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I have been practicing and experiment a lot with double exposures this semester and it is something I really like. I would like my final project to really push the idea of double exposure. I have also really want to print on glass for a really long time. I was thinking of combining the two for the final project. Instead of just taking one already double exposed photograph, I was thinking of taking several photos and taking them apart and combining them in photoshop. Then printing on transparencies and sticking them the transparencies to the glass to get a combined 3d layered look.  It would be cool to start thinking of photography as not just something that is 2d, but something that can become 3d as well and I think this project will help start thinking that way.

I enjoyed listening to John Divola. It was great to listen to about how he started. As other Emily and Ali posted, Divola talked about how he does not always have idea when he goes out shooting and that its the photos that give him the ideas. I think this is a very interesting way of working but not something I can do. When I take photo I have to have some basic idea of what I’m trying to do. This idea can grow and change as I take photographs, but I can never start a project without a plan. Even if I’m just going to go walk around and take photos, I have to plan where I’m walking to before I leave the house. I may not always know the meaning or what I’m trying to show until I see all my photos fully developed and together, but I really enjoy setting up  scenes and placing people or objects in photos rather then just walking around and trying to find things that interest me. 

This article made a lot of points that agree with and find really helpful and a little scary. One thing he said I really agree with is that just taking lots of photos is helpful in making you a better photographer. By taking so many photos, you find what you like to take photos of and what settings you like to work with and what your good at. This is something I feel I need to do more of because once I finish undergrad, the hard part is continuing to make work. This leads to another point Jay discussed. He states that the audience for artistic photographs is small. Therefore photographers go to grad school so they can become photo professors to allow them to keep making artwork. I wonder if there is a way I can make that small audience larger. The Photographer for Humans of New York was able to gain a huge following of his photos through the Internet.  

Another one of the points discussed that really stuck out at me was about subject matter. First, photography is something that anyone can do today as long as they have a camera, or, especially with cellphones. What is depicted in a photograph is found to be most important by people. Bill Jay writes, “photography has become an increasingly useful tool in our society for the transmission of information about every conceivable aspect of life.” But is the information thats being passed along true? Are all the photos on Facebook and Instagram truth or just what the photographer wants you to see? Another point Jay stated was that to be successful, you have to be interested in your subject. Its hard though to find something you really like and make lots of work about it. But I think once I find that, I won’t be able to put down the camera.  

Benjamin Lowy is a freelance photographer based in Brooklyn, NY. From 2003-2008 Lowy went to Iraq and to photograph. He photographed the people in Iraq during the war and how people lived and show Iraq from the perspective a soldier. Benjamin Lowy made Iraq | Perspectives after a conversation he had with his mother. During the conversation his mother said she was surprised that Lowy had to constantly travel in armored vehicles and always be surrounded by soldiers.

Lowy broke this book up into two parts. The first part is called windows. All these photos are taken through the window of the armored cars Lowy rode in. Lowy uses color and the frame of the window of the car to creates a detached and distant perspective. The photos and colors show a country that is empty and desolate and the windows act as a barrier between the viewer and the subject.

The second part of the book is called Night Vision. This is where the use of color is more important and creates a specific mood. All these photos art taken through night vision goggles. All the photos are dark and green and give off this very tense, dangerous, and creepy mood. All the night photos are taken during raids by the soldiers. The photos show civilians tied up and blindfolded, scared civilians and anxious soldiers. However, without the green color of the night vision goggles, these photos would not have the same effect or mood.

I really like Lucas Foglia’s photos and I find Foglia’s photos to be so interesting is because of the subject matter. I did not realize that people lived off the grid like this and its cool. But even though all these people are living off the grid, they are all living in completely different ways. Whats also really nice about this series is how Foglia was able to capture these people so naturally during their lives with the use of great colors and compositions. There is a photo of a little girl in the green fairy dress laying on her back while holding a rib from a while holding a deer rib. I love this photo because because of the angle its shot from and the spring colors in the photo. I also really like the subject matter. This little girl is wearing such a common thing for kids her age to be wearing however she is eating a food (which is also on her face) most girls her age probably would not be eating. This kind of photo could not have been taken anywhere else but where Foglia was and that what I really like about his work. 

In my last post I talked about how important lighting is. The reason I decided to pick Naoya Hatakeyama to talk about was because of the use of lighting in his photographs. A lot of his photos from Lime Works, like the photo posted on the blog, shows a mixing of warm and cool light. A lot of these photos are take at sunrise or sunset which causes the mixing of these colors. These use of lighting and color makes the some of the photos seem cold with pockets of warm tungsten light and other times the lighting and color really helps the image feel old and rusty. I also really love these landscapes because they are not your typical warm, grassy green landscape. Instead these photos are cold and industrial. I really like this approach to landscape photography because all the intersecting machines and buildings have great use of line and look more busy and active.

I found the podcast to be interesting and it really affected my view on landscape photography. I like looking at landscape photography but landscapes are not my favorite thing to go out and photograph. However, a few points mentions in the podcast has changed some of my views that makes landscape photography more interesting to me. One of the points I liked that was mentioned was how Robert Adams would just walk. He said he would just walk around and take photos. I also liked how he talked about how he would take photos because he loved nature and thought it was beautiful. Another point that was talked about was lighting. In photography I think lighting  is the most important aspect and its one of my favorite things about photography. During the interview Robert Adam talks about the different lighting situations he took photos during. Whats interesting about lighting in landscape photography is that instead of setting up lighting situations, you are going out and searching for them and then when finding them reacting to them correctly to create and make them look great. I feel lighting is so important because it sets the mood and feeling in a photo that could really make or break it.

After looking through all the links, I picked the one that stuck out the most. The link was Nazraeli Press because on the first day of classes when we were looking through all the different photo books, the one given to me to look at was published by Nazraeli, or at least by a company with a similar name. This site has a lot of books displaying a wide variety of different photography from many different photographers. One book that caught my attention was one by Martin Usborne. What Usborne did for this series was he rented a dead fox from a taxidermist walked around and took photos of it. You cannot look through the book on the site but the photo of the cover shows a fox in front of headlights. I really liked the lighting in this photo and it kind of looks dangerously haunting. However, from the description of the book, it sounds like Usborne put this fox in many different situations, like at an ATM and a pub. This made me interested and I went to google and searched for more of Usborne’s work.

I found a series by him called The Silence of Dogs in Cars, which at first seems “cute” but is actually very solemn and sad. He uses color, lighting, and even water, to show this waiting relationship between dogs and their humans. I really like Usborne’s use of lighting in his photos. Some of the photos are dark and  have really nice directional lighting and some photos really use the lights of the cars well. What surprises me most about this sereis is that Usborne was able to capture so many different subtle reactions from the dogs. Some seemed angry, downhearted, or expectant, but all their expressions were different and unique.