Archive | February, 2010

Photo-a-Day

21 Feb

I am hugely interested in daily photography. The passage of time is limitlessly fascinating to me. I remembered seeing a snippet on a guy who took a photo of himself for six whole years!

Noah takes a photo of himself every day for 6 years.

I couldn’t imagine ever doing that, though I thought it was neat. Then I realized…I sort of have been doing that myself. Via my Photobooth, I usually take random photos of myself either out of boredom or in place of a mirror. So I poked through them all and strung a bunch together.

It is amazing because with each photo I remember something about that day. One of them is from the first day in my new apartment…alone. Another was taken on my birthday!

Now I see why someone would take  2190 pictures of themselves! It helps you remember where you came from, so you can successfully move forward. I strongly encourage people to give it a try, you’ll be glad you did…in a couple years! 😀

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Adventures in Lighting

16 Feb

So today I dragged a couple bags of stuff over to McMaster Lighting studio. In my mind I saw all kinds of amazing photos playing out in my mind. It didn’t take long at all to realize I was out of my league. Being the resourceful girl that I am, I recruited my friend. He en-turn enlisted Gordon Humphries, who single-handedly set up an amazing display for me.

I photographed at a couple different settings and photographed a couple things.

Overall…the lighting studio was way over my head. I need a major crash course in it.

I enjoy incorporating light into all my photos, particularly rich sunlight.

But as far as commercial lighting goes…I have a lot to learn. I really love these pictures:

Old Hollywood lighting is my favorite! Butterfly lighting I believe its called.

vantiy-kills.com

I also adore party shots/ nightlife shots:

http://fuckyeahpartypics.tumblr.com/

And then there is the matter of food photography, which I adore!

L to R :

seriouseats.com ; decor8blog.com ; menshealth.com ; glamour.com

I hope to learn how to create these shots. I just need the chance/time to learn!

Self Esteem and the Photograph

11 Feb

“Oh my gosh, did you just take my picture?? Noooo! Delete it, delete it!!”

This is usually the reaction that  I get from my mother whenever I snap her photo… or try to.

It never fails that she doesn’t want a photo. She hates seeing herself in them.

My mother at Thanksgiving, by me.

As someone who has grimaced at a bad photo and then been unable to shake the image, I often think about how my photos will affect others. I find myself worrying that they’ll see my photo of them and will be upset at their image.I would never in a million years want to cause them harm because of my photograph.

In the digital age, we are able to almost exclusively eradicate any unpleasant images of ourselves we find. We can almost portray the image that we are flawless and perfect. We can photoshop off that zit or totally remove those pesky red eyes. photo from Souvenirs, photographer unknown.

But what happens when we finally do see a photograph of ourselves where we have one eye closed, look “fat”, or overall just hate it? Are we startled to finally see an unflattering image of ourselves? Heather Locklear by http://seehere.blogspot.com/2006/08/celebrities-without-makeup.html

I’ve seen many a photo of me that I’ve hated. I know the doubt it can cause in one’s mind. Suddenly this image of yourself you have in your mind is shattered. At times, I can’t rebound back from it as I should. I feel like I see that among other celebrities too. They see these paparazzi shots of themselves and the next thing you know, they’ve dropped 80 pounds.

Kristin Cavallari, reality tv star

So overall, I often fear the consequences my photographs could possibly have on the ones that I love. I even fear what it could do to people I don’t know. I suppose I have to let the responsibility of that person’s self esteem lie with them, not me. I can only document what I see. I just hope that I am never the reason that someone gets hurt or gets sick. I’ve been there and would never want that for others.  Afterall….we all take bad pictures sometimes! 🙂

Importance of Remembering

1 Feb

A year or so ago I embarked on a lengthy journey up my family tree. After the death of my paternal grandmother, I threw myself into discovering that side of the family. My grief motivated and I became a bit obsessed.

However, it was through this obsession I discovered how important photography truly is. As I discovered family members, I found the most exciting part was seeing these people’s faces. I had pictures of my great-grandmother and great-grandfather.

Great-Grandmother

Suddenly these people, who I had never and would never know, were suddenly real to me. I could see my father’s eyes in one or my face shape in another. It was amazing. And when I didn’t have a photo for an individual, I would feel a pang of sadness for never knowing this person’s image.

Grandmother

Without photography I may never have been able to connect with my ancestors as I did. For that I will always be grateful. It inspires me to photograph everything I can. That way, the future generations will have the same luxury as I.

Great-Great Grandmother