On Friday, I had a creative meeting with my friend Zhariam for a upcoming video project before I was planning to shoot for this assignment. When she found out that I was gonna shoot, she decided to tag along. I am so glad she decided to come with me because the images we made ended up being so good. I have shot with Zhariam before but it was a different energy since weren’t one on one. She was really easy to work with, which definitely helped with the amazing light we were getting in the Carlsbad Village area. There was a really nice and soft, red light coming from the sun as it was setting into the ocean. There were no real harsh shadows when we were shooting since the lighting was so soft. I really liked how the shadows were gradually falling off my subject but still gave her dimension, as well as the environment around us.
Ansel Adams is probably one of the most well known names in photography. His name is synonymous with the most beautiful landscapes of the United States. Adams just had a great understanding of light and the art form of photography. He always strives for great tonal range and clarity. Photography to him was really all about perception and embracing the real. It is the poetry of the reality in front of you that ends up being the photo that you take. He was an emotionally driven artist. His piece of work were not so much about the subject matter, but about how he felt about them. His creations were not created logically, but with his soul. It was a piece of him every time he made a photo. The one quote that really stood our to me was:
When I make a photograph, I make love.
This has so much relevance to any artist. Our creations should be tied to our emotions. That gives them so much more meaning. It shows there was some sort of intent in the creation process. The best work always has intention backed behind it. It always means more when what you create means something to you.
No matter who the artist is, he or she progresses in their work. Ansel Adams did not always have the same look throughout his creative career. That should be something we aspire to do as artists. We should never feel completely content with our creations. Sure, be happy about what you create, but always feel you can do better next time. Progress and learning is what makes life and art great. There is always something new try. Once we feel like we can grow no longer, then it all loses its shine and shimmer. It just ends up being meaningless. We all desire to have meaning for our lives, and that should be said about what we create.
After going to the Museum of Photographic Arts, I was really intrigued by Yang Yongilang’s set of work in the Prix Pricket collection on exhibition. His work depicted a landscape constructed by meshing together constructed landscapes and natural landscapes digitally. In order to incorporate his style into my work without the painstaking time that he took to do his work, I approached this shoot by creating double exposures in my camera. Here are my results.
Discovery Lake is a common destination for student photographers at Cal State San Marcos. It’s a location I have shot at numerous times and I mainly use it as a portrait session destination. This time I went without any intention to have people in my frame. The surrounding area and plant life were my main subjects. Exploring the area with a different goal in mind had me looking with different eyes. I really liked what I saw.
What’s great about shooting the same location over and over? You get inspired when you shoot at a new one. This was my first time shooting at Double Peak Park. Prior to shooting there, I had only been there one time but photography was not as big of a part of my life at that time. The view from up there is so amazing. That is definitely something that is unquestionably true.
Today we went to the Kellogg Library to examine lighting and see what we could capture. We made use of natural light from the windows and the artificial lights the lined the walls and the ceilings. It was a good time exploring and waiting for the right moments for someone to walk into frame. It’s crazy to see my progress since I last did this a year ago. Documenting my progress has really helped me become more confident in my abilities. I definitely question it a lot of the time as I look at other people’s work. It honestly can’t be helped, but I am really happy with my work. I can’t wait to create more cool stuff!
The film Chasing Ice was a great film following environmental photographer James Balog as he documents how global warming is effecting the glaciers of the world. He is one of those photographers who risks it all to get the shot that he needs. It is important for the world to have creatives like him to share with the world harsh truths that would not be seen unless they were deeply investigated. The tech and time used to get all the images he captured was amazing. I really found the use of time-lapse intriguing since I just recently started applying the concept to my video work. Using stills to create video gives such a different look compared to strictly just video. I think it really shows the concept of time, especially when the subject matter changes over a longer period of time.
Watermark was a wonderful presentation put on by Edward Burtynsky about how our lives revolve around water. We grow up learing how essential it to consume water on a daily basis. Our bodies are about 70% of water and if we do not continue to replenish our bodies, then we end up getting sick. This same fact can be said about the world. The film shows us the importance of water to us all. We rely so much on it and it’s probably more than we actually know. Asides from helping to purify our bodily needs, water has become part of culture and business in the world. The people of India use water to cleanse their lives from sin. The native people of America see that we are all one since we all consume the same water, and the things that we consume take in that water as well. It all comes in full circle.
Asides from being about the culture around water, the film Watermark was very visually inspiring film. It was a great example of composition done right. Everything you would learn in an art class about composition is there. Repetition. Contrast. Leading lines. Consciousness about space. It really opens your eyes to look a little harder for the creative parts of the world.
In approaching the creation of these images, I thought of the aesthetically pleasing visuals of Watermark, the film created by Edward Burtynsky. The visuals that stuck out to me were very dynamic and utilized contrast, whether it be through color or tonality. There was also a sense of scale when it came to the environments being shown in film. All the environments show in the film dealt with water, so I chose to depict the landscape of Downtown Oceanside, the closest water environment that I could think of. Much has been changing in the city of Oceanside. Gentrification has been a real serious issue, but I’m glad some things still remain untouched.