Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Impressions

My impressions of school thus far are not very well developed I must say. Being a second year college student has already proven much more educational and experiential then my first. I feel as though I can finally call myself a photographer. I have been challenged by the usual things, such as my past issue with punctuality, but I have met it head on. I have been growning increasingly better at being a student. It is an amazing feeling completing goals you set out for yourself. I was challenged with illness last week, I have already not only caught up, but have gotten ahead within a short period of time. Working on my projects has never been more fun. I have been working on a large project outside of class assignments. Stop Motion Videos that's final title will be "All my Relations", a collection of stop motion movies that include familiar places, people and things that relate to my life. Sad Cookie is my first movie. I still need to work on it. When it is finished I will put it up.

PDN (Photo District News) Article of the Week-one

Noah Webb's Flip Book Music Video an article by David Walker

"The photographer assembled more then 4,500 still images and turned them into a stop-motion video." Using a total of 4,664 still images Noah Webb created a rather spectacular stop motion video for Sara Lov's music video "A Thousand Bees".

Watch the music video for "A Thousand Bees"

This was a 3 day shoot. "A little segment of 10 seconds would take two hours to shoot". There were 2 locations, the blue room is in the house of Lov's manager and the gray room is a room in Webb's home. This was a "bare bones operation" with a crew of 10 people and only little to no retouching afterwords, the way you view it is almost exact to how it was shot.

"I was inspired by Dadaisms, and mixed in some David Hockney, obiously, with the photo collage." With the use of stop motion Webb was able to bring both this Dada and Hockney style to life. This sureal world is fueled by this sort of glitchy, querky style created by stop motion.

Webb was able to create a filmic peice of work while creating for Lov a most interesting and inspiring music video. It was a small production with impresive results, and an over all success for all those involved.
-Just Another Artist

Monday, September 21, 2009

4' 33"

Watch 4' 33" composed by John Cage

I have seen the You Tube video many a time. John Cage sits at his piano, he lifts his hand and it has begun, 4 minuets and 33 seconds of "silence". I have been shown this video in three classes here at R.I.T. Learn to listen and slow down have been the main themes in those lectures.

Something that fascinated me about 4' 33" is the "music" composed and played in that piece is the sounds that surround us all the time. The music that is not silence, but the evidence of human life and creation. The creaking of seats, the groans and coughs, the air conditioner or heat running, the people in the lobby all create a sound that is our background noise of everyday, made into a musical piece that John Cage composed. It is his composition, in my eyes, because he forces you to listen to the non-silence.

In class we took the lesson from John Cage of slowing down, with a seemingly simple drawing assignment. Examine a bone, pick a small area with a great deal of detail in it and draw it. I was pushed to frustration as I realized how fast I move. It has been very difficult for me to slow down, and even now I am sure I am still not slow enough. Really taking time to be patient with every pencil stroke is my current goal.

I am currently working on my 3rd quarter of our first drawing assignment. I chose cigarette butts as my natural object to draw. The assignment is a great exercise not only for my drawing abilities but my patients and practicing slowing down. It has already proven very difficult and I have found that it is important to be in a relaxed, patient and focused state of mind when working slowly is the goal. If I slip up and loose my concentration, I find that I must take a break and refocus myself in order to continue successfully.
-Just Another Artist

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Line

Surfing the web you can find some incredible artwork. This one really captured my attention. It is so intricate and entertaining to look at, as well as attention holding. All the lines around the edges constantly draw you into this nest/ hair ball of lines and shapes in the center. As soon as your eye strays away from the center these horizontal lines draw your eye back around and into the center once more. The whole composition is very si-fi and surreal.
The way this is illustrated, I am so close and focused on this spider web that the scene around is blurred, I almost wish that there was another peice that went with this one in which they illistrated only the background scene and left the nest out of focus. Although I'm glad they didn't because it really sparks my curiosity and leaves me imagining the world that could live behind this scene.
The lines themselves are strong and clear yet I can imagine being able to swipe it all away with my hand if I had the desire to. This effect, I believe is created by the hair like lines, creating a more fragile look. The use of repetition of lines both vertical and horizontal combined with the use of negative space keeps my eye entertained, winding in and out and through the web moving my eye around the work of art and back to the place I began, over and over again. This circular use of line keeps me captivated. It is the same with photographs that move my eye around circularly, they keep me captivated because each time I circle around I see something new, and there are no corners in a circle so its much more difficult to escape continuing around again. The upper left hand corner would be the place to exit viewing and move on. The artist has put a rock right below there to draw your attention back around again. I could quite possibly stay captivated for hours. I already have for at least 30 minuets.
-Just Another Artist

Starbucks

Looking around me I see many shapes and colors. There are many greens, browns and yellows. Rounded edges and many spaces under tables and chairs to explore. The ceiling is even entertaining to my eye. The day is over cast and it rained a bit last night. The pools of water on the concrete reflect light and the overcast skies diffuse my scene. From a photographic perspective this creates a very nice lighting situation in most places within this space. If was drawing this space it may prove to be a challenge for me. There are not many harsh shadows so I would have to take great care in separating light from dark because they are so similar in ratio, possibly a 1:3. In some places, such as the back of the seats of chairs that face away from the light it is a much higher ratio, about a 1:6, yet the light is still diffused and soft. The only difference this space has from the rest is that the darks are much darker due to the depth the chairs seat has that most other objects in the room do not contain. If I was to choose something to illustrate within this space it would be a chair in this light. A women wearing glasses just entered the room and sat down in the chair near the one I was just writing about. If I was to choose a subject now it would definetaly be this women. Her fair skin reflecs light very well and gives her glasses an extra sparkle. She must be in her early to mid 50's, the light wrinkles that give her face a much more interesting touch create wonderful crevices for light. This light is very flatering on her and somehow it makes her look much more professional and estudis. I wish I had remembered my camera in my purse while I was writing, I could have captured that well lit women.
-Just another artist

As I finished writing a younger women came and sat in the same place the older women sat. I got out my plastic panoramic, 35 mm. film point and shoot and sat patiently until my picture was complete, then captured them all, including the older women who had come back to sit behind the younger women. When I develop the film you will see.