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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.

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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.

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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.

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