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February 10, 2015 / Ginny Banks

More Form and Texture….

I didn’t get a chance to post Steve Groves’ form and texture photographs. The first was a studio shot where he worked with a model for his “form” photograph. It is soft and monochromatic. Steve utilized his studio equipped with a leaf blower for her hair! His image for texture is part of a series of faces up close. The texture is amazing!

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February 9, 2015 / Ginny Banks

Field Trip to Mercer Slough!

It was a sunny 60 degree Monday in January when the class went on a field trip to Mercer Slough. What precipitated the trip was an exhibition at Bellevue College by Ellen Sollod. Ellen showed an interesting body of work consisting mainly of pinhole photographs entitled Lake Washington Palimpsest, an exploration of the environmental impact of the lowering of the lake that happened as a result of the building of Montlake Cut and the Ship Canal. Part of the project was a camera obscura she set up in the breakfast room of Frederick Winters House at Mercer Slough. After the Slough was drained, Winters built a house and bought 10 acres for a commercial floral business. The house now stands as an historic site. Not far down the path is the remains of the Boiler Building where there were paper whites blooming as part of the exhibit. Students experienced the camera obscura and then went on a hike past the Boiler Building and into the Slough. Here are some of their images. The first is a nice image of the house by Fuli Lan.

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Here is an image of the Boiler Building by Karolina Shirokova.

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The following image is by Ya-Yen Ou of part of the path that led out into the Slough.

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Carylyle Moore’s view of the path was somewhat different!

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This is a lovely view of texture utilizing shallow depth of field by Jordan Pickett.

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Steve Groves captured this view of the water. The colors that day were amazing!

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Here is a view by Jessica Kong.

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Finally, another image of the house by Kim Lam. This is the view from the parking lot.

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February 9, 2015 / Ginny Banks

Form and Texture

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera. — Dorothea Lange.

The beauty of this assignment is that it allows the photographer to see the ordinary world as a source of inspiration. Part One was about exploring textures and filling the frame and Part Two was about discovering form. This was the students’  introduction to their camera controls and experience with basic editing of a digital image, black and white conversion and digital printing. The first two are by Jessica Kong. I like the softness and cropping of the first one.

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The next two are by Karolina Shirokova. Her images are about both form and texture.

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The next two photographs are by Victoria DeMers taken on a field trip to Mercer Slough.

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The next one is a beautiful texture image by Kim Lam.

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Jonathan Heeter took the next photograph incorporating both form and texture.

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The last photograph is by Kenny Wang.

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August 14, 2014 / Ginny Banks

Final Project: Street Photography.

The final project was to go out and photograph in the mode of street photography. Students met in Westlake Center on a beautiful summer day in Seattle. From that starting point everyone went in different directions. Many wound up in Pike Place Market and surrounding downtown areas. The idea was to have a memorable experience and not spend too much time thinking about the results but mostly responding to what you see. The assignment was using digital cameras.

The first photograph was by Rena Chen. She was overwhelmed by so many people downtown and searched for quieter images like this one.

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The next two are photographed in Pike Place Market by Qingqing Lin. She photographed the balloon man (Seattle icon) and discovered a leg sticking out in the sidewalk.

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This black and white shows motion blur and is taken down the stairs from the balloon man near the famous gum wall.

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The next photograph is the gum wall photographed with an unusual perspective by Rei Orikata.

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Another Pike Place Market shot shows the bustle of people buying goods by Kyungmin Lee.

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Wyatt Kim captured a decisive moment in the shopping district downtown near Pacific Place.

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The next photograph is by Shelby Heath. It is the park opposite Pike Place Market overlooking Highway 99 and the waterfront. I love the white suit!

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Olivia Andrade took this interesting shot in the Market as well.

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Ling Manuel took the next two photographs with a faulty camera. What she thought she was framing turned out differently and she was unexpectedly surprised. They have a great “street” feel to them.

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She noticed both girls had the same distinctive shoes!

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Jacob Jeffers went to the Seattle Center and discovered this cup in the fountain. His camera got sprayed a bit!

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Nicole Sencenbaugh photographed the following scene in the Market.

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William Meng went to the Space Needle and photographed panoramas of the city from the top as well as this scene from the bottom.

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Danette Choi photographed these people picnicking in the park.

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Ryan Moffat photographed a pleasant scene of the waterfront and the new ferris wheel with a signature Seattle coffee cup! The early morning light was beautiful.

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Chihana Sato continued her exploration of Seattle and photographed in a pet store in Factoria on the Eastside where Bellevue College is. She got this amazing shot of a lizard!

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And, finally, Ailin Yu went inside the Seattle Art Museum to capture this unique shot looking up at a permanent installation in the foyer.

