Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Time and Space

Time and Space

Tammy Kelton

This project has so many possibilities, that it was hard to decide where to start.

When I think of time and space I think of freezing a segment of time, be it a second, minute, hour, or longer.  I relate it to time machine where you can go back to any given time you want.  A chance to relive a moment, even if it is only in a memory.  Any photo can do that, but what if you took several   photos of a given event and arrange it in a way that you can relate to it as if it were happening now.

I chose to do this with my project.

I have done three photo montages to give you an idea of my theory.  The first was of an eagle I saw taking a fish out of the river, the second of a lion yawning, and a sequence of a full lunar eclipse.

The task of choosing the images was not easy as I had so many to choose from.  After selecting the images came the process of how I wanted to display them.  For the eagle and lion, I elected to place them in a film strip.  Aligning the photos was a challenge, but the outcome was exactly as I imagined it to be.    


The eclipse was more difficult and took the longest to do.  I had to take each photo and size them, each one came with their own challenges.  The shadow cast upon the moon made it difficult to place and size, without distorting the image.  After many attempts I feel I got it right.

I really enjoy this type of work and plan to expand upon it in the future.  I have many ideas already and will start to work on them this summer.

Monday, April 28, 2014

This is just a back up save...

Time and Space
John Anthony Muth

I love history, all kinds of history, so the Klett and Wolfe project was very inspirational for me.  I wanted to find old photos of Arizona specifically around the Phoenix metro area and show how the city has developed over time and that it was close and easy to find, hopefully.  First I searched for Arizona historical photos on Google and found the ASU library but costs were involved and they had copyright watermarks everywhere.  So I turned to the Library of Congress who had plenty of photographs with a variety of downloading options.  I thought this assignment might be fairly simple but as I discovered finding the exact spot where the previous photographer was not so simple and I don't know what type of camera or lens was used.   I plunged into it anyway and tried to find similar perspectives and brought printed copies of the photos as well.  Needless to say that I don't have the same lens so I took panoramic images of each site and hoped for the best.  I will digitally transform them to fit as best I can but I'm not sure how to present the changes in scenery at this time…  
As it turned out I changed almost every photograph into a different type of layout.  Some photos were close to spot on but others were the wrong angle of perspective so no matter what I did some images were not going to fit.  First thing I did was to create panoramic of each scene in the “File > Automate > Photomerge” menu option in Photoshop.  Once an automated panoramic came out then I placed my photo and took either a part of the image like a mountain or maybe a corner of a building and then reduced opacity to about half to see how everything lines up.  I did have to change the panoramic of a couple of photos because they were just not fitting.  I usually had to resize and manipulate one or both images to make them closely fit (except one photo which was totally off). Once I had a fit I tried to show both images either by reducing the opacity and/or masking certain areas to show changes in the landscape or cityscape.  I am relatively happy with the results but have a much better idea of how to tackle problems of originally shooting the correct angles and giving myself more time into merging the two images seamlessly.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Virtual Vistas

My idea of a photo shoot incorporating time and space comes from a combination my love of video games and landscapes and the work of artists Robbie Cooper and Rembrant Quiballo (we learned about him in the notes on the Time & Space project - Movie pans turned into interesting panorama photos). Cooper did a series on gamers and their virtual representations of themselves (Alter Egos) then he turned the camera on kids playing video games (most of which were rated "M" which is
 basically the same as an "R" rating for a movie). Gamers share virtual spaces when playing multiplayer games whether cooperatively or competitively at the same time. We also share the experience of having been in the same virtual spaces at different times when we play single player games. We can talk about the first time we exited the escape tunnel in the game Oblivion and looked back at the castle in the distance behind us (just FYI I got goosebumps and choked up). The idea I am trying to express is that to a gamer these virtual spaces become real as shared experiences. As real as the first time a person visits the Grand Canyon or the Eiffel Tower. Also, the project brings up questions. Are gamers in different parts of the world actually experiencing the same space at the same time when playing a multiplayer game? Even if we are separated by "time" in a game (I have nearly finished the main story, but my friend online is in an earlier part of the story) do we share the same time if we are in the same point on the "map" of the virtual world at the same time in the real world? The idea is Confusing to wrap ones mind around. I do not hope to actually answer the questions just get the viewer thinking.
Final Project Ideas
Hayley Vrana

Main street USA

I want to explore for my final project the way of making Panography. Which is a photographic technique in which one picture is assembled from several overlapping photographs. This can be done manually with prints or by using digital image editing software. I want to get back into doing this because I had to try it out in High school and I really like how it turns out. It creates a way of viewing the photos as if you were looking through a fisheye lens almost. The cool thing about doing this type of photography, is that you can do it of anything, from buildings to outdoor. You could even do it of a small detailed subject, like a flower.

