History of Photography

Post your comments, reviews and critiques below. As stated in the course syllabus, reviews should be at least one paragraph in length (approx 250 words) and follow the general guidelines presented in course handouts, including: Talking and Writing about Art.

Again, this format is informal and the comments should be brief and concise. This is not a space for lengthy discourse or academic writing. I expect you to write as you would speak in class and elaborate beyond “I like…” or “, (the work) is awesome”. Be descriptive and specific in response to both the formal and conceptual elements of the work(s).



241 Responses to History of Photography

  1. Ariana Scalfo says:

    Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls
    Jennie’s video class did a large collective show in the blackroom, creating tunnels of fabric that led you to a central hub in the center of the room filled with crackers, cheese, and a full screen view of a man lip-syncing to the song “Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls.” That song, apparently, was the impetus for the creation of a series of videos created by Jennie’s class, all revolving around water, waterfalls, and chasing dreams. Several students sat in bathtubs, drank tea, spoke about their futures, and created large cityscapes of moving clouds and color. One of my favorite videos, surprisingly, was the one of Jenn Consoli eating and talking. The images set behind her matched her speech, and her eating and talking was both awkward and hilarious. I loved it for its accessibility, its quirky humor, and how even though she was only speaking the lyrics to the song, it made me want to stay and listen even though I had heard the song on loop at least 6 times prior. Alexis’ bathtub video was vulnerable and the water theme was filled with tea and broken glasses and her long blue hair waving in the ripples of the bathwater. The exhibition was full of laughter and creativity, all stemming from one repetitive song playing on a loop throughout the blackroom.

  2. Ariana Scalfo says:

    Graphic Major Art Show
    I’ve always been appreciative of Rowan’s Graphic Design program. Things like “visual identities” and typography have always confused and bewildered me, and it’s lovely to see such mastery in BA students here at Rowan. Some of my favorite pieces in the show were the packaging pieces and the timelines/infographics. Sasquatch whiskey, honey vodka, and small books sewn together by hand filled the center of the room. The outside edges were filled with simple and effective design work, as well as informational posters and campaigns. Judah, Justin, Erin, and Brian had some of my favorite work in the show, hidden away in their portfolios in a separate room. Using crazy metal binders, they kept beautiful photographs of their work and packaging tucked away and safe, waiting to be accessed. Some of them had business cards, and others had hand-printed thank you cards. Erin’s “How about a little surgery” poster was one of my favorites. It was humorous, whimsical, easy to follow, and surprisingly informative. That, to me, exemplified the importance and the skill involved with design, and making it equal parts visually appealing and also easy to read and partake.

  3. Ariana Scalfo says:

    Alexis Novak’s BFA Senior Show
    Alexis’s show was a beautiful and disturbing combination of video, print, and photography. Her large photographs were stark, unmolested by photoshop or post-processing, and painfully honest. While at times unsettling, her work awoke a stranger compulsion within me to learn more. When I watched her two video pieces, I was again left unsettled and disturbed, but somehow released from shame. I was able to view her photographs again, but without a sick sort of interest, and instead a newly formed sense of artistic contemplation. Her prints, on the other hand, were easy to view, and well executed. Still slightly creepy, with rats crawling around girl’s heads, the themes were clear and carried through, and her style was easy to remember.

  4. Ariana Scalfo says:

    Ambiguity – David Robert’s BFA Senior Show
    Another BFA graduate, David Roberts’ show was all about his illustration, as well as comments about street art, appropriation, and imagination. Considering David’s detail-oriented style, his large and colorful graffiti pieces scattered across the room did offered no compliments to his far cleaner and more professional illustrations situated on the opposite wall. While not the biggest fan of his spray-paint and graffiti work (the style was not well-developed or well-executed), his carefully crafted illustrations never cease to amaze me. A master of making drawn hair look softer than silk (and making many a girl jealous of hair that does not exist), David uses familiar themes for his work such as DaVinci’s Vitruvian Man, Alphonse Mucha’s posters, the American Gothic, book covers, and celebrities. David is a painstakingly slow worker, using deliberate strokes and grids to copy his many sketches and thumbnails to larger, permanent paper. While maybe not the most cohesive show, or the most visually stunning, David’s work is still impressive on its own. The detail draws the viewer in, as well as his painstaking hatching and crosshatching in graphite and ink. With a portfolio containing so many careful and well-thought-out compositions, David is set for a life of commissions.

  5. Ariana Scalfo says:

    The Pixel Made Me Do It – Samuel Guerrero Jr’s BFA Senior Show
    A BFA student in Illustration, Sam’s extremely detailed 3D renders were juicy and full of life. Using clever construction and composition, he took detailed character studies and turned them from simple designs to actual illustrations. My favorite piece was the portrait of a man and his bulldog, comparing the similarities of the jowls of the human with the jowls of the dog. Using a blue background to compliment the browns and skin tones of his characters, the colors in this composition “A Man’s Best Friend,” are brighter than some of his other pieces, happily situated next to his artist’s statement. Sam’s attention to detail and use of multiple light sources on a single object lends a much more professional quality to his work. The reflected light in the scales of the snakes in another of his pieces was almost unreal, but just real enough that I was convinced of their 3-dimensions. As well as being well rendered, they also have a catchy sort of personality, with facial expressions that speak to the viewer and draw them into the narrative of the piece, as well as the artistry and superior technique. All in all, it was extremely refreshing to see some well-executed 3D work from a Rowan student, and I was very impressed.

  6. Ariana Scalfo says:

    High Density

    A critique of the problems of a “built environment,” using multiple artists and very mixed media. The pieces that interested me the most in the exhibition were the sculpture pieces. The photography, while interesting, was very reminiscent of…all contemporary landscape photography. The house sculpture, with its wooden beams and scaffolding, and the houses hanging upside down to compliment them, was one of my favorites. It was carefully created, crafted from wood and paint and glue, and while it was relatively large it also appeared equally delicate in its construction. While it did seem less like a negative statement due to all the open air between the houses and in the scaffolding, the message was clear: where is there to go but up. The other work that most caught my attention was the video installation with the floor-sculpture of the Cherry Hill Mall, and various nature/destruction/creation projections. The soundscapes combined with the visual undulations of the patterns and shapes on the small-size buildings gave me a sense of inclusion in the small and dark room, both calming and stimulating at once. Reminiscent of an apocalyptic/regrowth theme, they “destroy” the sculpture in fire and red and flame, and then “rebuild” with green and grass and then sounds of construction, to start the cycle all over again.

  7. Ariana Scalfo says:

    Willie Cole – Rowan Art Gallery

    Cole’s distinctly African style is evident from the moment you enter his exhibition. In all of his works, from his prints and burned canvases to his found sculpture, there is strong evidence of his roots. Using irons to represent the domestic shackles of black women in his childhood, as well as the underlying theme of slavery and the shipment of bodies. I found his work to be impressive, not only in size, but in content. Each piece had several different meanings, all easily read if delved into correctly. The photographs of men decorated with iron burns could be a social commentary on African traditions transitioning into a Philadelphia cityscape, or it could be a reference to the iron chains of slavery. Using much more succinct language, Cole takes the shapes and marks of the domestic clothing iron and compares them to the storage compartments on slavery ships. I found this compelling because not only was he creatively revisiting an old theme, but was also adding and embellishing upon it in a materially creative way. His prints are large burns, and his sculptures of African animals are made of childhood toys and high-heeled shoes. His social commentary on both women, black women, and their influence on his childhood is almost naive in its literal translation. Overall, Cole’s exhibition was diverse enough to hold my attention, but the repetitive motifs began to blur after a while. The repetition may lend to their strength, but it also ensures that an easily distracted viewer becomes easily overwhelmed by the common patterns. While initially I was interested, once I discovered the overall purpose of his work, his work became almost too easily understood, and became one giant piece as opposed to a collection of separates.

  8. Kimberlee Cirillo says:

    I find photographers like Nikki Lee to be very interesting. Her work differs from many photographers and shows society how eager and quick we are to make stereotypes and judge. It must be so much fun to dress up as a certain culture and play that person for months. Nikki Lee was able to capture the persona of a particular culture perfectly and see what it is like to live in that culture. I would imagine this experience to be life changing. Lee was actually able to become free of judging and actually able to live in someones else’s shoes for a month, not just a day. I assume that this opened her eyes and showed society how negative stereotyping can be. Nikki Lee not only impacted her own life, but she also impacted society and displayed the wrongs of stereotyping through her photographs.

  9. Kimberlee Cirillo says:

    During class, the conversation of what makes photography art would often come up. Students would say that they could take a photograph just as well as some of the famous photographers. Also, some would say that a good camera makes the photograph. However, I do not believe that is the case. I believe that photography is an art. As the advancement in technology keeps rising, there will be more and more amateur photographers. However, I believe it comes down to the passion that the photographer holds. In each photograph of famous photographers there is an artistic approach that developed before the digital age. It is just becoming much harder to see that with the instant point and shoot. The digital cameras can focus automatically and take a decent picture. However, the art still remains. Photographers have a different eye than others who upload pictures to Facebook. They use different perspectives and different techniques. So, yes a student can take a picture similar to a photographers work, but then they would just be copying. They would not have the same drive and approach as that particular photographer did. Photography is about capturing time and creating a message. It’s about showing how you view the world to others. That unique perspective is what make photography art.

  10. Kimberlee Cirillo says:

    The photographer I chose for the last assignment, is Meredith Hudson. Meredith was my high school digital photography and graphic design teacher. She originally went to school for fine arts, but realized that her love for photography was too strong. She inspired me to great lengths during high school and I thank her for opening my eyes to the beautiful world of photography. The thing I like most about her work is that it is real. She travels to destination weddings, does engagements photos, save the dates, baby portraits, and now even senior portraits. Her work differs from other photographer’s work because she captures the simplest moments and shows how truly special they are. Her work has this elegant, natural feel to it that portrays each moment in a surreal way. She is able to capture happiness in the newly wed’s faces and the emotions of all her subjects. I love to look at each new album she posts, because each album is different and captures something new. She is a very inspirational photographer and I believe her work displays were photography is at today.

  11. Kimberlee Cirillo says:

    The last assignment for History of Photography was very interesting to me. The students were asked to bring in photos of what they think photography is today. The array of different images and photo styles was amazing. Some students chose portrait photographers, while others chose fashion. Some students even chose photographers that broke the barrier of a normal photograph such as dogs underwater. I enjoyed this assignment because it showed me that students see photography today differently then I do. I guess it’s up to the eye of the beholder that sees the art of photography.

  12. Kimberlee Cirillo says:

    As I was walking with my friend in Westby to see her jewelry work, we stopped in the black room. We were going to walk right by the room, but two things caught our attention. There were two huge elephants created out of aluminum foil. They each had to be at least 10 feet tall. The closer I got to each elephant, the larger they became and the smaller I felt. I do not recall the name of this exhibit, but I can remember it clearly. Their legs were skinny , but there heads and trunks were massive. I wondered if the inside of each elephant was made out of a different material and then covered in aluminum, but their was no way to tell. The illusion of two massive elephants created out of aluminum foil is what was so impressive and created an interesting illusion.

  13. Patrick Younghans says:

    For my last blog point I would like to talk about this class and how much I learned from this class about photography. Coming into the class I honestly thought that photography was not an art and that anyone with a camera could do it. When this class started I was proved wrong right away. To be a photographer it takes so much talent not juts taking the picture and getting the perfect shot, but then developing the picture and altering it the way you want it too. Also in the beginning how hard it was to be a photographer because of the bad equipment and a lot of the stuff we see today is not even invented then. I learned how much lighting goes into each picture so it comes out perfect and had the proper amount of light in certain spots. I was really mistaken how easy I thought photography would be and how anyone could do it. This class really proved me wrong and really helped me understand how it is art and how hard it is to do and how talented this people are. I am so glad I took this class because it really opened my eyes to the world of photography and helped me learn so much.

  14. Patrick Younghans says:

    One photographer that I really admired was Annie Leibovitz because I never realized how much of her images I have already viewed and seen in magazines. She is feature in so many magazines that I read and look at, and never knew before I took this class. Her photos are amazing how she take these pictures of all these celebrities but they still have such an odd touch on them that still makes them so different. For example I really liked the Disney portraits that she did by putting very famous celebrities in place of the Disney characters that I grew up with watching. Any photographer could had just used models or unknown people in these pictures but I believe that putting a famous celebrity in place means more because now people can relate their favorite disney characters to their famous actor or actress. My favorite one is with Alec Baldwin being the mirror on the wall and Olivia Wilde being the evil queen from Snow White. I like it because I can see Alec Baldwin as being the mirror because of his voice and it sounds like it would be perfect, and Wilde looks exactly as the evil queen did in the movie. These pictures are so cool to look at because I can relate with them so easily.

  15. Patrick Younghans says:

    One thing I have noticed in this class is just how much photography has in advanced over the years. It is amazing how the first photograph that was taken was so to hard make out, almost impossible and now we look at the type of pictures we have today. Pictures can now be taken form millions miles away on other planets and from satellites in space and they are such precise pictures still. From the first photograph I believe we learned that it look a lot of hours for the first photo to be taken, and now pictures can be taken and developed in minutes and sometime seconds. The satellite photos being taken those are what really so amazing because it can locate a single house or a single image from such an unbelievably long distance and the image is still so visible. Digital camera too are so amazing because of how the picture can be taken then you can view it right away. Its hard to imagine what those early photographers would think if they were still alive today and saw how much these cameras and images have advanced.

  16. Janelle Solomon says:

    Terry Richardson is mainly for his celebrity portraits

    He’s straight forward raw portraits captures the naturalness in each of his subject’s personalities.
    By always using a plain white back drop, and enhancing the light that hits his subject’s faces adds to the intensity in their facial expression. I find that that his simpler work calls more attention to itself, then the work that has added props or displays. I normally refer to Terry Richardson’s work as honest, because even though there is editing, he seems to portray people how they truly are.

  17. Janelle Solomon says:

    Jolijn Snijders the creater of I heart Fake magazine is an amazing photographer. Her use of low light to shape her subjects and capture the mood of the moment is what makes her photography stand out. Utilizing the feeling that the light, surroundings and person she is shoot is her strong point. That in combination with her spontaneous shoots outside on the streets, in houses or in cheap hotels is what makes for very interesting photographers.

  18. Janelle Solomon says:

    Tim walker’s work is highly imaginative and over dramatic, which is why I love it. His over the top creations are almost humorous in a way. Because his photos make me stop and think something along the lines of, what is even happening? or god that’s weird. But I’m always left with a happy and entertained look on my face after seeing his work. Walker’s style is unmistakable whether it is portraits, film or a fashion shoot, he always keeps what looks like a twisted fairy tale book theme. Here are some of my favorites by him. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_We-f8yacrwM/SP1TuIhXB4I/AAAAAAAAECQ/TiKiGaPoI0k/s400/2008_10190012.JPG

  19. Janelle Solomon says:

    My Favorite painter Esao Andrews, he uses oil paints to create surreal images. My favorite painting of his is “Solid Void” http://esao.net/index.php?page=display&cat=1&work=1, because it reminds me that things aren’t always as they seem. The intense red sky, and gray smokey clouds, are reminiscent of fire. The rainbow bile spewing form the spider mouth, makes the spider seem like it’s the one in distress and not the child’s capture. The child’s calm and straight forward eyes completely lacking in fear, translates to me that he is the capture of the spider even though he is covered by the web. Most of Esao Andrews painting are like “Solid Void” strong use of color, bold characters, hidden stories and a little twist of the dark side. Andrews’s corky surreal painting is what makes him number one in my book.

  20. Janelle Solomon says:

    Daniyel Lowden is a photographer that I follow on Tumblr. I admire his straight on portraits, like these http://suckybl0g.tumblr.com/post/21167302032 and http://suckybl0g.tumblr.com/post/20475255539. As well as his more inspired work such as this one http://suckybl0g.tumblr.com/post/10698619866. What I like about his photos is how intensely sharp they are, not a detail is missed. Especially in his portrait work, every feature in his subject’s face is brought to light and seem completely raw. For example this portrait http://suckybl0g.tumblr.com/post/1203647695. The sharp focus and vivid color allows you to make out every little detail of the guy’s face. The shadows on the left side of his face in contrast to brightened right side, added to the dramatics of his black eye.

  21. Janelle Solomon says:

    Justin Wu is definitely one of favorite fashion photographers. Even though this critique will be on his film work. I find all of is video to be extremely captivating. They all have the same high energy and jazz up feel, without loosing the naturalness of the models. Which is what makes his videos so appealing, that genuine happiness that his work exudes. The use of up beat music, paired with the world’s most famous cities and fresh faced models acting their hearts out, definitely makes for an entertaining production. His fast, but smooth transitions in combination with multiple camera angles adds to the liveliness in each scene. I look forward to seeing more from Justin Wu in the future.

  22. ashley shover says:

    While searching the internet I came across a spanish photographer that caught my eye. The photographer’s name is Oriol Jolonch. He categories his images in different galleries ranging from invented realities and forgotten dreams to bullfighting. One picture I found that I really liked was in the insubordinate worlds (mundos insubordinados) categories. It is a photo of rhinos in a desert leading to the sky. The lines created by the position of the rhinos immediately draw the viewer into the photo. The rhinos create a pathway/stairway to the sky. The way they are placed in the photo, along with the crack in the ground, makes the viewer’s eye follow the photo until they reach the light spot in the sky at which the person in. With the way the photo is set up the photo has the same effect if the viewer focus on the sky at the beginning instead. The viewers eye is then drawn from the person in the sky down the photo until they reach the beginning of the rhinos. I think it’s really neat how he uses the rhinos to create what looks like a stairway to the sky. The way in which the person is posed makes it hard to tell whether the person is exciting or entering the sky. The photographer use of a grayscale and contrast between light and dark adds to the impression of the photo. It helps to draw the viewer to the focal point at the top of the photo. http://www.orioljolonch.com/en/

  23. Nichole Costello says:

    Matt Silk, a commercial photographer based in South Carolina, has such an amazing body of work. I really came to appreciate a lot of his images. He incorporates quite a bit of HDR photography, which often prompts me to yawn and say “so what?” -as it is usually done so poorly. But, Matt is masterful with his use of it, to bring new depth, shading and light into his work and direct the viewers eye throughout the image. He has a sensational portfolio and I really enjoyed it.

  24. Nichole Costello says:

    Porcellino’s drawing style is very simple, bordering on the naïve. There’s almost no shading, and each page is split up into four rows, with a mixture of one and two frames per row. Most faces are drawn with dots or small lines for eyes, a short arch for an eyebrow, a U or V on its side for a nose, and either a line or an oval for a mouth. It makes his characters seem childish, and emotions become simplified. He chronicles some romances and emotional crises, and he gets confused by other people’s behavior. His unhappiness is touching but Porcellino does not convey much depth to it. He tries to explain his spiritual struggles, setting out his realizations, for example, that “Things come and go. But they are no more real than shadows on the wall.” or later that “Life is like a dream.” This makes his work distinctive and more interesting. You finish with an impression of a very isolated person trying to reach out to other people.

  25. Nichole Costello says:

    Claire Alyse Photography is a brilliantly talented photographer who works out of Los Angeles, one of the best of the multitudes of photographers in LA actually. I absolutely loved her work. she shows a very interesting example using hairdressers to clarify the difference between established professional photographers and the shoot and burn lot out there who “have a good camera”. Her work is idealistic and inspiring. She had a great use of depth and broad range utilizing the color scale.

  26. Tyler Ferst says:

    While on the website StumbleUpon I recently stumbled across some amazing surfing photographs and decided to look up other work by this photographer. I was glad I did. Photographer Jeff Devine has captured some beautiful images of the ocean and people surfing. Growing up in California and being a fellow surfer himself, Devine grew to love the ocean and everything it stood for. He began photographing his friends surfing in the 1960’s and secured a position with Surfer Magazine in 1971. After that his career took off and he went on trips all over the world to take pictures of the oceans and people surfing. Not to mention getting out there and surfing himself. He would also take pictures out on the water while on his surfboard which I thought was pretty awesome. Jeff Devine has one of the biggest archives of surf photography in the world and is renowned by many as the greatest surf photographer ever. The thing that I love about his website (http://www.jeffdivinesurf.com/#a=0&at=0&mi=1&pt=0&pi=1&s=0&p=-1) is that he categorizes his pictures by decade, so you can really see how much was changing as the decades pass if you just go through his galleries. It was hard to pick my favorite image of his because there are so many but if I had to choose one this would be it : http://www.jeffdivinesurf.com/#a=0&at=0&mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=7&p=6. I really like how the clouds look in this picture and that he left the shutter a little longer than usual to get the cool effect of the wave crashing. It almost makes it look as though it is fake or photo shopped.

  27. Tyler Ferst says:

    So I lost a bet to my girlfriend and had to write a journal entry about fashion. So, here goes….In the high society world filled with fashion and glamour, photographer Dan Lecca is one of the best. Dan Lecca has shot runway shows and still images for newspapers and magazines for the past thirty years. His list of clients include magazines such as Marie Claire, The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine. More reputability, Dan is currently the resident runway photographers to fashion designers such as Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton. Currently, Dan is at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion week in Berlin. With all this talk about high fashion photography, I became curious about the cost of a photo shoot that occurs on a runway. After researching, I found a recent interview with Dan Lecca. He states, “A client like Gucci pays $5,000-6,000. If ‘lowball’ people want me, my average price is $2,500 plus paying assistants, film and processing for one show.” I was impressed when I found out the low cost of pricing to shoot a runway show, especially after this class understanding all of the time and energy it takes to produce and edit photographs.
    My favorite piece of runway work that Dan Lecca has produced is capturing the images of the Victoria’s Secret Angel Models the past five years at their fashion and lingerie show. Some of the Angel’s Dan has shot are Miranda Kerr and Erin Heatherton. It must be hard to capture shots while models are rapidly walking on the runway, especially with all commotion going on at a fashion show. Overall, my friends and I very much appreciate the work that Dan Lecca produces so we can all enjoy the Victoria’s Secret models photo shoot and calendar every year.

  28. Tyler Ferst says:

    It never ceases to amaze me the images photographers are able to capture. While watching Planet Earth on the Discovery Channel recently, I was in awe over the videos of miraculous things that reside in our planet. I decided to venture onto their website, http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/planet-earth/photo-journey/photo-journey.html where I found countless, unbelievable images such as: mountains and Great Plains, deep oceans and shallow seas, forests and jungles, even beautiful pictures of deserts and ice worlds. My favorite photo gallery is the Forest and Jungle section. This one picture in the gallery I made my desktop background because I have never seen anything like it. The picture captures an elephant swimming underwater in the Republic of the Congo. Before this picture, I didn’t even know elephants could swim. The color of the photo really caught my attention as well, especially since it is underwater. I encourage all of you to take a moment to look at all of the galleries of photos on the Discovery Planets website, they are pure nature at its finest. The only concern I have with these pictures is that the photographers are not credited, and I believe the website needs to give them credit where credit is due – these pictures captured of our Planet Earth are incredible.

  29. Tyler Ferst says:

    I always thought pictures of space were really awesome when I was little so I decided to do a journal entry on one of the most famous photographers for NASA. William Paul Taub was a self-taught photographer who nearly took every official picture of NASA events from 1958 to 1975. Taub documented many of the country’s space flight events including the missions that sent the first US Americans into space and onto the moon. His photographs have appearned in Life, Look and National Geographic magazines and countless newspapers. My favorite photo that Taub took was the iconic moment when John Glenn entered the Mercury Friendship 7 space craft that carried him into orbit in 1962. The pictures from this specific event are very personable; he makes you feel as if you are there with John Glenn as he prepares to orbit our earth for the first time exactly fifty years ago. Unfortunately, Taub died this year at the age of 86, but his photographs will always be a monumental part of American History

  30. Tyler Ferst says:

    Some may think being a photographer is a fairly safe profession. For photographer Jim Reed, it is the complete opposite. For the past 20 years Jim Reed has photographed nature’s most unpredictable and dangerous weather phenomena such as tornados, blizzards, ice storms and floods. He has documented 18 hurricanes including both Katrina and Irene. I don’t believe people like Jim Reed receive enough credit for putting their life on the line day after day just to capture images to help people become more aware of Mother Nature’s power. The images that Reed does take however are all breathtaking images such as one where he was driving right into the center of a giant tornado. You wouldn’t be able to actually picture what it looks like inside of a tornado if it wasn’t for people like Jim Reed who make it their job to risk their life to bring the world these amazing images. Reed has written a couple books about his work and has been on Discovery Channel and National Geographic many times. He now lives in Kansas with his girlfriend where he continues to chase storms. I really admire photographers like this and I think it’s cool that they allow us to see things that we wouldn’t normally be able to see.

  31. Tyler Ferst says:

    In a recent trip to Philadelphia with my girlfriend, we were walking past a building when we noticed a mural on the side that caught our eye and she ended up taking a picture of it. It was a mural of all different kinds of pets in a park. I thought it was really awesome so I decided to go home and look it up and write a journal about it. Here is a picture of the mural: Gimme Shelter Mural. This mural is entitled “Gimme Shelter ” and was painted by David Guinn in 2003 and represents the love of pets. From an interview with David Guinn, he states that this has been his favorite project thus far. I felt this mural is inspiring because it is painted on the side of the Morris Animal Shelter located on 12th and Lombard Street in Philadelphia. “Gimme Shelter” is a significant reminder to adopt homeless animals, because all pets need a family. I found that the most interesting thing about this mural is the way the animals represented were chosen. The pets were selected from a raffle during a fundraiser organized by the Morris Animal Shelter. The proceeds of the fundraiser all went to the upkeep and maintenance of the animal shelter. Sixty winners from the raffle were selected, and their prize was to have their pets painted onto the mural. During an interview, David Guinn said he became familiar and very emotionally attached to all of the families of the sixty winners, and to this day can look at his mural and tell you all of the animal’s names and their owners.

  32. Janelle Solomon says:

    Bechet Benjamin’s “Je suis Winnie l’Ourson” where he explores the day-to-day lives of the worlds best known fictional characters. He depicts each character in a life style completely different from what we know them for. For example Batman is shown as a 36 year old gas pump attendant and Snow White is shown as a 31 year old Prostitute. I think “Je suis Winnie l’Ourson” is very humorous and realistic spin on the overly unrealistic lifestyles that most fictional characters lead. The added caption that tells their ages and occupations helps reassure the story that the images are showing.

  33. ashley shover says:

    One photographer that we looked at in class that I found interesting was Ralph Meatyard. His work included different photos of people in normal situation wearing masks. The photo of his that is in the book is of three children sitting on steps outside a building; each one has a different mask on covering their face. I found this photo interesting because of his placement of the subjects and the use of the masks. He covers their faces with creepy, halloween-like masks but them places them in common poses. The combination of the two makes it seems as if the masks are completely normal for these people. In searching the internet I found other photos of his in which he incorporates the same combination. In each of the photos he uses a subject with a similar mask but puts them in a normal place or situation. The use of the masks creates a creepy, uneasy feeling that would not exist without the presence of the masks. I think he use of only black and white images also helps creates the creepy feel.

