Thursday, September 25, 2008

Week 3 Response Chris M.

Flickr is showing historic photographs to boost access is those areas of photos. Collections from the National Photography Collection will be available. The website also allows other to comment on the photo and add additional information. One of the first few photos is Peter Henry Emerson's 'Picture from Life in Fields and Fen' from 1887. The National Media Museum is where the pictures are being held. The National Photography Collection boasts around three million images and is known to feature work by British photographic inventor William Henry Fox Talbot, including the world's first negative. This is an interesting website that is expanding how everyone can view photos. It is also cool how people can leave comments and spread their information with others.

Holly Harrah captured 15 unique shots layered upon each other to form one giant, colorful NYC photo collage, on accident. She took them when she was going to visit a friend who she met on online and she was just meeting. It is called “Manhattan with Johnny,” and is currently on display. This is a funny story and ironic how she was able to get a good picture. It shows that great photos are not hard to find or create, and you just have to figure out the right way to capture them.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Week 2 Response Chris M.

Alberta is a great landscape to take photos. But you have to pay attention to the whole photo. You can use any camera, but it is good to have a digital camera so you can take as many photos as you’d like and erase the ones you don’t like. You can get great photos of mountains, whether it’s in the morning or the night. The focal point in your photo shouldn’t completely steal the spotlight. Like if you were taking one of a prairie, it would be hard to capture, unless you have the sky or the road to pull you eye from it. If you are taking a picture of a family, you should take it as they follow you. These are interesting tips on how to take photos. I agree that if you do put other things in a picture, it looks better by taking the focus off just the main object. I’m sure I’ll use these while taking photos.

The Pixetra chain of stores and Coffee Books are partnering together to hold a photography contest. Entry is open to everyone and completely free. The theme of the contest is ‘Food & Fun’. All you need to do is email your digital photos to the store. The top entries will be displayed and get prizes. I think this is an awesome idea and sounds like fun. I would love to participate in a photo contest because I think it would be fun to see what pictures I could get and how good they could be. This contest seems like a lot of fun and would be an interesting hobby to take up.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Week 1 Response Chris M.

Andy Warhol’s new photo exhibit is coming to DePauw University's William Weston Clarke Emison Museum of Art. It will begin on Wednesday, September 17, and end on December 14. The public is allowed to attend the exhibition of 150 black and white Polaroid photos. These photos for taken from 1970-1987, and most have not been seen by the public yet. Some of these photos were donated to college universities, museums, and galleries across the country. Many of the Polaroid photos were taken of different kinds of celebrities, such as athletes, models, actors, etc. Some of the figures in the photos display relative ease in front of the camera, but others present a stiff and studied countenance. However, it appears unaffected by Warhol's instructions to turn this way or that, to look over a shoulder, or to pose with the hands. Warhol had his subjects in many different poses. Warhol was able to take many pictures without concern of focus or light issues. Reading this, I can tell that Andy Warhol is not only an accomplished photographer, but a very good one. He is able to make fantastic pictures out of anything or anyone, regardless of certain flaws. I’m sure that this exhibition should be interesting and attract a lot of viewers. This was a good way to get me to learn more about photography and taking pictures.

Anna Noble was able to capture Antarctica on photo, with its icebergs, penguins, and everything else. Noble captured the shot during a white out, so some say there was nothing to see. But she was very pleased with it. Noble was invited to Ross Island in 2002 as part of the country's "Artists to Antarctica" program. She's said of her work that she is always trying to stop seeing what she expects to see. When she was on the ice, Noble behaved in the opposite way to a traditional landscape photographer: she did not place people in a scene to create a sense of scale or frame a dramatic view, but rather focused on the atmosphere. There were some penguins and tourists with their backs to the camera for some of the photos. Noble has done other odd photo shoots, such as taking pictures of her mouth. I feel that this is a very interesting photo shoot that she did, as it was of a place of somewhat unknown. It was also unorthodox of how she approached it. It makes her a unique photographer, and I’m sure the photos were very interesting.