why: The theme I decided upon for this project is “Beauty is Only Skin Deep”. The idea was to take photos of one of my Barbies and then take photos of the same barbie after marring her face and body. I really think people care way too much about their appearances, which is definitely mirrored in Barbies. I thought burning up my poor beautiful doll really conveyed that message well.
why: I took these photos while walking around a big hill behind my house. When taking them I was thinking about how most people take nature shots: find a small interesting subject like a flower or rocks, zoom in and make your aperture as large as possible, and shoot. This made me think about how unconnected this made nature feel, which is why I decided to take big picture shots. Everything in nature is connected and I like seeing all of the different textures and types of trees and grass in one single shot.
what: I took a photo of my vintage suitcase for the theme “I believe” (finishing that sentence with ‘traveling’). I didn’t really follow any rules in this photo because none of them really worked with the shot. The contrast in this one is really great though, which I like. Normally I would find the background in this one distracting, but the light came out and illuminated just the suitcase, so the background is very dark in contrast to the suitcase. I also really like the birch tree the suitcase is leaning up against. The difference in texture I think really adds, and it makes it look more like a candid type shot rather than something I totally set up.
why: I think this photo tells a story. You get the old-timey feeling from the vintage suitcase and the big hat and of course the fact that it’s in black and white. Looking at it, I get the feeling someone is setting out on a trip via train and just decided to snap a photo before leaving. It gives you kind of a spontaneous feeling that someone just decided to leave and just wanted a remembrance of that moment. It definitely gives a great feel of “I believe in traveling” for the reason of spontaneity. I also didn’t put too much in the suitcase to add to that feel of just getting up and going.
how: This was an easy shot to take. It was a super sunny day out and I didn’t need a tripod. I just set up the suitcase in my backyard, found a pleasing angle, and shot it.
why: I get a type of wonderland story with this photo. I feel like the person should be jumping from the pavement into the clouds to a weird wonderland. It’s kind of angsty too, just because whenever I see a picture where someone is wearing converse I think angst. I love how the clouds go through the entire photo, even with that you don’t necessarily get the idea of a double exposure because it goes so well with the imperfections in the pavement. And even though I know it’s a double exposure I still see the hole in the pavement where someone should be jumping through.
who / where / when: Ian Robertson, Toronto City Transit, 2011.
what: I feel like there isn’t really one main focal point of this photo. You get the rule of thirds of the chairs (which would be the focal point if anything) but it isn’t super grabbing. Overall the photo is really neat, and the colors definitely add to the feel of the photo.
why: Looking at this photo you definitely get the feel of city transit. The seats are always a weird color that looks dirty, there’s always newspaper and crap all over the floor, and people don’t really attempt to sit near one another. I think the reason this photo was taken was to depict the ride of the photographer, or how he feels about city busses. It doesn’t look really nice or busy, just kind of dirty and boring. Even though the boombox to the right is large, my eye is more drawn just to the line of seats and the middle of the bus. It’s definitely the same type of feel you get on a normal bus.
how: This photo was taken with a disposable camera.
I took some photos with a disposable camera and because they were color I had to have them developed at Walgreens. In doing this, I learned never to have my film developed by other people! First of all, the cost is ridiculous. It cost $10 for two cameras and then $25 to develop both rolls. When I develop my own, it costs about $7 for the film and then my time to develop. It’s no wonder people don’t use film anymore, it’s a ridiculous amount of money! Also, when having Walgreens develop, you don’t get all the pictures. They don’t develop the photos that they think you won’t like. So if they’re blurry or super tinted or anything, they’ll either try to fix them (and in turn mess them up) or just not develop them. This is great if you’re taking pictures of your vacation and only want good pictures developed, but for someone like me, it really sucks. Even if you ask them to develop all the pictures, they usually only develop the “good” ones. How disappointing…
who / where / when: Audree Burrus, Cross Plains WI, April 2012
what: The first set of photos is of a spiderweb. Both photos are of the same web and taken from the same point, but I used a different colored flash on each photo to make them tinted different colors. Rule of thirds is used to position the web and the lines of the tree definitely lead in to force your eye to the web. The second photo is my shadow taking a picture of wood with the blue tinted flash. There aren’t really any “rules” used in this, I just thought the positioning of the pile of wood was pretty sick. The final photo is of my friend Joe taking pictures of all of the graffiti. I had to climb up this brick wall to get the downward look on him. The photo has a dreamy quality which looks awesome.
why: These photos are documentary photos if anything. There isn’t really a story behind them, but they’re good documents of the hills of Cross Plains. I think the photo that most tells a story is the one of Joe and the room of graffiti. I think all graffiti is storytelling and showing all of it, and how it’s all just condensed into this one little area is really telling of Cross Plains. Even while taking the pictures I was saying how there isn’t any graffiti in CP, it seemed like all the little delinquents of the area just go and tag up this one small building where no one can see it.
how: These photos were taken with a disposable camera. To get the color tint on the photos, I took nail polish and put a few coats over the flash so it would flash the color. I took some photos in the complete dark so that the flash would be more prominent, but I have a feeling the guy at Walgreens who developed these saw that they were completely tinted and fixed the colors when developing. What a jerk…
Anyway, the dreamy quality of the photo of Joe was achieved by taking the end of a wrench and basically beating the lens of my camera with it. On some of them I mixed water with salt and poured the mixture over the lens and let it dry so that crystals would form on the lens. That didn’t really do much, and it was hard to get the crystals to form because the lens was extremely rounded.