Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Reflections


Nobody dies in this family. That's what he's always been told, and in a way it was true. His great grandmother didn't pass away until he was almost fourteen, and it almost seemed absurd to him when people his age had never met one or more of their grandparents. Age ran in the family, age and mementos. His house was full of things. Stuff. Knick-knacks and antiques, everyone kept everything. Old things and old people.
When his uncle passed away from heart disease, he didn't know what to think. They weren't close, but they weren't strangers, and it was the first time he'd lost someone of anything besides old age. It was the first time he'd lost someone before they turned ninety. The process of moving his uncle's things, sorting, storage, transport, took almost two weeks. Everything was divided up among the relatives, but his family got the knick-knacks. The model ships. A reminder. Soon the grief faded, and the miniature boats became part of the house, blending into the shelves. Sometimes he noticed them, and sometimes he thought about his uncle when he did. He wondered where all these things, all these memories, would end up once he was gone.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Intro to Levitation Photography

Levitation
noun
the action of rising or causing something to rise and hover in the air, typically by means of supposed magical powers

Paranormal
adjective
denoting events or phenomena such as telekinesis or clairvoyance that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.

There are a few things to keep in mind in order to make a successful levitation photograph. Hair and clothing is the biggest thing to keep in mind, since it is the main thing that can either sell the illusion of floatation. Or destroy it. Using a fan for clothing and hair is very useful, as it can help create the illusion of hair floating or blowing in the wind. Clothing should be kept plain, as it can cause problems later in photoshop if it has a lot of colors and patterns. Utilizing props is also very useful, as it can help make the photo more dynamic, as well as be used in creative ways to make the scene more realistic. 

  
    David Nemcsik                                                         Somewhere Lovely                                                  Somewhere Lovely

I really like the levitation photographs done by Somewhere Lovely, they have a very mysterious look to them as they're usually in a casual setting with the model's face being covered by their hands or hair. I would really like to make a levitation photograph where the model is in a interesting or uncomfortable pose. I also really like the photos that are set inside, but I'm not sure if those would be easier or harder to produce than outdoor photos.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

History of Photography



Through the work that we did in this project, I learned the impact of several influential photographers, such as Walker Evans, William Eggleston, Robert Capa, and many more. Exploring these photographers and their techniques helps enrich our learning experience and add context to photography as a whole. This also is true in regards to the different techniques and inventions we learned about. I found out that the first color photographs required development through a process that involved mercury, which is a toxic substance. This, along with the invention of the polaroid camera and other methods of photography gives me background to think about when I’m taking photographs. Now I’m more aware of where the art form came from, and the steps that had to be taken to get to where we are today.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Photos with Quotes



In this photo I used the eyedropper tool when choosing colors for the font in order to get simular gold tones in the text that were already in the photo. I also curved the text so that it would almost seem to form a circle around the woman's head, which I think adds nice flow to the photo and helps the text blend in a bit better. I think that the quote I chose was unique since it isn't really an inspirational or well-known quote, I just thought it went with the picture.



In this photo I used a lot of pinks and blues in the text to create unity between the quote and the colors in the sky, as well as keeping the font in the sky consistant with the font on the ground. I think I used some unique fonts that really go well with the mood of the photograph.



I wanted the color and quality of the text to be simular to the exit sign in this picture, so I chose fonts that had very straight edges as well as using colors that were in the sign. I also gave the letters a glow effect to imitate the way the sign was glowing. I think it's unique because the picture relates to the quote in a more literal way rather than a metaphorical one, and I like the meaning behind it.

The two most important things I learned from this project is that sometimes your first idea won't be the best one, and that you're doing yourself a disservice when you assume something is "good enough" without pushing to improve it any further.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Food


How to Make Some Decent Hand-Pies: A Recipe by Emilie

Ingredients:
○ Flour
○ Butter
○ Sugar
○ Salt
○ Water
○ Filling

Step 1: Crumble the flour and butter together (make sure the butter is cold, right out of the fridge is best). Add a little sugar and salt if you want, it makes the pastry better but you don't have to. When there isn't any big lumps of butter anymore, add the water slowly (the water should be cold too, I'm not sure why but it's just what you do) and combine it with a fork until it's doughy.

Step 2: Work the dough into a ball as best you can, usually it's pretty crumbly and hard to keep together but if you can get most of it that's good enough. Leave it in the fridge for at least a few hours but it can be longer if you'd like.

Step 3: When you're ready to make your hand pies, roll the dough out and cut some shapes. I like to cut out squares so the hand pies will look like triangles when you fold them over. Put a little filling on one side (the filling can be anything, apples or chocolate or something savory like potatoes and cheese) and brush some whisked egg on the edges to help it stick. Fold the pastry over and press down the edges with a fork or your fingers or whatever.

Step 4: Poke some holes in the hand-pies once you're done so the steam can get out, then put them in the oven at 350 degrees probably. I don't usually time it so just take them out when they look crispy and done.

Step 5: Let them cool for a bit before you eat them because they're very hot on the inside.

Step 6: You've now made some decent hand-pies.

Friday, March 10, 2017

David Hockney Inspired Photomontage



In our photomontage we were trying to communicate a scene that was recognizable enough as the area we photographed, while still being surreal and cubist-inspired. We wanted to make a 3D space into a 2D one with the use of various perspectives and other “flattening” techniques. I believe we achieved this pretty well, when I look at the picture I can still clearly see the original space, even though it is very flat and surreal. 


This project taught me a lot about spontaneity, since we couldn’t really plan out the photomontage in it’s entirety we really had to just go with the creative flow and come up with ideas as we went along. It also taught me a lot about perspective and how it can be used in different ways, as well as about cubism as an art style.