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August 14, 2014 / Ginny Banks

Still Life Photography.

Still life photography is the depiction of inanimate subject matter, most typically commonplace objects which may be either natural or man-made. Still life photography, more so than other types of photography, such as landscape and portraiture, gives the photographer more leeway in the arrangement of design elements within a composition. A still life doesn’t move, so it is easier for a beginning photographer to spend more time with camera controls.

This assignment is geared toward beginning photographers. It is the first film assignment. Students take a roll of film and photograph everyday objects. They learn to process the roll, make a contact sheets and three prints using filters all in a period of a few weeks.

The first photograph is by Nicole Sencenbaugh. I love the shallow depth of field in these photographs.

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The next three are by Qingqing Lin.

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The next two are by Chihana Sato.

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The next photograph is from Chihana as well. It would classify as street photography rather than still life. It is clearly the decisive moment.

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The last one is more in the genre of street photography by William Meng.

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July 22, 2014 / Ginny Banks

Summer Quarter Pinhole Photography.

Summer is usually more laid back at Bellevue College. It has been extremely sunny for the pinhole assignment making the exposures very short. Once again, I find the figurative ones most interesting. The following are negative and positive versions. The first two are by Qingqing Lin.

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The next ones are self-portraits by Wyatt Kim.

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The following two are by Rena Chen.

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The last ones are by Ryan Moffat. I love the reflection in the iPhone!

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June 15, 2014 / Ginny Banks

Final Project: Narrative Photography.

Unlike other types of photography, such as landscape and portraiture, the point of narrative photography is to tell a story or suggest a sequence. The story/sequence can be fictitious or documentary in format. It can be linear or consist of flashbacks or montages of events. It can be inspired by poetry or the lyrics to a song. The possibilities are endless. Students worked with color film for this assignment. Narratives consisted of at least seven images each. The following images are excerpts. The first several are by Claire Wong. Claire’s words: Living is about accumulation. It’s about collecting, growing, consuming, breathing. Claire wanted to create classical still lives yet with modern things. The next two are her images.

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The next series are Claire’s as well. I love that type is incorporated within her images. Here is her written narrative: I’m sorry I left the back door unlocked you’re going to get yourself killed I’m sorry I left the gas on I just forgot how am I going to let you live by yourself I’m sorry I’m sorry I scratched your car I’m sorry I don’t now what else to do tell me what to do I’m sorry I’m not skinny enough I’m sorry I’m sorry I sleep all the time you need to stop taking naps why are you so tired I’m sorry your room is a mess I’m sorry I’ll clean it (I never clean it) ( I’m sorry)

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The next series is by Katie Glasnovich. This is an excerpt from her written narrative “……when we leave the room that is our home and step into the world of our backyard, everything we know is small…We become trapped in the backyard trying to find ways to entertain ourselves; obsessed with trying to make life beautiful….This backyard means something to me because I have grown up in it my entire life. It is me. This house I photograph is me. And these photographs represent me….I have struggled through loss; I have struggled through so many things. But I have been gifted to see the beauty…I cherish quiet moments of bliss. I cherish the way rays of sun may hit a certain object. I cherish life. I am ready to break free from the world as I know it; I am ready to venture outside of my backyard. I woke up one day. I saw many things and felt many things and experienced many things. Now I want more from the world.

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The next three images are by Lisha Du. I love the soft focus. Lisha is lamenting lost love: This is what I wore on our first date. I dropped into your smile that day. This dress seems old and sad today.

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Time passes by. I still remember your smell every time I smoke. Marlboro is your favorite cigarette. Now I am smoking it, thinking about our romance.

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There are a thousand ways to get over you. Memory is the only problem.

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The next three images are by Meridian Smith. Meridian wrote a poem for her narrative called “Life Goes On.”

If you want  something to stay the same then you’ll have to learn to deal with decay. These things that are falling apart once held great significance for those who were here at the start. Within this memorial lives my grandfather’s parents, my grandmother, my father. Within this memorial lives cobwebs, mold and junk. We’ve abandoned the things to keep the memory safe. A memorial exists to respect the dead. But it’s beauty exists for the living’s sake.

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Jonathan Dunham photographed the following narrative about fishing. Jonathan’s words: My day on the water allows me to get away from reality. As I head out to find the best place to go fishing, I start to reflect on what is happening in my life. When I arrive where I will be fishing, my thoughts drift away and I begin to focus on what I am doing and the nature around me.

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The next three images are by Ben Earnest. Ben wrote the following: The main theme for this triptych is sunlight. What I was trying to accomplish is to show the landscape of our overall neighborhood while including sunlight as a major part in all the photographs. I want to capture as much beauty in my neighborhood as I possibly can.

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