Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Back to School

We've been back at school for a couple weeks now and I figured it was about time I post an update on our current BDS 102 (basic design studies) studio project.

First project of the semester: a photo collage documenting time & space.
Restrictions: 4" x 6" photo prints (matte finish) must be used to create a photo collage mounted on a board as the final product. a minimum of 35 photos must be used.
Objective: to build and understanding and show photography's unique relationship with time & space by showing and perhaps altering both.

Our first step was thinking out idea possibilities and I also used the brainstorming period as a time for some rough sketches. After discussing possible subject and scene ideas in class, we were asked to bring in three different rough draft collages today to class. Below you can see my rough draft collages from class today paired with my very ROUGH and quick sketches from initial brainstorming.

The idea behind it: this simple task of making your morning cup of coffee is given life through photography with multiple scenes and movement of the girl.
The idea behind it: the life of a busy college student becomes portrayed through the collage by showing all the activities a student might partake in during one sitting.
The idea behind it: this idea was altered from the sketch to the collage. The idea behind the photo collage became a traveler whom is always moving during all seasons, and two other seasons would be portrayed through clothing choice in the final collage.
After discussing my collages with my teacher and classmates I have decided to expand upon my second idea of the busy college student for more practice collages.

Along with this assignment we have had many in-class videos and well as readings. Rather than share the load of them with you, I decided to pick the notes from my favorite video we've seen so far to share.  The video is actually one we watched in class today and can be seen by clicking this link. Errol Morris, a photographer, discusses what we've lost in photography and here were some of my key notes:
1. We've lost the idea that a photograph is a part of the world.
2. Sometimes a photo can be posed because of the absence of something. (ex. when you choose what you're including in a photograph what you've cropped outside the frame is gone therefore the scene is edited).
3. Morris discussed the lack of asking questions when seeing photographs such as what they are, what they are about, and what is going on in the scene. He explained this by saying, "aren't you curious of what you're looking at?"

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