  34. Chelsea Fives says:

    For my last photo blog I attempted to analyze a photographer from a completely different culture, so I came across Raghu Rai. Raghu Rai is an Indian photographer who is known for documenting his culture and his world. When I first came across his photos they were a bit bizarre to me and very shocking. Many of the things he documents photographers in America in today’s world do not show. Although he did do work in a magazine, he does a lot of street photography work. One photo that was the most shocking, was a picture of a baby who was clearly deceased found in the dirt, with just his head sticking out. It is obvious that in America many things are censored, images that make people upset are not usually shown, such as pictures in the war. His picture theme seems to be black and white as well as full of emotion. His trend of his photos is documenting the world around him and all of the parts of his culture. He has all types of angles with his photographs: the subject to the far right or the far left, as well as the subject centered. I think that Raghu Rai uses black and white as his color choice because his photos already have enough color in the emotions they portray. Each one of his pictures tells a story about the life they live in that culture. Whether they are practicing their religion, doing a spiritual ritual around a fire, or a society dealing with an emotional moment. His work is very different from the work we see in our country.

  35. ashley shover says:

    While looking on the internet, I found this photo that caught my attention. I’m not sure who the photographer is but I found their approach to be very interesting. I really like how the photographer made the background blurry and the view through the glasses the only part in focus. The blurry background immediately draws the viewers eye to the center of the glasses. It causes the viewer to look at the scene as if they were actually viewing it through the glasses. I think the photographers use of color also adds to the photo. The contrast in the flowers and glasses causes the viewer to foucs more on the flowers. The placement of the glasses also helps to draw the viewer into the focal point of the photo. The sides of the glasses create lines that draw the viewers eyes to the center, lenses, of the glasses. I think this is a very creative and unique approach to viewing such a common, simple scene.

  36. Chelsea Fives says:

    When learning about photography I decided I wanted to go down a different course and learn about a photographer in today’s world that does not do fashion or celebrity photography. When searching I found Lou Jones, a Boston photographer known for producing fine art in all different ranges. Although he does do commercial photography, he also is known for covering American warfare, different humanitarian causes, the Olympics, and some jazz photographs as well. What I like most about his work is that he uses his photography skills not only to make money, but also for good. One picture that I liked the most was a photograph of a firefighter holding a little girl in his arms, clearly implying that he was rescuing her. In this image it is obvious that it was staged, simply because the little girl’s face is clean, not a mark on her, even though the firefighter has dirt on his face. Lou Jones also uses a background that is a cloudy dark brown color. At first I think he uses it to represent smoke from the fire, but then I observed other photos that also had the same background.
    Other groups of his photos I enjoy are his “location” photos. Instead of the ordinary scenery photos, he documents places and people that do not usually get photographed. He captures people doing medicine, measuring with test tubes, coal miners, construction workers, and web designers. I enjoy his pictures not only because they are unordinary but also because he captures the moments at all different angles, rather than just the typical straight-on angle. He also has a way with choosing bright colors in his photos that are simple but striking. I really enjoy Lou Jones’ photography.

  37. Ryan Feeley says:

    Colin Prior is a very famous nature photographer. I actually heard about him through my cousin who met him on a trip to Argentina to see ice bergs. This guy travels all lengths of and waits in certain spots for the perfect reflection, time of day, and even just random events. My cousin said he actually waited in a certain spot just to capture a large piece of an ice berg break off. Something I also really found interesting about this guy is apparently he really likes to have fun and take just joking pictures for fun. My cousin said this guy loved taking jumping shots for fun, he actually took a picture of my cousin and the two tour guides jumping on an ice berg. I just really thought that was cool. But aside from his fun aspect his photographs really are beautiful, and show gorgeous aspects of the planet. Also I really suggest people just take a glance at his photos especially if you are ever planning on traveling you’ll see some pretty cool things, his pictures really inspire me to one day travel the world.

  38. Jenna Guida says:

    Suzanne Opton created a series of intimate and disturbing portraits of young American soldiers called “Soldier Down.” It included images of soldiers lying on the ground and showing how much time they spent deployed in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. These photographs were just of the soldiers head, showing an expressionless face. The way she captures these soldiers makes me wonder what they are thinking, what tortures they’ve gone through, and everything going on with them. I feel sorrow and a sense of pity and guilt from the series. Opton really captures soldiers as if they are robots in a way. I see them as de-sensitized people who were put through too much from the war to transform them into these said “robots.” I admire her ability to provoke such deep thought into her viewers from her photographs.

  39. Jenna Guida says:

    In the beginning of the semester we visited Willie Cole’s exhibit. I loved all of his work from the amazing images to the interesting statues. There was much of a tribal theme throughout his exhibition, which made me admire the work even more. His images that were made from iron imprints were extremely creative, and his statues made out of shoes were inventive. I’m pretty sure I now look at shoes and try to figure out how to make a man out of them because of Cole’s work. Even irons and hair dryers don’t look the same to me, I look at home appliances and basically everything as art now. His exhibit showed me how to look at everything beneath the surface and ponder on how to create things from anything. His work involved taking simple objects people use on a daily basis and use them to create beautiful, inventive, fascinating, and thought-provoking works of art.

  40. Jenna Guida says:

    Andy Warhol was an American artist who was one of the most important of pop art. He was a leading figure in this visual art movement that became overly popular in the late 20th century. His work showed the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertisement. His most famous works were that of Campbell’s Soup Cans and various celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. I particularly like how Warhol captures the personality of the celebrity in his silkscreens so well.
    I also wanted to note that in my Aesthetics class, we talked about Andy Warhol and his unique style that allowed him to mass-produce art. The essays I read discussed the topic on a more philosophical level as to whether or not mass art is really art, but I personally think that Andy Warhol’s ability to do this showed how creative, imaginative, and skilled he was. His art was so accessible and known by everyone, making him a legendary artist.

  41. Jenna Guida says:

    Jerry Uelsmann is an American photographer, who was an ancestor of photomontage in the 20th century. He creates dream-like photographs that allow me to really enter the picture and feel as though I am there in that moment. He believes that his artworks really touch the viewer on a personal level, and I completely agree. He uses a unique approach to photography where he creates interesting and bizarre looking black and white photomontages. He uses multiple negatives to produce the one image, which ultimately developed a new style. My favorite image of his is most definitely “Tree House” because of its exceptionality. There are so many artistic traits behind this image of a tree growing out of roots. I admire the fiction it possesses, while almost looking so real. It also has great contrast and a seamless abstract flow.

  42. Ryan Feeley says:

    Aryanna’s Exhibit
    Recently we got to experience Aryanna’s art show in the black room. It was a really interesting exhibit, first I went around to each picture, I noticed each picture was in motion. The figures in the images were doing all sorts of motions, whether its a flip, a corkscrew, really just impressive motions. At first I linked the images to gymnastics, later I was filled in that the images were actually of parkour a sport of gymnastics mixed with running.
    To make things even more interesting she added a black light aspect to the images, once the lights are turned off the images get a completely different aspect. Its really actually kind of strange how different the images were in the light and in the dark. But yeah good for Aryanna they were pretty cool images, they really expressed movement as an art, and exhibited strength skill.

  43. Ryan Feeley says:

    One photographer that I really found eye catching during class was Raghubir Singh. He was an Indian photographer who became famous for documenting India, their people, landscape and culture. He strayed away from the supposed “superior quality” of the black and white photographs. His photographs are very vibrant, often with bright colors.
    My favorite photograph of his is the one of the person dressed in orange sitting in front of the orange car http://img1.classistatic.com/cps/po/091109/103r7/20918b8_27.jpeg. The bright orange in this photo are just so vivid and eye catching. He uses the landscape and person basically to complement the car. It just such an interesting image, I would never imagine ever actually seeing objects so bright next to each other such as this.
    Another image of his I really thought represented Indian culture as well as their every day life was the following image http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1629&bih=803&tbm=isch&tbnid=fYWLM9oPHEQx_M:&imgrefurl=http://www.artnet.com/artwork/425081432/424299784/raghubir-singh-crawford-market-mumbai-maharashtra.html&docid=B2r-9huhslxRYM&imgurl=http://www.artnet.com/artwork_images_424299784_300065_raghubir-singh.jpg&w=640&h=426&ei=frWZT–GN-TC0AHqr633CQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=1315&vpy=305&dur=3586&hovh=183&hovw=275&tx=173&ty=111&sig=110353182560303862312&page=1&tbnh=137&tbnw=183&start=0&ndsp=29&ved=1t:429,r:13,s:0,i:96. This image I apologize for the length of the link, is of what appears to be a market in the street, you see crates filled with food, people holding baskets on their heads, and people drinking what appears to be tea out of pots and kettles, one kettle actually looks like a watering can in my opinion. This I feel really capture their culture, its so different from what I’m used to, but at the same time I feel very interested by it.
    Raghubir Singh was really good at documenting Indian culture so that others are become interested in it, I actually ended up doing a little bit of research on their culture because of the picture in the market

  44. Ryan Feeley says:

    A photographer I came across while searching the web was Jim Zuckerman, although I couldn’t find much information on him, I noticed he as a lot of work in the outdoors, as well as with animals. He seems to have documented the jungle. While looking through his photographs, many of which seemed as though they were right out of the lion king which immediately drew me in.
    http://africasafariphoto.com/images/071012071516110605_l.jpg This image for example of the African landscape I believe literally has an identical image in the Lion King, which I find pretty funny but at the same time very interesting to see how realistic the animals and the landscape were in the movie.

  45. Ryan Feeley says:

    One of my biggest interests in photography by far is sports photography. An image can capture a moment for all eternity, make people into icons, for generations to come. All my life I’ve been very fascinated by a photograph, one of which was far before my time. The image is of the WBC Heavyweight Contest between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston http://www.maniacworld.com/muhammad-ali.jpg. The image was taken by Neil Leifer on May 25, 1965. The picture shows Muhammad Ali standing over the knocked out Sonny Liston, yelling “get up and fight sucker!” This iconic image is just an all time classic in my view, the energy and the intensity of the photo gives me goosebumps.
    I find the image to be so stunning. The audience is in complete awe at the performance they witnessed, unable to comprehend what has just happened. Muhammad Ali shows much more of an intensity, a fire, and a need to be the best. Then Sonny Liston the look of exhaustion, pain, and inability to continue.
    Honestly I just truly love how the image personifies so much emotion, and intensity. It;s truly just an iconic image which captures one of the greatest moments in sports history. I also have a poster in my room of this photograph which inspired me to write this post on it. For some reason this isn’t posting to the blog, I have no idea why.

  46. Chelsea Fives says:

    One photographer that I came upon on Tumblr is Chloe Rice. Each one of her photos is uniquely different from the previous one, and she has no specific trend in them. In one of her photos it shows the bottom half of a baby, playing with an adult person’s boot. She does such a close up on the image that makes the image look gigantic. You can tell that she has manipulated some type of lighting on the left side of the image since there is a shadow on the right side of the objects. She also has a way of contrasting the colors from a light skinned baby with a white outfit compared to a dark red boot with black laces. Another interesting part of this photo is one of the laces is horizontal in the photo because someone is pulling it outside of the image, causing the boot to be tilted. All of these minor details she uses make this photo that much more interesting.
    She also has another interesting photo where it seems like the camera is facing into a white bucket, where there are dozens of gold bullets inside. The image is definitely enlarged and the bucket somehow acts as a white circular frame for the photograph. You can tell that the bullets are not cleaned, which gives the picture more of a real and rusty look. I had to look at the photo a few times to try to figure out whether the white was a frame or a bucket. You can also tell in this photo that she manipulated the light because there is a shadow to the right of the bucket and shadows inside the bullets to the right. The left side of the photo is a lot brighter, even the bucket frame. What I find most fascinating about this photographer is that it seems like she is making ordinary things and events in life become something artistic and beautiful. Everyone should really check her out:

  47. Chelsea Fives says:

    Laurie Simmons was another photographer that I was interested in mostly because of how different she was compared to the traditional photographs. I enjoyed her dollhouse photographs because they reminded me of my childhood. Her photos catch my attention because you almost have to do a double take to realize a lot of the photos are not real people. It’s something so unexpected for a professional photographer to photograph. In her pictures she uses both color and black and white as composition for her photos. She also uses a lot of light manipulation in her photographs to create shadows on one side of the photograph or spots of light in others, which makes it more realistic. I also enjoy the detail she puts in each photograph, like dollhouses that people have in real life. As well as detail, I like the delicate colors she uses in certain photographs, like the whites, tans, and neutral colors.
    One photograph I found quite bizarre is the half doll half gun image. The bottom part of the gun can also be used in the image as part of the doll’s dress. The way she conforms these objects into one is fascinating. In this photograph she also creates a shadow of this object on the wall behind, which you can also make out the gun and the doll. She also puts her object all the way to the left, and since the photo is black and white, the right side of the photo is just different shadows of gray. All of her photos are striking because they are so different from what viewers normally see.

  48. Janelle Solomon says:

    “Private Moon” by Leonid Tishkov and photographer Boris Bendikov is a visual poem, that tell the story of a man who has fallen in love with the moon. I’ve found this series of images quite nostalgic for me. It reminds me of my childhood years when I would reach out my hand and trying to grasp the moon. The whole concept of the moon actual being a tangible item and love by just one person is fascinating all on it own. But I think the constant illumination of the moon, even though it’s no longer in the sky is there as a reminder that the moon is something that can’t be for just one person alone. Anyways I find that “Private Moon” is a very fresh and beautiful take on unattainable love story.

  49. Patrick Younghans says:

    Andy Warhol was always been one of my favorite artists ever since I had to do a report on him in elementary school. I really like his style because it is much different then anyone’s style that I have seen. The first image which what everyone knows Warhol for is the Campbell’s tomato soup can. It is just so simple but everyone seems to like it no matter what. I also admire his portraits, because what he does to them. He adds a lot of color to the original picture and really just makes it look different but still interesting. For example the pictures of Mao, the dictator from China, he has made about 4 different pictures using his portrait but just keeps putting different colors into the face and into the back ground. It is amazing how he can make the picture look so good just my adding different colors to it.

    Another thing that Warhol does with his image is, just duplicating the portrait but changes the colors in each picture. The pictures are all the same but it is just interesting how he uses the colors. The most prominent examples of him using this method is with Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy.

  50. Patrick Younghans says:

    Looking at some of Willie Cole’s other pieces of art I found Stowage very interesting. When I first saw it, it reminded me of the pictures of the slave ships I used to see in my history class. He uses a drawing of a big iron to represent the ship. Around the ship he has mad other irons which I am not sure what they mean. I found it amazing how Cole could make an image so powerful out of just a simple iron. I’m guessing that all over the little dots in the iron are suppose to represent slaves to show the over crowding which was on these ships. It is a very interesting way to depict an image that brings up so much emotions and signifies something so big. It seems in most of Cole’s works he uses this iron image to depict so many different things.

  51. Chelsea Fives says:

    One photographer that I always enjoyed, even before this class, was Andy Warhol. Not only because he photographed celebrities, but the way he colored them. I am into pop art, celebrities, and fashion so his work always drew me in. His photographs have a cartoon-like look to them. Although I do enjoy the black and white or traditional photos of a celebrity, his splash of color really catches my attention. I also enjoy how he changes the colors in a photomontage of a celebrity, such as Marilyn Monroe. In one photograph her face is bright pink, then dark yellow, then dark red. He uses a centered approach of just the person’s face but makes them stand out by contrasting all of these bold colors. Its almost like he is a cartoonist by the way the subjects become so animated when he is done with the final picture. Although people did criticize him on his commercial art and the way he played around with photos and manipulated them into these different forms, I think that it was just a different approach. When I look at these photos it makes me relate to the celebrities, that they are just normal people, in a fun way. I think he was also a realist of the future. In one of his quotes it said “In the future everybody will be world famous for 15 minutes”. In today’s world, if someone posts a clever YouTube video, they can literally become world famous for a short amount of time.

  52. Ashley Shover says:

    I really enjoyed looking at pictures from the photographer Gavin presented in class, Jim Zuckerman. I found his photographs to be very interesting with his strong use of color and angles. The color he used in many of the ones we viewed in class is very bold and draws the viewer in. His unconventional use of angles creates a different persepctive for the viewer. I decided to look into his photos further on his website and found many that interested me. One of his series that I found most interesting, of course, is his one on humor. This photos incorporate animals in humorous situations or poses. My favorite one is included in the link below. In this photograph he incorporates a dog in the midst of a pile of stuffed animals (mostly which are dogs). The use of the bright, designed blanket in the behind the subject creates an appealing contrast between the animals and the background. I think it causes the viewer to immediately focus on the subject of the photo; as the white & lighter colors of the animals appear brighter and more intriguing on this background. His use of similarly colored and types of stuffed animals makes it hard to find the real dog at first glance. I think the dog’s expression in the photo also adds to the difficulty in pin pointing him at first. His crooked smile almost seems like something that would be found on a stuffed animal. I think Zuckerman’s use of animals with similar markings adds to the real dog’s blending into the photo. I found this to be a very unique way to photograph a dog.

  53. Chelsea Fives says:

    Last week our class was asked to bring in a photographer whose work we enjoyed looking at. When looking for a photographer I came across Kristian Schuller, I found his work very intriguing and different from many other photographers today. He is known for photographing fashion, beauty, commercial ads, as well as celebrities. In his fashion section of his website were the most interesting photographs I came across. In one of his shoots he has his models in outrageously big and bright outfits in a circus scene. One of them is riding a bicycle as he puts a fan next to the camera to enhance the flow of her orange dress in the air. In another photo from this shoot the model is holding onto an elephant and her feet are literally off the ground. What I like most about his work is that, clearly he is a well-known photographer, since he does photographs for Vogue magazine, but he takes his work to the next step. His photographs are anything but ordinary and he really makes the colors in his photographs stand out, along with manipulating the photograph to get the right light or the right angle. He also has some photographs where the main focus of the image is off to the side or centered to get his point across. In a lot of his photos he emphasizes the size of everything in the picture, especially the clothes that the models are wearing. The dresses and props he uses in his photography seem giant-like; since they take over a large part of the photograph. It is obvious that he is a fashion photographer since he is more concerned with the fashion and scene being the main focus of the photograph, rather than the model.

  54. Ashley Shover says:

    In following with Elliott Erwitt, one of my favorite series of his is the one on dogs. I love that he is able to capture silly photos of dogs and focuses so much on man’s best friend. I am able to really relate to this photos. I think that sometimes dogs (or animals in general) do the funniest little things and am always trying to catch my dog in the act. In this series, Erwitt focuses completely on dogs and their perspective. Some of his photos seem as though they must have been staged but he is simply capturing them at the perfect moment. In some of the photos he focues completely on what the dog is doing and its relation to the world. I feel that some of this photos give you an idea of the dog’s personality and what it is like. It almost makes you create a life story for the dog. These are two examples: http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=ViewBox_VPage&VBID=2K1HZS6Y6WVRN&IT=ZoomImage01_VForm&IID=2S5RYDZUI3_1&ALID=2K7O3RHWUV65&PN=63&CT=Album, http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=ViewBox_VPage&VBID=2K1HZS6Y6WVRN&IT=ZoomImage01_VForm&IID=2S5RYDZUI3_1&ALID=2K7O3RHWUV65&PN=63&CT=Album. Other photos of his capture the relationship between the dog and human. Many of these photos give you the idea of a dog being man’s best friend, based on how the dog is acting in the photo. These photos also make you create a story of the relationship between the two and whether the person is their owner or not. To me some of them capture the idea of “dogs resembling their owners.” As in this photo for example: http://www.magnumphotos.com/C.aspx?VP3=ViewBox_VPage&VBID=2K1HZS6Y6MXDJ&IT=ZoomImage01_VForm&IID=2S5RYDYXH0BK&ALID=2K7O3RHWUV65&PN=22&CT=Album. The hair on both the dog and woman seem so simliar that it seems there must be some kind of connection between the two. It gives you the idea that the dog takes after their owner, like children do with their parents.

  55. Ashley Shover says:

    Of all the photographers we looked at this semester, my favorite one was Elliott Erwitt. I enjoyed how he captures the absurdities of life in his photos without manipulating them. His photos are snapshots images of everyday things that include a comical element. I like that he doesn’t set up the photos or manipulate them after capturing them. He simply captures the common absurdities and comical elements of everday life. For me, I think it make his photos easier to relate to. Many of the things seen in his photos are things that one may have encountered before. His photos also have a lighter side to them with the comical aspect involved. I think capturing the little quirks of everday life are sometimes more interesting than extravagent, detailed photos. One of my favorite photos of his is the one in which the women are sitting in an area labeled by a sign stating “lost person’s area.” When I first see this photo it makes me laugh at the complete absurdity of actually having such an area. I think the women’s expression in this photo also add to the idea of a “lost person’s area.” The one woman on the left appears to be looking for someone, as if she is waiting to see her family come find her there. While the woman on the far right appears to be irritated with the fact that she is lost and waiting there. His ability to capture these women’s different expressions and emotions adds to the comical/absurd aspect of this photo. https://picasaweb.google.com/LeChatSiberien/PostcardsForTradeElliottErwitt#5449050231301634818

  56. Ashley Shover says:

    One of the war photographers that I found to be most interesting was Martha Rosler and her piece on “Bringing the War Home.” I feel that she offered a completely different perspective on the war. In this series she presents photos of people’s lives at home with the incorporation of war images in them. The way in which she introduces the war images or aspect is seemingly flawless. At first glance it seems as though the photo is all one and was originally photographed in that way. She causes the viewer to look deeper into the photo to realize that she has created a collage of more than one photo. I think that adding the element of war to these home-like photos allows the viewer to relate he two different worlds that were present during the war. She presents the world in which everyday people live in, just going about their business; while others are off fighting in another country and dying. It shows how during a time of war many people who are at home are often removed from what exactly is occurring for those involved in the war. The link I have included is of one of the photos in her series. To me, this one is the most realistic and flawless; even often looking at the photo several times. I think this photo perfectly incoporates the war and homefront.

  57. Jenna Guida says:

    I found this photo while stumbling upon National Geographic in the “photo of the day: animals” section. This photo was submitted to the 2008 International Photography Contest. It attracted my attention more than any of the other adorable pictures of animals I was scrolling through because it is dark (I obviously prefer black and white photography) and really shows the meaning behind the lion. This animal is not just a wild, out of control, oversized cat, it seems as though it is trained, like someone made him sit down and look up at them. The way the entire background of the image is blacked out, my eyes are immediately drawn to the left side of the photo, and mostly on the lightened part of his eye. I feel, in a way, connected with the lion, but that may be because I cannot get enough of animals, and I also feel a slight emotion of sorrow. I think the fact that this is a profile shot also adds to the sympathetic feeling for the lion, it makes me feel unsure of what he’s feeling.

  58. Jenna Guida says:

    I wanted to write my next post about the film The Wolfman, which is a 2010 American remake of the 1941 film of the classic werewolf. I actually only saw this movie once, when it came out, but it has always stuck with me for having such beautiful scenes, lighting, makeup, music, and just about everything from the environment of the film. I looked up reviews from the movie and found that many critics didn’t seem to like it. I just found the dark, mysterious, and vintage mood and setting of the entire movie to be amazing, even down to the wallpaper, and I’m not joking. The foggy forests, dim lighting in the mansion, and the clothing all were aesthetically beautiful art.

  59. Chelsea Fives says:

    A few weeks ago, we visited the art gallery and saw the pieces of “High Low Density”. During this gallery I found myself glued to the three house pictures representing different types of areas in America. They actually pieced together different parts of America, such as California, Florida, and Philadelphia and transformed them into three different pieces. One that caught my eye was the most vibrant colored one, which was based off of California. It had all different pastel colors with all different patterns on the house, as well as a hippie van. The second one I noticed was the one that seemed for the poorer class and the background had a Philadelphia city setting in the background. The photographer made it clear to us that this home was poorer by putting less color and more of a run-down look. Lastly, which was familiar to me, and probably a lot of other New Jersey residents, is the typical “gated-community” home. The photographer made it clear to the viewer that it was a more traditional home because it had gray, black, and white colors, and also showed a freshly cut lawn. Overall, the artist had a way of manipulating the photographs to get the point across of where the houses were located and how diverse, different areas really are.
    As we discussed as a class we interpreted that the artist was trying to get the point across of how much the landscape has changed with all of the architectural buildings taking over the land. One piece in the room that stood out was the large board of almost monopoly pieces stretched across a gray scale. Before discussing it with the class I instantly thought of looking down from an airplane, which is coincidentally what got brought up in the discussion. The artist took a topic that concerned her and expressed it in many different ways, whether it was an architectural piece, a series of photograph, a dark room, or a video.

  60. Janelle Solomon says:

    I’ve really been enjoying Brooke Shaden’s work lately. Her surreal photos that mimics the look of paintings are captivating and thought provoking to say the least. The composition of her photos is very catching. The vibrant and slightly out of focus landscapes backgrounds help add the the intensity and sharpness of her subjects. What’s even more interesting is in some of her photos like these two photos http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6082/6092994571_ae21b5fb96.jpgher and http://www.flickr.com/photos/brookeshaden/5970655368/in/photostream/ her subjects are positioned in a way where they can both stand out and be forgotten as they become apart of the landscape.

  61. Lisa Skala says:

    A few weeks ago, I went to the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center for the Photo Major Party. It was a gathering for all undergraduate and graduate students who are photography majors. We all brought some of our work to display on tables, which we could each look at each others work, as well as it could be critiqued by the few professionals who were there to give us constructive criticism to us and see what we have been working on. The is a great way to network, get opinions on your work, and see what others have been working on, from other schools. There were only a few art schools who were invited to attend, so it was interesting to see the differences in the work from school to school. I thought the whole event itself was great idea, and a great opportunity for students to get their name out there and get some feedback, not to mention it was a great time for everyone.

  62. Lisa Skala says:

    Last week, our Special Problems in Photography class walked down to the student art gallery to view the Senior Graphic Design Show. This is the show for any art majors that specialize in graphic design. The entire class had pieces in the show, from posters, to labels, to package design, they are all well rounded and show multiple types of work. This semester, I thought the show was laid out very well. It was easy to walk around the show and view all the work. There weren’t any parts of the room that seemed bare or overly crowded. The space was divided evenly between the artists, with the package design in the center of the room on display boxes. I thought the work was also strong and interesting to look at. I especially love their use of playing with text around images. Overall, it was a very well organized show.

  63. Lisa Skala says:

    In digital photography, my professor showed one of the first episodes of David Lynch’s television series, Twin Peaks. She had been talking about this show for the entire semester and we finally got to watch it. I was excited to finally get to see what she was raving about. Within the first ten minutes of watching, I was hooked. The show focuses around a murder mystery, and in the hour and half that we watched, it was only just starting to get involved. The artistic way that the show was filmed alone intrigues me. The lighting and setting are interesting, and theres something about it that makes you feel involved in what is happening. The suspense and anticipation of who did what, and who is who (at least for the pilot episode that we watched), really draws the viewer in. I can’t wait to watch more of this show over the summer on Netflix!

  64. Jenna Guida says:

    Ansel Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. His best photographs are his black and white images of the American West. The greatest achievements by Ansel Adams were his contributions to the technology of photography and others actually recognizing that photography is art. After studying his images, I could feel his passion for nature from his photographs of dramatic landscapes of the American West. What I really enjoy about his photography is how he could show so much texture through a simple photograph. How he could make me feel like I’m standing in the middle of the image, they inspire an appreciation for natural beauty.

