I live this picture that I took of my two friends after a spring ski trip. It was only the three of us and I wanted to take a picture I them being themselves. Even though I was behind the camera you can still see me in one of their goggles.
Diane Arbus’ method of photography was very interesting to learn about. Her photographs are all in black and white and all of people. I liked how the film used narration of Diane’s actual words over her photographs.
For a while I could not see the pattern in her photography. I thought that she was just taking pictures of people with interesting looks. But then it was revealed that she was purposefully taking photographs of people that society tends to look away from–the freaks, cripples, disfigured, old, etc. Her choice to direct her lens at these people who do not get direct eye contact on the street was heart warming. I like the idea of using a camera to make other people see what they otherwise refuse to. With her photographs she gave these people a moment of attention and a lifetime of notoriety as one of her subjects. Her thoughts on the lives of “freaks” gave a better insight as to whys she sought them as subjects for her photographs. Her notion that they were born with trauma, yes the rest of us have to experience it later in life makes sense. They have to grow up and live with something, something that she wished to photograph.
Diane Argus felt deeply for subjects, and these deep feelings as well as her own may have led to her death. However without her connections to her subjects, her photographs may have not been the same.
This week we learned A LOT of new things, but I really loved the GIF making
1. But we also learned Photoshop, which has a HUGE Learning curve. but I’ll take any sort of practice on it that I can take. We made minimalist posters, I really loved my Party Down one
2. Reading the short story Jon was weird, and I did not understand the connection to gifs until we discussed it in class. We can get closer to a pure communication through shared experiences. GIFs and facial expressions are a part of that ability to share an experience.
3. MAKING GIFS.. high fives for all
4. Daily Shoots! I took every one of of my pictures using my phone, than edited and manipulated them using various apps
When I was looking through all of the photography tips and information a lot of it went over my head. I am only used to taking photos, point and shoot, with not ever worrying about the saturation, a vantage point, pixel number etc. In fact, I lost my camera last year, and I have not bothered to replace it. Instead, I rely on my phone to take pictures. More and more people are using their phones as their sole camera, and iPhone photography is becoming a more legitimate art form.
On Photodoto I found a bunch of apps for photo editing and such. I then went to the App Store to see when Apps I could get and play around with (free ones of course). I already use Instagram so I didn’t bother playing with that one.
The first one I tried was PhotoCat- There is a lot to play with in this app, lots and lots of filters, you can make a collage, add a border, enhance the colors, and blur the image. The layout of this app is very simple for all of the things that you can do in it. There are “pro” filters but with the amount offered you would not need to buy more.
The next one I tried was PopAGraph. The graphics for this app were more attractive than the other apps so I thought I was going to like it better, but its features did not match its nice design. It had an in app tutorial, which I think is always a bad sign with an app, they really should be intuitive. The only feature on it was drawing, but I think if you paid for the pro version there would be more.
This reading brought together a lot of different things that I am currently learning about. It was awesome watching Burnett unfold his argument and connect a range of topics from the holocaust to internet hyperlinking. I am currently taking a class on perspectives of the holocaust. In it we have watched Night and Fog and read the poetry of Primo Levi, both of which Burnett mentions. The photographs taken to document the holocaust are very important to the remembering the tragedies that happened. Without the photographs there would only be words. After seeing Night and Fog, our class discussed how much harder it was watching the cruelty and inhumane conditions of the camps than it was to read about them. We also discussed how people can still even deny such events with so much physical and photographic evidence. Burnett says ” photographs are only records if viewers agree by the convention of truth that is present”; he separates the photography and record keeping. I had never thought of a difference like that before. We take photos to capture moments and memories, they are a physical record of a time that cannot be revisited.
But what happens when photos are manipulated and edited? Are they still records or are they something else entirely? When I was younger, I used to always edit out mine and my friends blemishes in photos before posting then on facebook. It was a common courtesy. But, when I look back at the photos in many years will my memory of that time be changed, will I remember myself having that awful zit or will it reflect the edited the photo? The interpretation of the past has been mediated by the edited photo.
Burnett also mentions how photos are material for an endless number of digressions. A photo can be taken and changed simply by creating a different context for it, or editing it drastically. It can be remixed revamped and recolored any which way.
Favorite place to do work: anywhere with roommates. This instance is at our lovely kitchen table during breakfast.