Monday, December 3, 2012

Straightforward




These shots are all very different, but they have the common thread of straightforward composition. All the shots are level, primarily with strong horizontal and vertical lines. Another element in all of these is interesting tonal qualities. All different, all interesting. Do you not agree?

Progress

Well, tomorrow is the portfolio deadline and I still have at least one more photograph to take. I can see it fully realized in my head, so it's just a matter of talking James into sitting for me. I love composing shots in my head. They are just as real to me as if the instances happened spontaneously. Because they did. In my head. :)

Don't you think that's how Cindy Sherman did her film stills?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Kids in the Yard



I'm pairing these two photographs because they have the common thread of interesting nature texture. Ambrose in the top one, leaning away like that, reminds me of that Wyeth painting. Christine? I can't remember. Do you know what I'm talking about? There's a girl in a field and maybe she can't walk.

Beatrice looks loke she doens't want to be photographed. Which is always the perfect faces for me.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Just some self portraits...



These photos were taken using natural, morning light. I love the play of light on my dress, but I wish the color was more neutral on the wall in the back ground. It never comes out right or even.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Collodion

I've been fascinated by this collection of photographs that I came across the other day. This artist uses the collodion process. The photos are so surreal in mood. I love the tonal quality. To me they seem eccentric and I'm sure they are all posed, but there's a sense of spontaneity that takes the edge off. Do you like them? I want to be in all of them. I want to visit that world and explore it.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Glendale 2

 This first photograph is one of my favorites of this trip to Glendale. I love how the branches and what not in the background form a door, with a knob and all!

Reflection! This one is so trippy. The water actually looked quite mirky and dull, but the camera picked up reflections and a mood not visible to the naked eye.


What I love about this picture is what's not there. In the distance, you can just barely make out the house. The Big House, where the mill owners lived and looked out over their property. Everything between the lens and the house used to be mill. If a picture had been taken from this exact spot one hundred years ago? It would have been a solid wall of a building filled with what amounted to slave labour. Now, the site is dedicated to conservation and the mill is long gone. The house is in disrepair.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Glendale 1

Our class took a field trip to Glendale Shoals, which used to be a mill and is now a conservation center. In these first images, I was interested in textures, natural decay and the marks we leave behind.