  65. Jenna Guida says:

    Cecil Beaton was an English fashion and portrait photographer. Since he was not a highly skilled technical photographer, he focused his work more on staging a compelling scene for a photograph. His style of photography involved placing models in front of crazy and bizarre backgrounds that would almost take away from the actual model. His images included very dramatic and unusual fashion, making him unique and he had a sort of flamboyant style to his work. He is such a significant photographer because he was the first person to use this style and basically paved the way for other fashion photographers. One of his most influential images, to me, was his photograph of a three year old Blitz victim recovering in a hospital holding a teddy bear. This image helped push the Americans to help Britain during their suffering. But, overall I love his photography for his way of capturing elegance, glamour, and style.

  66. Jenna Guida says:

    Lee Miller was an American photographer who used to be very successful in fashion model, becoming a fashion and fine art photographer. She was very important to the history of photography because she established a new perspective in it. She worked as an assistant for Man Ray, where she eventually rediscovered the technique of photographic solarisation. She is most commonly noted for her photography containing humorous images and documenting images for Vogue magazine from World War II. Her images where she covered events such as the London Blitz, the liberation of Paris, and the concentration camps at Buchenwald and Dachau make an extreme impact because they are slightly frightening because of the graphic and violent content. Although they are uncomfortable to look at, they are important to the history of the war because they really capture the essence of the tragedies. Particularly, I like her humorous photos just because they are enjoyable to look at. I think she was an extremely talented and creative person to be able to capture such amazing photographic images.

  67. Jenna Guida says:

    Charles Grogg is one of the photographers that has stood out to me the greatest throughout this course. He is internationally known for his fractured photography, which are printed in platinum and palladium on handmade Japanese washi, where he stitches their components together with tethers, sutures, or other three dimensional materials. His images bring out issues of growth and restraint, hesitation and power. I find his photos to be so eye-catching and beautiful. They make me actually stop and think about them because of their uniqueness. The process he carries out onto each of his fractured photographic images gives them texture, which automatically allows the audience to connect to his work and makes them seem like there is more than meets the eye; they’re complicated but beautiful works of art.
    My favorite images of Grogg’s work is his series After Ascension and Descent, including two images of baseballs. One titled “The World Which Seems To Lie Before Us (Bound)”, which includes a baseball with the exterior cover peeled back, and the other, “The World Which Seems To Lie Before Us (Unbound)”, which includes a baseball that is cut further to reveal the insides of it. He did this to represent a world that has tethers all around it, which he can cut through. These images just show so much texture and reveal a deep meaning of the world.

  68. Janelle Solomon says:

    The Vandenberg life below the surface exhibition by Andreas Franke is one of the most interesting exhibits I’ve come across. The exhibit focuses around the 522 feet long former Missile Range Instrumentation called Vandenberg which was sunk to create artificial reef. Franke took photographs of the ship wreck and edited his recreated of everyday life scenes into those photos. What I really enjoy about this series is that his recreated scenes were made to fit the cold war era to match the time period when the Vandenberg was in it’s prime. Franke’s seamless photo editing makes the photographs almost seem natural and believable. The most interesting part about this exhibit for me is that it’s underwater. In order for the exhibit’s spectators to set their eyes on the actual photographs they must dive 100 feet below sea level and seven miles south of Key West
    to the Vandenberg ship wreck. I find it trilling that divers get to become part of the life below the surface while also taking in the exhibit. With these lively photos being placed aboard the Vandenberg it’s like Franke is bringing life back into the forgotten wreck.

  69. Louie Nagorniak says:

    When I was at the Princeton University Art Museum recently I saw a lot of different kinds of art like sculptures, paintings, and photographs and a lot of them seemed like they took a lot of talent and time to create. When I saw the photograph “Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany June 7, 1998” by Rineke Dijkstra I didn’t feel that way at all. The picture was literally a young girl standing in a grassy area, and to me it looked like something that you would find in anyone random person’s digital camera. It was a chromogenic print which gave it a lot of color and sense of light, but that was the only interesting thing about the photograph. It just seemed unimpressive to me, and I was having a hard time understanding why it was in a museum which also held things like paintings by Monet and pieces by Andy Warhol.

  70. Louie Nagorniak says:

    I went to the Princeton University Art Museum recently and saw the painting “Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge” along with other paintings by Monet. I really like a lot of Monet’s work so I enjoyed getting to see this piece. Seeing it in person allowed me to appreciate the impressionist aspects of his paintings including both color and texture on another level, and really get a good idea of just how much work and detail went into the painting of it. Seeing Monet’s work always really impresses me because he manages to really capture the light and the way it’s casting on whatever setting he is painting at an exact moment and I feel like that would be a really difficult thing to do especially as well as he does it with as much detail as he puts into it.

  71. Janelle Solomon says:

    Yuanyang II by Tsang Cheung Shing is beyond inspiring, the way his sculpture creates a snapshot feel is amazing in itself. The liquid being poured from the cups looks as if they are forever stuck in the one moment of time. Which reminds me of photograph being taken in the middle of an action, capturing that split second in between moment that we would normally miss. While his is recreation of liquid in motion is unique and eye catching, the two faces formed with in the spilling liquid is what really held my attention. The two face seamlessly falling from each cup to come together for a kiss makes for a symmetrical image. The fact that the liquid is meant to simulate coffee gives the sculpture more of a heart warming feeling, which to me adds to it’s symbolic meaning of love and passion. Yuanyang II is definitely one of my favorites by Tsang Cheung Shing but, here are some links to some of his other sculptures that I find to be interesting http://chamberc.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/20.jpg

  72. The Vandenberg Life below the Surface Exhibition by Andreas Franke is one the most interesting exhibits I’ve ever come across. By taking underwater photographs of the ship wrecked Vandenberg and then editing recreated everyday life scenes into the photos, Franke breathes life back into the forgotten ship. I really enjoy that the recreated scenes are made to fit the cold war era, matching the time period when the Vandenberg was in it’s prime. Franke’s seamless editing almost makes his photograph seem natural and believable. What I find to be the most interesting part of this exhibit is it’s location. After coating his photographs with silicone to insure that they are waterproof, Franke opened his exhibits aboard the the Vandenberg. This location allows the the exhibit’s spectators to submerge themselves underwater becoming apart of the life below the surface.

  73. Louie Nagorniak says:

    Most people see a great difference between objects of art and practicality, but here is not as great of a difference between the two as many seem to believe. Although the creation of many objects is mostly done so the object can perform a specific and practical function, everything man-made also possesses an aesthetic purpose. However the majority of objects observed and addressed in the study of art history are objects where aesthetics are the main focus. Because of this, paintings, drawings, sculptures, etc., (“fine arts”) tend to make up a good majority of studies related to art history. Different works of art need to be determined as either masterpieces worthy of an in depth study, or minor somewhat meaningless works which deserve little to no attention. Art is analyzed based on aesthetics and intellectual stimulation. If something gains positive reactions from respected members of the art community over many years, it can be considered a masterpiece aesthetically. There are some works which are popular only during certain time periods, which can cause a piece to either suddenly, lose or gain popularity. The importance of a piece also greatly relies on its ability to make others think about the true meaning and inspiration behind the piece. If a work of art is able to be intellectually stimulating, historians believe it to be a very important piece.

  74. Mike Barnes says:

    For my last critique, I wanted to go over my favorite TV series, Entourage. Entourage is an HBO series that deals with the themes of male friendship and celebrity status. The thing that attracted me to this series was the same thing that I’m sure attracted most people, and that is the dream of living the Hollywood lifestyle. So many photographers that we have studied this year have covered this lifestyle, most notable Andy Warhol. The show itself goes into how glamorous it can be and yet how almost no one can avoid an overabundance of it, which can sometimes lead to disastrous consequences.

    The reason this show is so great to me stems from the male friendship. The main star is Adrian Grenier, who plays the character Vincent Chase, a movie star who is on the rise. I think one of the best aspects of the show is that even as you see him rise to fame and fortune, he sticks by his friends that he grew up with and never becomes a snob or develops feelings that he is too good for them, not at least until season 7 when he goes on a coke binge. This is a quality that I admire in a person and something that I wish more people would exhibit. One of the biggest problems I feel is that men always want to outdo their fellow man and that causes them to be egotistical and disingenuous to others. This show, while fictional, shows that this doesn’t always have to be the case.

  75. Mike Barnes says:

    One of the biggest events that anyone of my generation has ever experienced was 9/11. This was a tragic event that forever changed America, but will never be forgotten thanks to some of the photographs that were taken as the event was going on. One of the photographers there was Susan Miselas, a documentary photographer who happened to be in town the day the World Trade Center towers were attacked. The photograph that she took of the pedestrians in NYC running down Church Street away from the falling South Tower is one that really stuck with me.

    In this photograph, Miselas took a stunning and historic photograph in the face of extreme chaos. She captures the fear, the uncertainty, the panic, and the utter chaos that was occurring in the city that morning. The low point of view that she takes adds to the mood, showing the enormity of the situation and how small the people there must have felt. Times like these show the importance that the camera has and has had throughout the 19th, 20th, and now into the 21st century. Documenting the past through photographs has become an integral part of society, so that we may learn from the past and not repeat it.

  76. Mike Barnes says:

    During my search to find modern photography photos, I stumbled upon some sports images that I found particularly interesting. The photos were taken by an artist named Howard Schatz and they show sports in motion, with a series of about 20 photographs being taken within a second to brilliantly capture the motion of these world class athletes. These pictures remind me of the ones that we looked at earlier in the year concerning motion study, with artists like Muybridge and Marey who were pioneers to motion study in photography.

    The pictures are breathtaking because sports is a medium which is moving so quickly at all times. In order to truly capture its beauty and intricacies, you have to slow it down and capture its true essence. These photos do just that, as you can see how gracefully a dancer or gymnast moves, or how perfectly symmetrical a golf swing is. Sports are usually viewed as a brutal show of force and violence, yet through these photographs you can see the elegance, balance, and art form that comes with all sports.

    If anyone is interested, the website I found all of these photographs at is http://amazingdata.com/kinetic-energy-crystallised-in-time/.

  77. Mike Barnes says:

    In class we went over an artist named Gregory Crewdson who caught my attention. Crewdson was the artist who made photographs that seemed to depict scenes straight out of a movie. All of his photographs are creepy in my opinion, but there was one in particular that stood out to me as interesting. I could not find the name of the painting but it shows a car in the middle of an empty street with the trunk popped and a man about to exit. From the way the car is positioned and by examining the trunk, the type of story I get from it sort of follows a mafia story line. The car seems like it could be used by a mafia boss and perhaps he has a body in the trunk which has just been exposed. He is quickly getting out of the car to put the trunk down so that no one in this quiet little town will see.

    The interpretation of the story line in Crewdson’s works are just as important as the actual photograph. In this photo, along with other of his, you can see the surreal nature of the work, but you can still imagine it being an actual photograph of an actual place. It is really enjoyable top go through all of his works and make up a story for yourself as you inspect the photograph, which is why I like Crewdson so much.

  78. Nichole Costello says:

    Mark Cambells’ The Seven Gables Series: Liban Mosh, Latal Community, Commune, 2012 is an urban and landscape theory as it shows the same house in 3 different communities. One house looks like its still being worked on as it has construction debris scattered on the front yard, a work truck in the driveway. It looks like there’s a freeway in their backyard with 2 billboards in the background. This house looks like it would be occupied by the working class with the city in their backyard. The second image of the house looks like it belongs in a San Francisco suburb and occupied by a bunch of hippies. The house is painted in several different pastel colors, a rich garden in the front yard, lots of pretty flowers and beautiful accents complementing the exterior of the house. The third image of the house looks like a typical suburban home you would fine in Cherry Hill. The lawn is mowed perfectly with a clean and crisp front yard. All together, the series imagines possible alternative futures of the house and the impact of social and economic change.

  79. Nichole Costello says:

    Erin Murray’s had classicizing elements and unusual perspectives in At Home in the Modern World, 2011, Executive Mansardic, 2011, Miesian Influence Loop, 2011, Yokefellow, 2010, and Bbillboard, 2010 which were all created with oil paints. All the images are clean, sharp and crisp. All of these establishments seem abandoned and are crucially staged. She draws out all of the embedded evidence inherent in all human-built structures. In one of the abandoned buildings you can see a reflection of what looks like a truck seemingly driving by. She really does a great job on the all the tiny details on the bricks, concrete parking lots and watered reflection of the sky. All the pieces are separately visually stunning, but as a whole, it reminds me of the desolation of these establishments. I sense a deeper meaning emphasizing on the abandoned aspect of these buildings with a sad undertone of how the “American Dream” of owning your own business doesn’t really exist anymore. It’s a struggle to build your own business and the sad reality of our very own economy collapsing. Erin Murray’s paintings reflect on the successes and failures of cultural enterprises.

  80. Nichole Costello says:

    I found Blaise Tobia’s Model of Models: Eastern State Penitentiary 1827/1997, Printed 2000 to be really interesting. It’s pretty much a circular panorama of the actual penitentiary foundation layout. It was one single image shot from the central guard tower and duplicated several times. It shows qualities of high/low density. I’ve always been interested in the Eastern State Penitentiary because of how rich this establishment is in our countries history as it is currently a U.S. National Historic Landmark. I find the whole concept of this building somewhat eerie. The penitentiary encouraged separate confinement (the warden was legally required to visit every inmate every day, and the overseers were mandated to see each inmate three times a day) as a form of rehabilitation. A lot of people died in those walls from cruel and unjust treatment as doctors had no idea what the harmful psychological effects solitary confinement had on its inmates. A part of me still thinks there are lost souls stuck in those walls, so Blaise Tobia’s piece really stuck out to me as it emphasizes perfection and chaos of this establishment.

  81. Kaitlyn Rybacki says:

    In class we talked about William Lesch. I really enjoyed his images because of the extraordinary and overly saturated feel to his images. He uses different color lights to give the focus points of his images a rainbow like motif. At first these photos seem to super saturated and spectacular in color to not have been photoshopped. However, once you learn about his lighting techniques its easy to see how he creates these unique images.

  82. Kaitlyn Rybacki says:

    Christopher Ameruoso is best known for his photos of celebrities with their pets. What I like most about his concept is that it makes these highly praised celebrities seem more like everyday people. He captures the beauty of a love from a pet and the fun pets bring to our lives.
    One of my favorite images of him is that of Leann Rimes and her German Shepard. I enjoy this image because it gives a very peaceful vibe. The eyes of both Rimes and her dog seem saturated and extremely bright, but I like this about the image because it makes the view feel connected to the person.
    In all his photos he tries to bring the individual personality of the celebrity through. He focuses on what that person enjoys as well as the relationship between the animal and the owner. His images are always vivid in color and give an overall happy feeling.

  83. Kaitlyn Rybacki says:

    Barry Lategan is a world renowned fashion photographer. He is best known for his work with the model twiggy. His famous close-up of Twiggy revamped the fashion industry and helped Twiggy become one of the first “supermodels.” Personally what I like about the close-up image of Twiggy is the contrast between the paleness of her face and the darkness of her eyelashes and eyeshadow. Lategan captured a certain innocence in Twiggy’s look. His image really speaks for the time, with just one glance at the image you get a feel for the late 60s early 70s. He uses obvious portrait lighting techniques against the background to give a fadeout look around the image.

  84. Jessica Rogan says:

    For my second entry, I want to talk about a very unknown, young photographer I came across a long time ago. She is only on Flickr but she is very talented, especially for her age. Her Flickr got hacked awhile ago, so a lot of her old, popular work is gone but there are still a lot of photographs that are great. Her name is Page Traeger and what I find so fascinating about her is that she did most of her work when she was 14 years old, and she is so talented for being that young (She is about 17 now, but she made her Flickr when she was 14). Some of my favorites that are old and still around (That were not deleted) are: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagetraeger/5507777441/in/photostream, http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagetraeger/4536295501/in/photostream I love the way she uses things around her and interprets them uniquely in her photographs, such as the hay in the first photo or the coat hanger in the second. She has a lot of other great photographs, located on her Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/pagetraeger/

  85. Jessica Rogan says:

    I talked about Irina Werning on the last day of class. One thing the class did not get to see was her photos of her friends dog, Chini. She takes Chini and puts her in a human’s perspective, such as a chef, or Miss Universe. I find Irina’s quirky photos hilarious and I especially loved her Chini project because it was such a different way to photograph a dog. My favorite has to be the Chini Widower, a great photo of the dog, as if she is crying, over a grave. It’s the last photo in the set: http://irinawerning.com/index.php?/chini/chini-project/

  86. Olga Spitsin says:

    Catherine Opie’s images caught my eye because her images dealt with a subject matter that most people are either unaware of or choose to shy away from. She did a series of images on scarification and body modifications. Generally, people do not like to discuss scarification because our culture is not entirely accepting of this type of body modification. Her images draw attention to this activity in a very unusual way.

    One image that I find particularly striking is her 1993 self portrait on cutting. The image shows a naked back with what appears to be two stick figures and a house cut into the back. In a way, this image makes light of scarification, which in today’s society can sometimes be seen as a disorder. The stick figures in the image are smiling and the house in the background makes the picture on her back appear almost like a family portrait. I feel that this image is trying to show that scarification can be used as a form of self expression.

  87. Olga Spitsin says:

    Loretta Lux is an interesting photographer because she is able to create images that can cause slight discomfort in her audience. When viewing a Loretta Lux photograph, one may feel that it is a little bit off, but many would not be sure why. The reason that Lux’s images create a discomfort is because she edits her images in a way that is very unique. She takes very unusual images of children and photoshops them into a different background than the original image was shot. She uses very light, almost pristine colors. She also modifies her portraits by increasing the size of the subjects eyes or heads or other features very slightly. These modifications are what cause the image to create feelings of discomfort in viewers.

    There is also something slightly creepy about her portraits. Her portraits of children make the subjects appear almost fake. The children in her photographs tend to have very blank facial expressions. They almost look as though they are not real children but dolls. Lux’s approach is interesting because it is capable of keeping a person’s attention. When I first saw a Loretta Lux photograph I was unable to start staring at it and I was not sure why. Because the image made me feel slightly uncomfortable, I was unable to look away.

  88. Olga Spitsin says:

    A few weeks ago we learned about the photography of Miss Aniela. What I found interesting about her work is that she started off her career with unusual self-portraits and Photoshop. Although she had no formal training, her career got launched because she had a website that allowed the world to see her images. Miss Aniela’s current fame and exposure epitomizes where society is now in relation to the accessibility of photography. Today, with the accessibility of the internet, anyone can be a photographer even if they have had no formal training. A camera and a website is all that a person really needs in order to be able to show off their work.

    One photograph that I find very interesting is Tusk. This image is a fashion photography image of a fiery haired woman in an evening gown with a magnifying glass. This image would seem very normal if it wasn’t for the magnifying glass, which makes the models bright blue eye look massive in comparison to the rest of her features. The bright blue of her eye and the redness of her lipstick stand out from the rest of the image. In this image, the models eye is the only thing that appears to be really in focus. The rest of the image is very soft and not in focus. This ensures that the audiences attention is focused on her face. The fact that Miss Aniela chose to draw the audiences attention to the models face rather than her outfit is interesting to me since the photograph was from a fashion shoot. I admire Miss Aniela’s style because she brings an artistic twist to fashion photography.

  89. Ryan Feeley says:

    One photographer that I really found eye catching during class was Raghubir Singh. He was an Indian photographer who became famous for documenting India, their people, landscape and culture. He strayed away from the supposed “superior quality” of the black and white photographs. His photographs are very vibrant, often with bright colors.
    My favorite photograph of his is the one of the person dressed in orange sitting in front of the orange car http://img1.classistatic.com/cps/po/091109/103r7/20918b8_27.jpeg. The bright orange in this photo are just so vivid and eye catching. He uses the landscape and person basically to complement the car. It just such an interesting image, I would never imagine ever actually seeing objects so bright next to each other such as this.
    Another image of his I really thought represented Indian culture as well as their every day life was the following image http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1629&bih=803&tbm=isch&tbnid=fYWLM9oPHEQx_M:&imgrefurl=http://www.artnet.com/artwork/425081432/424299784/raghubir-singh-crawford-market-mumbai-maharashtra.html&docid=B2r-9huhslxRYM&imgurl=http://www.artnet.com/artwork_images_424299784_300065_raghubir-singh.jpg&w=640&h=426&ei=frWZT–GN-TC0AHqr633CQ&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=1315&vpy=305&dur=3586&hovh=183&hovw=275&tx=173&ty=111&sig=110353182560303862312&page=1&tbnh=137&tbnw=183&start=0&ndsp=29&ved=1t:429,r:13,s:0,i:96. This image I apologize for the length of the link, is of what appears to be a market in the street, you see crates filled with food, people holding baskets on their heads, and people drinking what appears to be tea out of pots and kettles, one kettle actually looks like a watering can in my opinion. This I feel really capture their culture, its so different from what I’m used to, but at the same time I feel very interested by it.
    Raghubir Singh was really good at documenting Indian culture so that others are become interested in it, I actually ended up doing a little bit of research on their culture because of the picture in the market.

  90. Ryan Feeley says:

    Annie Leibovitz is another photographer I truly find to be amazing. She is a very versatile photographer having worked for The Rolling Stones Magazine, New York Times, Walt Disney Company, even American Express. One of her photographs that stood out to me, really just because of the historical background was that of John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1980 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Annie_Leibovitz_Lennon_Ono_December_1980.jpg. The image is of a nude John Lennon curled up around Yoko Ono’s fully clothed body. The image supposedly captured their relationship perfectly. The historical, insanity so to speak was this is the last professional photograph of John Lennon, he was shot and killed a mere 5 hours after this photograph was taken.
    Annie Leibovitz also has another aspect of her photographs where she can make them seem almost as if they could only exist in your imagination. She has worked photographing for Disney, where she really adds her style too. She has a mythical approach, one where the unthinkable becomes reality, which is absolutely perfect for Disney. http://funguerilla.com/images/creative-art/annie-liebovitz/annie-liebovitz10.jpg This image particularly is of Cinderella losing her glass slipper, it really brings back some childhood memories which seem so distant these days. The castle in the back projecting light onto the glass slipper, with Cinderella running frantically to make it back on time. It just an absolutely gorgeous image, which seems absolutely surreal. As you can see Annie Leibovitz has a talent like no other, and has a gift for capturing memories, and even historical events. Very happy we discussed her in class.

  91. Ryan Feeley says:

    My next blog post is on a photographer I discovered while looking through a national geographic magazine. Joe McNally is a photographer for LIFE magazine as well as National Geographic. His one photograph that drew me in was that of an apparent tribal man baton twirling fire http://blog.pocketwizard.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Joe_McNally_014.jpg. I feel as though the image just has so many elements that make it eye catching. The background alone is magnificent; you see the steady ocean, the dark sky, and the even darker clouds. Then the fir the actual focus of the photograph the lighting makes everything pop out. The man looks strong, yet elegant with the flames, standing firmly on the ground. I did some follow up research on Joe McNally and discovered he is wizard of flash photography. He makes sure the lighting is essentially perfect for all of his photographs.
    I also discovered that Joe McNally documented the three-week period after 9/11. His photographs were published by LIFE magazine and actually raised over $2 million for the 9/11 relief effort. I came across one of his works called “faces of ground zero” which basically captured the heroes that volunteered their time to save lives. http://www.popphoto.com/files/resize/imce_uploads/facesofgroundzero-600×400.jpg. This image particularly is of a lieutenant helping out during ground zero, he is very serious and well focused on in the photograph, then the background is basically a blur. Although the background is a blur you can still make out that it’s a city.
    Well as you can see Joe McNally is a very influential photographer, that does all sorts of work, whether its landscape, portraits, or even charity.

  92. Samantha Pollicino says:

    At my place of work we sell video camaras for action sports. The two I carry in the store are called GoPro and Xtreme Sport Cams, however there are a ton of other companies that also carry action sport cameras. The GoPro camera will attach to a bike, helmet, car, wave runner, anything, they even sell the attachments for your body. they are about 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches and they take some amazing video. It works well if people are racing or if they have more than one and can edit the videos together. But the other one I carry in the store are in the goggles and work for either motocross or snowboarding. It just is amazing how there are so many different types of ways of recording what is going on your life. It makes it so you do not have to forget anything and to be able to share is go easy as well.

  93. Samantha Pollicino says:

    Being into outdoor sports and things such as wave runners and motorcycles, I have the worst time getting good pictures of us doing the sports me and my friends love. I see all of these photographers who have a knack for action photography. It takes a good eye, which I do not have, to capture all the elements of the outdoors while being able to see what the rider is doing as well. I like that the camera had a extremely quick shutter speed which helps but i will maybe have one good shot, out of the entire bunch. One of my motocross photographers is Hoss Sarifi and I like his eye for something different. I love how he will manipulate a lot of his phots and make them something more. I like his risk taking and his eye.

  94. Samantha Pollicino says:

    A couple of artist named Joschi Herczeg and Daniele Kaehr did a series called Explosion and what they would do is take a very plain ordinary setting and them use a light to make a small explosion or fire them photograph the actual explosion. The interesting thing about the entire series was that the artist had no idea how bright, big, or the shape of the explosion was going to be so they always got these interesting sparks and they all are unique. They also sis this in an unlit room so it shows the shadows of the surrounding objects. The artist describe the explosions as ghost like and it looks as if spirits were emerging from the everyday household items. However is you look closer at the pictures you can see the house looks abandoned and it defiantly is relevant to it looking ghost like in all photos. Love this idea I think it is different and mystical. Here is the link http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/joschi-herczeg-and-daniele-kaehr-explosion

  95. Samantha Pollicino says:

    Exploring Tumblr I came across a girl named Alice X. Zhang and she looks as if she draw portraits of people, but she uses a lot of red and the pieces look erie. She uses famous actors and actresses from famous movies and makes them look almost evil. With how she portrays the characters they play as evil is very unsettling to me. Then on the other hand she did some of Disney movies and she made them brighter and lighter feeling as if they were not evil and more pure. I do not know if she did this on purpose, or if this is how she feels and it comes thorough in her work. In all of her portraits she blurs out the background and the faces look almost blank, so it as if they are not telling a story, but you can feel pain. I feel as is her art shows more emotion because it is based on just the character and not the actual actor or actress. Here is the link to her stuff http://society6.com/artist/alicexz

  96. Samantha Pollicino says:

    One of my many obsessions is Instagram, I love taking awkward pictures and posting them so that everyone can see. i like it better than facebook because it is all about pictures. One person I found on there Santlov uses dolls of cartoons like Woody from Toy Story and puts him in real life situations today. He has Woody with a iPhone, iPad and watching TV. It expresses him as he is just liek us. He uses the saying ToysR’JustLikeUs. I love how he creates these toys that were a large part of my childhood and puts them in situations that I am in. Like eating cereal and and taking photos. But he also puts his hands in some of the pictures with gives them the “Fake” approach. Woody also has this scaryish face he looks overly happy and not typical of the orginal movies. Here is the link to tumblr http://santlov.tumblr.com/page/2

  97. Ghislaine Cruz says:

    After taking a look at all the changes that photography has undergone through in the past 150 years, it’s interesting how with so many changes, it still somewhat the same in a way to me. Even though now we have professional photographers unlike in the very beginning in where everyone was an amateur, we still have the basic consumer that take pictures on a daily basis on their phones. To me photography will always be a way of documenting a moment, whether it’s something minor to something of grave importance to an individual. Others will just take pictures just to express a story that they want to share with the world. Either way, every photographer, amateur or professional, will add something to the world of photography that hasn’t been yet reproduced. Every individual has the potential of discovering different ways to take an image, which is why so many people can be seen as photographers. Sometimes I don’t think formal training is that necessary if you have a vision in your mind. The photographers of the past had no formal training, yet their photos have impacted photography forever. Today, there are still contemporary photographers that don’t cease to amaze the world with the photography that they capture, therefore the vision that an individual carries makes photography.

