I just realized what a bad blogger I’ve been of late. I never posted an update before running off on Spring Break. So, here is a double post covering highlights from the past two weeks of classes.
Just before Spring Break, we had to take a daytime photo and turn it to nighttime. It was a fun exercise. I started with this:
I set up various masks for the water, sky, rocks and people and then tweaked all the colors and levels. I added a few color fill layers with gradients, threw in some stars and a little something to jazz things up a little…Bam!
It’s not perfect and could use more work, but I was pretty impressed with myself!
The next assignment, which is due next week, is to change the season in a photograph.
I was not in History of the Book for Week 23 which covered post-war photo books (Frank, Avedon and Arbus).
Readings for Week 23 were:
Gerry Badger and Martin Parr: “The Photobook: A History – Volume 2“, chapters 5& 6
Karal Ann Marling, “As Seen on TV: The Visual Culture of Everyday Life in the 1950s“, chapters 3, 5, & 7
Martha Rosler, Decoys and Disruptions, “Place, Position, Power, Politics”
In Richard Bolton, “The Contest of Meaning“:
Carol Squires, “The Corporate Year in Pictures”
Sally Stein, “The Graphic Ordering of Desire: Modernization of a Middle Class Woman’s Magazine, 1914-39″
Esther Parada, “C/Overt Ideology: Two Images of Revolution”
In Visible and Invisible we were given our second assignment:
Express your physical, mental, symbolic point of view verbally/visually/acoustically/performing. Be true to yourself.
We also began to discuss the concept of time. Things mentioned:
Bill Viola, “The Quintet of the Astonished” (2000):
Fischli and Weiss:
In Right Here, Right Now we looked at some abstract photography:
Next week: Changing seasons in a photograph, a look at porn in History of the Book and time to register for classes.