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For my final Photography assignment I have decided to take photos of my friend, James Brinkman. I have discovered that I really love taking pictures of people and enjoy seeing how to capture people in different environments. Therefore I would like to incorporate into my final project taking photographs of people. One of my friends, James Brinkman, has agreed to be my model and let me follow him around for a couple of days with a camera. What I have decided to do is take varying angles of photos to give different perspectives to we view people and how that effects our perception of people.

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Composite Photo

This is my composite photo. Here I used the photos we took in class a few weeks ago and combined them to make a creature with various body parts from various people and a mask, ears, and glasses from other photos.

Emulation Assignment

As my previous post shows, my photographer to emulate is Uta Barth. Her “out of focus” photos are what I am trying to emulate in the next images that I will be posting.

This image was inspired by Ms. Barth’s Ground and Field series. The idea of taking a new perspective on the background images of life. I like how the lights are similar to those in her Field series, but the objects being indoors is similar to her Ground series.

This is another photo inspired by her Ground and Field series. I like how the photo is of light and that is something that Barth is very interested in capturing in all of her images.

Again, Field and Ground series. The center of this photo is the light which is a bit different. Another thing about this photo is that it was taken as a view from the front window of my apartment which is a similar view that Barth takes in her …and of time series.

This image was inspired by Barth’s photos where a fence rail, windowsill, or branch of a tree was where the camera was focused instead of on the larger background of the photo.

This final photograph was inspired by Barth’s …and of time series where she captured the images of light playing on the walls surrounding  her house.

Uta Barth

Uta Barth is a photographer who was born in Berlin, Germany and moved to the United States as a teenager. She studied art at the University of California and received an M.F.A from UCLA. Uta Barth currently lives in southern California.

Ms. Barth’s photography is all about how you see as opposed to what you see. Barth wants the viewer to imagine something in the foreground while observing her photos. “My primary project has always been in finding ways to make viewers aware of their own activity of looking at something (or in some instances someone). The highly optical pieces did this in a rather jarring, confrontational way – inviting voyeurism and at the same time hindering or frustrating your ability to see or decipher an image, the current, work by straining your perception of things that are barely visible, in some instances, light itself.” Uta Barth, Between Places

There are two photography series that Barth is most famous for: Her Ground series and her Field series. Both of these series are images that are blurred by focusing the camera on something that isn’t actually there giving the image something that is lacking but causing the viewer to put something into focus. Barth’s goal is to make the viewer think about how they see as opposed to the object that is before them. She is fascinated with background images and things that strain your understanding of vision.

Her Field series is all of photos taken outdoors and using movie-camera techniques instead of still photography practices. Barth uses this to give a wider view of images and broader depth of field.

The Ground series is all photos taken indoors, most of these photos are taken out of focus or with focus on something that is not actually in the photograph. These photos were all taken for a gallery in a Los Angeles house and they are of household images captured in a unique way. Barth uses space in these photos as a way of capturing the impossibility of the viewer “seeing yourself as you see the world” Uta Barth, Between Places.

Most of Barth’s Photographs are untitled works which also leaves the viewer up to interpretation of what they are actually seeing. She doesn’t title the work; therefore you must decide what you are actually looking at.

Another series of Barth’s is the …and of time series which is a series of photos that capture how a person would view their home. She takes pictures from inside her house that capture things that only someone who is very familiar with their surroundings would notice. An example is the photos where she captures light playing on the wall, the view from the front window or the reflection on the windowpane. All of these photos are of things that would be less perceptive if you were not familiar with the area in which the photo was being taken.

Barth also likes to use a changing of colors to create a new view of an image. She will take one photo and invert or change the color to give a whole new perspective on the image being captured. A lot of her later work has included the vibrant color of red in contrast with white and using red to invert a photograph and give a new perspective on the photograph.

Portrait Assignment

Maya and her FluteMaya Merriweather agreed to be my model for my portrait assignment. She is a freshman flute student at the school of music and this was one of her favorite photos from our sessions together because it looks like an album cover. I also really liked this one because of the lines, and textures. This was a pose that I staged in the school of music.

Maya on the StairsThis was Maya’s second choice for her favorite pictures. She liked it because of the colors and the way the background did not distract from the picture, but enhanced it. This was a photo taken where she asked to be taken in the Plant Observatory in Lincoln Park.

Maya in her PeacoatThis is my first choice from the photos that I took with Maya. I love how the yellow of her coat and the green of the bush compliment one anther and add color to a rather bland background. This was a photo that I staged.

Maya Smelling FlowersThis was my second choice of the photos I took. When Maya suggested we go to the Observatory, I thought it was a great idea. She started smelling the orchids and I had to snap a picture! I think this photo really captures Maya’s personality. She likes to have fun and is out going. I also like the “Smell” sign that is pointing directly to her!

I really enjoyed this assignment and working with Maya. We had a lot of fun and got some really nice pictures.

Jewelery Chest

My first photo assignment was to take pictures of black and white objects and then adjust the color balances in photoshop. This is a photo collection that I put together with the varying shades of color balance. The center photo is the original and top left is green, top right is magenta, bottom left is yellow bottom right is blue. I personally really liked the first magenta color balance change because of the way it warmed the photo.

Quiz #1

1. What are the main conflicting “Readings” of Shelby Lee’s photographs?

Shelby Lee photographs the people of rural Appalachia and is drawn to those who are working and in pain. Therefore his photographs can be controversial. His pictures reflect the truth of the people in the back hollers of rural Appalachia. However, he is not just doing documentary pictures, but rather staging the pictures to reveal the truth of the way people live in that part of the United States. This is where people get conflicting readings in his photographs because while he is depicting truth in his photographs he is also staging them which is rather controversial.

2. How does the Context of the images effect our perception? Others perception?

The context of the images is rather interesting because in order to understand them you need to year what the photographer has to say about them. It is easy to misinterpret them as a way of exploiting the people of rural Appalachia in stead of what Shelby Lee Adams intends them to be. To be fully understood, the context needs to be explained by the photographer in a way that the common person can understand because they could be discriminatory if interpreted the wrong way, which is actually part of what makes them interesting. People like to view pictures that are controversial or politically incorrect because they are interesting. It is a view on life that is not typical and is therefore interesting. I think if everyone understood the context of the pictures there would be less controversy over them because clearly Shelby Lee Adams does not want to hurt or offend these people, he just wants the word to see them for who they are and respect them.

3. Shelby Lee describes on of his photos compositionally – How?

Shelby Lee describes the picture of the young girl looking through a screen door in a compositional way. He talks about how the door added a triangular formula which drew his eye. He goes on to talk about the white wall as being a nice background with the man standing in the back adding another form in the photo. The other thing he mentioned was the broken screen door adding a reflective and shimmery quality to the picture which also captured his eye.