  98. Kaitlyn Rybacki says:

    Mary Blair is an artist whose work has always intrigued me. She has a unique style used in animation for Disney Company. Her drawings were used as inspiration for many films including Peter Pan. Her drawings really do make you feel like a child again when you look at them. Remembering the kooky characters you fell in love with as a child. Her use of color blocking gives her drawings a light airy feel, and could easily brighten anyones day. She captures the essence of Disney’s classics by using her own style of animate drawing. Some of my favorite piece by her are based on the film Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella.

  99. Kaitlyn Rybacki says:

    Ariana’s paintings of parkour and ballet body movement were truly inspiring. I say this because looking at them actually makes you wonder if you could pull off some of these flips and moves. Her paintings of parkour are harder images with sharper lines, but still capture the movement beautifully. I enjoyed that she chose to work with such bight neon colors and black light paint. That was my first experience with black light paint; I love the effect it gives, and how it creates a totally new image when the lights are off. The backlight paint emphasized the movement even further then Ariana’s paint strokes. Her ballerina is beautiful. The softest of all her pieces; she actually made the body movement look delicate and posed.
    Ariana told the class her inspiration behind the collection was the in-between stages off movement. She talked about how most people know what the first and last stages of a process looked like, but she wanted to capture the middle the part we overlook. I believe she did an amazing job capturing the middle stages. Her use of bight colors and innovative use of the backlights truly brought life to the dull black room used as the show room.

  100. Kaitlyn Rybacki says:

    In the beginning of the semester we endeavored into Willie Cole’s art exhibit. I found his use of modern day appliances (blow dryer, shoes, and irons) to be extremely metaphorical. It was obvious that Cole was connecting the markings and burning of an iron with African tribal body scaring rituals. Some of the pieces really spoke to me in the way he made it appear his body had been burned, and how it must actually feel to go throw a ritual.
    However, my favorite piece in the exhibit was that of a flower. Cole, continuing to use the iron, created a flower using pastel colored paints. I feel that I was drawn to this piece because it was softer than most of the other pieces in the exhibit. As I walked along looking at his art most of it gave me a dark and harsh feeling. Until I reached this flower. Similar to the needle in the hay stack this piece seemed to be the odd ball. There was not one other piece that was these light pastel colors or gave off a truly happy feel.

  101. Patrick Younghans says:

    I just found a booklet I took from the Willie Cole exhibit which was a long time ago but I never got a chance to do any blog posts on him. I found it amazing how much Willie Cole could do with just a simple iron, and using iron prints. He produced so many images just by using the iron and created so many different things with it. Also one piece that I found amazing is the piece with the hair dryer. By just using that he created a picture and an object. I find that amazing that an artist could just take a simple object that is used everyday and turn it into a work of art.

    One piece that really stood out for me was his picture called AmeriQuiz. This piece stood out to me because of all the notes and all the words that were crossed out. I really did not understand this piece and did not know what Cole was getting at by this. My best guess would be that he is expressing dislike in American because of all the words he is using to describe it. Also he has a skull holding a AK-47, so my best assumption is that Cole does not have a favorable outlook on what America has become.

  102. Patrick Younghans says:

    Someone in class last week showed the class the photographer Martin Schoeller. Looking at these pictures showed in class I found his close up portraits very interesting because they almost reminded me of mug shots. The pictures I really liked from him was the pictures of celebrities doing funny things and having pictures taken of them in weird settings. The one I liked the best of these was George Clooney and Brad Pitt playing cricket. Clooney is swinging the club at Pitt which I thought was a funny moment to capture. After seeing these in class I researched this photographer more and found some more interesting pictures in his portrait section. My favorite one out of these had to be of Stephen Colbert as a homeless man, with his suit all dirty and him with a cart full of his things. I thought it was funny because this is the exact opposite of the real Colbert since he acts very cocky and has a big ego on his show. Also there is an eagle with him sitting on his cart, which is probably represents the eagle he always opens his show with.

    Another picture he took that I liked was P-Diddy in a room with a naked girl painting a picture of him. The odd thing about this picture is that P-Diddy is looking in a mirror and the reflection of the mirror matches exactly what the finished product of his painting was. Also all around the room was sketches of him and more pictures. I thought this picture represents P-Diddy’s ego a little bit since he is surrounded by pictures of himself and two naked girls.

  103. Patrick Younghans says:

    Not trying to copy Tyler but George Kalinsky is a photographer I really like also because he has been the official photographer of all my favorite sports teams, and Madison Square Garden. He has taken photos of all sports and events especially at Radio City Music Hall, and captured pictures of many famous celebrities. His sports pictures I am most interested in since he photographs my favorite teams like the New York Mets, New York Rangers, and the New York Jets. The photos he has taken from the Rangers are my favorite, though because of he captured them winning the Stanley Cup and Mark Messier holding the cup. Also he captured the moments in 1986 when the Mets won the World Series, and some of those pictures I own and are hanging on my wall at home. The picture I love from this time is after the Mets won the World Series he took a picture of some of the players with beer and champagne laying on the pitchers mound. The picture really captures how happy these players were and how they were partying on the pitchers mound.

    Kalinsky also took pictures of entertainers who did concerts at the Garden, from Frank Sinatra to Jay-Z. The pictures I liked the best from the series is all the pictures of the Beatles performing. Even though they did not play together, and the pictures are from their individual concerts. For some reason I like those pictures because even thought they did not play together they still played at Garden during the same time. Kalinsky is one of my favorite because he captured the two things I like in photography, sports and entertainment.

  104. Ghislaine Cruz says:

    Gregory Crewdson approach to photography was pretty interesting to me. Many others of his time didn’t create pictures in this same fashion. However, even though many were using stereotypes of popular cultures in their images, Crewdson’s photographs can be seen different, like images straight out of a movie, such as the way the picture looks and the lighting of the subject. The scenes that he captures look like normal scenes that you would see on a television show or a movie. The photo he captures seems to be like a snapshot of a moment, which has a beginning and an end, just like a television show and a movie. The images tell a story, whether it’s a love story, sad, or horror story, the image says it all. However, one thing I find really cool is that, it is left to the imagination of the person looking at the image. Everyone can look at the same image, yet have a different story to tell. The interpretation can vary among individuals which make his photography pretty unique in my eyes. Even though, he is playing with the stereotypical views of particular characters in popular culture, no movie is exactly the same but may have the same basic theme, which is what I am trying to express of his work.

  105. Stephanie Cabrera says:

    This very famous photograph, taken by Annie Leibovitz, is of Yoko Ono and John Lennon on the day of John Lennon’s death. I like the fact that the neutral colors help tone down the photograph so you only focus on the couple in the middle. John Lennon is naked and in the fetal position, somewhat making it seem like he was “born again” once he met Yoko. Yoko, dressed, looks as if she takes care of John Lennon and looks over him. The fact that the photograph was taken horizontally but was printed and supposed to be seen as a vertical photograph does show and is supposed to seen how Lennon is supposed to be somewhat clinging onto Yoko.

  106. Stephanie Cabrera says:

    This photographer, Sarah Long, took a photo of an eye (it is unknown if it is her eye), looking at something. In this photo though, you can actually make out what it is that she is staring at; a window outlooking some sort of body of ocean and in back a hill or mountain of some sort. The fact that the photo is in black and white adds a sense of depth and seriousness to it. It is obvious that the eye belongs to a girl because on the eyelashes there is mascara that is caked onto the eyelash. The photographer uses the macro function in the camera to focus solely on the eye and not the rest of the picture, which fades out around the edges of the photo.

  107. Stephanie Cabrera says:


    This photographer, another unknown, makes something that we think is so gross into somewhat funny art. He gets dead flies and creates a scene in which they pose in funny scenarios. He personifies them and makes them something like circus animals or circus people, or even pranksters. It somewhat grosses me out though that he does use dead flies and in a way, “plays” with them to create art, especially because bugs gross me out personally, but it does make for fun photographs that really have no deeper meaning to them other than you can create anything into art if you just use a little imagination.

  108. Stephanie Cabrera says:


    This photo, photographed by photographer Nick Brandt, along with others in the set, try to convey a message to society. This photo is trying to explain how the poaching of elephants for their giant ivory tusks is bad, and we will soon lose the elephants. Brant tries to capture extraordinary visuals (which he achieves) by photographing carcasses of animals in the dry desert or having humans act as the animals. The lack of color to the photographs shows how serious the issue is and sends a sort of doom, dreary, impending demise to these animals.

  109. Stephanie Cabrera says:

    This photo, taken by another unknown photographer, is just photograph of nature. The picture is of Mosiquito Beach near Lake Superior but it struck me as so amazing. Now only is the photograph taken farther away (or using wide lens) to take in all of the landscape, but it also shows a double rainbow. On the far left the trees look as if they are bending with the rainbows. Also, the lighting in the picture makes it look as if it was taken just as the sun was about to set. The colors in the photo make one not necessarily sad, but it does convey a sense of tranquility to the viewer. Overall it is an exceptional photo. I love how the waves look like when they crash against the land; I like how it looks as if the water is spiking up.

  110. Kaitlyn Rybacki says:

    Lewis Carroll’s classic tale of Alice in Wonderland has inspired many artist. In class we discussed Annie Leibovitz who did a series for Vogue, of photos based on the Carroll’s story. She has an amazing ability to capture the character’s emotions in each scene. In this series Leibovitz never has the focus point directly in the middle of the page, but rather slightly off to a side. Her images have a dark very contrasted look about them. The way she uses color and light does create a mystical look to the images, which does help in the idea of the backgrounds being a “Wonderland.”
    Fashion photography is generally very straight forward attempting to show off the clothing. However I feel as though Leibovitz’s approach of telling a well know story adds a sense of curiosity, which ironically is Alice’s strongest personality trait. Leibovitz shows off the clothing design very well, and even adds contrast to the clothes by adding light and shadows. I also find it interesting that she used text on her images. She quotes certain lines from the story to help the viewer better understand what the scene is trying to portray. Leibovitz does an overall amazing job capturing the spirit of Carroll’s character’s and really gives fashion photography a new perspective.

  111. Jessica De Rose says:

    Kristian Schuller is a fashion photographer who really caught my interest because of his elaborate high production photographs. They are all very fantastical and even some images tells a story. He uses a lot of light, shadow, and some images have a faded look to them which is very interesting. I really enjoy his style because no matter what type of image he is shooting, they all look similar in some aspect. Schuller takes portraits, does images for film, fashion, and ads. He always uses bold colors to make things stand out within the image.

  112. Jessica De Rose says:

    Elena Kalis is an underwater photographer. What really intrigued me about her is the narrative that you get from the images that are all taken underwater and they are all mostly little girls. They are all very fantastical and in a way have an exotic look to them. As I was scrolling through her portfolio on her website I noticed that they were very Alice in Wonderlandish and a couple of images later the girl was holding an Alice in Wonderland book. All of the images are about body shape by the unusual positions that are created from being in water. An example of this would be the image Kalis took of a little girl mimicking the way a sea turtle swims in the ocean.

  113. Kaitlyn Rybacki says:

    For my second blog entry I want to talk about Andy Warhol. I have always been a fan of Andy Warhol’s work even when i was a little girl. I think back then it was merely his use of bright colors that attracted me to his work. Now however, I understand more about the ideas behind his work. Like that of his repeated images of Marilyn Monroe. He repeats the images as a way to show the audience that although she was famous and you know her just by looking at her; the more you continue to see her image the more plain/ordinary she becomes. His use of color and silkscreening technique make his work instantly recognizable. Warhol seemed to love taking controversial issues in America and using them as a means of inspiration.

  114. Kaitlyn Rybacki says:

    For my first blog entry I want to talk about a modern photographer we learned about in the beginning of the semester. Abelardo Morell is a modern photographer who uses an old type of photography. The camera obscura was originally used as a means to draw the reflecting image, but Morell uses it to bring the outside world into places like the bedroom, kitchen, and even hotel rooms. I find his work amazing and very interesting. I’m intrigued by where he got the idea to use the camera obscura in the first place. His idea to shine the outside inward at first comes off as strange, but once you realize what you’re looking at it’s amazing to see, and think the Empire State building could be laying on your bed.
    His concept though interesting can be a bit confusing to look at. My one critique is I wonder why he so rarely uses color in his art. His black and white shots are amazing, but I feel as though his colored images add more flare, and make the images easier to understand. I feel this can be seen in his photo of the Santa Maria della Salute. However, it is also easy to see his black and white images show more depth and contrast. Overall Morell has an amazing concept and truly utilizes the camera obscura in a fascinating way.

  115. Olivia Reitano says:

    For my last blog, I wanted to write about my favorite area of photography: fashion photography. I have always been fascinated by the way some photographers can capture a stunning moment surrounding clothes. One thing that comes right to my mind when I think of fashion photography is brand advertisements. I love looking at ads in magazines for clothing brands. One brand’s ads that always catch my eye while flipping through a magazine are ones for Missoni. Missoni is an Italian based brand that is famous for its geometric lines and patterned fabrics. The family-run brand never fails to showcase its beautiful clothing in its ads. In any one of their ads you can find a vintage scene to go along with the retro styled clothes the models are wearing. One of my favorite parts about Missoni’s advertisements is that they always incorporate the family members into the photographs. You can always find the grandparents, parents and their children all together in an ad for Missoni. Not only are the ads artistic but also they are very comforting because of the love you can feel from the family moments being shown. Unlike many other brands that just show beautiful models looking edgy in crazy environments, Missoni’s ads let you take a look at real people sharing this bond. It makes you remember the importance of family, which is one thing I have never taken for granted.

  116. Ryan Feeley says:

    One of my biggest interests in photography by far is sports photography. An image can capture a moment for all eternity, make people into icons, for generations to come. All my life I’ve been very fascinated by a photograph, one of which was far before my time. The image is of the WBC Heavyweight Contest between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston http://www.maniacworld.com/muhammad-ali.jpg. The image was taken by Neil Leifer on May 25, 1965. The picture shows Muhammad Ali standing over the knocked out Sonny Liston, yelling “get up and fight sucker!” This iconic image is just an all time classic in my view, the energy and the intensity of the photo gives me goosebumps.
    I find the image to be so stunning. The audience is in complete awe at the performance they witnessed, unable to comprehend what has just happened. Muhammad Ali shows much more of an intensity, a fire, and a need to be the best. Then Sonny Liston the look of exhaustion, pain, and inability to continue.
    Honestly I just truly love how the image personifies so much emotion, and intensity. It;s truly just an iconic image which captures one of the greatest moments in sports history. I also have a poster in my room of this photograph which inspired me to write this post on it.

  117. Tyler Ferst says:

    A photographer who I really admire is George Kalinsky. For the past 46 years, George Kalinsky has been the official photographer for Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall. He also does portrait work as well. Such celebrities as Frank Sinatra, Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley have all said that Kalinsky took their favorite portrait of them. Many great moments in not only sports history, but U.S. history as well, have been captured through the lens of George Kalinsky. Mark Messier holding the Stanley Cup over his head in 1994 after the New York Rangers broke the 54-year championship drought, Jesse Orosco falling to his knees when the New York Mets won the 1986 World Series, Pope John Paul II lifting up a young girl in a very famous and emotional moment during his first visit to the U.S. and Muhammad Ali taunting Joe Frazier days before their first fight are just a handful of the legendary moments that George Kalinsky has immortalized forever. My favorite George Kalinsky photo and the reason he is one of my favorite photographers is the picture he took of Mark Messier when the Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994. My family and I are huge New York Rangers fans and even though I was 3 years old when it happened, I remember the night the Rangers won the Stanley Cup like it was yesterday. I can look at that picture at any time and I’ll smile because it was such a great moment captured in time and I will never forget it because of that picture.

  118. Stephanie Cabrera says:

    This photographer, whose identity is unknown, takes a comical approach to photography by personifying several objects that most of us have lying around in our house. Using paper clips, he creates limbs to make these objects come to life; doing some insane action (some are vulgar), but all in all the photographer sets the scene using other objects to help the main objects in the photo become the main attraction. The backdrops used in these photographs are dull to help the viewer focus on the scene rather than anything else. I enjoyed all these scenes very much because he wasn’t serious at all in his approach; it looks like he caught most of these objects “in the act”.

  119. Olivia Reitano says:

    Craig McDean is a British fashion photographer who does many editorial photo shoots for magazines like Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. He also has taken many portraits of celebrities. One model he captures quite often is Kate Moss, the woman mostly responsible for the term ‘heroine chic.’ One photograph that McDean took of Moss stood out to me when I saw it. The picture is in black and white. Moss is sitting at a booth in a retro-looking diner. She is slouched down in the seat with her legs resting on the seat across from hers. Moss is alone in the picture because no one else is even in the diner. Her hair looks flawless and she is dressed in a beautiful lace dress and glitter high-heeled boots. What comes to mind when I look at the photograph is the saying ‘all dressed up with nowhere to go.’ The picture makes you feel like Moss has been let down, but the look on her face makes us feel like she’s used to it. Maybe this isn’t the first time things haven’t gone her way. Although she is showcasing the outfit, she tells a story by just sitting in this diner looking hopeless yet beautiful. Just because she’s been let down, doesn’t mean she will fail to look flawless. The underlying message I get from this picture is that a disappointment shouldn’t break who you are.

  120. Olivia Reitano says:

    In class last week, we talked about photographs that resemble scenes from a movie. I found a modern photographer whose work looks like it could be taken right from out of a movie. This photographer is Alex Prager. Her pictures all have a vintage aura. I get the feeling that I could find them in a corny 60’s thriller movie. In her 2008 collection, called “The Big Valley,” she displays many shots of women in action. None of her subjects are just sitting and posed for the photograph. Some of the pictures show women in danger, representing that whole stereotypical “damsel in distress” character. In one of the photographs in this collection, she shows a blonde woman with her arms in the air while being surrounded by a group of pigeons. The comical thing about this picture is that it closely resembles a scene from the so-called horror movie “The Birds” by Alfred Hitchcock. The picture has the same cheesy horror that the movie does if someone watches the 60’s thriller today. Back then, it might have been a little frightening, however, it just makes us laugh now. The irony is that this woman is afraid of a bunch of pigeons. If you’ve ever been to a city, you know pigeons walk around in unison with pedestrians. Prager uses this irony to reflect the irony that the once classic movie has on viewers today.

  121. Stephanie Cabrera says:


    This photographer, Steven Wilkes, uses the technology available to us today (such as photoshop and other programs that are similar to it) to create photography that creates a transition of time throughout the day. He sets up his camera in a specific place and has it take picture after picture for a span of approximately 15 hours or more. Once he uploads these pictures, he somewhat combines them into one picture to create a transition of day and night. He only takes photos of landscapes/buildings that are familiar to most people.

    I love his photography because it does give a sense of light vs. dark, good vs. evil in our society. You can also tell how the way society communicates during the day and how it communicates during the night – it does not differ that much. Some of the photos taken from the thunderstorm seem dark and gloomy, and the colors in the photos (dull greys, blacks, monotone colors) exemplify this.

  122. Gavin Davis says:

    My last (yay!) entry will be about another Jim Zuckerman picture. This one does not have a name on his website but it is a picture of the metal staircase inside the Hunting island Light Lighthouse in South Carolina. Zuckerman has a great variety of photos but like the last one about the bookstore staircase, this one caught my eye because of its flow. The picture was taken at ground level looking up at the plain white walls and black metal staircase. The angle is not straight up, instead, Zuckerman took this photo at a slight angle to not make the photo symmetrical. I agree with his choice because another symmetrical photo would just be lost within the never ending sea of symmetrical photos. The colors of the picture are very nice. I’m know that the camera took this picture in color but it almost looks like a black and white photo. The staircase is round with many platforms for the different floor levels of the lighthouse. The building is also tall enough that I can’t see the top. All I see is a never ending cycle leading up somewhere. The staircase looks mighty. I know that if I were to ascend them I would be in for quite the walk because I can’t tell how high it goes and the repetitiveness of walking around in circles would test anyone’s patience who wants to get to the top. When I thought what this staircase could symbolize, many ideas popped into my head but the first one which came almost immediately was life. As cliché as it may sound, I have no idea where this leads. I can’t see the end because the platforms block my vision of what’s coming up and the simplicity of black and white represents the challenge of what life demands to get what I want. I really enjoy Zuckerman’s work. Here is the link to this image: http://corporatefineart.com/-/corporatefineart/gallery.asp?LID=&cat=94699&pID=1&row=15&photoID=3479824&searchTerm=

  123. Ryan Feeley says:

    One of my biggest interests in photography by far is sports photography. An image can capture a moment for all eternity, make people into icons, for generations to come. All my life I’ve been very fascinated by on photograph, one of which was far before my time. The image is of the WBC Heavyweight Contest between Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston http://www.maniacworld.com/muhammad-ali.jpg. The image was taken by Neil Leifer on May 25, 1965. The picture shows Muhammad Ali standing over the knocked out Sonny Liston, yelling “get up and fight sucker!”. This image is just an all time classic in my view, the energy and the intensity of the photo gives me goosebumps.
    I find the image to be so stunning. The audience is in complete awe at the performance they witnessed, unable to comprehend what has just happened. Muhammad Ali shows much more of an intensity, a need to be the best. Then Sonny Liston the look of exhaustion, pain, and inability to continue.
    Honestly I just truly love how the image personifies so much emotion, and intensity. Its truly just an iconic image which capture one of the greatest moments in sports history. I also have a poster of this in my room which really gave me the idea to write this post.

  124. Ryan Feeley says:

    My next post goes way back to the Exhibit we went to during class by Willie Cole, at first I honestly didn’t even notice the presence of modern day appliances. I looked around and really just saw fantastic images, patterns and even strange statues. I actually didn’t even pick up on the tribal aspect until I saw about 3 different pieces of his work.
    What really captured my eye was the statue made out of shoes called “The Worrier” http://www.mauscontemporary.com/attachments/Image/Cole/beta_pictoris_gallery_Maus_Contemporary_Willie_Cole_Warrior_Red_1.jpg. At first I related the image to a dog, or some sort of animal. Then when I more closely examined I finally pictured it as a tribal man (made out of womens shoes ironic) who really just looked down on his luck. I just love how the emotion of the man is really evident and portrayed in the statue. I’ve been to museums and always viewed statues as emotionless, nothing more than an image of perfection. Willie Cole really changed my perception of statues, and definitely changed my perception of home appliances.
    I also enjoyed his work where it was basically a picture of a man, with iron imprints all over his body. It absolutely blew my mind how a simple pattern such as an iron can be so fascinating. The image also portrayed pain, and the need of acceptance in my point of view. All in all a phenomenal exhibit by Willie Cole.

  125. Nicholas Pompei says:

    Andy Warhol. When I hear that name three distinct images come into my mind… Marilyn, Elvis, and the Campbell’s Soup Can. The first time I truly looked at Warhol’s Double Elvis portrait, I didn’t realize that it was actually printed on a silver screen, a still of a movie image. In one half of the diptych Elvis performs in sharp black and white, in the other he is already dissolving into the glittering shadows of legend. A diptych is a photograph that uses two different or identical images side by side to form one single artistic statement. The two images can literally be in contact with each other, or separated by a border or frame. One of the panels depicts a full and a partial silk-screened photographic image of Elvis Presley (1935-1977), dressed as a cowboy and holding a gun that he points at the image’s viewers. The other panel is blank. Warhol decided to add the blank panel several years after the first image was created.
    I always found this image to be very interesting. The fading effect of the right panel and the significance of its imagery is an intriguing concept. Also, the ominous expression on Elvis’s face truly captures the spirit of the cowboy that he was portraying. The use of silver paint on the panels to convey the imagery of the silver screen was very creative. The fact that this artwork is expected to sell for close to 50 million dollars at auction this May is amazing. Warhol is a genius, a modern day legend, and I am a fan of his celebrity artwork. Although, I must admit, I truly don’t “get” the popularity and critical acclaim for his Campbell’s Soup and Coca Cola images. But that just brings to mind the old adage, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

  126. Ryan Feeley says:

    A few weeks ago I made a visit to The Strand Theatre in Lakewood, New Jersey. Which was basically just a really old theatre for plays, and fine arts. While there I noticed a picture on the wall. The image was called “Times Square Movie Theatre” by Bedrich Grunzweig. http://www.flickr.com/photos/40045986@N00/3036598919/ The image just really appealed to me as the ideal image of a theatre.
    You have the flashy theatre lights, the excitement, the expectation of a good movie, and an amazing time. But the image also portrays the the movie goers. The image portrays the movie goers as dark, uninteresting, really nothing more than a small shadow of the theatre. I find that the contrast between the theatre itself and the movie goers just to be spectacular. It actually really disappoints me when I go to movie theatres now which are essentially plain, not nearly as flashy and exciting as they once were.
    Hoenstly I just found this image to be pretty exciting, which is strange considering I’m not really a fan of the Theatre. When I saw the image it reminded me of the movie Moulin Rouge starring Nicole Kidman. Just the spectacular, and the awe of the the theatre. WIth all the focus on the stars, and the customers as nothing more than a tool.

  127. Nicholas Pompei says:

    I’ve decided to touch on a photographer who although quite unique and creative, he does not take his subject matter as seriously as many other greats. Photographer, Seth Casteel, has gained great notoriety and fame by taking pictures of animals. An avid animal lover, Casteel’s most famous photographers are of dogs catching balls underwater. I first discovered him on an AOL link one day that contained a page of some of the most entertaining and amazing photographs of dogs diving into pools of water after balls. The pictures are taken underwater and the “expressions” on the dogs’ faces span from hilarious to ferocious, but their goals are all the same. Fetching a ball.
    His website devoted to his body of photography is, http://www.littlefriendsphoto.com. The photos have caused a social media sensation garnishing millions of hits on multiple media sites. Casteel believes that even though dogs have become domesticated over the centuries, at heart, they still have wild instincts and that their true natures can most accurately be captured underwater. Armed with a waterproof camera casing, he set to capturing the images of dogs that have captivated a nation. The photographs are whimsical and surreal, bringing a smile, a grimace, a laugh or a renewed reverence for canines to their viewers. His photos don’t have names assigned to them, but there is one particular shot of two large breed dogs, both diving for the same tennis ball, which is so raw and powerful in the aggression and determination displayed in the dogs expressions that it gave me a new sense of respect when playing fetch with my dog.
    Casteel has a calendar titled, “Ruff” coming out soon, and is also available for hire to any pet lover that wants a portrait of their beloved dog or cat. Although I can’t compare his work to that of a photographer like Bruce Davidson, Casteel’s photographers are uniquely entertaining and extremely revealing of the true nature of man’s best friend.

