I really enjoyed the San Diego Botanical Gardens and I definitely will make a return trip there. I only explored a part of the gardens and I can only imagine how beautiful the rest of the gardens looked. I was really searching for patterns and texture when I was looking. I felt really inspired after coming back from there.
I love how she approaches photographing the polar ice as if she was doing portraits. It is such a great approach to the subject matter. With the constant change in the world, she is so right that the images she has taken of the icebergs are so unique. If she were return today to the same locations she photographed, I am certain that they be totally different. All those moments are fleeting and we should all be so thankful to see the beauty of the ice as she has captured them. They are shown with such majesty. Her work and approach echoes what I usually say about my portrait work. She realizes the relationship with your subject matter makes all the difference in results. The more you are in tune with your subject, the better your results. If she did not see the polar ice with the outlook she has, I am more than certain her images wouldn’t be as powerful. Seeing the personality of your subject makes an image that much more powerful.
Camille Seaman embraces nature as if she was taking in her own family. She speaks about the world as if she were one of it. Her beautiful words are so respectful to Mother Nature. You can really tell that she cares about the earth and how people see it. She knows how intertwined our lives are with the result of the world. Our decisions affect how the world will change and if we anger the world, it will fit back.
Bonder Cantos was something so relevant to current affairs. I know until I was show images of the current wall at the nation’s southern border that I didn’t know it existed. Like it was said in the video, it seems to be just a political spectacle. It’s really a crazy idea to finish this physical wall, especially how much money it would cost the nation and how much it would disturb the areas it would be running through. It affects the lives of those that live by walls. It is not only a physical border that separates the nations of the US and Mexico, but it also separates animals from their migratory routes. It affects all the ecosystems asides from our own. This was not covered in the Border Cantos video, but I can’t help think of another video I saw in regards to the wall. It depicted the destructive nature of the wall, just as it is depicted by Richard Misrach. This wall and the areas around it is what brings our cultures together. Each side of the wall has their opinions about it and over all it is negative. There is so much wrong about boxing out people from accessing those that they love and the land that they live on. People seek to create bonds to better themselves, and all this wall does is prevent that from happening. The ridiculousness of the wall can easily be depicted by one of Misrach’s images, where the corner piece of the wall is all by itself and grass began to grow just around that area.