The way that they use this type of photography to capture the details of this old building is really amazing!I also love the 3D effect.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


My final project was inspired by KLETT & WOLFE but also by my love of history.   First I searched for Arizona historical photos on Google and found the ASU library but costs were involved and they had copyright watermarks everywhere.  So I turned to the Library of Congress which had enough photos after searching for a couple of days and they were free with a variety of downloading options.  I thought this assignment might be fairly simple but as I found out finding the exact spot where the previous photographer was was not so simple.  Plus the fact I don't know what type of camera or lens was being used.  Many time there was no information of the photographer as well.  I plunged into it anyway and tried to find similar perspectives and brought printed paper copies of the photos as well (to find the spot).  Needless to say that I don't have the right lens or the right camera so I took panoramic pics of each site and hoped for the best.  I will digitally transform them to fit as best I can but I'm not sure how to present the changes in scenery at this time.  One option is to keep the old photo as is but I am inclined to fade the opacity on parts of the photo and I have a few other ideas as well.

Final Project Research - Time Lapse Photography

Darcie Naylor

A few weeks ago when Anne mentioned that our final project could be anything we wanted, I got very excited because I have been interested in doing a time lapse for quite a while. When she mentioned that if we wanted, she could give us a theme of Time Space, I felt that my original thought of a time lapse would work perfectly with either my own choice or the theme she gave us.

I also remembered this photograph in a batch of other photographs we were looking at a few weeks back. I immediately loved this image. I had never really thought of time lapse as being one single image. All the time lapse I have ever seen have been turned into short movies. So I began to research time lapse photography.

There is a lot of information out there about this subject and many, many time lapses on U Tube. The following web page "The Ultimate Guide to Time-Lapse Photography" gives some very basic, easy to read and understand time lapse how to information. I especially like how they gave you the basic steps, 1 to 6 and then expounded on the steps below. I feel like even a novice photographer like myself could understand this.

Another web tutorial I found is the one I've posted the URL to below. It's got a beautiful compilation of different time lapses and the music that goes with it is amazing. Even though I have a good idea of what I want to do my time lapse on, it was great to see the list of ideas on the site. Great ideas for future projects!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

This assignment was a little difficult because as many photo books that I could find on line and as interesting as they may be, most of them did not give you the opportunity to browse through to enjoy the images or the theme. I loved this one however because its a displays the way or ways we all those to live our life. This book is a documentary of all the different people who live in New York City and its quiet amazing to see the variety of cultures, styles, personalities and so forth. There are people of all colors, race, young and old. And even among similar groups, there are many differences. The theme of this photo book is just beautiful and educating. As we go about our day to day lives, we sometimes fail to recognize what is really going on around us until review such material. I like the layout of the book, it's kind of random which bring that feel of mixed differences. 


I have been following Humans of New York on Facebook for a few months. Photographer Brandon Stanton's story is as fascinating as those of the people he photographs.  He had a short video segment explaining the project (link above) . It begins: "I moved to New York with two suitcases and a goal of taking ten thousand photos." He asks a few questions of people of all ages and ethnicities and backgrounds and includes their answers as captions to the magnificently full of personality photos in his book and on the website. I love the quotes that he gets from his subjects. The funny thing is I wasn't interested in portrait photography necessarily until I started looking at this artist's work.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

World History of Photography; John Anthony Muth

Okay so I found this book on photography and I choose it because it's not that I just want to learn on or two styles of photography but all styles of photography.  I love history and it's the reason that people can understand from where they come and where they can go.  History gives us avenues that otherwise would not even be identified.  History tells us what has happened with the advantage of perspective.  Now with most books I like to thumb through them first and read a few excerpts but can do that online at least with this book.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Photography Book
The Art of Portrait Photography

focuses on the dynamic relationship between the photographer, the subject, and the audience and how that relationship has evolved over time. ” -PBS Arts

I like how this book is all about telling stories through the portraits of people through their expressions and what they wear. I think it is essential to know how to capture someones personality, and not make the person look fake or uncomfortable. In my career that I am working towards, every time an actor auditions we have to hand over a headshot and that  picture is supposed to represent that actor's personality and what type of part we fit more towards. So I think it is extremely important to capture the personality of the that person. Even for events and wedding photography you want to look perfect and happy and if you have a good photographer who understands this concept, than you will be happy with the outcome. 