  128. Nicholas Pompei says:

    It’s impossible to think about great contemporary artists without the name Norman Rockwell coming to mind. Rockwell was both a painter and an illustrator who created over 4,000 original works in his lifetime. I can’t recall ever walking into a doctor’s office where a copy of one of Rockwell’s Saturday Evening Post Cover’s wasn’t displayed in the waiting room. Modern critics often dismiss his works as being too sweet, as they tend toward idealistic or sentimentalized portrayals of American life. Yet his influence is undeniable and his works remain relevant today.
    Rockwell also did a series of Boy Scouts of America calendars, in addition to his most popular calendar works titled, “Four Seasons” for Brown & Bigelow. These calendars are still reproduced today in a variety of sizes and shapes. One of my favorite works of his is titled, “Triple Self Portrait,” which is part of his Saturday Evening Post collection. It is a painting of Rockwell, painting his own portrait, while gazing into a mirror image of himself. One nuance of the painting is that Rockwell’s signature appears on the incomplete painting that he is creating in the scene, instead of in the corner of the artwork itself. Also, the “real” Rockwell’s blank eyes in the mirror created by the lenses of his glasses are somewhat unsettling, denying the viewer to see into the artist’s thoughts or soul.
    Another of my favorite Rockwell works is titled, “The Rookie,” which is also part of this Saturday Evening Post collection. It depicts a locker room of the Red Sox Baseball team where several team veterans are sizing up the new guy who has just arrived looking completely green and intimidated. The painting is both charming and endearing, while capturing the expressions of the seasoned veterans and the nervous rookie perfectly. His ability to capture true emotions in the facial expressions, eyes and body language of his subjects is genius, and has allowed him to create a homogenized view of American life that reflects a kinder, gentler, and less complicated America of our past. Rockwell captured the American Dream in his works, immortalizing it for generations to come.

  129. Nichole Costello says:

    Last week during lecture, we discussed Susan Meiselas. I was moved by her work. I value the time period in the 80s and 90s when a lot of documentary work was happening. She was a good example of current photojournalism and capturing world conflicts. She relayed the human condition out to the world.
    One of her most infamous shots was the 9/11 attack on the twin towers. Susan has a history and expertise in covering major world events which I find really inspiring. She always seems to be right there in the action with multiple perceptions.
    I also found her series of the killing fields and mass graves in Nicaragua to be poignant too. It showed the horrors of war, natural disasters, political strife, and the destruction of homes by missiles. Governments and Armies are the ones attacking each other but its everyday people like us that get caught in the middle. Susan Meiselas career was to show the humanity and inhumanity of war and she did a really great job doing it.

  130. Gavin Davis says:

    My ninth entry is not about a single professional photographer or a single picture. It is about a couple of pictures that are an advertisement for a “modern style” living room chair. The chair itself is made of thick foam tubes that are connected to one another to make a chair that looks like a cross between a cup and the petals of a flower. I’ve sat in chairs like these but those chairs had a stool attached to the bottom with a flat sitting part and five tubes that stretch behind and upwards making the entire thing look like a large hand coming up from the floor. The chairs in these photos are similar but lack the stool part. They are low to the ground and look as if they can be used as a rocking chair. There is no flat sitting part either; it is just the foam tubes that are sat on. The photos themselves do look professional. The lights are turned down low and thin drapes hang around the chairs to make them look futuristic and/or sexually appealing. The tubes are different colors but are symmetrical down each side of the chairs. I have no idea who thought the designs for the chairs up. It must have been from one of their dreams. The photographer also placed other oddly shaped objects (tables?) around the room to make the colorful chairs look like they belong. I have no idea how someone could be able to design a room around these chairs unless they were rich and had their house similarly designed. Both the chair and the photographs look “modern” to me and I like how the photographer used the background to his advantage but the chair itself is just weird. If someone is interested: http://officemagz.com/modern-sofa-design-colorful-foam-to-relax-and-sleep-in-the-living-room.html

  131. Gavin Davis says:

    I will be doing my eighth entry on Jim Zuckerman’s photo of the grand Lello bookstore staircase. Jim Zuckerman is a professional photographer who likes to use an ultra-wide lens sometimes. When I first saw the staircase I thought it was photo-shopped or an image that was reflected. The image caught my eye for obvious reasons and attracted me to Zuckerman’s landscape photography. I know that not just any photograph of this staircase would have grabbed my attention as well because Zuckerman’s wide angle lens made the picture’s depth so alive, making me feel almost as if I was there. Even the background of the picture was in focus giving me the reassurance that part of the picture wasn’t flipped or reflected. I am viewing this image online so I actually do not know how large it is or how it is framed. All I know is that he is taking the shot from above, looking down at the staircase. I feel that he wanted to take the photo at this angle because he wanted to show us the staircase in its entire glory while also capturing its odd angles and unique flow. Why would someone want to have a picture of something that is really cool if you can’t keep it all in one photo? Taking something like this in parts would ruin the initial impact and influence.

  132. Nicholas Pompei says:

    A favorite contemporary photographer of mine is Bruce Davidson. His black and white imagery is powerful, raw and honest. I love all of his works, but like many, I find that his most acclaimed series, “Brooklyn Gangs,” “Circus” and “East 100th Street” to be the most captivating.
    Davidson’s clown photographs in his, “Circus” portfolio, Beatty-Cole-Hamid Circus at Palisades Amusement Park, are oddly terrifying, yet at the same time mesmerizing. The photographs in this collection subtitled as “The Dwarf” are the stuff of nightmares for some, yet Davidson’s ability to capture the soul of his subjects on film is amazing. The images become more surreal and vivid with each shot, allowing the viewer to see through the eyes of the circus performers, if only for a brief moment.
    One cannot reference Davidson without touching on his outstanding “Brooklyn Gangs” photographs. Taken in 1959, when Davidson himself was not much older than his subjects, this series concentrates on a teenage gang in New York called The Jokers. These photos definitely disprove our recollection of the 1950’s as a time of sock-hops, passive teens, and poodle-skirted girls. Instead they depict a harsh urban reality, showing images of tough people, hard lives, and rough lovers, all trying to be seen through a veil of being “cool”.
    Davidson is a member of Magnum Photos and recently a three-volume retrospective of his works was released titled, “Outside Inside”, many images in print for the first time. It will be on the top of my Christmas list this year

  133. Nicholas Pompei says:

    I first became familiar with the works of Georgia O’Keefe as a child while playing the board game, “Masterpiece.” One of the picture cards of the priceless artworks was titled “Black Cross,” which I later discovered had been done by O’Keefe. I liked the simplicity of the painting, the deep colors and the starkness of the landscape. After that I began noticing this same style in other prints and paintings that I came across and immediately knew it was an O’Keefe.
    Georgia O’Keefe first found prominence with the New York art community in 1916, amazingly this was several decades prior to women gaining access to art training in America’s universities. She became famous in the 1920’s for her large format paintings of flower blossoms, but it was her works done in Northern New Mexico that I find most intriguing. She began depicting subjects’ specific to that area, such as unique landscape configurations, adobe churches, cultural objects and skeletons and rocks that she collected from the desert’s backdrop. It was in this fashion that her painting of “Black Cross” was created, and the area where she lived became known as “O’Keefe Country.”
    I find her works to be abstract, simple and raw with emotion. It is in the simplicity of her paintings that the beauty of her subjects is most evident. It is a mysterious work of art featuring a black cross with mountains in the background and a dim sky overheard, leaving the viewer to determine if it is early evening or early morning, with just a touch of color skimming the horizon. Black Cross, New Mexico, is one of a series of cross paintings that Georgia O’Keeffe produced in her first summer in the Southwest in 1929. She was fascinated by the omnipresence of these crosses in New Mexico, later recalling, “I saw the crosses so often…like a thin dark veil of the Catholic Church spread over the New Mexico landscape…”

  134. Paul Marchese says:

    My last post is going to be about underwater cinematography and photos because it is an area of photography that I have no experience in but would really love to do. My three examples of underwater cinematography are the documentary videos of “Oceans”, “The Rolex North Pole Deep Sea Expedition”, and “Abaco” Bahamas Crystal Cave. All of these movies or videos can be googled or found on youtube. Oceans is a movie about many of the species that live throughout our Seas. Oceans captures migrations of sea animals and hunting methods for our worlds most important fish. The footage in this film is rarely seen by many people throughout the world. The rolex north pole expedition is about a group of divers that trek through treacherous weather and cut through the ice and explore the seas under the north pole. It is truly a great film to see and learn how these great moments are captured and what these divers go through to complete the expedition. And fInally, the Abaco Bahamas Crystal Cave is one of the few pure crystal caves that have been explored around the world. Although diving in these conditions is extremely hazardous, I think the fact that people still do it and capture it on video is amazing. If it wasn’t for some people’s passions, the rest of the world would never get to see these beautiful environments.

  135. Paul Marchese says:

    I found an article in my email that was a great example of contemporary art and I also mentioned it in class. It was an article about an amateur photographer that bought an underwater housing for his camera and started taking pictures of dogs in action jumping into pools after toys. The guys name is Steve Casteel and he began making exceptional money from his doggy photos. If you google underwater dog photos, many of Steve Casteel’s photos pop up. I thought that his pictures were awesome because you never really see dogs in action the way he captured them. It also made me wonder how much time he spends getting the perfect photos of all the different dogs but I imagine it is fun. I just wanted to post this as a contemporary art example and show how amateur photographers can start making money with all the internet capabilities today. Before this, I think Steve Casteel was unemployed and barely getting by and now photography has helped him to get through this tough economy.

  136. Paul Marchese says:

    I found the gallery named “The Pixel Made Me Do It” very interesting. The first thing I thought when I looked around was that these would be pictures that I would buy to put in my room or my house. It was cool how each picture was really clear and looked cartoonish but still represented real things. The beer man, the farmer with the soil in his hand, and the one with airplanes that were flying around a tornado swooping down from the skies were the most interesting to me. I also realized that colors were very prominent in his art which helped add to the cartoon look. It also looked like a lot of the work was time consuming and technologically enhanced to add to the pixel effect.

  137. Jessica De Rose says:

    We had talked a little in class about William Lesch. His photographs really captured my attention from the colors he chose to the the landscapes that were right behind the focus. As I researched more into his photographs I came across these very intriguing aerial images. Each of the images were very different from one another, however I really like the first one the most. This image has the most color and it also shows the variations of land forms that the other images do not. I really liked the way everything flows together in a very naturalistic way. Compared to the images we had looked at in class, they are on the opposite spectrum because they do not show the bright colors and beautiful landscapes. I really like how he has used lighting to reflect onto certain objects such as cactus or flowers to make them appear in an unnatural way. The colors are very bright and stand out which I really enjoy.

  138. Louie Nagorniak says:

    When you walk into the area for the exhibit you watch a video on three different screens of different grayish figures stepping forward through a sort of waterfall becoming colorful and way more lifelike. All they really do is stand forward, look and move without saying anything, but the way that the lighting seems to change along with their expressions, their movements, and even just the time in which they step forward and back says a lot. Each individual takes a really long time to step forward through the water, making the process seem both difficult and unnatural, while also creating a sense of urgency and putting emphasis on that moment by prolonging it. Once each figure comes through the water they tend to look a bit surprised but also a bit saddened or confused, maybe not ready to let go or accept their fate.
    The entire thing is pretty creepy and eerie, but I don’t think it is meant to be so much creepy as thought provoking. It clearly shows this recognition of life after death, and the difficulties of letting go of the past (and life itself in this case) and accepting death. It also shows a great deal of grief in understanding the circumstances, and also a sense of revelation as those who have stepped out for just a moment return back through the waterfall again to where they were before and become seemingly lifeless again. This can obviously suggest a sense of religiosity because the entire thing is a representation on faith and acceptance of an afterlife moving beyond life and embracing a more spiritual aspect of life. That life maybe is about more than just a physical being, and can in fact deal a great amount with a person’s soul, allowing it to live on even if their body cannot.

  139. Louie Nagorniak says:

    During my trip to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, I was able to see a lot of different types of art in a very small amount of space, which was pretty interesting. I was not expecting to see as many unique, both old and more modern forms of art all kept together in a place like this, and because of this, the whole experience was pretty refreshing and enjoyable.
    The first exhibit I went to was “Ocean Without A Shore”, by Bill Viola, and it was a really bizarre and unexpected thing to see in a museum like that. You tend to think that when you walk into a museum exhibit that you will just find different paintings or maybe even drawings or sculptures throughout the entire area but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Throughout the entire building there were definitely some unique pieces by different artists, however none were probably more surprising and interesting than Ocean Without A Shore which is meant to be a representation of the dead passing for a moment into the physical world then returning to the afterlife again after a brief moment.

  140. Louie Nagorniak says:

    “Exit Through the Gift Shop” is a film, about a man from France named Thierry Guetta who is currently living in Los Angeles. He shares a great interest of street art with many others in Los Angeles, along with his cousin Invader (who is a street artist himself). His fascination leads for him to seek out and meet several different street artists and document their different works of art. Throughout the movie he is able to expand his knowledge of art and experience the different lives each of the artists lives as he goes along with them.
    It is easy to see why the film is as popular as it is. Many documentaries tend to really lack interesting characteristics and can seem to drag on for hours. This movie was not like that. Although it was a documentary it seemed to have a thought-provoking plot to it as Thierry met the different artists and ingrained himself into their routines. The art as well as the artists that he saw were really great and had the ability to easily hold a person’s attention for a significant length of time.

  141. Gavin Davis says:

    My seventh entry will be about the five piece set by Erin Murray: At Home in the Modern World, Executive Mansardic, Miesian Influence Loop, Yokefellow, and Bbillboard. At first I thought they were actual pictures but was surprised to find out upon closer inspection that they were created using oil paints on plywood and MDF. Murray must have the steadiest hand in the world to create these and must have thought about being a doctor for some time but thought better of it for the sake of her signature which may be on her artwork but I didn’t see it on these.
    The pictures have houses or small house-sized buildings as their centerpieces. The first word that came to my mind when I saw these was Formalism because of how straight the lines are, how they barely cover or intersect each other, and how the colors are related to the other colors in the pictures and not contrasting everything. It reminds me of a futuristic utopia community where all the buildings are one color or a mix of a few similar colors and where the entire place is very clean and sterile. I’m not sure which one it is but one picture has graffiti on the walls and another has its building in what looks to be the middle of a marsh. Those are the only two that don’t fit into my utopia setting. Unfortunately I’m not sure what Murray’s intent was when making these paintings. Maybe she doesn’t have one and that there is no point for these to exist just like there is no point for the buildings to be in the middle of nowhere. Instead of the assumption from my last entry that you can work your way anywhere on the social ladder if you just believe in the American Dream, this set of paintings conveys the opposite meaning: no matter where you are in on the ladder, you are stuck there, just like the houses in the paintings.

  142. Gavin Davis says:

    For my sixth entry I want to talk about “The Seven Gables Series: Urban Mosh, Commune, Gated Community”. The work is split into three different pictures, hung vertically, about one house and the different changes it goes through. The changes I’m sure are controlled by the artist, Mark Campbell, and whoever helped him with the design and physical changes. However I have this feeling that the final pictures of the three different forms where touched digitally. When I was looking at the backgrounds of each one I felt that there were similarities and differences. The house starts off at the top as a run-down old looking place with garbage and litter everywhere. It definitely represents the urban and/or poor parts of some places in the world. The second picture does not represent the middle class (in my opinion) because the style and customization of the house is really abstract. The last picture definitely represents a house that was built in a high class suburb. Everything about it is really nice and formal. I believe Campbell’s intention is to show the drastic differences between the social classes. The only picture that would throw that off is the center one where the house looks like it was thrown through an inter-dimensional portal where artists and architects from all over the 20th and 21st century reside and went to town as a team on this poor house, a house that has no identity or sex. And I think he nailed it perfectly because what the heck is the middle class supposed to look like? On a deeper note I believe that the artist is saying that whoever you are and wherever you live and whatever you live in, you can climb higher and live your life how you want to live it, a summed up version of the American Dream.

  143. Gavin Davis says:

    For my fifth entry I want to talk about Abrupt Transitions by Blaise Tobia. This art piece is located in the bottom floor gallery in Westby. When I first saw it, I walked left to right to look at the entire thing (the artwork is made up of several photos lined up next to each other) before I read the title. The left side showed a couple of small business buildings in a town where the tree belt was completely devoid of grass and trees. No sign of natural life was present because it was paved over to make way for the buildings that were to be erected. The right side of the artwork changed everything because all of a sudden the pictures showed a suburban street in the middle of the summer so that the trees were allowing light to peek through the leaves to illuminate the street. The houses were very nice; a house that reminds me of home where the street was owned by children playing their games and not cars. I finally looked at the title and back at the pictures and was surprised that it really was all one area shot several different times from one place. I do not like reading the descriptions of the artwork in the packets and pamphlets because I don’t want my opinion of what a certain piece of art stands for to be completely thrown out the window because it is wrong or not what the artists had in mind when he/she was making the piece. I really liked how Tobia used large sizes of the pictures to make someone have to walk a few feet and immerse themselves in Abrupt Trasitions. No matter what town you may find yourself in, you will never know what is around the corner.

  144. Gavin Davis says:

    For my fourth entry I want to talk about one of the art pieces in the downstairs gallery. There was no tag or name on the base but I grabbed one of the packets that describes the work of the artists in the exhibition. We have talked about this piece before as a class; I believe it is titled “Mountain Town” by Bass and Balsa Wood. This is the centerpiece in the room. It is made of small pieces of wood and set into two distinct parts, one that stands from the ground and the other hangs from the ceiling. I assume that most people (including myself) did not expect the top portion to be hanging from the ceiling initially and I was surprised when I first realized it. Connected to the “scaffolding” are hand-made houses that look like pueblos or Native American houses in the west. Most people would agree with the houses looking like pueblos but may not have seen what Native American houses in the west look like, for example, the Anasaki town called Mesa Verde located around the “four corners” area of the United States. To be exact, the Anasaki Native Americans’ homes are what historians consider to be the ancestors of modern pueblos. When I was looking at this work of art, this is what came to my head first because it reminded me of my history textbook back around 3rd grade. However, the work is not simply a homage to Native American architecture because the houses at the top are upside down. I believe the authors’ intent is to make people think about living in a community such as a city that has become too large, as if all the land in the world has become one big cityscape. Where would all the newly born people live? The artists want us to think that such a community would be so odd that it is like living in an upside down world.

  145. Kimberlee Cirillo says:

    Aryana’s Show
    Aryana’s paintings did not lack one ounce of color. The dull and boring black room was transformed into an explosion of color. The bright, neon paints created a heavy contrast against the black walls and made each work stand out. Aryana truly captured movement of the body in each painting. The series of parcour illustrated the intense movement and showed strength, while the dance painting captured the art of grace. Her red hair flowed easily through the air while her appendages peacefully followed. Aryana did a great job and I truly enjoyed observing her talented art work.

  146. Kimberlee Cirillo says:

    Empty Bowls:
    When my roommate asked me if I wanted to go to “Empty Bowls”, I didn’t know what to expect. However, Empty Bowls exceeded all of my expectations and I was glad I chose to attend. “Empty Bowls” is an organization that fights against hunger. High school students, from different areas, create ceramic unique ceramic bowls and glaze them. Our part is to donate $10 to receive a bowls and then enjoy a choice of chicken noodle or vegetable soup. My favorite part was observing all of the unique ceramic pieces. Some had distinct patterns and carvings, while others had vivid colors and sparkly glazes. I loved that the bowls lacked perfection. Each dent or missed paint spot added great character. As I was eating my soup, I couldn’t help but smile. A simple $10 can impact the lives of those less fortunate and fill their empty bowls. I placed me pink bowl with imprints of daises on my dresser. Every time I look a it, I will remember that I helped someone. Empty Bowls is such a great cause!

  147. Gavin Davis says:

    I recently went to the Westby student art gallery on the second floor after the artist presented there was changed. The new artist’s name is Olexis Novok, a senior here at Rowan. I was hoping to talk about a few things that she has done but her entire gallery just disturbed me. I did pick one, however there was no title and no pamphlet that I could find that gave a detailed description of her and her work. The artwork was about 15’’ by 20’’ in a wooden frame that showed a woman with medium length dark hair and sunken eyes. I didn’t notice at first by around her neck and chest was what I thought a fur coat but instead was about five rats curled around her body. The woman was simply staring forward into space as if she was daydreaming, not caring about the animals on her body. Looking at Olexia’s other artwork I thought that she wanted to make the viewer as uncomfortable or disturbed as possible. I think Olexia’s mission with this artwork was to have the viewer feel relaxed at finally finding something relatively normal; only to take a closer look and find out that once again, she put a twist on it because what you thought was a fur coat is not a group of rats. I believe that Olexia’s style is to make art like this and watch other people’s reactions for fun. If my assumption is true, then she is a very creative and devious artist. If she was there while I was trying to find something to write about, I’d commend her for unconventional style while quickly exiting stage-left.

  148. Olga Spitsin says:

    I came across the work of Nan Goldin through the last assigned reading of the semester. Her project, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency interested me because it was very open about subjects that most people were fairly closed about. Although Goldin was criticized for glamourizing heroin and other drug use, I find her work very unique because of its autobiographical nature. Not many photographers are bold enough to document their own lives in the way that Goldin documented hers. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency was more or less a “public diary” of Nan’s life expressed through very real, very open photographic images. Nan’s photographs show the intimate lives of her friends and herself. Another interesting facet of Nan’s photographs was that she documented the gay and transsexual communities.

    An image that caught my eye is titled the hug. This image contains no faces, just the back of a woman with a man’s hand visible around her waist. The image itself appears very dark, both in coloring and in symbolism. Nan takes something that is typically thought of as a positive act, a hug and shows it in a dark, eerie light. The woman’s messy hair in the image appears odd because she is wearing a formal, navy blue gown. The only aspect of the man that is visible is his arm. Nan uses shadows to add an additional darkness to the image.

  149. Jessica De Rose says:

    Yesterday in class we had looked at the photographer Miss Aniela. I was really interested in her work because of the unusual images she would create. I liked how they are all very elaborate fantastical images and in some ways telling a story. After looking at more of her images on my own, I found on her website a couple of images that really intrigued me. The first one that immediately caught my eye was the one with a woman and a bird looked like it was coming out of the front of her and out of the back. All of the birds in the picture look as if they were painted on and I really like how the background looks with all of the birds on the wall. The woman herself in the image looks so small and delicate next to the birds that look as if they are coming out of her. The second image that caught my eye was the one with the woman who looks as if she came out of the 18th century. I get this feeling from the clothing she is wearing along with the background which anyone could point out. However, the way her face is positioned and her hair style suggests she comes from the modern world. I really like the contrast between the two. I also liked how the images at the bottom of the photograph were photo shopped in. It is like she is trying to tell a story from that time period.

  150. Ghislaine Cruz says:

    From the contemporary photographers that have been studying so far, I believe Cindy Sherman has done some really interesting work, portraying the media culture and women. Many of her images are weird and disturbing but yet have an underlying message of how women are depicted on television or in movies. She represents the stereotypical roles of women of television shows and movies, yet people response to that by watching them regardless. Cindy Sherman took that to another level by showing women as sex objects with very unconventional photographs to the most natural portrayal of women, like the image of the girl on the couch with a telephone beside her (Untitled #90). This image yet is not as eccentric as the others, shows how women in movies are portrayed as this sad and distressed person that sits around and waits for the love of her life to call or the image of the girl with a suitcase waiting on an empty road, waiting for someone to come save her (Untitled #48). The message she was trying to get across in her photographs show real meaning and sets her apart from the other contemporary photographers in my opinion.

  151. Olivia Reitano says:

    Since we brought up the celebrity photographer David LaChapelle the other day in class, I decided I wanted to write about one of his photographs. LaChapelle is known for creating his own unconventional and surprising atmospheres around the celebrities that we all know and love. In one of his works, he features Britney Spears in all her pop glory, which was probably taken at least 10 years ago when she was on top of her music game. The picture shows Britney standing in the middle of a little girl’s room surrounded by a bunch of dolls. The room is very typical of the majority audience that Britney once attracted when she started making music. The picture is ironic because while she is very popular in many young girls’ hearts, she was only a young girl herself when she became a star. The picture makes us realize how young some celebrities are nowadays. The irony that comes out of the photograph surrounds the fact that Britney is not dressed like a young girl at all. The innocent look on her face does not exactly match the major cleavage and short shorts that she is wearing. After thinking about what LaChapelle is trying to capture, it hit me that he is trying to make a statement about what Hollywood does to young stars. Britney Spears came into the industry young and innocent and was chewed up, spit out, and came out as a “dolled up” singer. She was turned into what the media wanted her to be. It is amazing how much the people sitting at home watching these stars blow up have most of the say regarding the persona the celebrities will embody.

  152. Mike Barnes says:

    Two weeks ago we visited the Rowan Art Gallery and saw the Exhibit “High/Low Density.” The gallery explored the cramped living conditions of the suburbs and also showed some natural landscapes that had been tarnished by human intervention via infrastructure. The one piece that
    appealed to me most was the 3D cluster of houses that was situated directly below an identical cluster of houses that was inverted and hanging from the ceiling.

    I found this work to be most interesting for many reasons. The first being that I have seen many clusters of small houses like this in poor areas throughout the world, mainly through television or the internet, and have always been fascinated by the fact that so many people can be crammed into a small area like that. The second reason I found this piece to be interesting was that it almost seems to be a satire on the living conditions we have in place today. There are so many cramped areas that are building on top of buildings to compensate for overpopulation. This piece represents that overpopulation but also seems to comically suggest that if we wish to continue down the path of building upon buildings, eventually the only way to continue doing so many be to use floating houses that resemble those built below it. This of course is impossible, at least in this day and age, and would pose many problems even if it was possible. The whole idea the artist is trying to get across seems to be that we as a society need to figure out a solution to overpopulation unless we are prepared to keep building on top of buildings and creating even more problems.

  153. Lisa Skala says:

    Visiting the artist gallery, our class went downstairs to view the High/Low Density show. I really enjoyed the work in this show. My favorite part was the installation behind the curtain. The only structure in the room was lit up, and the light changed every time the sounds changed. The rest of the room was dark. As I sat on a bench to view it, my eyes began to block out everybody else in the room. They were fixed on the structure and the different colors it was changing to. With the sounds as well, it began to make me imagine what it could be. At one point, I heard what I thought was little kids screaming and yelling, as if they were on a playground. Meanwhile, the colors of the structure changed to brighter, happier tones. In contrast, when the sound of a thunderstorm began, the colors changed dramatically darker. I sat in there for at least 15 minutes and during that time, I did not hear one sound or see one color repeated. The installation definitely evokes different emotions of the viewer.

  154. Lisa Skala says:

    In Digital Photo today, we walked down to the gallery to see Alexis Novak’s senior thesis show. I was familiar with some of Alexis’ work already because we’ve had a few photo classes together. She incorporated into her show, four very large images, four prints, one video, and her artist statement on a monitor as well. The images were all printed very clearly, and with their size, they were powerful to view. The prints were also interesting, and presented very neatly. The video involved food, such as dressing being poured on a salad, and the sounds of people moaning in the background. Overall, I think her show was presented very well. It was neat, organized, and had some different aspects to it such as the artist statement, which is normally printed out.

  155. Stephanie Cabrera says:

    This artist, Jason Mecier, basically takes items that represent a specific celebrity, and converts it to art. For example, Cheech and Chong, who were extremely famous in the 70s and 80s, were known because of their drug use. They were comedians who were sort of like hippies, believing in the free love movement and especially in the drug culture movement. The artist portrays this by making art out of drug paraphernalia, which he shapes to look like Cheech and Chong.

    It’s a very creative take on something. It’s so colorful and vivid; he takes objects that the regular person would believe is trash and makes it something extraordinary. Each object is placed in a specific place to look like something it’s not – to look like someone that in our culture is very famous.

