricky.

My first object is my teddy bear that my grandad gave me when I was four. I have always been attached to my bear, which I smartly named beary. I’m usually very proud of my bear. I bring him everywhere – from coast to coast to outside of the country. He’s (yes, I’ve given my bear a gender) a huge comfort for me so I make sure I bring him everywhere. However prideful I am of my bear though I do get embarrassed when others see my attachment to the stuffed animal when I am pushing 22 years old. This is where my embarrassment comes from. Most people would probably find it weird that a 22 year old still sleeps with her stuffed animal. And I agree, it is weird and embarrassing but for some reason I just won’t give him up. My bear makes me feel close to my grandfather as well as safe from outside harm. In a sense I am both prideful and embarrassed by my bear, and to be honest, I find it embarrassing that I am even embarrassed. I usually pride myself on not caring what others think. Imagine a world if we didn’t hold any embarrassing objects because we only cared about how we felt about the object instead of what others think?

As for pride, I’m bringing in something that I can’t remove (unless I spent hundreds/thousands of dollars removing it) – my tattoo! I have four tattoos but my arm tattoo is the one I’m more proud of. The reason for this is because I went through a phase where I absolutely HATED it. I got the tattoo in memory of my grandparents but when I saw the final result I was shocked at how big the tattoo actually was. I was saving money to actually get it removed. However, I have recently begun falling in love with it and day by day I begin to like the tattoo more and more. I’m proud of it because it’s something I didn’t try to erase. I got the tattoo for a reason, my grandparents have always meant a lot to me and I wanted to be able to show that in some way that I find appealing. Many people think that we will all regret our tattoos but I find that it has been the exact opposite. I am learning to LOVE my tattoos. At least when I’m old I can say that I lived one hell of a life! Again, I’d say this is an embarrassing and prideful object. I was at first embarrassed but soon grew prideful of my tattoo and now I’m sure to show it off as much as possible.

my favorite picture of the five.
(cell phone picture so not true to color, etc).

For this recent project we were asked to somehow convey the feeling of time. In order to do this, I tried several different techniques. Some worked while others did not work. The five photographs that I ended up choosing weren’t generally cohesive, but all displayed some sense of time. In a few photos, I showed a very blatant sense of time: motion blur. These photographs display some sort of motion: for example, my friend moving her head from side to side to make it look like she has two faces. Likewise, a portrait of my friend with moving people behind her, all causing some sort of blur. This blur shows that time is passing – you get a feeling as if the photograph took seconds to take instead of the usual point and shoot. The photographs with motion blur have the blatancy of time. Unfortunately one of my favorite photographs, a picture of my friend dancing in circles wasn’t one that I could use. The photograph needed extra work in the dark room with the use of both burning and dodging and I just couldn’t find the balance between the darks and the lights. I will be saving the negative (obviously) in hope that I can scan the negative and have an easier time finding this balance.

Two of my photographs are a series. They depict a man on third street promenade performing one of his acts. In one photograph, we see his hands blurred as if he is about to do a trick. Following this image is a capture of him in a handstand – creating the perfect moment. The photographs depict time because as a series we are to believe that this act goes on through the space of time. It is not something that solely exists in one image.

Finally, for my last photograph, I used a long exposure at night time with minimal light. The fridge door is open, illuminating what is around and on the right of the picture on the chair, you can see the faint ghost like image of a cat. Not only does this depict time in the literal sense because it took seconds to actually take the photo, but the photograph also shows the ghost like image of the cat. This shows that the cat was not still long enough in the photo in order to be captured perfectly – giving us the idea that time has passed and that the photograph could not picture everything in a quick second.

I found that my favorite photograph of the bunch is the image of my friend with “two heads.” In this photo I asked her to shake her head from side to side to get this effect. I became really interested in the idea of obscuring and changing faces. Others may know that I like to obscure the fact and body parts – my work from printmaking as well as my final project from last semester with the masked face are clear examples of this. I think I’d like to explore this idea more for my final project in this class but also for my senior thesis. I feel that a face is more than what we see – we all have hidden emotions and personalities, especially in a world with such happiness that comes with such atrocities. No one is the same person from minute to minute or day to day in my opinion. I like capturing the covering of the face or the obscuring of the face because that’s what I feel we do on a daily basis.