This video on the book is very interesting on the photographers view on the person and how the person can react to photographers. It also tells why portraits are so important to our society.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Photography Book - Darcie Naylor

Bored Couples - Martin Parr

Bored Couples, 1993

Richard Avedon: Evidence 1944-1994

Front Cover

This assignment had me a little perplexed. I have yet to figure out how to actually Google a particular photography book and have images of the book show up. The only thing I get are links to where I can purchase the book. I realize I could head to the library and look at photography books, but my week has not allowed such an indulgence. So with this in mind, I am posting two books that I would love to look through.

The first is a book entitled "Bored Couples" by Martin Parr. This book intrigues me because face it, we've all seen what we assumed were bored couples at a restaurant, in the mall, almost everywhere we go. The fact is, these couples may or may not be bored, but through the photograph, we make an assumption. I feel like we go through our lives making assumptions - sometimes good assumptions, sometimes not so good assumptions. You can catch a few glimpses of some of the "bored couples" in Parr's book by going to the website I provided and to me, most of them are funny. A couple of the images gave me the giggles. I think I would enjoy owning this book, it would be quite the conversation piece on my living room table.

The second is a compilation of work by Richard Avedon. Avedon's work intrigues me. We watched a short film last semester that highlighted some of his work and ever since then I want to know more about him. Even though most of what I read about him indicates that he was a fashion and portrait photographer, and neither of those genre's interest me too much, there is still something about his work and the man himself that intrigues me. Even the title of this book is interesting to me. Evidence 1944 - 1994. Evidence that he worked. Evidence that he was talented. Evidence that he lived.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Smoke and mirrors

Using Blending modes is a great way to present the theme of Vision and Reality. These images come from one of my favorite contemporary artists in the medium. Richard Johnson of Spectacle Photography has been inspiring me since the start of my journey to become a pro photog. In a Facebook message conversation we had, he said 99.9% of his images use some form of blending mode. He used screen mode for fire in this series, it is used very well to create the images. The pictures in this series used physical make up effects and photoshop digital effects to create a creepy, eerie, portrait of burn victims/smoke monsters.

Blending Images- Hayley Vrana
The thing that most intrigues me about this blended image is that it feels like they fit together so perfectly with the girl on the left looking at the little girl blowing the dandelion fuzz. When you look closer the little girls hand is blended differently that you can see because her hand is blurry and blue.

I really love the look of this blended images. It looks like an engagement or wedding style photographs of a lovely couple. I also like how the two pictures were edited to the same color of sepia. This picture just reminds me of a Nicholas Sparks book cover.

I feel like the demand is high for people looking to have their photos edited more and more these days. From movie covers and book cover, to special occasions edited photos are the way to go.

Monday, March 31, 2014

I have no idea what the assigned blog was this week so I decided to share something I heard today as well as an image that changed my life. Around the year 2000 I discovered the Hubble Space Telescopes web site and on that site was the"Deep Field View" (1999).  This image was viewed on the couch while surfing the internet on the "Dreamcast" video game system. My buddy and I starred at this view for well over 10 minutes in just utter amazement of what we were seeing.  Most of these images are galaxies, each galaxy is made of many billions of stars...  We were literally looking at trillions of stars in one photo, I can begin to describe my feelings of being a part of something so much more magnificent than I had ever felt before...

Earlier today I was listening to the philosopher-theologian Alan Watts. Alan had said something completely profound and life changing as well.

 “It is not true you came into this world… You came out of it.  The same way as a flower comes out of a plant or a fruit comes out of a tree.  As an apple tree apples, the solar system in which we live and therefore the galaxy in which we live and therefore the system of galaxies in which we live, that system,,, peoples. Therefore people are an expression of it’s energy and of it’s nature”.

Alan Watts-

The following image is the Hubble's "Ultra Deep Field View" (2004).  Both images were taken from a part of the sky that had no visible stars and left there, shutter open, long exposure about the size of 1/10 of the moon, or if your hand was held out, the size of a fingernail.

We are the fruit of the universe and we should never underestimate what we are and what we've always been...