    To see more of his work, click here: http://www.bestweekever.tv/2011-08-11/35-celebrity-mosaics-that-will-blow-your-mind/

  156. Stephanie Cabrera says:

    This photo, although at first doesn’t really seem necessarily funny, is a sort of horribly funny take on the decision that the USA government had on deciding to not send any NASA astronauts into space any longer. This set of photos, labeled as “Astronaut Suicides”, is a take on that decision by photographer Neil Dacosta. Each photo expresses a specific type of suicide. Whether by suffocation, jumping over a bridge, shooting a gun to the head, or tying a cement block to your ankle and jumping into a body of water – each photo expresses how this decision will kill the career of an astronaut.
    There are really no lively colors in any of the photos, with the astronaut being the main focus. The colors are sort of dark and dreary, basically killing any childhood dream any of us had to become an astronaut.

  157. Stephanie Cabrera says:

    I think this art is incredible. This artist, who sadly I don’t know the name of, is basically talking about the different classes there are in corporation America. The artist paints a photo inside a garbage can that is labeled Burger King. America is a huge lover of the fast-food industry – we spend money on fast food and don’t give it a second thought. Some people don’t even finish their meals before throwing it out, not caring that they spent 5 dollars on a meal.

    At first glance you just notice a burger king trash can. Then you look inside the trash can and see a boy that is clearly underfed – this represents the poor class in America that would kill to have a bite of your burger because even that means food, and yet we’re wasting it away. Look closely into the background and you see a person walking into the restaurant not giving a second glance to the young boy in the trash. This could represent how the other classes in America don’t really care about the poor and underfed because it doesn’t directly affect us.

    The only true bright colors in the photo is that of the trash can; the other colors are dulled out to emphasize the trash can as the main event; the child is in black and white, I think, to add a more drastic effect to the finished photo.

  158. Mike Barnes says:

    A week or so ago we visited the art gallery and saw the exhibit “High/Low Density” on display. I really enjoyed the exhibit and one of my favorite pieces in it was the 3D representation of houses on an incline which was also inverted 180 degrees and hanging from the ceiling so that the same landscape was seen right side up and upside down directly on top of each other. This work related to another picture that was in the gallery which showed a crammed space full of houses that seemed to be built on top of each other.

    This piece was so interesting to me because I have seen this scenario in real life, mainly in the media when looking at places such as Brazil where the houses seem to just be piled on top of each other because there is not enough room. The reason I like it though is because it seems like it is trying to get the message across that we cannot just keep building on top of other buildings. It almost seems to be a cynical stance on society today. To me, the message is that we are already stacking so many buildings into such a small space that at the rate we are going, the only option may be to keep stacking. The piece seems to be saying that the only way in the future to do that may be to have floating structures that mirror the infrastructure below. The piece is showing that the absurd may be our only option if we cannot figure out a way to deal with overpopulation.

    The entire gallery was very interesting to me for all sorts of reasons. Many of the pieces show how nature and infrastructure interact with each other, and how the natural beauty of many landscapes has been forever tarnished by humans. Through this exhibit, and many other things we have studied this year, my perception of what art is has changed 100%. I never realized how structures even as simple as billboards and old restaurants can be used as art to get across a message.

  159. Nichole Costello says:

    Ariana’s parkour inspired pieces all displayed bright and vibrant use of colors. After hearing her speak about her creative process for the exhibit, it brought a greater sense of perspective; the in-between shots of movement that hardly anyone would notice. I liked the background of the main parkour pieces. They were lightly layered with pastel oranges, pink, blues and greens giving it a soft and subtle context making the focal point of the parkour partakers stand out boldly. Their activities seemed to be happening in front of you as it wasn’t a solid person making the airborne movement. Their bodies seemed to have a feathered framework making their power and struggle to make these maneuvers so vivid. The cool part was when we shut the lights off and you can really see the colors pop using the black lights. Even though it was off to the side and not parkour inspired, my favorite was the girl dancer with her bright red hair flowing as she was mid twirl. All pieces were beautifully executed and she did an amazing job getting her message across on what inspired her creative process.

  160. Nicholas Pompei says:

    While leafing through a box of vintage photos at my aunt’s store, I stumbled across a few portraits of civil war soldiers that caught my attention. My aunt said that most of these photographs were believed to be taken by the famous, Mathew Brady, who was one of most renowned photographers of the 19th century. They are not easily found and quite valuable today, depending on the age, size, and condition of the photo. Although Brady started out as a student of the Daguerreotype process, the photographs I held were an example of his later work with the then newer, wet plate method. Many of the photos that have been attributed to Brady were actually taken by his employees, which he spent his entire fortune on outfitting with cameras and traveling darkroom equipment.
    After previewing what I could of his works online, I soon realized that although there were photos ranging from portraits of newly enlisted soldiers to grim studies of the dead on battlefields, in nearly every photograph there is always a curious lack of action or fighting shots. The reason for this I came to realize is that photographs taken during the Civil War required the careful mixing of chemicals, due to the fact that the sheet of glass used as a negative needed to be coated with chemicals. Couple this with the need for the subject to remain very still during the taking of the photograph, with exposure times of several seconds, and it made combat photographs nearly impossible, not to mention really dangerous.
    I found the photographs of the dead scattered across the battlefield in gruesome poses to be a little disturbing. I think these black and white photos with their lack of color and staged positioning were more impactful than photos taken by contemporary photographers in war zones today. Also, I was struck by the fact that most of these soldiers were mere teenagers, yet looked like they were well into their forties. Their expressions were always very solemn, even when they were posing for a portrait. Smiling and saying “cheese” was a concept that definitely hadn’t been born yet.

  161. Nicholas Pompei says:

    I’ve chosen to talk about an artist best known for her work in the 1970’s Margaret Keane is best known for her oils and mixed media of doe-eyed, waifs, but she originally painted under her former husband’s name for undisclosed reasons. My interest in this particular artist, whose infamous paintings of huge, sad-eyed children was born of my mother’s love of the work. When I was just a small child, she brought home a huge, oil on canvas, consisting of several waif-like boys and girls gathered in a group on what appears to be a street corner. This was later followed by a smaller painting on canvas of a young boy, holding a white puppy. Everyone said that the painting was a dead-ringer for me at that age, but I thought that all of Keane’s children looked more like the cast of “Children of the Damned.”
    Margaret Keane was a sickly, lonely child, who took up drawing to entertain herself during her long convalescences. Her doe-eyed, children are instantly recognizable, although her former husband and she had to fight ownership rights of the works out in court. Margaret was eventually found to be the artist after a paint-off, in which she painted a portrait before the judge, but her former husband refused claiming a sore shoulder. Margaret claims that the children are a reflection of her own unhappy childhood, and one look into the haunted eyes of these kids, I’m a believer. Even with the passage of years, what critics refer to as a “soulful” look in their eyes, I still find to be more of a “possessed” appearance.
    After researching Ms. Keane, I learned that although while married and painting in her husband’s shadow, her works were slanted toward sad children in dark settings, once divorced and becoming a Jehovah’s Witness, her works supposedly took on a happier, lighter style. Her website now advertises her work as having “tears of joy” or “tears of happiness”. I viewed some of these newer “happy” paintings, and if I ever ran into one those kids in the flesh, I’d hold up my crucifix and chant, “With the power of Christ, I compel you!”

  162. Patrick Younghans says:

    The gallery we went to during Tuesday’s class I really enjoyed it. I did not know there was such thing as black light paint and I did not know that it could even be done like it was. At first looking at the paintings the first thing that did come to my mind was that they were doing parkour. I thought it was awesome how the painting strokes showed the movement which the people were doing. I thought it was very cool all the movement that was showed in the paintings when it was during normal light.

    Then when the black light came I was very impressed with the paintings and like them even more with the black light. The neon colors really started to show even thought some of the colors in the normal light were not visible. The best part of the paintings was how even with the black light on and some of the colors were not visible that were during normal light, you could still tell what the painting was about. The neon paints came out and just by those colors coming out, you can still see the movements and still have an idea what the painting was about. That was the coolest part of the whole exhibit because it normal light and then in the black light some colors were not as visible but the paintings had the same meanings which expressed movement.

  163. Louie Nagorniak says:

    There are many diefferences between Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. One of the obvious differences between the two is made fairly apparent. While containing similar real-life subjects, Post-Impressionism greatly diverges from the original style of Impressionism by distorting forms and emphasizing underlying subjects and their forms. This removes the element of realism, which exists in Impressionism entirely. Post-Impressionism often includes strange shapes and unusual appearances of usual objects to express emotions and feelings of artists. This is something never seen within Impressionism because the main focus of Impressionism is emphasis on light, and capturing the visual moment from the artists perspective, without adding any additional perspectives whether it be emotional or not. Essentially, both art forms take similar settings and distort them, but in incredibly different ways.

  164. Louie Nagorniak says:

    The walls of The Charles Engelhard Court are covered with large glass windows allowing a great deal of sunlight to enter the room. This tends to naturally illuminate each work of art within the section, for those lucky enough to wander into the museum on a sunny day. This ironically seemed to cast a “positive light” on each item displayed within that particular area. It also seemed to immediately create somewhat of a positive attitude in anyone who wandered into this section of the museum, and made viewing the art there a far more enjoyable experience. While all of the elements of the environment created by the Metropolitan Museum are great, they simply cannot take full credit for the appeal of the golden sculpture of Diana. First and foremost Diana is located towards the center of the room, giving it a sense of importance that is lost to any other piece left lingering along the walls. Its placement individually in the center also makes it vulnerable to a great deal of light exposure from the windows. Since the outside of the bronze sculpture is a captivating shiny gold, the light draws even more attention to the piece, and makes it appear to be the highlight of the room.

  165. Louie Nagorniak says:

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is a highly respected institute, which provides any guests who enter it, a fulfilling and worthwhile experience. This instantly gives the museum a sense of credibility unlike any other, causing for each work of art within it to gain a fantastic amount of respect and admiration. This is no exception to the sculpture of Diana the Huntress, which stands among many other sculptures made of bronze and marble within the bright and spacious Charles Engelhard Court. The Charles Engelhard Court, is a part of the American Wing at the museum which displays various different works of art throughout many different time periods. All of the different works of art within the American are presented in chronological order, so the pieces in Engelhard Court surrounding Diana are of the same time period and contain similar qualities to one another such as nudity, idealism, and some involvement in Greek mythology. This makes it very easy for viewers in this area to appreciate the impressive characteristics of classical Greek artwork, which makes up a great deal of the work in this section.

  166. Olivia Reitano says:

    I love looking at photographs taken of celebrities. It is always entertaining to see our favorite stars photographed in different lights. Sometimes these different lights help us to see a new side of them that we do not expect to see. Photographer Martin Schoeller is most known for doing extremely close close-ups of celebrities. His pictures focus in on a celebrity’s face. You can even make out each pore and imperfection on his/her face. Schoeller does this, I’m guessing, so that when you look at his photographs, you become aware that flaws exist in these people that we hold so high and mighty. They are just like us. He photographs nothing but the celebrity’s head and neck. Doing this erases anything extra that normally adds to the person’s appearance and atmosphere. All we see is the rawness and sincerity of a man or woman with nothing else in the way to distract us from who this person really is. His celebrities also wear no expression, nothing to dictate their personality. One of his close-ups, taken of fashion designer Marc Jacobs, stands out to me a lot. In the picture, Jacobs gives off a mood with just his blank stare at the camera. I can see the humility in his eyes. From looking at the picture, you can almost tell that he’s come a long way and been through a lot to get where he is now. I love that Schoeller is able to capture this all without anything but a headshot.

  167. Jessica De Rose says:

    Last week we visited the art gallery with the High Low Density Exhibit. At first I did not realize the meaning behind the images and sculptures. As I looked further however, many of the images stood out to my interest. One of my favorites was with the many images all connected together. This piece started from the left with a poor area and as it progressed right, it went to a suburban area. For me, this symbolized that no matter where you come from, it can always lead you into something bigger and better no matter how you look at it. Another example of this was the images of the same house perceived in three different ways. The top one reminded me of a poor area in southern Florida. There was junk spread all over and you could tell the house was not taken care of. The middle image seemed as if a painter lived in the house because of the wide range of color and creativity. The bottom image seemed as if it came out of a suburban area in California because of the solid, straight edges, and formal aspects of the house.
    To me this idea connects with the photographer Bill Owens. From the images we had looked at in class, it showed the growth of the U.S and what a typical suburban area looks like. Each of the three images of the house showed a sophisticated humor much like Owens provided in much of his photography. In a way, they also tell a story from three different points of view which I find very intriguing.

  168. Tyler Ferst says:

    I really enjoyed going to both gallery openings at Westby Hall last week. However, I feel as though Sam Guerrero’s exhibit “The Pixel Made Me Do It!” stood out in my mind a lot more than the “High Low Density“ exhibit did. As a business marketing major who knows close to nothing about art and photography, I found Guerrero’s work to be a lot more relatable and easier to appreciate for the average person than the other exhibit. I think Guerrero had a really interesting and original theme for his exhibit that I’ve never really seen before. The way he broke his images down into tiny pixels really allowed for him to put as much detail as he wanted into every aspect of his portrait and because of that he came out with images that were very sharp, precise and full of vibrant colors. One image that really stood out to me was titled “Roots” and it was a portrait of an old farmer holding what appeared to be a baby plant by its roots while it’s yawning as if it was just born and pulled out of the ground. The farmer had a funny grin on his face like a proud father holding his baby plant that he grew. What first caught my eye about this image was that every aspect of it was so detailed and real looking but the idea of the image was very unreal and fantasy like. I thought this was a really cool idea. Another picture that I thought was interesting, whimsical and easy for anybody to relate to was the portrait of the snakes titled “Charmed”. In this image Guerrero made a characteristic portrait of a boy snake ogling over a girl snake. I like the way he incorporated a human emotion into a characteristic image with snakes instead of humans. Like all of his other images the colors were very bright and vibrant and every scale in the snakes were so detailed that you can really see how Guerrero thought about every color involved. I thought this style created very striking, powerful and original looking images that turned into the theme of his exhibit.

  169. Lisa Skala says:

    Last Thursday, I went with Dr. Adelson’s class to see the Cindy Sherman exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. Cindy Sherman’s style is one that i’ve always admired, so I was excited to get the chance to see the exhibit and needless to say, it didn’t let me down. Sherman’s black and white images have always been some of my favorite, and upon entering the exhibit, these were the first images to view. I think I spent the most time in this room. I love the way she uses herself to portray different roles of the female figure. I enjoy her black and white images the most because they are more dramatic and serious. They evoke emotions of the viewer.
    One main reason why I love her black and whites is that they really show off the roles of women, or portray the life of a woman. One in particular, is Sherman in a bathroom appearing to be looking at herself very critically in the mirror. She has her hand on her stomach, as if she is worried about her weight or outfit. This sort of self confidence is something that many women face. Sherman’s image does a great job of portraying this feeling, as do many of her other black and white images by putting women in other situations.

  170. Michael Young says:

    Accidentally Beautiful: The Work of the Late Mark Andrew Silva

    I recently stumbled upon a photographic work by a man by the name of “The Late Mark Andrew Silva”. The work is highly mysterious, as no scholarly writing has been done in regards to it. I found the work strangely captivating with a strong dadaist sensibility.

    This work is quite simple: it is a film photograph taken on a 35mm SLR camera. The subject matter is rather mysterious; it depicts a plug, quite possibly a charger for a battery of some sort. The frame is cropped out two thirds of the way across the work, and we can see the beginning of another frame. This is quite interesting to me, as it gives a strong sense of motion although the subject of the work is stationary. It is almost as if we are capturing a glimpse into a transition of some sort, perhaps a return to a darker time, as the frame on the right is extremely dark and empty. This makes me think of the collapse of Roman society and the inevitability of the collapse of our own society.

    Perhaps the artist was trying to show the collapse of the art world following the Dada movement. If something as banal as a battery charger could be art, why is anything art? The frame on the right quite literally depicts nothing at all.

    Upon further research, I found that all of this conjecture is entirely meaningless. The photograph was accidentally taken while the artist was advancing the film in his camera in order to prepare to take photographs of nature. The fact that this work is accidental also strengthens its dadaist sensibility and hearkens back to the works of Hans Arp and Marcel Duchamp, where chance would play a key role in the creation of art.

    Whether or not The Late Mark Andrew Silva meant to take the photograph is entirely irrelevant. The photograph was taken, and it is beautiful.

  171. Chelsea Fives says:

    Since 2008, many protestors in the United States have been fighting to have Joseph Kony arrested for his crimes of abducting children in Uganda. In 2012, a group called Invisible Children Inc., fought to draw attention to Kony to get the United States more involved in the issue. For this protest, there were many posters created to support the cause and create awareness. There was one poster in particular that caught my attention in the link below:
    In this poster it has a picture of Joseph Kony in the front, and Osama Bin Laden and Hitler behind him. Having these iconic infamous leaders behind Kony, represents the harm he has done and will continue to do to people if we do not stop them. It also shows the seriousness of his crimes and how he relates to the cruelness these people have instilled. In the poster, Osama and Hitler are colored in blue, where Kony is represented in red. I think the blue represents the coldness these leaders put upon many people and how they are frozen in time and have already done their damage. With Kony colored red it shows the blood, anger, and liveliness this issue still has. That there is still time to do something, where as the other two leaders are frozen in time and there is nothing we can do. Not only are the images in this poster strong, but also the few words they put on there are powerful. The words, “KONY 2012. STOP AT NOTHING” represents the point they are trying to get across with a few simple words. They want to raise awareness and get people to see this poster and act. This poster is street photography as well as modern art. Instead of the traditional colors and a centered image, the image is going off to the right and the words are on the left. This art had a way of saying so many words about such a powerful topic on one poster.

  172. Mike Barnes says:

    Last week we viewed the room 207 student gallery which showed the works of Samuel Guerrero Jr in his exhibit “The Pixel Made Me Do It.” I enjoyed all of the works he had on display, but the one I liked the most was the picture of a man and a dog standing nose to nose. I don’t remember the title of the photo, but I was immediately drawn to it because of its funny nature. The funny thing about it is that it seems to suggest that pets are an image of their owners. In the photo, both the human and the dog are wearing a Yankees hat and a large chain around their neck. Even the face of the man looks similar to the face of the dog. The artist may be trying to suggest that if you were to look at the photo for long enough, you would not be able to distinguish any unique characteristics of the human in comparison to the dog as they would look completely identical.

    It strikes me as comical because this is something that I see everyday with pets. More often than not when I see a large man walking a dog, the dog is usually huge and resembles its owner. When I see a fashionable woman walking her dog, most of the time it is a small poodle or something of that nature. It is something that I see all the time, yet I never thought of it being the subject of an artists’ rendering. Guerrero really impressed me with his ability to take everyday common ideas and turn them into wildly vivid and imaginative works of art.

  173. Samantha Pollicino says:

    When we went and saw Willie Cole: Deep Impressions, I had no clue what class I was getting into. Everyone had these ideas of what they saw, and all I could see was iron burns. I feel as if I have a better grasp at seeing what he is trying to portray now that the class has evolved. I see the symmetry between basic everyday items used as traditional past common attire. It shows how far civilization has come. Also I love how he uses bright colors and shapes in some of his work. Still he was with the common theme of household like high heels, but then it looks like a traditional rug or table cloth. I felt as if he was trying to show how far we have come in America, however there are still things holding us back. I like how he used shoes into making beautiful masks. It shows how similar the past and present are and how the past influences so much of our future. He brings it full circle and shows how the present has similarities of the past.

  174. Samantha Pollicino says:

    When Ansel Adams was brought up in class, I was so excited because both my mom and grandmother had his prints all over the houses. I loved how he could capture these really unique times, like a lightning strike. Or a bunch of really fluffy full clouds rolling in. When i found out that he uses black room techniques to create some of that I was dishearted. I found myself looking at his artwork more like a science project. The feeling that i get when I look at the pictures is not the same. I see how skilled he is and i do believe he is very talented at photography, but when you think something is natural and pure, then you find out that it is manufactured somewhat, it looses some value. I still love the depth of the photographs and it is amazing what he can do, however I feel a little disconnected now from them.

  175. Samantha Pollicino says:

    One of my absolute favorite shows on television is America’s Next Top Model. It is a guilty pleasure and I am not particulary into fashion or Tyra Banks, however I love seeing how the final pictures turn out. When the photo shoots are going on I can never see any sign of a picture and then when I see their “best shot” I never know how they get the girls to look as good as they do. I am very novice and can barely take a photo with my phone. The last episode I saw the girls were covered in leaves and maple syrup was being poured on them. During the photo shoot the girls look a mess and their were only seconds to capture a good photo. Photographers have a gift to see a moment before it happens. When the pictures where revealed all the women looked beautiful and that has most to do with the photographer and the angles they used when shooting to photo. I do not have the ability to see that moment and create a beautiful piece of art.

  176. Olga Spitsin says:

    A few weeks ago I visited Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey. Grounds for Sculpture is a 42-acre sculpture park. Seeing Grounds for Sculpture was a unique experience because the park is mostly outdoor and incorporates the natural environment into many of its sculptures. In John Ruppert’s “Pumpkins” sculpture, he uses 5 cast aluminum pumpkins and spreads them out over the grass. “Pumpkins” appears very life-like. This sculpture is ironic because he is adding an object that is found in the natural environment, a pumpkin, but in this case the object is made out of man-made materials.

    Steve Tobin is another artist who decided to incorporate the natural environment into his sculptures. His sculptures feature roots and termite hills, both which can typically be found outdoors. An interesting aspect of Tobin’s work is that he literally incorporates nature into his art. For his series Roots, Tobin extracted as much as he could from the root structure of a dead tree and then casted these roots in bronze.

  177. Ghislaine Cruz says:

    After visiting the High/Low Density in the Art Gallery, at first I couldn’t understand the meaning behind the different portraits, paintings, etc. I didn’t understand how they all fit into the name of the gallery. The one exhibit that I felt was sort of out of place with the rest was the one that was in the dark room, with the various sounds and the animation of lights. I just felt like the sounds and the light didn’t connect with the meaning of the exhibition. The only connection I saw was the view of building and footprint of a city from above, which ties to the meaning of the high/low density. The sounds however, remind me of other things like the wilderness; the sounds of birds and animals that pertain to that environment. The lights, on the other hand kind of take you away from the sculpture and make you kind of pensive and think what about the meaning that the animation of lights have towards this. Overall I thought it was a different and pretty cool piece. The detail and ideas that were behind it were thought of well. I feel the artist was really creative and imaginative.

  178. Olga Spitsin says:

    The Pixel Made Me Do It exhibit is a gallery of digital illustrations created by Samuel Guerrero. Samuel’s exhibit uses color combinations and textures as well as a balance humor and creepiness. The first image I noticed in this exhibit was titled “Roots”. This image of a person who appears to be a farmer uses psychedelic colors and slightly scary and disturbing facial expressions. Another equally odd image is “I am-Beer man” also uses bright color combinations as well as weirdness and humor to evoke feelings from the audience.

    The piece that interested me the most from this collection is titled the Fine Line. This image is interesting because unlike the other images in this exhibit, it only uses the colors black and grey. However, what this image lacks in color, it makes up for in realistic details and texture. The image is so detailed that it appears as though this is a photograph of a sculpture. Like the other images in this series, The Fine Line has a disturbing element. The man in the image has an overall weirdness and the microphone’s sharp teeth add to the darkness of this work.

  179. Olga Spitsin says:

    This week our class attended the High Low Density Exhibit in the Rowan Art Gallery. This exhibit contained the works of eight artists and addressed urbanization and issues of concentration and dispersal within our environment. Overall, I feel that this exhibit was making a commentary on “man- made society” and how today it is very hard to find spaces that are untouched by humans.

    One of my favorite works from this exhibit was Kim Beck’s “Landscape Futures”. This work Mixed media, cut paper, charcoal piece is a commentary on our built environment. Specifically, it focuses on streets signs, gas station banners, parking lots, and telephone wires. This work shows what we are putting into our environment. It allows us to see that we are taking away from the beauty of our own environment by overcrowding it with signs, telephone wires, billboards, gas stations, etc.

    The title of this exhibit, High Low Density, reflects on society’s perception of its environment. The piece “Conflation: Living Above the Store” is an architectural model of most typical American suburbs. This work resembles what most people see when flying over the country in an airplane. This puts into perspective, our own perception of our surroundings. When individuals think about their own homes and spaces, they think of them as unique and individual and separate. This perception reflects “low density”. However, when flying over developed areas, one can clearly see how all the houses are grouped together. This aspect reflects the “high density” of our man-made environment.

  180. Olivia Reitano says:

    Annie Leibovitz is one of those photographers that when you see her work, you automatically know it belongs to her. She is famous for capturing photographs of models and celebrities in some of the most creative layouts. Her pictures always tell a story. They are mini movies that she creates to showcase certain characters or character traits. One photograph in particular of hers that I love was taken of the cast from the HBO series The Sopranos. The picture shows the cast members standing by the Delaware River with New Jersey in the background. The characters are standing up in the photograph, while characters that have been killed off in the series are lying in the dirt below their feet. The picture portrays the vibe of the show perfectly. The Sopranos, a show about a family with mafia affiliations, is anything but cheery and upbeat. It is raw and harsh and Annie’s photograph displays this in every way. The colors are dark and somber. The cast members are not smiling but staring at the camera. They are dealing with their picture being taken, just like how they deal with the drama on the television series. All in black, the characters all represent the common struggles of life. However, Annie was able to capture each individual’s personality through the way they are standing or positioned. As a fan of the show, I have to say that Annie Leibovitz did it justice when she photographed the cast in this grim yet dead-on photo shoot.

  181. Ghislaine Cruz says:

    The digital illustrations of Samuel Guerrero in his exhibition “The pixel made me do it!” are rather humorous to me. His illustrations are peculiar in a sense that they make you think why? They aren’t the typical kind of graphics I would normally see which I find pretty cool, being different makes the artist. Each illustration had some kind of independent humor going on. Like the Beer man illustration, from this one I got the sense in that it was a goofy character that was supposed to be looked up upon by others. Yet he had a missing boot and didn’t seem like he had it all together, which can make a distort image about how people that are seen this way in our society today aren’t necessarily looked great upon. Another illustration that I found distinctive was the one with the female and male cobra. This depicted our society in a way, like how males can become smitten by a girl they meet or just happen to come across, which sometimes can be funny. Makes you think specifically about the scenes that are acted out on television, they are always made to be humorous similar to this illustration.

  182. Kimberlee Cirillo says:

    Looking at the work by the Student illustrator Sam, made me realize how much talent lies in Rowan University. I was amazed at the work this student created. The pieces exploded with color and texture, creating a fun atmosphere. Some of the pieces looked so realistic and could easily be mistaken for animation. Each picture told a different story. Some where about characters and their different personalities, while other pictures created scenes. Each one however, was unique. I’ve never seen lady bugs expressed so vividly in color and placed in such dramatic patterns. One picture, I found interesting and others found creepy, was called “roots”. This picture was fascinating to me due to how clearly it was presented. I felt like this character was standing with is hands right out in front of my reach. His hands looked dirty and tired and you could understand the hardships of this farmer with a simple look. Also, the colors amazed me. The was hues of purple, blue, and pink throughout the picture which reflected in the character’s eyes. Overall, this piece was very creative and so interesting to look at. Sam’s work truly transformed the dull white space into an explosion of fun color.

