My latest assignment involved mixing photography and drawing. The assignment was pretty open to interpretation, it just had to involve a collage of both elements. I came up with a general idea of what I wanted and sketched out several thumbnails before putting it all together. The following pictures are my original sketch idea, one of my final sketches, and then the final collaged picture.
After a few classes on the work of Gregory Crewdson, I received an assignment to do a piece in the style of his photographs. The basic idea was to come up with a picture that tells a story, and eventually finish with one final image portraying that story. There is a background story that I made up to narrate this picture, however I think that it’s better to interpret the picture however you choose.
ISO 200 – f/5.6 – 1/100 sec – 24mm
I recently watched a documentary on the late Francesca Woodman, I really enjoyed it. Her work seemed kind of creepy or haunted in a way, it made me wonder if that was a conscious decision, if the movie was dramatizing a little bit, or if it just happened to come through in her photographs. The movie, which was called The Woodmans , did indeed focus on the entire family of artists. Francesca’s mother’s work felt so happy and bright, and I thought that maybe the reason why Francesca’s work is so dark is because she was trying to contrast that. Francesca’s work felt very sad and lonely, and I noticed that almost all of her photo’s feature on person in solitude, alone in the picture. I did however like this feeling of loneliness that the photos gave off, in that sense, they reminded me of Gregory Crewdson and Cindy Sherman. I strongly recommend watching The Woodmans, it gives you a great sense of what the family is and was like. These are some of my favorite photos by Francesca Woodman.
Quotes of Magnum Photographers That I Liked.
“Photograph things you really care about, things that really interest you, not things you feel you ought to do.” – Chris Steele-Perkins
“Try not to take pictures, which simply show what something looks like. By the way you put the elements of an image together in a frame you show us something we have never seen before and will never see again.” – Constantine Manos
(Photography) “Be proud of it, what it has, and what it can, achieve. Don’t try and reinvent the wheel. Be inspired. Try and copy, if you like (because no one can).” – Mark Power
“Find a subject you care about. Something that moves you. Something which stirs your rawest emotions. And then have patience.” – Mark Power
“I believe photography – like many other things one does in life – is the exact expression of who one is at a given moment: every time you compose and release the shutter you give voice to your thoughts and opinions of the world around you.” – Paolo Pellegrin
“Be yourself, get up early, and don’t try too hard, as whatever is trying to come out will come eventually without any effort, learn to trust your instincts and don’t think about what others will think or about the process too much. Work hard but enjoy it.” – Peter Marlow
Looking over my quotes, the common message I pick up is to photograph what you care about, in whatever way your drawn too. Don’t just show what something looks like, make it yours. You can take inspiration from others and put your own spin on it or don’t, either way the picture will end up being your own. Don’t question yourself or try too hard, photograph what moves you even if it isn’t what moves anyone else. – Cate Swenson
Magnum Photographers I Particularly Liked: