I think making the grid was harder for me to create than taking pictures the letters in the alphabet. It was a nice scavenger hunt, but my editing skills could use some work.
For my one word I chose PROCRASTINATION. It may be hard to imagine why I chose this chapter in letters to a young artist. The fact that I am a college student the word procrastination is in my main vocabulary. We talked about this earlier this semester of what chapter we related to the most as we finished the book. A quote that stood out to me was “…sometimes procrastination abounds because you really don’t have a clear idea of what you are trying to do, and where it’s going.” This stood out to me in specific because I constantly struggle with getting things done. It’s not the fact that I don’t want to do it, it’s because half the time I don’t know what to do. My mind circles around the idea that whatever I’m creating is missing something. This bothers the crap out of me and I struggle with just committing to doing something, instead I go back and forth about an initial idea I had. I hate being rushed and be given deadlines. As an artist I love working freely, intensely I love working on a single project rather than working on multiple and not providing the best work. This book made me reflect on the type of person I am and who I have become now that my college career is coming to an end. I appreciate the fact this is a requirement for us to read because it has a lot of good information if you really get into it.
At the end of the class we saw a documentary based on Richard Avedon. “To be photographer,” Avedon says, summing up his philosophy,” you have to nurture the things that most people discard.” Avedon began his career photographing show biz. Richard Avedon was one of the great geniuses of 20th century photography, famous for his fashion photography done for the likes of Vogue, Versace, and Armani, and equally famous for his black and white portraits of American people, both famous and unknown. This movie features ample footage of Avedon, a great storyteller and conversationalist, describing his life and methods. Many guests tell interesting stories of the joys and tribulations of working with him. It is difficult not to be impressed by Avedon’s endless photographic inventiveness and personal charm. Avedon just reminds me of how todays photographers are. He lived during a century where people in the media weren’t so main stream. I feel like recently it has blown up and more people want to pursue a profession in this type of art. Apart from what was shown in the film learning about Avedon’s life was fascinating and inspiring to people that want to reproduce artwork like his.
We watched a movie at the end of class about a photographer, his name is Ian Ruther. He does mixed media when he takes his photographs. This meaning that he follows this process that involves pouring a liquid mixture of iodides, bromides, and a solution called collodion over a glass or aluminum plate. What I found interesting about this photographer was the fact that he doesn’t limit his vision, he creates what he sees. I was able to personally connect more with Ian just based on the mixed media that he creates. When everything works the results are highly intense and produce a unique and incredibly detailed image with rich layers producing a new effect.
This project was so much fun to create. I picked my mother as the main subject and as the inspiration for this short story book that I’ve made. Originally I created this with the idea that I would have both my parent featured in the book. However time and schedule conflicts with my dad made him more unavailable for me to shoot him than my mom. Sadly I had to drop my dad out of the project but there will be more chances for me to photograph him at another time. My mother even though she was home most of the time it was so difficult for me to find time in my busy schedule to just take pictures of her. Most of the photographs took place at my house because I would either come home late from school or I’d be at work. This book honestly was a way to spend time with my mother more so than to just make a book in general. The time I did spend with my mother was lovely and it may not seem like much but I rarely have time to spend with both my parents anymore. I see them casually still pack a cooler and head out to the park on a Sunday after noon to enjoy the sun. It saddens me that I’m unavailable most of the time to have a day to relax with my parents. The process of making this made me so emotional. When you first look into my book and see the images it might not be the most appealing work but the pictures of my mother made me feel a certain way. Seeing her just made me appreciate her even more than I already do. As we get older we stray away from everything if it is not a priority like a huge assignment or a test. Doing this just made me reconnect with family and away from school.
On November 25th I took a trip down to Balboa Park to visit two exhibits at MOPA. I took a friend along that’s into photography as well to come appreciate something we both enjoy doing. The first exhibit we made our way through was the Point/Counterpoint: Contemporary Mexican Photography. This exhibit was so fascinating and was astonished at how clear these photographs were. This exhibit by far has been one of my favorites to look at. I would come again and wander my way through the exhibit just so I can see these photographs again. There was one in particular that caught my eye and I think the biggest reason why was because the photo was printed on glass. It was a canvas sized photograph made by Gerardo Suter, the image was simple but I felt a strong connection to it. It was a photograph of Mexico City. I think the biggest reason why I felt a sense of home in this photo is because my mom was born in that city. This whole exhibit showed me a side of mexico that I’ve never seen before, especially the geography of it. I’ve never been to mexico but hopefully that changes in the near future.
The second exhibition I walked around in was the Youth: Defining Boundaries. This exhibition was specifically made by our youth who are exploring their views and thoughts through photography and video arts. Walking around this exhibit made me feel like a kid again in a sense that the artwork I see now that I’m older is mostly to document life. These kids document feelings and what art means to them and you can clearly see it in all their work. One of my favorite pieces was created by Kaylee Hughes age 17. I just love how she put two different photographs together and it made a whole new image for us to admire. The bottom is the day and the top is the night both equally work well with each other in harmony. I enjoyed coming to MOPA and my friend Juan was so fascinated about all the photographs he saw that day. Apart from just being an assignment it made me appreciate photography and others work for what they see through their lenses compared to what I’ve been seeing through mine this whole time.