  183. Paul Marchese says:

    A few things stood out when we walked into the High/Low Density Art gallery today. The first piece I looked at was the television to the right with the sound of nature and flipping landscapes. The natural landscapes were peaceful, especially with the sound effects of birds, wind and insects. However, I picked up that every picture after the first one had man made objects or a person disturbing the peace or tranquility. There were picnic tables, steel wire towers, basketball nets, and street signs that interrupted the peace that nature had to offer. After that I turned directly towards the suspended structure that had houses so cluttered together that it looked like they were on top of one another. The first thing that popped into my had is the picture of a south american country’s mountain landscape. It reminded me of movies filmed in brazil or something with all the houses stacked up and down the mountain ranges. Finally, I was fascinated by the 3D light show in the dark room with the model of a city on the floor. As I watched the light move across the city in all different directions it almost made it look like city buildings would sprout up in different areas. Overall, the show was definitely interesting to see and it made a good representation of high and low density in different perspectives.

  184. Kimberlee Cirillo says:

    Last class, we visited the High/ Low Density exhibit in Rowan’s Art Gallery. As soon as I walked into the spacious room around me, I was amazed. Automatically I was trying to figure out the meaning behind all of the pieces . As I read the name of the gallery, “High/Low Density” things became more clear and ideas began to spark. One piece that stuck out to me the most what the hundreds of tiny housed displayed on a backdrop. It resembled the image when flying in an airplane and looking down at the scenery. The houses come across so tiny and cars look like ants. Throughout the show there was a mixture of houses viewed from a high density and a low density, such as the three houses with different characteristics at eye level. The main idea I walked away with is how we do not always realize what the world around us appears like. If we are on the ground in a house, we are not able to see the millions of houses around us and how much land they consume. We are in a way secluded. It was a really neat show, and I enjoyed walking around and learning about each unique piece of art.

  185. Olga Spitsin says:

    Elliott Erwitt’s work stood out to me because of his ability to capture unique, absurd and ironic moments in everyday life. His snap shots show new perspectives of various life situations. One of my favorite images in his collection is known as “California Kiss”. It depicts a smiling woman with her face pressed up against a smiling man. This image is very unique because of its cropping. The male and female faces are seen in a car mirror and the background is an unfocused beach overlooking the ocean. The car that the man and woman are sitting in can be seen on the right side of the image. Not many people would crop the image so that the focused subjects only take up a small portion of the image. However, because Erwitt made sure that the background wasn’t in focus, so the mirror with the man and woman’s faces immediately are the first thing that the viewers eyes goes to.

    Another image that stands out to me is a portrait of Marilyn Monroe , reading. Her hand covers part of her face and she is wearing what appears to be a bathrobe. This image gives a new perspective of a very iconic person from that time period. Marilyn Monroe was seen as a very sexy and sensual woman. However, this image captures her softer, more relaxed side of the famous actress. Once again, Erwitt captures a unique moment that shines light on an aspect of a person’s personality that many people otherwise would not get to see.

  186. Olga Spitsin says:

    Dorothea Lange’s work has interested me since I first learned about her photographs documenting the great depression. Although “Migrant Mother” is one of her most well known images, I feel that her image “Dust Bowl Kids” is even more telling of the sadness and harshness of great depression. This image captured two young children staring straight into the camera in front of an unclear background.

    In this image, the children are clearly the focal points of the photograph. The background of this image is not focused, however, it does show that the children are outside. This image is very powerful because of the subjects’ facial expressions. The worried, hopeless expressions on the children’s faces have the capability to evoke feelings of sadness in the viewer of the image. Because the background of the image is not in focus, the children’s facial expressions are the first thing audiences see. A closer look at the image reveals details such as the children’s dirty fingernails and arms. These details make this photograph even more powerful. I feel that the children’s hands were positioned on their faces for a specific purpose. They frame the children’s faces, which forces audiences to look at the children’s eyes, which are full of pain and worry. Overall, Lange’s photography from the Great Depression was significant because images such as Dust Bowl Kids and Migrant Mother showed the country how people were living during this time period. Lange’s images opened up American’s eyes to what was going on in their own backyard.

  187. Olga Spitsin says:

    Earlier this semester we studied the work of Jacob Riis. Throughout his career, Jacob Riis captured very powerful images. His series, How the Other Half lives documented the life in New York City in the 1880’s. This series helped expose the lives of the working and lower class to the upper class citizens of New York. Riis’ photographs show the harsh realities of New York City life. In his images, Riis was able to capture the hopelessness and sadness of his subjects.

    A particular image that stands out to me from How the Other Half Lives shows three homeless children sleeping outside. The three children are positioned in the center of the image, all gathered around a barrel. I am sure that Riis did this in order to ensure that the homeless children were the focal point of photograph. The background of this photograph shows that these children are sleeping outdoors in an area that contains dirt and debris, which reveals the children’s’ social class to the audience. Another equally powerful image depicts three homeless children sleeping on grates. The children’s positioning shows that they are huddled together for warmth. None of the children are wearing shoes, which helps show their social status. Many of Riis’ images from this series evoke empathy. However, these two images are even more shocking and saddening because the subjects are children.

  188. Olivia Reitano says:

    There was a photograph that I came across online that stood out to me when I saw it. It was a picture taken of Lindsay Lohan by photographer Terry Richardson. Richardson is known for the provocative pictures he takes of celebrities and other relevant people in pop culture. His photographs test the boundaries of challenging and maybe even offensive material. The photo shoot he did starring Lohan includes a number of shots of her posed, looking flawless. The photos portray that she makes a statement and doesn’t quite care who sees. In the one particular shot that caught my attention, Lohan appears to be photographed off guard and her face is blank. Richardson is holding a tabloid next to her face with an article criticizing her. The shot resembles what a paparazzo would have captured of her on a random day to include in the article for the tabloid. What can Lohan do but be a victim to the camera? When you look at Richardson’s photograph, you can’t help but feel sorry for Lohan. This shot lets us see what she is forced to deal with on a daily basis from fans and paparazzi. Although her life looks glamorous and perfect on the outside, we can see from this picture that it might not be all it’s cracked up to be. To an outsider, a celebrity’s life is everything you could ever ask for. They are loved and known by everyone. But to a celebrity, difficulties like the one shown in this photograph follow them everywhere they turn.

  189. Paul Marchese says:

    I was particularly shocked by Harold E. Edgerton’s photo of the .30 caliber bullet passing through the apple on page 305. It says that he captured this photo with a micro second exposure while the bullet passed at 2800 feet per second. The camera and strobe were triggered by the sound wave of the bullet. I find this extremely impressive that he captured something like this in 1964, because I feel like it’s still exactly what you see on television today. Tv shows and movies often slow down bullets to make it a special effect. Edgerton definitely captured something that was ahead of his time. I also found it interesting that he only had to use one apple to get the photo. When I first saw the photo, I assumed that it had to take a hundred apples or so and many shots to get it just right. The books says that Edgarton first displayed this photo at MIT and explained that this was how you make applesauce which I thought was a humorous way of thinking about it. Because I am a gun collector and firearms enthusiast, I did not find the entry and exit of the bullet surprising. However, I can see how people would be surprised that both the entry and exit are outward explosions. Many may have thought that the entry would cause an inward explosion inside the apple blowing the guts out the back end. Overall, it is definitely an extraordinary photo for its time.

  190. Paul Marchese says:

    One of my all time favorite photos is of Babe Ruth, by Nickolas Muray. Maybe I love the photo so much because my favorite sport is baseball but there is more to it than that. Baseball is part of the American past time and it gave the people hope during the World Wars and the Depression. Babe Ruth is the most iconic baseball player of all time and I think Nickolas Muray’s picture captures what a true ball player should look like. The old time uniforms and hats brought style to the game and the attitudes of the players were intense. Guys like Babe Ruth were not playing for the money like guys do today, they were playing for the love of the game that they were good at. Players like Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, MIckey Mantle, Lou Gehrig, and Joe Dimaggio had the grit that made baseball a great game. Bottom line is that they played with heart and I always wished I could go back in time and watch these guys play ball. Nickolas Muray’s photo makes Babe Ruth look serious about the game and almost mean. On the other hand, he looks relaxed in way that he knows he knows the game and is damn good at hitting the baseball. I also noticed that the Babe is holding a Louisville Slugger wooden bat which may have relevance to the photo in that George Herman Ruth was one of the greatest sluggers of all time.

  191. Paul Marchese says:

    Ham & Eggs, by Ralph Steiner is an exceptional abstract photo. Ralph Steiner took dozens of raw eggs and placed them around a plate that had three pieces of ham and three fried eggs on top of each piece of ham. I felt like the raw eggs were used to direct your eyes towards the middle of the photo or where he placed the plate with the ham. It is creative how he used breakfast food to make a unique photo. For some reason, the plate with the ham sort of reminds me of a face according to where he placed the food. “Ralph Steiner said the picture represents his revolt when a food editor of a women’s magazine set before my camera a plate of raggedly trimmed ham and two runny eggs.”(pg. 506 A history of photography) The photo demonstrated Steiner’s imagination and humor. THe photo also shows Steiner’s attention to symmetry in his work. Steiner made most of his money in advertising photography. I think of what the ideal breakfast should be when I see this picture. Eggs were always part of breakfast and Steiner made this abstract and surprising photo out of a stereotypical breakfast. A lot of abstract photos use everyday objects or subjects and reposition or redefine them under a new light.

  192. Paul Marchese says:

    John K. Hiller was another photographer that focused on the American West but also ventured out to other landscapes. The Goblin’s Archway and the View in Zuni are both incredible pictures with shapes and lines that direct the audience. The Goblin’s Archway immediately directs its audience towards the tree in the middle of the arch. After you focus on the tree, the tree, like an arrow, sort of directs your eye to the desert in the background of the photo. The View in Zuni looking Northeast directs the audience just as well. When I first saw this picture my eyes began on the right hand side and followed the ladders over the rooftops almost connecting the buildings. You start on the right and follow the ladders to the left and then go straight or deeper into the photo and work your way back over to the right but deeper in the picture. The positioning of the rooftops also influences the way I interpret this photo. The closest rooftops run to the left and then get cut off, leading you to the rooftops deeper in the photo and back to the right in the background. I chose these photos because they were easier for me to interpret the direction in which they should be viewed. In class you talked about the shapes lines in a photo that direct the audience and I thought that these were ideal pictures that demonstrate that.

  193. Paul Marchese says:

    William Henry Jackson has several photos that impressed me in the text. Jackson focused on landscape photos and did a great job at giving the audience a new perspective by using different angles and shadows. His 1872 photos of the “Mystic Lake” and the “Hot Spring Basin, Upper Fire Hole”, caught my I as I flipped through the pages. The Hot Spring Basin photo almost looks like it has the texture of the moon; thats of course if there weren’t trees or water in the picture. The dry land relates to the dry dust on the moon, and the dots in the sky look like stars. On the other hand, the Mystic Lake just gave off a majestic feeling. The shadows of the trees and the mountains on the flat water just made me want to be there. I also noticed the guy standing off to the side near the trees who looks as if he is fishing on a calm and relaxing day. Overall, I would say that it looks like a very calm and mellow photo of nature at its best. The book says that Jackson combined negatives to make a large panoramic print and also added animals and people into his photos for better composition. The guy in the Mystic Lake photo definitely adds composition to the photo because a fisherman or any person can relate to how a beautiful environment makes you feel.

  194. Patrick Younghans says:

    I did not know who Yousef Karsh was before we learned about in class but I found his images very interesting because they were photographs of famous people in a perspective we have never really seen these people before.. After learning about him I researched him more and found even more great pictures by this artist. He didn’t take a normal portrait picture of these people as we usually see, he took them from different angles and usually looked like he had the person in a pose. I like the way he did this because it captures the person it a whole new way and makes us look at this person in a different way.

    One person Karsh took a lot of pictures of that I found very interesting was President John F. Kennedy. After seeing the original one we saw in class with Kennedy not looking at the camera and almost looks like he is praying, I found many others of the President by Karsh. There was another one with Kennedy and his wife Jackie that I really liked because it showed a lighter side of President Kennedy and almost seemed like he was like everyone else posing with his wife. Another thing about the photograph with the President and Jackie is the way they were posing because to me it showed two things. The president isn’t looking at the camera but staring into the distance while standing tall and that seems to show his power as president. And also he has his arm around Jackie which shows that he has a loving side with his wife, so even though he is president he is still a family man which could have related to most of American at that time. It seems with all of Karsh’s photographs they aren’t just portraits but they also give a perspective of what that person is really like.

  195. Jessica De Rose says:

    Garry Winogrand has taken many images that have interested me. He started as a painter and later abandoned it to take up photography. Winogrand was a free lance photographer who later published his own books full of photographs on a particular issue such as The Animals and Women are Beautiful. I really enjoy the image of the woman eating an ice cream cone in front of a store window. What draws me into the image is the woman’s face along with the mannequin in the backround. It shows that it is all about the woman and the man is in the distance not apart of whatever she may be doing. I also really like the woman’s facial expression because it shows all different kinds of emotions beside your usual happiness. Many of the images taken by Winogrand are captured in this way by the everyday woman caught in all sorts of places. Many of the images show the social issues of the time and shape attitudes towards these conflicts. Each picture is shown from a different approach within the same scene. It really intrigues me how there is an unusual visual play in each of the different images. Winogrand is best known for his street style which I really enjoy viewing. His photographs are iconic to me because they show everyday life for Americans that anyone could relate to.

  196. Mike Barnes says:

    When Ansel Adams was brought up in class, I was excited to learn more about him because he was one of the few photographers I had heard of previously. It seems as if every barber, doctor, and dentist I have ever been to has had at least one piece of Adams in their waiting rooms. His pieces are awesome to me because they show things such as the grand canyon, mountains, lakes, and rivers which are things that people who live in the cities around here don’t generally see everyday.

    One of my favorites by Adams is titled “Half Dome” which depicts a calm lake surrounded by snow-covered trees, all placed in front of a huge mountain that resembles a half done, hence the name. By using such large photos, Adams is able to show the enormity of his subject matter while at the same time making the pieces seem very peaceful by using black and white. I believe that Adams, being an early environmentalist, was trying to show off the beauty of nature through his lens during a time where the country was industrializing. His pieces could almost be viewed as a warning for what we could lose if we move too far towards industry and too far away from appreciation of the environment.

    What I really love about his works is the depth that Adams uses. He puts miles and miles worth of depth into this picture which would seemingly be overwhelming, yet his use of black and white seems to give off that calm and peaceful feeling even when dealing with a massive landscape.

  197. Mike Barnes says:

    A few weeks ago we went over some of Andy Warhol’s pictures. One of his most famous works is that of Marilyn Monroe. One of the things that Warhol does with his pieces is to put 4 of the same image in the piece but change the color scheme in each image. In the Monroe piece this is the case. My idea behind this may not be what Warhol intended to portray, but it is just the general feeling I get. My thoughts are that Warhol, using the most popular sex symbol of the time, wanted to convey the feeling that Monroe’s influence was going to mass produce a culture of “Monroes.” He placed 4 of her in a single frame while alternating the color scheme on each one. This seems to signify to me that Warhol wanted to show that the American woman was trending towards becoming more like Monroe, regardless of color or background. He wanted to show this production line of Monroes.

    While we know that it is indeed Monroe in the picture, it almost seems as if Warhol wants to hide her in a sense. He is making this assembly of Monroes and using all these different color schemes that seem to blur her out a bit. We know it is Monroe but after looking at the picture for awhile, I think Warhol may have been trying to show that while Monroe started this trend and was this great sex symbol, she was slowly being phased out of the culture because there were becoming so many like her. Again, this is only an opinion and maybe I am looking too far into it.

  198. Ghislaine Cruz says:

    Dorothea Lange did her best work during the Great Depression era. Her photos from the Great Depression were very expressional and it detailed the hardships and captured the experience of each individual greatly. The one photograph that I have always known and it appears in almost every history book I have had to read for a class, is the one of the migrant mother, Florence Owens Thompson. The photo of this woman is very descriptive, she is surrounded by her children and her face holds every suffering and hardship that she has dealt with trying to support her family and survive. The way that her children look away from the camera yet holding on to their mother is a very powerful meaning. It shows how they shy away from everyone and the only one left to protect them is their mother, it was hard to trust people in this time period. It was every man for themselves, and this is evident in the children and even the mother, since she isn’t looking directly into the camera but rather looking away in a very pensive look yet anxious about what the future holds for her and her children. With this one photograph, Dorothea Lange, showed the world the intensity of the Great Depression and how serious it affected those individuals of that time.

  199. Jessica De Rose says:

    Margaret Bourke-White brings many things into the photographic world. She brings formalism, simple, sophisticated, dramatic, and mysterious images. Margaret begins her career as an industrial photographer, but becomes much more than this as she moves on in life. She took photographs for Henry Luce that were put into many of his famous magazines. Margaret goes on to take photographs of World War II in which she became one of the first combat woman photographers along side Lee Miller. I believe all of these things as a huge accomplishment in the work she has done. I really enjoy viewing her images because I like the sophisticated and powerful nature of them. No matter what kind of photograph Margaret may have taken, there is always some sense of these thoughts in them. I also like the way she has taken photographs of the Terminal Tower for example, which she shows the depth of it by the light and shadow. This makes the object be seen in an entirely different way.

  200. Olivia Reitano says:

    While watching our slideshows this week, one fashion photograph abruptly caught my attention. Captured by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt in 1940, the picture is entitled “A New York vacationer in Miami Beach.” When I first looked at the picture, I was drawn to it immediately because it gave me this strong feeling. The woman in it is standing on a beach with her back to us. This wasn’t even the enticing part of the picture. What I was attracted to was the fact that she is wearing a fur coat in the shot. It would seem that wearing a fur coat on a beach would be something ironic. However, I love that she’s wearing it. I ignore the fact that this woman must be crazy and sweating on this beach in fur. I see that this woman is confident and doesn’t care what people think. She’s wearing a fur coat, which is a statement piece on its own, while wearing it in a place no one else would think to. Her stance of looking away from us also gives me the feeling that she doesn’t need anyone’s approval or permission. She is going to rock this coat and she is sure of it. I think that too many photographs of women focus on their faces. This one completely leaves you wondering what she looks like. The only impression we are left with is that this woman, unlike many self-conscious women today, stands proud and above judgment in her own skin.

  201. Ghislaine Cruz says:

    The social political photos of Lewis Hine about child labor were really strong and expressed in great detail how child labor is wrong in so many ways. His photography conveyed this message explicitly with children working on their regular work day tasks, specifically in those pictures, I personally see all that could go wrong in a moment, if distracted. Even though accidents can happen to anyone; adults or children, children represent an innocence and new generation of possible great minds, that if they were to be involved in a hazardous accident, it destroys this mental image. In one picture in particular of Hine’s, there are two boys around the age of 6 or 7, standing (one barefoot) on a machine (not sure what it is). Being that they can’t reach the top and they have to stand on the machine itself, shows how incapable of working they yet are. These conditions do not seem appropriate in any way for these two children and expresses the importance of not having children working in these conditions or working at all at such a young and tender age.

  202. At Rowan University Westby Hall student typography and packaging show, I was really taken by Steve Bergolz collage . The title is unknown. My first impression was curiosity. I looked like Steve just ripped a picture out of a magazine like National Geographic and used it as his inspiration. Posting it on a cardboard back drop and projected his own vision onto it using paint pens .The process may seem simple but altogether, the piece has strong symbolism with the compilation of the tiny details. Looking at it dead on doesn’t really allow you to receive a lot of emphasis but following it as if you’re reading a story reveals a more emotional impact about the progression of war. It made my heart hurt. There are soldiers, war trucks, bombs, the streets are filled with smoke, people are running, and a plane that’s on fire is crashing to the scene and depicts the impact of modern warfare. I’m not sure if the streets are American streets or the opposition’s streets, but it could be both. The piece is very serious. I’m not sure what angle the artist was trying to get at by adding a toy soldier and slice of pepperoni pizza at the bottom. Maybe he did it to show the impact of American society with the opposition we have gone to war with. It definitely shows the effect that war has on both sides.

  203. Chelsea Fives says:

    When learning about the 20th century of photography in class yesterday, there were many different themes the artists grasped. One popular theme that caught my eye, was documenting the aftermath of the Great Depression. Some artists were hired by the government to document the poor society, while others did it independently. One piece that I found interesting was by photographer Walker Evans. This photo showed a few men, seems they are in the working class, carrying a broken lit up sign that read “DAMAGED”. The irony of the photo is what I appreciated the most. First, the photo is black and white and the sign is big, bold, and white. The way Walker makes the sign stand out against the rest of the photo shows the importance of the words. The photo color of black, white, and gray portrays a sad and loss of hope feeling in the picture. I think the most significant part of this photo is what it represents. I think you can view this photo in two different aspects.

    First, the men holding this sign could be suffering from the Great Depression, and have been damaged in some way from this horrific incident. They are taking any work they can to stay above water, and it happens to be carrying a sign that represents a part of their life. In the bigger picture, this picture represents society and the struggles they are facing. Many families were hurt and damaged from the Great Depression, and the photo shows the fight, loss of hope, and pain that people had to go through.

    The second view I can take from this picture is society moving out of the Great Depression. The men represent the struggling families, and they are taking the “damage” away on the truck. Society is moving on, and starting a new chapter in their life. This is clearly the optimistic way to look at this photo, but I also think the irony in this view of looking at it is more positive than the other view. Either way you view it, this photo has a thousand words and feelings.

  204. Jessica De Rose says:

    Yesterday in class we had talked about one of the photographers which was Brassai. His work really intrigued me because all of his images felt very dark and mysterious. Each of them were all taken at night in Paris. He captured the way people interact with one another in an usual way by focusing on one aspect of the subjects. I really enjoy the dramatic analysis he does and even the softness of the images he produces that shows real emotion. Brassai uses light and shadow in incredible ways when producing an image. In one of the books we had looked at, I really enjoyed how each one of the images looked as if they were drawn. It made the subjects and items within the images come to life in a way most other photographs do not stand out. I also liked how Brassai took photographs of a wide range of people including prostitutes, pimps, and the wealthy, among others. One of my favorite images is the one with the man and woman sitting down with a mirror behind them. When you look at the original photograph, you focus more on both of the individuals in the image. However, when it was cropped to just the mirror image, it only focuses on the woman. This shows emotion in an entirely different way.

  205. Ghislaine Cruz says:

    After viewing the Lumiere short film called “The Serpentine Dance,” I was intrigued by the changes in colors as the woman would dance. It was interesting to know that each frame was hand painted to give it that effect, which was fairly great given the time period in which they were working in and fairly new processes of motion pictures. I decided to look into more of the Lumiere Brothers short film and found what is considered to be their first motion picture, “Arrival of a Train at la Ciotat.” Though their films were fairly short, is interesting to see where film came about from. “The Arrival of a Train at la Ciotat” is pretty much the everyday lives of people just waiting for the train to arrive to take them to another destination, and those that have arrived to their destination; in general it was a very simple. However, what I found to be the most hilarious was the story behind the first showing of this first film, in where people actually thought the train was actually coming towards them and the first reaction was to flee. I guess when people are not use to seeing moving things like in a film; their first instinct would be to see the motion picture as something that is happening right before them.

  206. Lisa Skala says:

    The CORE show that is now up in the student art gallery is a compilation of work from all of the basic Core art classes within the art major, such as drawing 1-3, color theory, two-dimensional, and three-dimensional design. I’m always interested to view this show because it shows the talent of the newer (usually younger) students as they begin their work here in Westby, before they dive into the classes towards their chosen concentration. I thought the show for this semester definitely showed off the talent of these students, in all mediums. I found the three-dimensional pieces especially to be extremely well handled. In particular, I liked one of the large cardboard pieces built into the shape of flowers. The larger flowers on the top drew me in for a closer look, and as I approached it I realized that below the flower were smaller flowers and grass-like pieces of cardboard. Every inch of this piece had a crazy amount of detail, and the fact that it is all done with cardboard makes it even more unique, and unbelievable. Besides this piece, there were other three-dimensional pieces throughout the gallery, and two-dimensional pieces hanging on the walls. As we said in class, the walls were jam packed with art. I found this as a good thing, and a nice change. The show is already compiled with many different mediums, from different classes and assignments, therefore, nothing necessarily flowed together and there didn’t really have to be any certain arrangements. It was nice to only take one step to view the next piece. I spent the most time viewing this gallery than any other one this semester for this reason.

  207. Chelsea Fives says:

    A few weeks ago, we observed the typography and packaging student’s show. There was one piece in particular that I found appealing. This piece was the typography type, “The Song of the Dodo”, about the extinction of Tigers. The purpose of this piece seemed intended to express to the audience the seriousness of the extinction of these animals. The parts that grabbed my attention were the boldness of the words that read: “NOT ENOUGH” in bright orange, “How Many?” in a lighter orange, and “the world is in pieces” in a light gray. The back of the piece was white, which made these bold statements stand out. I think the bold and large font, with different colors emphasized the seriousness of this situation they are addressing. As well as the bold statements, there were paragraphs in a vertical representation going down the glossy paper. Some of these paragraphs were dark black, while others were a fading color almost into disappearance. Professor Adams suggested that the fading of the words could represent the fading of these species into extinction. It made perfect sense to me, and was almost brilliant, that all of these little details of a large poster piece could represent such a huge issue. The poster screamed out “do something about this” to me, just by taking a few minutes to look at it. It is clear that the artist has an emotional attachment to this cause and wanted to get their voice out through this piece.

    • Stuart Lopez says:

      I’m a good friend of the artist Bill Hamilton and you clearly understood the message he was trying to portray. Glad to hear you liked the piece and a very well written critique/response btw. He’ll be happy to know. : ) Thanks

  208. Louie Nagorniak says:

    When we went to the art exhibit, I definitely had some clear-cut opinions on the art presented to us. While Willie Cole clearly had some artistic thought behind the production of his pieces, I found his work to be a bit unorganized and harder to appreciate. The story and motives behind his work was intersting, but his pieces were overall far too abstract for me to really grasp the full range of his artistic talents. I enjoyed the pieces from the younger artists much more, because they were not quite as abstract, allowing me to understand their works. I did not have to stretch too far to understand the different meanings of each work of art so I could focus more on the painting/sculpting/etc. and not the thought process behind them. It gave me a chance to observe their basic technical skills, and see the talent that each of the artists possessed when it came to producing each piece which is more what I look for when I view art.

  209. Stuart Lopez says:

    Mark Hosler and Negativland.

    About a month ago I was asked to design a poster for a guest speaker at Rowan named Mark Hosler. I had no idea who this guy was but I decided to take the project on anyway. I began doing research and wasn’t impressed. He is one of 4,5, or 6 (depends on the time period) members of a group called Negativland. They literally steal audio and video and reinterpret it into a completely new piece with a completely new meaning. I listened to a couple of their songs and found them to be very interesting. However, they sounded like noise and not much more but BOY! was I wrong.

    After listening to Mark Hosler’s lecture their music became much clearer. Negativland’s music is actually very deep and even though it still sounds very broken, choppy, and even creepy, it is eye opening as to how complex their music/videos are. Funny enough, his lecture started with a music video about stealing. It was about file sharing and downloading from the internet. The music video consisted of images and clips of people stealing from grocery stores, kids getting in trouble and having to go to the principal’s office, and many more quirky and funny ways of stealing. It was a bizarre video but the point was that the internet is all about stealing. He actually mentioned that it was as if the computer was created and designed for stealing. Everyone is downloading music, games, movies, tv episodes, and much more all of the time on the internet which he has no problem with because he does it all of the time haha.

