3 Weeks in, 3 weeks to Spring Break. Daytona Beach? Cancun? Lake Havasu? Decisions, Decisions…
I still have a few weeks to decide. In the meantime…
This week in digital imaging, we worked with channel masks. It seems like a helpful little way of working. It’s becoming clear there are lots of different ways to get an image from A to B in Photoshop, many of these tools do the same thing, but in different ways and it’s knowing how to use them in combination which is really helpful.
I didn’t show this week in crit. Next week I’ll put up some photographs. Still feeling like I did last week. I’m not overly interested in shooting in NY right now but I figure if I go through the motions, something will happen. We’ll see. With that in mind I’ve been carrying a friend’s Contax T2. Maybe some of his photo juju will rub off on me and I’ll make some photos I like. I guess the important thing is to at least be making photographs.
Tuesday night in History of the Book, we discussed war photography a little bit. Again, we read from the Parr and Badger books (see last week’s course update). In addition, we discussed an interesting Errol Morris blog post from the NY Times. Click HERE for part 1 and HERE for part 2. Be sure to read the comments that people left too. We also had to read Martha Rosler’s “In, around, and afterthoughts (on documentary photography),”
Last week we had to write an analysis of one of four photographs. At least 500 words just about the photo and the caption. It’s a good exercise in reading an image. After you do it, click on the photo to learn a little about it. The four photos we had to choose from:
For next week, we have to pick 10 photographs from a photo book and sequence them. I’ve picked “Arrivals & Departures. The Airport Picture of Garry Winogrand.” I’ve always been a big Winogrand fan and I chose this book for a few reasons. It was made after his death, so the order of the images isn’t Winogrand’s but I believe his friend Lee Friedlander’s. So, I don’t feel like I’m disrespecting Garry by rearranging things (yeah yeah, I know…weird photo superstition thing). Also, the first photo I ever bought was a Winogrand (this one).
In Right Here, Right Now, we looked at more portraits. The first part was a student presentation of familial portraits. It’s hard to summarize what goes on this class as we jump around a lot and the conversation is very fluid. That’s not a bad thing, it just sometimes makes it hard to distill the class down to any sort of essence. But, here are some names that came up:
Oh yeah. And if that isn’t enough, Tim Hetherington came and gave a talk to our department.