Thursday, April 13, 2017

Intro To Levitation Photography

Levitation: action of rising or causing something to rise and hover in the air.
Paranormal: Denoting events that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.

A few important things you need to remember in order to create a successful levitation photograph is to make sure your background fits with the image of the person. You want to make sure the image looks natural and not just placed on a background. You also want to make sure you do a well enough job of cutting the person out so that it fits in with the background. In order to make the image look more natural, you might need to play around with things like lighting, shadows, and the actual placement of the image. 

Some of my own ideas for making levitation photographs are to have someone sitting on water, have someone either falling off a bridge or a building, or having someone be jumping off of something.  

- Christopher James
- Kevin Holmes
- Li Wei

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"Reflections", Emma

Still Waters
The girl in the corner, that's who she is
she's drowning alone in her own deep end
People see what they want to and not who she is

She's quiet and deep and she doesn't know fear
Yet she knows she's alone and she's terrified
She's screaming for them but they still don't hear

They found her one day in a dark crimson pool
Her hidden life became pressing and cruel
Now she has shown them still waters run deep

Thursday, April 6, 2017

History of Photography

I learned many different things when learning about the history of photography. One of the most interesting things that I learned was about Berenice Abbott. When reading about her, I realized all the different things you get to try out and change your mind about when working with art. She first began interested in sculpture and from that she began meeting all different sorts of people where she eventually fell in love with photography and became very well known for her work. I also learned about how different photography was back then than it is now. Now we have all different kinds of techniques and electronics to use in order to capture different scenes. Back then for example, the first disposable camera, was made out of cardboard and could only hold 8 shots. Today we just point and click as many times as we want just to get the right shot. But they only had 8 tries. Another thing I learned was about Diana Markosian different styles. All of her photography tells/creates a story for the viewer. The last thing I learned was all about Jerry Uelsmann darkroom techniques. While looking at this, I was able to learn about the darkroom and all the different techniques that you can use in a darkroom, which I am not very familiar with.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Food "Emma"

Earth's Red Wonders

When I look at these red wonders...
I feel the summer sun highlight my face
I hear the screams of children in the splashing water
I feel the warmth of my family...

When I taste these red wonders...
I can remember cooking with my grandma in the kitchen
I see my siblings laughing at the old summer house
I smile with great joy 

When I hold these red wonders...
I'm holding my mothers hand 
I'm falling in love 
I'm happy

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Photos with Quotes

To make this photograph look unified, I tried to make the quote fit the mood of the picture. I tried to pick a pretty playful/calming font that would go well with the mood as well as the light. I also chose a quote that would go well with the picture. I chose a quote that talked about windows because there are a bunch of windows in the photograph. I placed the quote in the sky to go along with the buildings. I think this really works and makes the words pop.

In order to make this photograph look unified, I chose a very simple font to go along with the simplicity and calmness of the picture. I also chose a quote that went along with the theme of the photograph, which was water and the ocean. Along with those two things, I decided to bring out the bright yellow color from one of the boats and make it the color of the quote. This helped to make the photograph look a lot brighter. Not only did this make the photograph brighter, but it also made the photograph look a lot happier.

To make this photograph look unified, I took a pretty simple and calm picture and added a little more to it. I placed the quote in a place that had a lot of extra space so that the photograph didn't seem to cramped or squeezed together. For the font, I chose another very simple one. I didn’t want to distract the viewer from the beautiful photograph by choosing a very confusing, hard to read font.

The two most important things I learned by doing this assignment was one, how to make sure the photo and the quote fit. In order to do this, you need to make sure the quote has something to do with the image. If you just pick any random quote and put it on a photograph, it won’t look right. You also want to make sure the font matches the mood of the photograph. If you have a very dark photograph, you don’t want a really playful looking font. I also learned how to use move around and place text or quotes on a photograph. Before this assignment I’ve really never experimented with photoshop. From doing this assignment, I have learned many different techniques that I never knew about.

Monday, March 13, 2017


Boat By Boat:
a seat for you and me
an ocean that will listen
tell me all your stories 
while the ocean water glistens  

As your story has me frown 
the water beneath us tightens
you say you want to drown
but I tell you your life can be brightened   

I row us back to shore
and the ocean stays behind 
I know you’re feeling sore 
but I remind you your soul is kind

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

David Hockney Inspired Photomontage

We were trying to communicate the scene of the ramp down by the music room. In our collage, we have three parts. We have the ramp, the wall, and the ceiling all spread out around the collage. When creating our college, we had a little difficulty figuring out where to place all the pieces in order to make it look like this scene. I think we did the best we could trying to communicate this scene, but I do believe we could have moved around some of our pieces to try and make it a little more organized than it is now. When looking at our college, it is a little hard to tell where exactly the scene is, but I don’t think it looks that different from the actual location.

One thing I learned as a result of this project is the actual technique of cubism. I learned how to created a two dimensional surface with fragmented pieces and sides that were not scene. When actually creating our montage, I found it to be pretty challenging. For me, it was hard to actually plan out our montage and figure out where to put everything in order to communicate the scene as best we could. I also found it pretty challenging to fit the pieces we cut out together. I think it would have been a little easier if we were to cut all of our picture up into squares instead into random shapes and sizes.