I chose reflections as my cliche because I am exploring the concept in my concentration and I wanted to push myself to find new interpretations of the same idea. The objectives of the assignment were to capture a cliche subject in an innovative way and provide a variety of methods and techniques in doing so. I was successful in breaking the stereotypical double mirroring with reflections as well as the campy sad girl pictures. Instead I focused my subjects on everyday details and contrasts within an environment. Rather than repeating the same subject through reflections, I tried to reveal hidden elements and aspects outside the frame of the photo. I pushed myself to problem solve and create new landscapes although I could have utilized a greater range of elements and principles of design.
My recent photographic work reflects my growing interest in outer space and the night sky. Through the lens of the camera, I am gaining a new perspective on the outside universe, of which I am so interested. Engaging with astronomy, I wanted to explore how perceptions of space from our location in space, from the grounds at Earth. As I beginning my admission into university, I am wondering what to study and I am genuinely considering an astronomy focus, whether it’s a major or minor. These photos reflect my wavering and hovering position on pursuing a space-related education. I took these specific pictures because I was trying conventional and unconventional ways of observing the night sky and looking to document them. Because of living near a city, it’s difficult to truly see the sky for what it is. So I had a severe limitation, but tried to solve it through creative ways of shooting the sky and a more involved frame than just simply and only capturing the plethora of stars in the sky. A deeper investigation of sight, wonder, and perspective can be found in these images, working the viewpoint of a person on Earth looking at the sky. I particularly wanted to explore a lo-fi experience of the sky- because that is essentially what we can experience with our own eyes. The typical insanely high quality expected of photos from space is challenged with blurry and shaken frames, full of unclear subjects. The work also poses to question the value and worth of photography. These frames challenge the expectation that photography will provide a well-let, strongly structured photo. Working to break the rules, these photos challenge expectations and perceptions of photography and the night sky.
My concentration focuses on reflections within a landscape. While a photograph is traditionally restricted from viewing the 360 perspective, I use a mirror to pull elements from the surrondings to reveal a more encompassing interpretation of the landscape. Although the viewer is provided greater insight, the model acts as a reminder that even the greater perspective granted to them has been manipulated and purposely selected with them in mind. The use of mirrors in art always intrigued me and it always strikes me when unexpected elements are injected into a microosm. I need to work on abstracting my concentration and pushing the concepts that drive it and demonstrate them further in my work.
my limitation was shooting portraits in low light. shot in the city at night using color film.
unedited projections . . flowers fade fade away