Thursday, April 16, 2009

Assignment #3 Journal, Before and After

Assignment #3: Traces


BEFORE

Okay, so, I don't really get to shoot portraits. :( But oh well. I still think this is a really fascinating assignment - I like the idea. And I could look at it as a sort of roundabout way of shooting portraits...ish... The more I think about this the more I kind of understand why I've lately been so drawn to shooting portraits - there's something about lasting forever, being immortalized. It's interesting to know that you've just captured a moment in someone's life, and even though they might forget that particular photo, that particular day, that particular moment, if someone sees your photograph then that moment will still be remembered, by people who weren't even there. Maybe this sounds so cheesy because it's almost midnight, but I actually might be on to something there. And although I've kind of distanced myself from taking an actual portrait of a real live person in this project, the concept still applies. Ish. And now I'm babbling, so I'll just move on.

Anyway, I'm not quite sure where to start on this, it's an assignment that requires a little more of a thought process than others I've had, but I think that once I do figure out what to photograph I can get some cool pictures. except I do know I want to go shoot at a playground and show something like the scuff marks on the slides. The weathered down bottom step of a building sounds cool too, but I'm not quite sure where I'd find it - something like skid marks would be much easier to find and shoot.




AFTER


I actually really enjoyed shooting this project. Aaaaaannnnddd....I shot during the day, and it was AMAZING! There's so much light in the world! I almost couldn't believe it. Definately something I should try again. Also (maybe this isn't strictly related to photography, but oh well), I met this way cute old lady when I knocked on her door to ask if I could photograph a tree in her front yard, who told me all about the Black Forest in Germany. Hm. I should go and
photograph her sometime too.


Anyway, I might have interpreted this project a little loosely. For example, I saw a bit hill covered in trees with a couple houses plopped down in the middle, and shot it because human beings were affecting that hill. It wasn't really the best picture, and I didn't like it, but this brings me to another random tangent about the Matrix, which I watched over the weekend. I found it interesting that one of the "Agents" (really, really bad guys) had decided that human beings were not mammals, because all animals automatically adjust to their natural surroundings, while we, humans, destroyed them and changed them so they fit our needs. He then proceeded to point out that the only other type of organizm that did this was a virus, and that human beings were a disease.


Now. I don't really believe that's true, and it's certainly not the most original or scientific concept I've posted here, but it made me think. And it's true - maybe not the part about us not being mammals, but the part about how we affect everything. But I think that our massive impact on the world is mostly due to our constant presence. If human beings were somehow suddenly gone, I think the time it would take to wipe any trace of us completely off of the face of the earth might be almost shockingly quick.


Okay. Now that I've ranted about the random ideas bouncing around in my scattered brain, let me get to my actual photographs.


I love the tree man photograph I took, because I think the lighting on it is just beautiful. I don't think it complies perfectly with what Mr. Patteson was getting at when he gave us this assignment, but I still love it. I think the texture of the bark is really nice, and I love how clear and precise the photograph turned out. Also, this photograph was further proof of something Mr. Slade told me last term - when in doubt, get in closer. I took some photos of this tree from further away, but none of them were nearly as good as the close up of its "face".

Next is my slightly creepy picture of old farm equipment and I shed that I took in the creekbed. I had to crawl over rocks in a creek under a fence to get to this place, and then bushwack my way through a garden to get out, but I think it was certainly worth it. Turns out, there's this whold big abandoned shed place really close to my house, and I will certainly be going back there to shoot pictures. It's full of old farm equipment (lots of interesting metal...stuff and rusty plows, old tractors, etc.), and I really like the photograph of the back of it that I shot. It's focus isn't quite where I want it to be, but I still like it - somehow the focus being slightly off makes it very creepy. Overall, I think that whole creek bed photographs in a sort of eerie way (it's where I took my favorite photo from fall term - a picture of two girls standing in the dry creekbed). I think it has something to do with the sort of silent feel, like it's somewhere off limits. Or maybe something to do with the fact that it looks out of place itself - it should be full of water, but instead it's dry. It should have trendy new houses with big backyard gardens on either side, but instead it's got an old shed. I don't know. But I will come back to this spot.

And then there's what I think is my favorite photograph, of an old playground...climby thing. I really don't know what it's called, but I think this photo is what best fit the assignment - it shows the natural wear and tear of the climby thing as the paint chips off in certain places. I like how simple this picture is, but I don't think it's boring. I like how it spirals, I like the asymetrical composition, I like the lighting, and I even like the gravel background and the way that texture kind of plays with the light too - it's uneven and intricate and I think it's interesting and rather lovely.

So in conclusion (after a very long and strange blog post), I overall really liked this project. I enjoyed shooting, and I was pretty pleased with my results. It's something I think I might want to do again, only within stricter guidelines than the ones I followed this time.

2 comments:

Mr. Patteson said...

I am so impressed with the amount of thought you are putting into your work. Thank you. Very interesting thoughts here. Yes, daytime is nice.

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