Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Shadow Photography

The Trees dances along her path
They were cool against the sun-warmed wood
A dark copy of their original form
She danced among their winding paths without struggle
Flashes of undimmed beams roll her eyes 
Until they remain 
Without their contrasting counterparts 
Out of the trees 
Only her own copy remains 
Leaning toward the path she just came 

Who am I

To understand the purposes and differences of selfies, portraits and self-portraits;
To look at the work of contemporary artists who create portraits and self-portraits and interpret and analyze their purposes;
To create a video that effectively communicates “who you are”;

To use imovie’s features in a creative and unique way.

Planning, Who am I?

There are many things that I love and I think describe me:

Art: I love to draw, doodle, sketch, paint, photograph, and whatever else I can try. I love to create something beautiful and it also helps occupy my busy mind.

My family + friends: I consider them pretty much the same. Including my dogs who are like family as well as my friends. They have made me who I am today.

Travel: I love to discover new p[lpaces, broaden my horizons, find new activities, try new foods, and just experience all that I can. I find it really interesting to see how the culture changes wherever I go.

Music: I have always loved music and though I could never play an instrument well myself, I love to listen to all genres of music with friends, alone, studying, or anything really.

Cindy Sherman & Brandon Stanton

Cindy Sherman:
Cindy Sherman is a photographer and film director who went to school in New York City. Her work is slightly controversial because of how obscene her work is. She does some photography mainly of herself representing different emotions and slightly provocative messages. Though her work is seen to many as slightly obscene and provocative, in the art community it is groundbreaking and unique. Mainly photographing herself in a multitude of different costumes lets her express herself she says. Her work focuses on dismantling stereotypes that group in media, photography, and a vast amount of other issues. Her work leads contemporary modern artist today and is seen as highly influential in the history of photography.

Brandon Stanton:

Brandon Stanton is a young Americal photographer that is best known for his work photographing the citizens of New York. His work is very influential in the art world making headlines for him such as the New York Times "30 under 30 people changing the world." He shoots thousands of random people of-of the sidewalks of New York. As wells as shooting them, he asks for their stories and captures their lives through his photography. These days the acceptance of everyone and the excitement over uniqueness, Brandon Stanton's work grew rapidly in popularity.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Hailey's Hobbies and Interests

The best type of peace is silence
Pure and freeing
Relaxation for the mind's constant roar
I sit
The bed of soft, cold sand greets me
And I see what I'd come for
The most sure thing was
The sun
Will rise

Solely for me today

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Levitation Photography


  • To explore Halloween and its connections to “paranormal” and “levitation”;
  • To learn how Levitation is being used in the world of photography;
  • To make connections from levitation to real-world uses;
  • To create levitation photographs inspired by other amateur and professional photographers.

The photographers that I looked at for a visual aid helped me get started on where to place my characters, shadows, and lighting. It really helped to look at a few photos to get an idea in my head of what I wanted to create as an end piece. I used a few images just off of the web and a couple from a photographer, Franck Bohbot. I used his work specifically because he pays a lot of attention to detail as well as shadows. I needed a lot of help looking at shadows so, his work helped me through it.
I think the creativity is definitely there in my work. I paid attention to the lighting and positioning of my characters as well. I tried to have them go with a specific idea that related both the characters and the background. I used my shadows well and tried to have them not be overpowering, but a subtle enhancement. I had a lot of fun with this project so, I think that was a success in itself.

I think there were a lot of small challenges I had to overcome through this project. I had a hard time getting started on what I should do, how I should position my characters, and what ideas I should go with. I dealt with these by asking classmates, looking on the web for inspiration, and asking Mrs. Noak. The hardest part of this project for me was how to use Photoshop, and all the different things I could do to my picture was overwhelming. It made me thing and be creative.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Selfies, to be or not to be

Paragraph one:
I believe the purpose of a selfie is to portray to the world a sense of who you are as a person. It's a brief snapshot into a person's life or who they wish to portray themselves as. Weather it be a means of communication to the public eye or from a more personal level (snapchat) to a specific individual. You can communicate with another person through selfies just as you can with other photography. It is not always good photography or even thought of as art to many people, selfies can be taken without any thought going into them at all and still have meaning. To me specifically, I take many selfies through snapchat that I send every day though the ones that I would post online are much better and take much more thought. I believe the purpose of a selfie is to convey emotion on a more personal level than words.

Paragraph two:
                     I think the form of a selfie is art in some ways. It is photography that can be thought out and meaningful or mindless and bad. Art is art no matter how good or bad it is so, yes a selfie is a form of art. It is something that has blown up over the last few years and is no longer considered abnormal or creative. The fact that some people have died trying to take selfies in interesting and new places makes me think of it more as an art because people really care about how creative their work is. Art is something that someone creates with a purpose and a creative mindset. Selfies are in fact art though I do not believe they are a good form of art.