With the birth of technology and digital photography, images can be made to look practically any how we want it to look. Of course there is good and bad in every thing. In some instances, those images are quite fun to see and they have good entertainment value. Unfortunately, there are times that these images have a sinister element to it and can cause a whole lot of issues to individuals or groups. There are also times that these images can bring a lot of good, for instance, they can or may convey a positive message or even great advertisement. All in all, the ability to put these images together is a great tool if not misused. I guess it's like most things in life.
Blended Images
Darcie Naylor


After searching the internet for quite a long time for examples of blended photography, this photo is the only one I found that closely depicts what I have in mind for my project. I am using an old window pane that I found at Habitat for Humanity instead of a mirror, but the idea is the same. I am going to try and depict photographs in the window that do not relate to the surrounding area outside of the window pane. My challenge has been finding images and scenery to shoot that do not relate but still will be interesting to the viewer. Since I am going to LA for a couple of days this week, of course I plan to bring my camera and take advantage of the different environment. :-)

While doing my research, I came across this article (link below) that was really eye opening to me. I hadn't really thought that I was so naive about photographs that I see in magazines or online, but I guess I was. In the article, "Getting the Image You See in Your Head" by Rick Berk, the photograph of the rock arch and beautiful sky are stunning. The colors of the surrounding landscape and the exposure are perfect. After reading about his process of achieving this perfection, I was enlightened. He blended photographs to achieve this photographic perfection. I've read National Geographic and Phoenix Home and Garden magazine, and I've seen many similarly beautiful photographs. I am always amazed at the skill that it must take to shoot such gorgeous pictures. Now I know that it's not always just skill with the camera, but also skill with Photoshop.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Hello Group!

Try submitting some images to this wonderful student juried exhibition.  "Emerge" at Art Intersection!

Due Date Monday March 31st

parrot behind the scenes

Vision and reality: painted parrot and frog people

Just a fun image I found
Unit Project #2 Vision and Reality
Hayley Vrana

For my Vision and Reality project I want to explore the world in reflections. I want to try and find reflections in things that you wouldn't think to look at and objects you look at everyday in life. I haven't decided if I just want to do reflections in water or just any object yet, but I know I want to show many different subjects in the reflections. I even found a cool website that helps with how to take reflections in water. I might try to recreate one of the pictures up above in different ways if possible. For example I have taken pictures of little water drops, but I never thought to see if there was a reflection in it. I wanted to know how some reflections are caught since lots of reflections are just caught by mistake, without even thinking about it. "Tips: Remember your choices: the subject and its reflection; just the reflection; still water; and blurred water. Direct light on water creates glare – you want the direct light to fall on your subject which is then reflected in water which is in the shade. If there is glare, you can use a polarizing filter to reduce or even remove it.Try using a graduated neutral density filter. Usually the reflection is a couple of stops darker than the main subject so you can use a graduated neutral density filter to even things out. If you don't have one, you can always try the digital equivalent in Lightroom or Photoshop. But remember the reflection part of the image should still be slightly darker. If you make it as bright as the main subject the image will not look right."

 I found these tips to be very helpful when trying to take water reflections.

How often do we wake up in the middle of the night in a dark room and mistake a hanging rob for something completely different. Our eyes are very sensitive organs and they see what there are presented. Sometimes we are able to see beyond whats in front of us but there still has to be a base. Just the angle at which a subject is presented could provide a different vision.The top photograph is an image of the side of a building, but the way its presented could possibly mean something else to the viewer. The bottom photograph looks like the most painful experience in life, but in reality, I'm sure it something completely different even though I don't know how it was put together. What the eyes sees and what an object really is can be a world apart.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

John Anthony Muth

I was completely baffled by this assignment.  I had some ideas but nothing was inspiring me.  I had been out four times this week from about 8PM to anywhere until 4AM.  I went to Phoenix, Tempe (climbed a huge rock), Apache Junction, and in Mesa in my own backyard so to speak, it was a vacant lot near where I live.

