The following students had excellent photographs illustrating all four elements: color, light, texture and shape/space. The first photographer is Michael Bala. Michael has a unique aesthetic that reminds me of William Eggleston. Here is Michael’s color photograph.
The next is his light photograph.
The next is texture.
And, the last is space.
The next photographer is Edward Wang. Here is his subtle color photograph.
Here is his light photograph.
The next photograph is texture.
And, the last is space.
The last photographer is Shibo Nie. Here is his color photograph.
The next is his light photograph.
The following is texture.
And, lastly, space.
I would also like to add Abby Goemmer’s photograph for color. It has such a beautiful asymmetry.
The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera. — Dorothea Lange
Seeing the ordinary world clearly is a source of raw material and inspiration when you work with your camera. The purpose of the assignment is to help students connect with the visual world and express that experience photographically. Students deconstruct the world of form into its basic elements: color, light, texture and shape/space. The end result is one print for each of the four sections. The following photographs illustrate light as an element. The first photograph is by Yu Wen Yu.
The next photograph is by Megan Chang.
The next is by Takuto Nakamura.
The next is by Abby Goemmer.
The next is by Alexis Leader.
The next is by Logan Stone.
The next is by Seewon Kim.
The next is by Senglong Ngor.
The next is by Vicky Yan.
The last is by Jihee Jeon.
Students got to use the scanner as a light source to create some interesting compositions. Unlike black and white photograms that are done in the darkroom, you can keep previewing your composition and tweak it until you like what you see. They also got to scan in their negative pinholes and create digital positives. This was a great introduction to the digital darkroom. They worked in groups with various items each person brought from home and a few things that I had brought in. Also, scannergrams can be in color!
The last one was of their pinholes!
The pinhole camera is a great introduction to more sophisticated cameras. It has an aperture (pinhole) and shutter speed (length of time the pinhole is uncovered). Students had fun constructing their cameras which varied greatly in size and shape. After they processed their negative pinholes, they made a positive contact print in the darkroom which introduced them to the photographic concept of negative to positive process and latent image. The first utilizes the architecture of Bellevue College by Jihee Jeon.
The next figurative pinhole is by Edward Wang.
Vicki Yan did one with a Bellevue College sculpture.
Audrey Deluca’s pinhole is very mysterious.
And finally, Michael Bala. Look for the ghostly figure!
Welcome Photo One students! Photograms are a great way to begin your photographic explorations. Photograms deal with light, latent image, positive/negative space, photographic chemistry and the enlarger. Students were to be mindful of elements of composition such as: unity, balance, emphasis, repetition, direction/movement, contrast, rhythm, and space as well as elements of design: line, shape, pattern, figure/ground relationship and value. The first is by Senglong Ngor. I love the touch of nature he placed by the headphones and the use of the shell.
The next is by Megan Chang. The sense of movement/direction is obvious in this one!
Shinna Zhu did the next one. I love all the ribbon!
The next is by Jihee Jeon. It is more complex and has a nice sense of asymmetry.
Sergey Kruse did the next one and it is a clear example of symmetry.
Yun-Hsin Laing did the next photogram and I love the unity and completeness of it.
The next one is by Patty Lin. She explored pattern with newsprint cutouts.
This one is by Guy Everett. It has a sense of playfulness and rhythm.
All in all, it is a great start to the quarter! Stay tuned for the next assignment.
It is always interesting to see what students choose for their theme. It is the culmination of their work for the quarter. I ask that it be something they enjoy. They have three weeks to complete it and often end up with a different idea than what they started with. They explore three or more ideas on their first roll of film before zeroing in on one. The toughest part seems to be the process of selecting and then following through with one idea rather than becoming scattered. The first student is Sherene Emegbo. Sherene explored multiple exposure. She took a photograph, advanced the film and then rewound the film just a bit to make images overlap without knowing exactly how it will turn out. It is very intuitive and random in approach. I think she was successful. The first few are from the city.
The next three are autobiographical with herself and her son.
The next images are by Clarice Bruch. Clarice explored shadows. Sometimes, you can take a simple idea like this and find images that are appropriate everywhere!
Lizzie Walker decided she loved self-portraits after project #4. So, she photographed herself in greater depth. I just picked a few to post. What makes these images seems to be the black nail polish!
Emeralde Faunson continued with self-portraiture as well. Again, she has some images that reflect the work of Francesca Woodman. In actuality, she was inspired by the visual stories of Duane Michals and for the first three had a story line to accompany the images.
I thought the next two were beautiful and ethereal as well.
Cailin Sweet photographed construction which is going on throughout the Seattle area. Many old neighborhoods are being transformed and not always for the better it seems. Here are a few of her images.
The next few images were on the theme of circles by Priscilla Hartono. I love the first circle!
The last photographs are by Julia Robertsdottir on the subject of leading lines. Once again, simplicity can be best.
Students are now photographing their final projects. The project is about photographing a specific theme. The idea is to have seven or more images that belong together and are cohesive. There are infinite possibilities to consider. One of the possibilities is a photo story or essay. I like to show Bruce Davidson’s documentation of East 100th Street in New York City. His work is definitely environmental portraiture and speaks of place very well. The images look like they belong together. He really plays with angle of view and has some gorgeous compositions. The following are some of my favorites.