Thursday, April 6, 2017

Intro to Levitation Photography


Levitation: The action of rising, hovering, or floating in the air, above the ground.

Paranormal: Things or palominos that are beyond the definition of science and fact.

Paragraph 1: The lighting when creating levitational photography is very important. If you have a certain lighting setting such as bright and happy, make sure both the subject and the background are the same lightings. The angle to shoot the photographs at is very important to the structure of the photo. if the person is levitating in the air above the photographer, the photographer should be at a lower angle to capture the shot. The mood of the photograph is important as well. The subject should be wearing clothing that is easily connected to the theme and background pf the photo. For example Dark clothing and a rainy or foggy background. The last important thing to remember about levitation photography is the position and body language of your subject. Have the subject very limp if they are floating of very right if the paranormal is happening.

Paragraph 2: My first idea to creating a levitation photograph is to play with water, air, fire, and wind. I could use these natural aspects of nature to help create a levitation photograph. A girl in an airy light dress and ribbons that are a bright color such as red could be floating in the wind. Someone reaching up from the depths of a fire, in agony, or falling into the fire. This one is dark and could be a more paranormal or scary type of photograph. It would contrast for the first idea with darker clothing and mood. Another idea is the reflection off of the water and has a very blue mood. The addition of reflection off of the water will simply the idea of levitation. I would need to take most of these photos after school and at home rather than inside the school because of the nature aspect of the piece.

Monday, April 3, 2017

History Of Photography

1. The Wet plate process interested me a lot through my research. Also called the collodion process was invented by Fredrick Archer in the early 1800's and was quickly adopted into the world of photography. The process was used because of the amazing detail that could be produced. The action of using multiple chemicals and a dark room to develop the images into plates and later other materials. Coating a glass plate with a mixture of cellulose nitrate and repeating this process took days. The amazing detail and work that goes into the process made it stand out in the history of art.

2. I researched Dorothy Lange and found her extremely inspiring. Her work documented the hardships through the depression and the emotions of people in poverty. Though women weren't respected during this time, Lange worked for the Farm Security Assosiation. Her involvement with this group gave her ample opportunity to photograph the horrors of the depression. She photographed things such at the famous "dust-bowl" and her photo of women and children on the side of a dusty road. Her involvement in the effort to raise awareness of the depression's terrible truth and her famously emotional photographs make Dorothy Lange stand out in history.

3. Joseph Nicephore Niepce stood out to me among my research because of his other talents besides photography. He was a french creator, an inventor, an engineer, and a history-changing photographer. He intended many things through his lifetime including heliograph photography or sundrawing. This became a very important breakthrough in photogrpahy. He came up with the idea of “point of view with camera obscura’’ in 1824 which was a breakthrough for the amount of detail in this photography. He then worked of printing these images on copper plates as well as other materials. For all his amazing engineering skills and creativity, he stands out to me in the history of art.

4. In 1997, Entrepreneur Philippe Kahn created the first ever camera phone. This is one of the most important inventions of modernizing photography in history. In modern times, everyone has a camera in their cellphones or kindle, iPad, or just about every electronic device. He began the process by inserting a point and shoot camera into a very popular phone at the time, the Motorola Startac. The first photo ever taken on the camera phone was of his new born daughter. The phones grew in popularity rapidly and earned Philippe Kahn a place in the history of art, forever.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Photos with Quotes

For this picture, I feel the theme called for a more adventurous font to go with the picture. I used a font that reminded me of something off a treasure hunt map. I used shadowing to make sure the words stood out and changed the color of the text to contrast the different parts of the picture.  made sure the text stood out and was placed interestingly throughout the photo. The photo went really nicely with my quote because both are playful, modern, and adventurous. I think if I could do it over I would have made the bottom line of text be a little more centered and had smaller, but bolder text. 

For this post, I structure the wording to curve around the curb of the wine glass in the picture. I made sure the words were still the focus of the image but were not overpowering for the picture. The quote went really well with the picture and I connected the color of the wine to the glass. The white reflecting off of the glass I used as a backing to make the words stand out a little more. I could have found a way to make the words stand out more and not have the words so close to the end of the image. It's a little "edgy". 

In this photo, I used a very busy picture and I worked with it to try and make the text stand out more than the picture, but I still think it was a little too busy. I used the outer shadow to separate the words a little more that the picture. I used some colors from around the picture so the words connected to the image. I used a quote about rain that was inspiring because I felt like that's what this photo stood for to me. I found the leaf after a huge rainstorm just as the sun broke out. If I did it again, I'd use a picture that was a little less busy. 

"Food" Hailey

Persico sparkling like light laughter. 
The bond between a mother and daughter. 

Freeze the moment. 
The town as busy as hands moving to dip a dumpling. 

Though they talk slow and take their time. 
The spurt of a juicy lime. 

This moment will last forever. 
In the heart and mind of a mother and daughter. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

David Hockney Inspired Collages

        The Cubis period occurred from 1909-1912. It was founded by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, joined by Andre Lhote, Jean Metzinger, Albert Gleizes, Robert Delaunay, Henri Le Fauconnier, Fernand L├ęger and Juan Gris. They are credited for starting the movement in the early 20-th century. The work demonstrates a picture, scattered into pieces, but still representing a whole photo. It is the section of cubed parts of the photo organized in a new way. It can be an obvious scatter of the image or it could be differing levels of another image to create the first. It makes the image really interesting and 

David Hockney is a 1960's painter, photographer, printmaker, and designer. He worked in many places though has three main residents in London, California, and Bridlington. He has a lot of other work covering different subject matter and style. He stumbled upon the Cubic style because of an annoyance with the lens of new cameras. He would take different pieces of multiple photos and out them together in a collage. He thought that was more interesting that the single eyed version. His first was inspired by his mother and a few different photos taken at different times, and places.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017


                   She walked alone that day. To feel and see not to be bothered by anything but her own mind as she I walked through the rustling grass, dry grass. It wasn't cold that day. If fact, it was warm for March, but the upcoming weather would change her views. Not a cloud in the sky, she thinks to herself. Basking in the so dearly missed sunlight. She imagines days where the brown would flourish into greenery around her. It's time to go, with a turn of her heel....she's gone. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

David hockney inspired photomontage

The image we were trying to portray was the segment or ramp being used in different ways to create zig-zagging bridges with us climbing over them. I think we were partially successful in creating this theme. Using different angles, positions, and segments of the ramp, we created the pattern of a full bridge across the poster. We used ourselves to create movement in the piece as well.

One huge skill that I realized was important through this project was planning. I believe in this specific project, a plan was the key to success. I don't think my group had a great plan and we could have gone for a more complex and thought out plan. Another skill I learned was how to create dimensions. It brings a really interesting view to the montage. Having smaller and larger images from the different angle, positions, and distances. The last skill I learned was how to position many images to get a completely different image that each one was portraying originally. I think it was a fun project to do, though my group could have spent more time planning our final picture.