I choose the photo below because I am amazed at how much detail the photograph has of the stars but I know from personal experience that a 30 second exposure with have stars shift in the sky and there is no shifting in these photos.  Photographer Royce Bair must be using an exceptionally high ISO.  I would also think that an very large aperture would be required too but everything seems to be in focus with no shallow DoF to be seen.  I am stumped to say the least.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I get a lot of ideas

Seeing many of the images on the lens culture website helped kick start my creative process. The works of Deborah Oropallo's series GUISE use famous paintings of men from the 17th and 18th centuries layered with photos of women in fetish costumes. Laurence Demaison's series "Moving performances, still photographs" uses long exposures and moving subjects, showing trails of light hands against a dark body. Joan Fontecuberta created animal mash ups before they flooded the internet. For me these three artists' creations combine in my head to form a loose idea of where I want to try to take the vision and reality project. I am thinking about portraits, perhaps self portraits, layering with appropriated images - either comic book art (superheroes, villains, monsters, and creatures) or images from video games or images of animals. Perhaps in a way which reveals the inner thoughts or self perceptions of the subjects. The ideas are still bouncing around in my head.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Vision and Reality - Research/Thought Process
Darcie Naylor

"Photography's gift isn't the ability to reproduce reality, it's the ability to expand it."

The photo above, the quote, and the excerpt below is taken from a blog posting by photographer Gary Hart.

"When I hear a photographer say “That’s exactly what I saw when I was there,” I cringe. Not only is capturing human reality in a photograph impossible (really), attempting to do so is so limiting. I’m a strong advocate of “honest” photography, photography that depicts a natural truth without digital deception. But photographic truth is not the same as human truth, a fact photographers should celebrate, not deny. Your camera’s reality opens the door to revealing nature in ways humans can’t."

"Photographers jump through lots of hoops to overcome limited depth of field and more closely approximate their own experience of the world. Tiny apertures, tilt-shift lenses, and blended images will do it, albeit with trade-offs. And when all else fails, we’ll bump our ISO into the noisy stratosphere. All that is well and good, but let’s not forget that there’s no rule that says your capture must mimic your experience. Sometimes we can use our camera’s ability to severely limit depth of field to our advantage by eliminating distractions and turning uninteresting backgrounds into a complementary canvas of color and shape."

About the photo above: While taking photographs near the Pohono Bridge in Yosemite, Gary Hart's eyes saw an "overwhelming variety of input:" dogwood blooms, the Merced River, cars, other photographers, all beneath what he describes as "a boring pale blue sky." While these elements made up the whole of the picture before him, he really only wanted to "convey the dogwood's elegant grace in the context of its simple verdant setting - everything else was superfluous."
Even though his eyes saw everything around him, he chose to focus on the bloom using a telephoto lens and large aperture, this allowed him to "[reduce] the rest of the world to a soft canvas of variegated green." He states that while "this image is nothing like what [his] eyes saw, it is what [his] camera saw." 

I think that is going to be my challenge with this project, to reduce the rest of the world around me and focus only on what I want the camera to see and thus show my viewers. I will be trying to capture my vision of what is around me with the smallest amount of visual noise. This should be interesting.

The photo below is from Abelardo Morell's Camera Obscura collection. It intrigues me. I love the vision of the room through the glass lenses. This particular photo is giving me food for thought on what I want my project to be.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

ICP past exhibitions - Christer Strömholm: Les Amies de Place Blanche

I liked this exhibition because it probes the meaning of gender and gender identity, which I have been interested in for years.  Christer Strömholm was a Swedish photographer who spent ten years living among transgendered "ladies of the night" beginning in the late1950's in Paris. From the ICP PDF press release for the exhibit - "As Strömholm wrote in 1983: 'These are images of people whose lives I shared and whom I think I understood. These are images of women—biologically born as men—that we call "transsexuals." As for me, I call them "my friends of Place Blanche." It was then—and still is—about obtaining the freedom to choose one’s own life and identity.'" The Press release also goes on to say that these women were mistreated by authorities. I see the relevance in today's society where the transgender community is still misunderstood and not accepted by the general public. In Russia and other countries they are abused and arrested. It is getting better but not fast enough. All the photos are from the 1960's in black and white, so they show popular fashion of the time. The subjects seem so glamorous to me. They were so brave to live honestly in that time period. I am especially impressed with the fact that they allowed themselves to be photographed.

ICP Past Exhibitions - Justin P.

For this week's research I chose the 'Weird Beauty: Fashion Photography Now' exhibition. Fashion photography is one of my favorite, so I was instantly drawn to this by the title. From the description it seemed like a magnificent show! Not only did they have the original prints of the photographs, but they had hundreds of tear sheets and magazine covers featuring the photographs. I feel like all the big designers would be there and everybody would be wearing some crazy high fashion outfit (like from Zoolander or something), which would be awesome. Once I took a look at the photographs I knew instantly that this is the one that I'd want to go to. Now if only we could create a time machine so I could go back to January 2009...