    During the lecture he introduced and gave some background information to the videos he showed us. They were all interesting but very bizarre, even with the explanations. Another video was about guns and how they used to be marketed to children but then responded with chilling scenes of war and JFK’s assassination. All of the videos were interesting to watch and Mark Hosler is great speaker. It was an awesome lecture even though I still find their work to be very bizarre and somewhat disturbing.

    I’d still recommend that you guys check them out on youtube:

  210. Mike Barnes says:

    The photo that we saw today in class entitled “Close of a Career” by Byron was the one photo that stood out for me above the rest. I find this photo interesting, not because I like it per se, but because of how abhorrent it is. The flat out cruelty that was being placed upon these horses and the disgusting fact that children just hung out in the ditches on the streets makes me relieved that I did not grow up in these days.

    The picture, I believe, was meant to show the awful conditions in parts of the city during the time period and meant to draw emotions of disgust and anger from both people who live in the city and to people living elsewhere who were not aware of how bad the situation actually was. To believe that it was the norm to leave a horse caucus in the middle of a street is absurd enough. But to see young children playing right next to it just blows my mind. But there is some good from this photo in my opinion. As the 1900s began, photography was gaining a more prominent role in society and one key feature that was seemingly coming into play was its power of information. Today, we see pictures all over the internet which give us information of things occurring all over the world. Back then I’m sure this photo was taken with the intent of powerfully informing the masses about some of the unpleasant things happening in the cities.

    It is hard to believe that just over 100 years ago, this was actually the scene on a New York City street. But it does show the advances in both transportation, hygiene, and society as a whole that have been made in that time frame. Without photography, we would never have been able to see such a clear image of past atrocities, which is just another reason why this art form was and still is such an important medium in our world.

  211. Lisa Skala says:

    Last Tuesday, in class, we walked down the hall to the student art gallery to view the typography and packaging show. After viewing some of the more recent shows in this space, it was nice to walk in and see the arrangement, and how well organized it was. Since it was based on both typography and packaging, there were both two-dimensional works on the walls, as well as three-dimensional objects shown displaying labels, boxes, and other packaging aspects. The two-dimensional and three-dimensional work was well separated, but also worked extremely well together. When first walking in, on the left and right sides of the doorway, there were podiums with three-dimensional objects on them, such as wine bottles, boxes, perfume bottles, etc. The room then opened up with two-dimensional on walls and one more section of three-dimensional work in the center of the room. This made it very inviting to walk around the space. Overall, I thought the work was presented very clean and neat, and the show was put together well.

  212. Nicholas Pompei says:

    So for my third attempt at blogging, I’ve decided to take a stab at Daguerreotype Photography. Although, I have been exposed to this type of photograph for years, it wasn’t until I read the history of this process that I realized what it was I had been looking at for all these years. My home had several of these types of photographs displayed throughout it, memorializing great-great grandparents and other various long dead ancestors in our family tree. The process itself was really quite ingenious, and as one of the earliest forms of photography processes, I was surprised by the brilliance and clarity of these portraits. The somewhat scandalous portrait of Albert Sands Southworth because of its early depiction of the nude male body is so finely detailed of face and feature that it is almost three dimensional. The size of the photographs were determined by the plate sized used, which varied from a sixteenth plate all the way up to a whole plate at 8” X 6”.
    I viewed an online gallery of few portraits created by Southworth and Hawes Studio and one uniform aspect of all the portraits that jumped out at me was the sullen expressions on every subjects face. I was instantly curious if everyone was truly that stoic and joyless during the 1800’s or if this was more of a cultural phenomenon? Searching for an answer to this question, I was led down an even creepier path to an even more macabre photography trend during this same era.
    I discovered Daguerreotype postmortem photographs, which I have learned were quite commonplace in America during the 1800’s as part of the mourning process. These creepy portraits of mainly dead children hung in family parlors like graduation and wedding portraits are hung today. The dark, haunting background caused by the process and eerie lighter “halo” that seems to surround the subjects in all Daguerreotype photographs adds to the macabre feeling of the photographs. My aunt has a number of these photographs as she is a collector of antiques and they are equally creepy up close and personal. All in all I find I am intrigued by Daguerreotype photography and equally fascinated by the cultural mores that are reflected in the faces that stare back at me from many of them.

  213. Nicholas Pompei says:

    Alberto Morell brings the outside in, transforming rooms into mural sized camera obscura images. Through the wonder of optics, the outside is photographed organically upside down and superimposed onto the surfaces of everything in the room. The result is then photographed with his 8X10 view camera and enlarged to mural size, creating a mesmerizing and exquisite effect. I find his works to be more interesting than the more commonplace photography images that I am familiar with.
    I find his black and white works are vibrant even in their lack of color, and was particularly intrigued with his work titled, “Boston’s Old Customs House in Hotel Room.” Its surrealistic simplicity is somewhat mesmerizing. The perfect and intentional placement of the objects in the room to control the path of the viewers’ eye is genius in its controlled chaos. In contrast, I found that his more recent experiments with color; even though richer and more realistic, sometimes lose their otherworldly mood. His color works titled “View of the Manhattan Bridge,” which were photographed at different times of the day are so vivid that they appear almost three dimensional. I do like the way the photographs compel the viewer to find the story hidden within the image. It invites you to truly explore the images to understand the story Morell is telling. In all instances though, his works seems to float free, as if void of gravity, which makes the viewer feel somewhat off balance. All in all, I am a fan of Morell and find his creations unique and captivating.

  214. Jessica De Rose says:

    The first week of class we had looked at a camera obscura in person. I thought it was very interesting that an image from outside could be produced within a dark room onto a wall. I could not believe how clear the image we saw, although the van was blocking part of it. However, from my understanding it could be even sharper with the adjustment of the size of the holes in the door. We took a closer look of a camera obscura from Abelardo Morell’s work. This really amazed me. I had never seen any photographs taken this way where images from outside where being produced onto a wall that created a story. Some of the images had a doorway and a ladder to show it was just a room with a floor and very formal objects of interest. Other images showed a flow with darker and lighter items along with symmetry throughout the space. Morell’s work defines some kind of fantasy in each one which really captures my interest. It makes you use your imagination of the cities or towns the images were taken in.

  215. Olivia Reitano says:

    For my second entry, I chose to consider a photograph I noticed while doing the assigned reading covering daguerreotypes. I stopped at a page when I saw this picture of a landscape picture of Mount Auburn Cemetery. Albert Sands Southworth and Josiah Johnson Hawes created the daguerreotype in 1850. I was so captivated by the photograph because I liked that it brings light into the picture from above giving it a certain amount of tranquility. It is able to put a very romantic feel on a subject that isn’t normally considered romantic. The soft colors combined with the lightness in the sky of the picture create a peaceful and comfortable mood to a topic that usually is very dark and somber. When I first looked at it, I brushed over the fact that I was even looking at a cemetery at all. I thought I was looking at a photograph of some trees and a few gates. However, after reading the context, I discovered the reason to this subtlety. It seems as though the photograph was taken during the day in order to show another aspect of cemeteries and the death of loved ones. I get the feeling that Southworth and Hawes wanted to get across the more enlightened side of death by using this lighter, romantic style. In the caption detailing the picture, it says that it may have been taken for family members of the deceased in the cemetery. Keeping this in mind, the photographers most likely wanted to make these families feel at ease knowing that their loved ones are in a peaceful and serene place now.

  216. Ghislaine Cruz says:

    Majority of the time I just flip through the advertisements in magazines trying to get to the stories, sometimes they catch my attention other times I can’t even remember seeing them. However, since our assignment entailed to look at advertisements with pictures and words, I flipped the magazine looking for them in particular. What I noticed about the majority of the advertisements is that the pictures say it all; there is very limited amount of text, if any at all.
    The one advertisement I chose (which I e-mailed to you), is very simple, two women with casual wear make-up, and the word LANCOME in black at the bottom. The colors that were chosen were soft with black liner and mascara, which makes eyes pop and look intriguing. No emotions are shown by either model, but the detail of the make-up and colors, tells you about the type of cosmetics that LANCOME sells and the sophistication of their line of work. Also, it looks like the font they used for their name was Times New Roman, which is very traditional and simple, which goes well with the sophisticated and natural make-up they are trying to sell through the ad.

  217. I decided not to talk about a specific picture for my first blog, but photojournalism in the military. The military now has an actual job rating in combat photography. Combat Photographers are now attached to different military units for the length of there deployment and inherit all the natural dangers of War. I find combat and post war photos very intriguing and expressive. Pictures of the innocent people who lose there homes due to the devastating battles demonstrates how we can not blame everyone. Wars have not been fought on U.S soil in so long that Americans lose sight of the horrifying nature of War. Since 9/11, Americans tend to blame all Islam for the terrorist’s actions. Combat photography shows how Americans could easily look like terrorists to the innocent people in the Middle East when homes and important culture landmarks are destroyed. Combat photography is important in expressing both positions in a War and each different photo could manipulate people to think with hatred against the other side. For this reason, it is important as an individual to interpret combat photos and post war photos without bias. “Ordinary Lives”, a book by Rania Matar, gives an interesting examination of the aftermath of War and relates it to photojournalism in the military.

  218. Lisa Skala says:

    After visiting the photography exhibition at the Perkin’s Center for the Arts, I walked away remembering quite a few pieces. One of which stuck in my head the most was a photo by Patricia Bender, titled Bystanders. Initially, when I walked by the piece, it appeared to be the side of a building, with people standing at different levels, and a stairway in the top left corner. After a closer look, I was sure this piece was my favorite in the whole exhibition. In actuality, the photo was taken from an aerial view point, and the photographer is looking down on these subjects which are casting very descriptive, long shadows. The light source must have been at just the right angle to achieve these shadows, because even the stairway in the upper left corner looks to be standing up straight as if these shadows could walk right up it. The shadows are so crisp and detailed that you can tell what each person is doing. I’m drawn to this photo because I love interesting uses of shadows and light. This concept is definitely unique and taken to the extreme when it comes to shadows.

    • I agree completely. Bender’s images were some of my favorite’s of the show. Even though this concept has been done many times, her approach does a great job of engaging the viewer. great shadows, excellent use of lighting, and strong composition.

      Well articulated and presented.

  219. Gavin Davis says:

    My second blog entry isn’t going to be about a photo. Instead it is going to be a work of art in the student gallery upstairs in Westby. I hope it is okay if I write a blog that is not about a picture. If not, then I will write another one if it is okay.
    As I walked into the student gallery my attention was automatically drawn to the center. On the walls were posters on students’ work with several pictures and writing on them but the work I was looking at stood out form the others because of its vibrant colors and creativity. I’m not going to write the artists’ name but the piece of art is called “Experimental Packaging”. The title also had accompanying words to it: “Lose, Search, Find”. The piece was made out of colored paper that was cut into long narrow lengths. I assumed this small work was dedicated to everyone’s feeling of having lost something and eventually finding it. What threw me off was the artists’ perspective: I don’t believe she meant for people to look at it one way and have their eyes move in one direction. While her center pieces were set up in a diagonal line and represented the three parts of her work, I could not say that one represented this word and the other two represented the others. Maybe the middle one represented find so the art moved in one direction instead of jumping all over the place but I still can’t distinguish which way it should have went. One of the center pieces was shaped into a pedestal with nothing on top, the middle was the same thing except with a little box on top, and the last piece looked like a broken pedestal or just a piece that was jumbled up in different directions. While it may be easy to associate the pedestal with nothing on top with the word “lost”, it could also stand for “Find”. This is because when you find something, you feel relieved and unstressed, a pedestal standing strong. The messed up “pedestal” has the same situation. It can stand for lost, in which case the pedestal is wracked with emotions for having lost the object that was sitting on it. It could also stand for find because then the pedestal is overwhelmed with so many emotions because it is so happy to have back the thing that was lost to it.
    Another part that I liked about the artwork was that its colors were very neutral. The colors were purple, green, and orange. Black was also present but only to the sides, not the center. I liked that a lot because it didn’t make me feel any specific way initially or when I was done looking at it. The color was symmetrical down the diagonal line that the pedestals were lined up.
    I’m not sure what the artists’ intention was with making this piece of art, but if it was to get a good grade by implementing three related words then I hope it gets an “A”.

    • Very well written Gavin. I appreciate how much thought and consideration you invested in this and your ability to articulate your opinion and supporting comments. You also bring up good points about interpretation, intent, and presentation. By allowing the reader to see various perspectives through your descriptions and your own thoughts on different meanings, you have touched on the core of how contemporary art can be viewed – through different “lenses”.

      Well done,

  220. Gavin Davis says:

    For my first blog entry, I want to talk about old daguerreotype photos in general. While I’m sure that the beginning of photography was an exciting time I’m always baffled as to why people don’t smile in the photos. It may have been the accepted practice to not smile because made the photo look more serious or because it took so long to make the photo, but after spending the time standing around and taking the photo I would definitely would rather a picture of me smiling. That may be because I’ve never smiled for a photo for 15 minutes straight. After many years the exposure time was cut down to less than a minute but even then people wouldn’t smile. That was probably because even though the exposure time was much shorter, fidgeting or having a wobbly smile may mess up the picture by creating a blur.
    All photos of people seem to carry the same feeling and impression: serious and unexciting. They are photos that I would simply glance and continue on in a gallery because the potential for creativity has been greatly diminished because of the length of required exposure time. The background also seems to be lacking any significant, leaving the person whose portrait being taken as the sole focus of attention. I know that the focus of the area around the edge of the daguerreotype photos aren’t as clear which automatically hurts the depth of field for the viewer, restricting their eyes to one part of the photo. The biggest breakthrough in creativity for photography was the idea of taking pictures of the dead. I would not have thought of the concept and I actually think that it is a really nice theme. The photos have a serious tone all the while actually deserving to be serious.
    Photography was what it was back then and I will say that people did the best they could with it. I’m just glad that people kept with it to make it what it is today.

    • You pose an excellent question. Why aren’t the subjects of photographs from the first few decades of photography smiling. I am sure your assumption is correct in that long exposure times, and the mechanical tools they used to keep the subject still contributed to the solemn or emotionless portraits. I haven’t researched it but, am certainly more intrigued with the notion based on your observations. My guess is that, as we moved into the 20th century and photography became more accessible to a larger audience, manufacturers began advertising more, and the “snapshot” became a more relaxed and casual approach. This meant that a less serious or “professional” approach was more acceptable and then more common. Again, this is my educated guess.

      I encourage you to find out more and bring your research back to the class. This is a significant issue and begs for more insight.

      Well done,

  221. Ghislaine Cruz says:

    The camera obsura has intrigued me by the way it can reflect an image on the wall. I find this completely different and much more interesting than the regular photographs we see today. It’s funny when I think about it, being that the camera obsura was the first camera invented, the images captured through the camera obsura give the photo a different meaning to me and gives it a uniqueness that makes one just stare at the image, looking at the world a whole new way. The photos by Abelardo Morell, using the camera obsura, are by far my favorite. I feel like in these pictures instead of just seeing the image normally and telling the story, one has to look for the story behind the picture. In my perspective, with photos taken with the camera obsura, everyone has a sort of different perception of what they want to see in the image, rather than what someone wants to make you see, just an imagination waiting to be discovered.
    Three of the photos by Abelardo Morell that were taken with the camera obsura, right side up, called View of the Manhanttan Bridge at different times of the day are amazing. Each picture on its own captures the colors of the day uniquely. The photograph of the afternoon gives the shot such a vivid look, and the light that seeps in through the crack of the door, makes one want to open the door and actually be standing on the Manhanttan Bridge. The fact that the door is where it is makes the photograph give a different story. It seems like you can just walk on the bridge by opening that door, which would be pretty awesome if that were true.

    • I commend your perception Ghislaine,

      Your ability to se beyond the superficial image and find narrative and other ideas is skill difficult to acquire. I also appreciate your description of the Camera Obscura and how we perceive the light and images through it. It is an amazing tool, as you mention, even today. I lok forward to your feedback on other work we look at over the term.


  222. Jessica De Rose says:

    Wille Cole: Deep Impressions, I believe was a great way to represent culture along with a domestic product that is very feminine. My opinion is that the collection also shows a very important aspect of history such as slavery and the technology we today could relate to an image. When I first took a look at the collection I believed many of the images to be very masculine. These included the mask made out of hair dryers which could be related to a woman and also the tribal type people in the images where they were filled with iron marks and an actual iron itself. As I took a look closer there were a couple images that could be seen as a ship or an iron ship for that matter, that could be paired with the tribal type people which could represent when people were being forced into slavery. Near these images was iron marks on a paper that resembled leaves. I believe this to be the roots to where the entire collection comes together. No matter what type of item is represented, there is a history behind it, even it was not once known as an iron, a high heal shoe, or even hairdryers. Just the shape and form of the items could represent something bigger than itself which Willie Cole has shown within his collection.

    • Your perspective of this exhibition and your review are well articulated. I appreciate your descriptives and how you discuss the images that impacted you. By the way you speak about the work, I get the impression that you had a positive response to the show and found the work compelling and powerful. I look forward to reading your next set of comments and welcome your opinions.


  223. Mike Barnes says:

    This is my first ever art critique so I hope I am doing it right 🙂

    I must admit that I was not happy that the visit to the art exhibit was required as part of our grade when I first received the syllabus but my attitude has completely changed after actually attending the reception for Willie Cole. I found his work to be fascinating, mainly because of the simple objects that he ingeniously turned into pieces of art.

    The one piece which stood out to me above the rest was the one called “Stowage” which depicts an ironing board surrounded by iron-scorch marks. Upon further inspection and reading the information beside it, i noticed the ironing board was made to represent a slave ship. The pure size of the print was what drew me to it at first. It was the largest one on display and my guess as to why is because Cole wanted to represent how enormous slave ships were. Each small dot on the board seems to represent a slave, which also adds to the realization of how many people must have been crammed onto these ships.

    Another thing I thought was pretty interesting was that the reason he used 12 iron-scorch marks was because there were 12 tribes in West Africa that supplied the slaves. It is amazing to me how an iron and an ironing board can be used in an artistic way to show great tragedies of the past, such as the selling of humans for labor.

    Contextually, I believe this piece to be made for a couple of reasons. One being so that people realize that art can be made from anything really, it just matters how you creatively use it. Another is obviously so we as a society never forget the atrocities of the past and continue to learn from them to make a more peaceful dwelling.

    • Very well stated Mike,

      I appreciate your candor and your openness to seeing things in a different light. As we discussed n class, many folks have a tough time accessing contemporary art and I am impressed by your skill at seeing beyond the surface to encounter a meaning that while inherent,was not necessarily obvious. I missed the 12 tribes reference and thank you for enlightening me to that. It does add power to an already strong image and idea and I will go back and look at it again with these thoughts in mind. I also appreciate your engagement with the work and look forward to reading your comments on what you choose next.


  224. Kimberlee Cirillo says:

    Last Thursday, the class took a nice walk downstairs to visit the art gallery. Willie Cole’s Deep Expression exhibition was on display and I was curious to see what his work had to offer. It came to my surprise that this artist’s work differed greatly from previous work I have observed in the same atmosphere. Cole’s work mainly revolved around the usage of iron impressions. This may sound simple, but the work that he created was truly amazing. It was really neat to see how a simple impression of an iron could make such interesting artwork and also tie into tribal heritage. After my eyes wondered upon each piece of artwork on display, I started to notice a pattern. I believe that Cole used an ordinary iron and showed that something so feminine can capture so much power. What I gathered from the exhibition, was that Cole used shoes and irons (very feminine things) and displayed them in strong, sturdy, and masculine ways to illustrate that women have power. Overall, I truly enjoyed observing his work and I will always think of irons differently from now on when I’m ironing one of my shirts.

    • People still iron shirts? 🙂 I haven’t picked up an iron…Well I did recently iron my daughter’s girl scout badges to her sash…Anyway, I like your casual way of bringing the reader into your experience. I also appreciate your insight into the way Cole plays with gender stereotypes and roles. The idea of shoes illustrating power is not new in fashion, however, in this context it takes on a more significant strength. The same goes with the use of the iron as a motif. On the surface it can be a functional tool or a symbolic representation of “women’s work”, however, your change that perception by presenting it akin to the shoes and therefore raise it to the level of a powerful symbol of strength.

      Well done,

  225. Nicholas Pompei says:

    Willie Cole’s exhibit called, “Deep Impressions” was a unique experience for me. I have never before viewed any of his works, but found them to be a bit too abstract in form and representation for my personal tastes. Although intellectually I can understand his use of symbolism, which is most evident in his use of steam irons to create imagery, psychologically I remain unmoved. The perception of a scorched iron branding on paper being a tribal mask, a slave boat, or even leaves, although distinguishable without too much deliberation, is just too conceptual to be a work of art that I could say I like. Yet the uniqueness of his work is certainly something that I can appreciate.
    I did sense the tribal feel of his work, and felt his deep connection to his African roots. Also, the minimalist framing and presentation was intriguing. I could also appreciate the impact of one of his most influential iron pieces titled, “Man Spirit Mask”. The three images placed side by side have a very powerful effect. Some of his “iron scorches” almost have a graphic design feel to them, when he combines multiple scorches to create a completely different image such as a flower or a body of water. Cole’s work in certainly not traditional, and his bond to his heritage and culture are evident.

  226. Nichole Costello says:

    One of the most amazing things about Will Cole’s: Deep Impressions is that all of the pieces were created in a period of almost 35 years. All were very impressive and different in execution. He takes consumer objects and turns them into art. Some suggested worldly statements about dominance in societies and genders. Some included shoes, screws, wires, bicycle parts, and blow dryers. The basic steam iron was the most repetitive item in his presentation at the Rowan Art Gallery. He used the steam iron to mark impressions on canvas, wood and paper. In the piece Pressed Iron Blossom No.2, he used iron stencils to create blossom-like patterns and manipulated the tone of the iron. The use of bright colors makes it hard to tell it was made from an iron pattern at first. Other methods using the iron were much more intense in its presentation.
    In the Silex Male. Ritual, 2004 and Sunbeam Male. Ceremonial, 2004, he wore two different irons fashioned in a blown up photograph of himself. Fig. 1 & 2 and Fig. 3 & 4 were similar as he used the metals to fashion a tribal warrior type costume. My personal favorite was the Wind Mask. It was beautifully crafted out of old hair dryers he found in a deserted warehouse near Newark, New Jersey. He created such a fascinating and vivid character. The blow dryers were crafted together in a way that the wind was being directed in all directions. Some would view eyes as “windows to the soul,” the eyes of the mask were the central mechanism the makes the blow dryer work which I thought was clever if it was an accidental notion or not. The Willie Cole exhibition was ingeniously titled as it really did leave a Deep Impression on me by taking ordinary items and transforming them into big ideas.

  227. Cory Williams says:

    I guess I’m the first person to make a comment on the blog! I just wanted to briefly discuss the Willie Cole pieces that we saw during class on Thursday. The first pieces that caught my eye were AmeriQuiz and America Papers IV. These pieces led me to believe that Cole posses much disdain for our country and may even feel that we live in a country where the government actually oppresses us, instead of frees us. When we went on to discuss other pieces like Collage 4, Silex Male. Ritual and Sunbeam Male. Ceremonial I saw this same ideology. On Silex Male. Ritual and Sunbeam Male. Ceremonial, it seems that Cole used the print of an iron which many of my peers described as commercial, domestic and feminine. I think the message I got from Cole was that America commercializes foreign traditions and cultures to gain some sense of power over the world. Whether it is a ceremonial tradition from Africa or a specific mask that may have come from another region (I’m thinking of Wind Mask East II) America finds a way to implement its own commercialized versions so that this country can be known as cultured. I myself have a distaste for our government at the moment, so that may also influence how I view the works or how I read into Cole’s context clues.
    Other than this I was inspired by his work, especially the piece called Por La Mesa de Mi Abuelita. The description talked about how his grandmother used to embroider tablecloths that were inspired by the family’s Cuban and Spanish roots. My family is also Spanish and my grandmother actually used to embroiderer the same types of tablecloths. For me, it was personal and touching to see something that was once so dear to me come alive on a wall (especially as such a large piece!)

  228. Rebecca Lubrent says:

    Dexter cont. (accidentally hit enter and submit it)

    As with any show, there is a movement or flow to it that pushes the plot along. In Dexter, that movement is his life and social interactions with other. Its unique from any other tv show because Dexter essentially must put on a show or mask for his friends and family to hide his “dark passenger”. The show is also very well balanced in this way. Both sides of Dexter’s life although completely different, somehow work together to form the cohesive, addicting show many people know as Dexter.

  229. Olivia Reitano says:

    After seeing the art exhibit by Willie Cole, I was left with a pretty bold impression. At first glance, it seemed as though I had just walked into a tribute to some tribal group. I saw that some pictures contained earthy, tribal-themed colors. The first picture I noticed was of the two men imprinted with iron-shaped body artwork. That stood out to me the most because when I looked at it, all I saw were tribal men. But once others shared their views on it, I started to see a lot more. The main focus of the pictures was these men. The artwork on their bodies was not only a tribute to an African culture but was also a reminder of how other civilizations have imprinted their ways upon these men. Another piece that stood out to me was the picture of a rusty iron imprint on a blank canvas. After figuring out a possible theme for Cole’s exhibit, I realized that all his ideas surrounded this mundane, everyday object. I think that he was trying to portray the fact that his culture is not what it once was. It has been imprinted upon and, at one point, was taken over. Cole is saying that something so simple like an iron or a blow dryer can evolve over time and come to represent something much bigger like slavery and hardships within a culture. What first seemed like a somewhat boring and basic theme to me developed into a deeper and heartfelt story of Willie Cole’s past.

  230. Michael Young says:

    A Trenchant Critique of The Latest (and Possibly Greatest) Work of Willie Cole

    I recently had the absolute pleasure of meeting Willie Cole. The artist was incredibly friendly and, surprisingly, down to earth. Upon meeting him and discussing his background momentarily, I worked up the courage to ask him for a drawing. What sprang from his pen might be his greatest work to date.

    Willie Cole’s latest work is a portrait of sorts, depicting the likeness of a man, possibly himself or myself. The work is very ambiguous in this respect, and the bald-headed man he has depicted could really be any of us. Therein lies the genius in his work. Furthermore, the man’s ears are slightly detached from his head. I took this to mean that the man either has a problem with the issue of truth, or does not want to hear truth. To support this idea, the man’s eyes stare blankly above him into space, and his childlike grin shows great disregard for the world.

    Let us also discuss the strictly formal elements in this work. This portrait, like many of Cole’s works, shows strong use of line. This use of line may hearken back to the limners of the past, who created some of the earliest American art. Cole is never afraid to move beyond inspirations of the past, however, and draws inspiration not only from traditional American art but Western African art as well. Much of Cole’s work deals with the dadaist notion of “art from detritus”. With this new, crudely drawn, yet ingenious work, he deals with a new notion. “Art from detritus?” Cole says, “No, art IS detritus.”

    • Very well articulated Michael!

      I greatly appreciate the humor you convey. Lighthearted, yet serious and to the point. A strong, simple, concise piece…very much like the drawing in which you speak. I definitely look forward to your next piece if writing. 🙂



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