Digital Photo Assignment

•April 21, 2009 • Leave a Comment


Artist Statement

 For this assignment, I created an unreal portrait from photos taken at my boarding school in North Andover, Massachusetts two years ago.  I chose this sequence of photos because I like the sense of strength, structure and balance they portray.  The lighting, coloring, and content also appeal to me.   Using Adobe Photoshop CS3, I reconstructed a scene in which four people appear two times in different poses.  I cut the main photograph into different layers sectioned by body parts.  Then, I inserted new layers of the same four characters in different poses from three different pictures.  I overlapped, resized, and modified levels and brightness of the layers to achieve the best representation of impossible reality.  Then, using the healing brush, burn tool, dodge tool, and blur tool, I sealed the layers together.


To me, this new assemblage of objects still embodies strength and structure, but it adds an element of chaos and vigor.  The portrayal of duality was something I wanted to explore and I feel that this piece embodies it without making a direct copy of each object.  I tried to avoid a “mirrored” sort of duality and strived to depict more of an energetic explosion of contortions and defiance against gravity.  Energy inspires and feeds the majority of my photographs, and I wanted to take it to the next level with this piece.


Digital Imaging Study

•April 21, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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Intention and Artifice: An Article About Photography

•April 6, 2009 • Leave a Comment

This reading examines the reality and convention and alterations of photography over time.  It also compares the medium of photography with others such as sketching and painting and writing.  Viewers often feel that the evidence photos present correspond to reality, however, with new technology and digital imagery, photos have moved away from reality and are much more questioned.  The more information there is in an image, the harder it is to alter without introducing detectable inconsistencies.  The reading also explains some of the methods that analysts use to determine the legitimacy of photos including looking at shadows and hues and shading and reflections.  It also examines the difference between originals and copies and one and two-stage and allographic and autographic.  As photography is a major globally exchanged item of traditional conceptions of truth, the authenticity and originality have been challenged with many legal dilemmas.

Through many different examples, the reading questions the credibility of photographs, analyzes the different intentions, artifices, and objectives of photography, presents several historical cases of photographic scams and mutations, and gives examples of impossible drawings that photography cannot reproduce.   I was particularly drawn to the illusion drawings and the altered photographs of historical significance.  The concept of a photograph being “taken” has been constantly flowing in and out of my mind after reading as well.

Cindy Sherman

•April 1, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Cindy Sherman is an American artist, photographer, model and filmmaker of the 21st century. Many of her most successful pieces are self portraits in which she dresses up in extravagant, historical, modern, or even simple wardrobes and costumes.  Throughout the wide array of shots she has taken, it is difficult for even the viewer to recognize Sherman as the same person in all of them!  Through taking photos of herself in costume and disguise, Sherman seems to become completely different people and more importantly, seems to find humor and joy in the process.  In 1989, she produced the Sex series, in which she rearranged and photographed different parts of medical mannequins.  She clearly has an intense passion for photography and enjoys this process of disguise, whether it portrays something happy, comical, surprising, dark, or even gory.  Although many viewers consider her work to be feminist, Cindy Sherman declares that she does not think of it like that and prefers to disregard how some people have regarded her work.Cindy Sherman

John Baldessari and Sophie Calle

•March 25, 2009 • 1 Comment

These two photographers both focused on the story and content behind their pictures, not necessarily the process of taking the pictures.  Originally a painter,Baldessari decided/realized that he was more capable of accomplishing his artistic goals through photography instead of painting, so he abruptly ended his


 career as a painter and took up photography.  He tries to show everything in its natural state, avoiding poses and fakeness.  I liked what he said about not trying to make everything look beautiful with his pictures, he just wanted to capture reality.  He juxtaposed language to each of his photos  and believed that each photo screamed one specific word at its viewers.

Calle’s photography is all about the story behind the pictures.  Her spontaneity and enthusiasm towards stalking random people and photographing them without them knowing is intriguing.  She is very willing to try new things and take risks that many others would not.  Her scheming and plotting involved with hiring a private detective to photograph her was a brilliant idea and shows her detective-like abilities.  Her photos exhibit human vulnerability, identity, and intimacy, in the words of Wikipedia.NBL by Sophie Calle

Head and Felix in Exile

•February 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Head: This narrative demonstrates a very clear concept through obvious content that the audience instantly takes meaning from.  The audio and video complement each other and send a very provocative/dirty/erotic interpretation of head.  The audio definitely enhances her actions and the audience’s reaction.

Felix in Exile: Although i had a dificult time drawing meaning from this piece, i was very entertained and intrigued by it.  Thoughts included: color makes it feel old and lifeless, content=homeless man and fluttering papers, audio and video complement one another, lonliness, isolation, lack of color and use of shading, red is very prominent, changing level of sound brings about waves of emotion, blue of water brought life to the movie, the sharp drawing noises were very loud and sour…..the movement of eyes is creepy, looks like they are looking at you, the black blood is very heavy.

Narrative Screenings 2

•February 25, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Alex Bag “untitled ‘95”: This piece was very similar to a documentary.  Alex, playing an art student at SVU, says like and or something five million times while realistically playing a teenage college student trying to figure out what to do with her life and exploring the art field.  She drones on and on in her own world during the updates and you can see her trying to figure things out while she’s talking.  This piece is very realistic.  The pattern and rhythm of the content in general, alternating between her productions and her interviews makes it easy to follow as a viewer.  Each of her works differed from the one beofore it and she seems to be exploring many different techniques and going through different phases as an artist.  Her productions included: Call Me (with her on the telephone under extremely white/bright lights and her seductively talking on the phone with random people, telling  them how she really feels), two punk rock singers thinking of a song and yelling simultaneously, and the bunnies killing Annie (exhibiting strong irony and humor). Many of her pieces show tension between the attractiveness of youth culture and the disgust in it, demonstrating the struggles of growing up and finding purpose.  This link leads to another interesting blog on her work: 

Miranda July “The Amateurist”: This is my favorite screening EVER!!!!  Whilst watching, I sat there holding my laughter in until I burst.  The element of surveillance was very present, in which the woman plays a professional monitoring a strange girl who she has never had contact with her and tries to feel connection with.  The piece explored different methods of communication, lighting, imagery, etc.  July also plays with space by representing the life of the girl confined to a small room with checkerboard walls through a tv.  Because it was so hard to find meaning and try to figure it out what was going on, the woman who took the entire process so seriously and felt like she was really effecting society was incredibly humorous. Some relationships between characters and their reactions could be drawn but others not so much.  I thought the extreme non-conventionality was absolutely hilarious, especially the passion/idiocy that the woman sending the numbers and analyzing the girls actions showed.  I cracked up when she thought she was really onto something and got passionate about things that made no sense.  Amateurist