Photographs like this remind me of an Annie Leibovitz of the fashion world. They are almost 'caught in the moment' like it could definitely be Marc Jacobs just goofing around or it could be planned out and posed, you just don't know. His expression makes me feel like it was posed because it's so stern, if he was goofing you'd think he'd have a smile (and his drink would be everywhere). However, the body position makes me feel like it was caught in the moment. Who knows, and does it really matter? It's a great photograph.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

ICP Elliott Erwitt: Personal Best

Hayley Vrana

I really liked this picture but it wouldn't blowup, but I put it up any way, because I really like how the fog is covering the New York skyscape and the woman in the foreground is crisp and clear.

This Exhibition was to showcase Elliot Erwitt's photos. He was known for documentary and commercial photography. He has photographed many well known people from Marilyn Monroe to Jackie Kennedy.

I chose this collection because I looked through all the pictures and it definitely represented the past's history. He had a picture of Jackie Kennedy at the funeral  for her husband, he had a picture of the white and colored drinking fountains. I didn't really choose a picture that showed the history, but I just really liked this one. The way the man and woman are kissing in the mirror with the ocean in the background is just really pretty. I like how the ocean is blurred and the car and people clear. This picture just reminds me of the old Elvis Presley movies, with him romancing the girl.


by John Anthony Muth

I choose two photos for this assignment from two different exhibitions but that overlap in meaning.
The first photo is from;

Other Weapons: Photography and Print Culture During the Spanish Civil War.  This is a propaganda poster from the Spanish Civil War (1936-39).  It addresses the plight of the spanish people against their dictator Franco, but it also shows Nazi involvement in this struggle.  Publicly Franco borrowed Germany's air force to subdue the revolution in Spain.  In reality, Hitler used his Luftwaffe, with German pilots, to bomb the Spanish rebels as practice for the world conflict to come.  
The poster uses vibrant warm colors of red and yellow mixed with purple combined with organic lines to express fire and strife of being bombed and oppressed by the Franco regime and the Nazis as communicated by the Swastika over the words "Cultura Facista." To me this poster demonstrates the idea that the culture of Fascism is destroying the people and it's artistic culture as represented by the woman, child and statue.  

The second photo is from;  
We Went Back: Photographs from Europe 1933–1956 by Chim.  This is a photograph of Pablo Picasso in front of his painting "Guernica".   I also chose this photo because "Guernica" was painted because the it represents a similar idea as the poster above, but it is more specific. The painting "Guernica" symbolizes the destruction of the town of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War. I would love to attend both of these exhibits because of my fascination with history.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Library of Congress : Great Composition

This image is very pleasing to look at for many different reasons. The first thing that draws my attention is how the trees frame the landscape and give it balance. The piece of land with trees jetting out and the Capitol in the background give it three dimentions which further draws you in. The contrast of the black and white image also ad to it.
Tammy Kelton
I loved this photo.  There is so many leading lines your eye follows the road into the photo and then your eye tends to travel in and out of the photo.  I like the composition of this photo.  It give you a feeling that it is peaceful.  I want to travel to this place and just spend time outside to photograph the entire area.  It also leaves you with a feeling that it is a cold place. Maybe even a lonely feeling.

I like the use of lighting.  the house being darker in contrast give a since of lonely dark place. Yet in the back ground it in lighter and leaves you feeling like exploring the region.  And the use of foreground framing adds depth to the photo.

Can't pick just one.

This is the Kandell collection. It is full of portraits, landscapes and still life photos of daily life in Sikkim as well as special events. I had trouble picking just one photo from this collection to share. I think this one labeled : [Prince Palden (second from left) making silly faces with friends, Sikkim] is one of my top favorites. It shows a royal acting like a regular kid (although I can't say more about the monachy of Sikkim to be sure of how strict the royal family would be about pomp and circumstance at his age in the photo). This fun portrait shows the friendship between the boys by their proximity. Also, they all seem to share a sense of humor. It shows the universality of "making silly faces". The boys are arranged in a tight triangle. The Prince isn't dressed as colorfully as his friend or even taking the position in the triangle one would expect a prince would. 
Another photo is this one of a woman churning yak butter tea :
I love that she seems to enjoy it. The motion blur is just enough to show the activity, while keeping the rest of the photo in good focus. 

