Frustration

Hi all. I hope your lives are calming down from all the holiday craziness, and that things are going on back as usual. I know my life is, though it will be soon up rooted once again once the semester starts back up.

Today I would like to talk about what frustrates me the most when people respond to my statement that one day I would like to have a full time career as a photographer. It’s not “How are you going to support yourself?” or “I hope you have a back up plan” or “At least you took a some classes that could land you a practical job if that photography thing works out.” No these don’t bug me, at least not anymore, as I am very comfortable with my career decision. I know it’s going to be a lot of work, but this is what I love.

No, what bugs me the most is the phrase, “I hope one day you’ll be famous” or “You’ll be the next Annie Leibovitz.” I know all these people mean well, and are just being encouraging; however, I did not choose this career because I want to be famous. I love photography, and this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Sure, it would be nice to be famous. But it’s not a goal. My goal is just to be able to make a decent living as a full time photography. Famous is probably 9th or 10th on the list of things I would like to accomplish with my life. And let me tell you it’s a short list… So it’s pretty far down there. If it happens, it happens. If it doens’t, well at least I accomplished everything else and I will be happy with that.

Painting Continued

Hello everyone! I hope you all have had a good week. So yet again, I am still further in painting than the other two studio classes that I am taking at the moment. In photography we shot one color roll so far just to make sure our camera’s work. I knew mine did but I had to shoot it anyway. I had the film developed at a CVS and they totally messed it up. The paper they used was fogged, meaning the pictures, though taken with a working camera and with sa person who is used to taking photos on full manual, looked under exposed. This made me incredibly angery, but I’m moving on. Also I learned the lense I used for this role is meant only for my digital camera. It causes a vignetting around the image. Lesson learned there. If you would like, I can make a serpate post about those two errors.

As for digital media, things are going slow. I am really not used to creating a whole new image out of nothing with photoshop. What this project entails is taking 5 scanned objects and turning them into a completely different composition. We need 3 of these compositions, meaning 15 total scanned objects. We have a critique next Wednesday and I am worried about it. I am really at a loss of what to do. But hopefully this weekend I can figure it out.

Okay, on to my painting class. On Tuesday we had to turn in the sketches that I had posted on last week. We also started on the 18×24″ canvas on Tuesday as well. I started out taking vine charcole, which is meant for use on canvas and paint, to get the general sketch out on the canvas. Then my professor came over, approved of my small scale sketch as told me to make the shoes on the canvas much, much bigger in order to really activate the canvas and the compostition.

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This is just the start out the outline I did in vine charcole. You can see all the renditions I did before I was satisfied with how it looked as a sketch. Next we started on the cartoon. Now this isn’t the normal type of cartoon you would normal think of in the newspaper. In painting, cartooning is laying on a layer of black paint, and only black paint. Now you may say, “Well, what’s the point of adding only black? Wouldn’t that that just make your canvas one giant blob of black that would destroy your sketch?” My answer, no. In cartooning, you dilute the paint, acryllic in this case, with medium. Medium is a viscus fluid that thins the paint and evenly distributes the pigment. Using only water to thin the paint would not distribute the pigment evenly. We cartoon the image in order to let the white stand out when we paint over the cartoon. It gives the white paint a chance to pop, instead of blending in with the white canvas.

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This image is of the beginning of the cartoon I did for this project. You can see a greyscale come out. This is from strict black paint, with only medium added. Today, I finished the cartoon and I started to add the first layer of paint to the image. We started out with figuring out where our blackest blacks would go, and then moving up the greyscale from there, all the way to the whitest white. I had a basic idea of where I wanted to go. As you know, I really do love putting movement, or the idea of movement in my art work. So I really wanted to explore that in this painting. So I really let the brush strokes come through. I tried not to blend them together, and just let the paint and the brush dictate the movement in the painting.  I think I am really starting to get that down in the painting. I still need to work on the painting a bit more. I think we are still working on it through next week, so we shall see where I decide to go with it. Below is where I left off today before I left class. Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Hello Everyone

I am so sorry that I have disappeared for about two months. Since my class ended I haven’t produced much art. I did take some pretty cool photographs on the 4th of July, but I have yet to load them onto my computer. I cannot seem to find my card reader. As soon as I do I will pick a photo to upload and write about.

In other news, I should be posting on here a bit more regularly with school coming up. I will be taking 3 art classes this semester, Black and White Photography 1, Digital Media Fundamentals, and Painting. I will be posting some of my work here as well as describing what we are doing in the classes.

I am super excited for my Photography class. I took two photo classes back in high  school, and this will be my first time back in a dark room in about three-ish years. In high school, the dark room was my home away from home. It was my sanctuary where I could blast my music and tune out everything bad going on in my life. I hope this will be a similar experience. Lets just say I’ve already geeked out over the fact that my photography professor has already put most of our assignments, the syllabus, and materials list on our school’s online system, ELMS.

Hope to be posting soon and looking forward to connecting with more of you. Please let me know in the comments below if you want me to focus on one particular class or share the posts equally between the three classes, or have one main class while still posting tidbits from the other two.

Thanks!

Concert Photography

As I have stated in my last post, I love photographing concerts. Musicians just have so much energy and passion for what they do and it comes off on stage. Their energy and passion feeds my passion for photography, and my fingers just itch for my camera to capture them.

Earlier this month I attended one of Green Day’s concerts along their tour at Temple University’s campus in Philadelphia, PA. Now, as many of you know, most venues do not allow cameras at the event, so I did not want to bring my beloved DSLR to the concert only to be told that I have to leave it in my car, in one of the worst areas of Philly. Also, I did not want to be separated from my two friends, as we had pit seats. In short, I was only equipped with my tiny, so-so, iPhone 5 built in camera.

So we get to our “seats” and people are taking photos of the cover band, Best Coast, and none of the event staff is stopping anyone. So now, in my head, I am mentally kicking myself in the butt for not bringing my nice camera. Well I do thank myself for charging my phone during that trip so that I have at least an hour and half of shooting time. Ended up taking a ton of photos throughout the night. Unfortunately many turned out way to pixel-y, seeing that it is a rock concert, which means that it’s a dark venue. However there were a few gems in the bunch, like the one below.

It had been a long time since I have done concert photography–it’s probably been a year. Having this opportunity, standing only a few rows away from one of my favorite bands, being able to take photos of them… I just fell back in love with it. I believe this is what I want to do for the rest of my career–but doing it exclusively is probably out of the question. Oh well, we shall see how it goes. I just can’t wait for my next opportunity to photography any concert!

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