Library of Congress- Daguerreotypes 
Hayley Vrana

This daguerreotype is of the Editorial staff of the New York Tribune. Daguerreotypes were mostly portraits because of the slow shutter speed, but this collection also has some outdoor views. I chose this type of picture  from this section because last semester I took a History of Photography class and we went into great detail over these types of photos. This picture really amazes me because there are seven guys in it. You usually see one or two people in a daguerreotype because of how slow the shutter speed was, but to have seven guys keeping perfectly still is very neat. I also just like seeing old photos and how different the times were when photography was first coming around.

In Daguerreotypes it's funny to look  at all the different expressions on each of the guys faces. All of the guys have completely different looks from bored to staring off in space looks.

Library Of Congress: Sikkim Photos

Dr. Alice S. Kandell gave over 15,000 images to the library of congress in 2010.  A selection of around 300 of them, which are included in the "Prints & Photographs Online Catalog," show the lives of the Sikkim Kingdom in the high Himalayas.  She took the photos in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  The photos show a culture that is slowly diminishing.

I enjoyed looking at this entire collection and had a difficult time picking out just one.  The photo above is titled "Reincarnation of a holy lama takes a break from his reading. He holds a prayer book covered in wood."  I've always found it fascinating how young the holy lamas are and what their lives must be like to be raised and live their entire life with that mantel.  I also enjoyed the composition and candid nature of the photo above.  Dr. Kandell had special permission to take these photos and get some pictures outside of the typical more formal shots you'd see.  

Taking photographs that few have the chance to take, documenting something that is fading and may soon be gone, adventure in new and foreign lands... these aspects of the photos all interest me.  It is interesting to look through the collection and see where modern amenities are slowly working into the culture.  I wonder what it looks like now?  40 years later.

Technically, I think of the great feat it is to get a photo in film without the instant feedback of our digital cameras and the range of equipment that is readily available to us now.  I see some minor composition changes I would make to the photo above in the digital darkroom, but I think she hit the exposure spot on.  It could have been posed, but looks like it was something you really would see even if she just said "wait, stop right there" while she snapped the photo.

Library of Congress: World War I War Poster, 1917.

by John Anthony Muth

This poster shows a marine in uniform marching along a dock with ship, fort and city skyline in the back ground.   I really love old graphic art because it usually is woven with color and design qualities that are not as preferred in today's modern advertising campaigns. The bright warm yellow is the first thing that captures the viewers eye which is in sharp contrast to the dark and light blue uniform of the marine's uniform.  The dominating primary colors grab the viewer and the simple use of overlapping draws the viewer in.  Combine that with the direction of the smoke and the marines march which leads the viewer directly into the slogan "SEVICE ON LAND AND SEA."  I believe this is an excellent example of a advertising poster that typifies the future of war posters in World War II, with emphasis on design and color to capture the viewers eye and create an emotional response.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Paseo del Prado, Habana

Paseo del Prado, Habana

This photograph is part of a series of photographs that were taken c1900 in and around Havana Cuba. I Googled the street name and city and found some photographs of this street in modern day. The feeling is still there, but it is, of course, much more modern with paved streets and a large cement walk down the middle that has been poured around the trees.
This particular photograph caught my eye for several reasons. It's an outdoor photograph and I definitely lean toward that type of photography. The coloring is both beautiful and intriguing. Because the colors are mostly pastel, (which is usually NOT a color palette that I favor) the photograph looks like a watercolor painting to me and the beautiful deep green of the trees is a wonderful contrast to the soft colored buildings. The vanishing point of the sidewalk together with the row of trees leads my eye into the photograph and then makes me want to keep walking through and see what's at the end of the street. I love the texture that is represented in the ruts of the dirt road, the bark of the trees, and the architecture of the buildings. In addition I love how even though the buildings on the right look very similar to one another - the round columns out front, the height of the buildings is similar, most of them have second story windows - they are individual in their own right. They are painted different colors, the architecture of the second story windows is different for each, little details have been added to make each one stand out. This shows to me that the people in this town, or the people that owned the buildings, took pride in their surroundings and cared enough to make sure the building they were in charge of looked as good as it possibly could.
I would love to walk along this street or sit on one of the benches under the canopy of the beautiful shade trees. This photograph is peaceful to me.