Friday, April 28, 2017

Cindy Sherman & Brandon Stanton

Cindy Sherman is a photographer who mostly took pictures of herself. Sherman used her photos to raise questions about the role and representation of women in society. Even though the pictures she took were of herself, they were not meant to be self portraits. She used herself in photos communicate things like the role of women and the role of an artist. In some pictures, she would play  different characters. She would play self fabricated fictional characters like housewives or a dancers.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #405, 2000
chromogenic C-print
32.87 x 21.06 inches (83.5 x 53.5 cm)

Brandon Stanton is a author, photographer, and blogger. He the author of best selling Humans of New York. He also was named as one of Time's "30 under 30 people changing the world."  Stanton has taken hundreds of photos of people living in New York. He also puts snippets of conversations about the peoples lives with his photographs. When he started doing photography in NY, he was living on unemployment checks and borrowing money from friends and family. His original goal was to take 10,000 pictures of the people of NY, and plot their pictures on a map of the city. Stanton's photographs show that he cares about other people before himself.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Selfies, to be or not to be

I think the purpose of selfie is to send a picture of yourself on social media. Before social media, people didn't really take selfies. The word "selfie" didn't even exist. When someone takes a selfie and posts or sends it online, they get to show everyone how they want to be seen. Also, selfies have become much more common because they are so easy to take with new technology. It is a lot easier for someone to just take a picture of themselves with a front facing camera, compared to setting up the camera and posing for the camera.

I think the selfie is a form of art. I believe this because a selfie is a type of photography, and photography is considered art. There is no definitive reason why a selfie is not photography. I think art is anything that uses creative talent to make something. I think selfies fall under that category. If someone's definition of art was different from mine, they might think a selfie is not art.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017



  • To explore Halloween and its connections to “paranormal” and “levitation”;
  • To learn how Levitation is being used in the world of photography;
  • To make connections from levitation to real-world uses;
  • To create levitation photographs inspired by other amateur and professional photographers

Looking at examples of visual levitation helped me when I was creating my own levitation photos. Looking at examples helped me come up with ideas for my photos. Before I looked at examples, I had no idea what levitation photography was. But after I looked at some examples, I had a pretty good idea of what I was going to for my photos. Looking at online examples also helped me when I was taking the pictures for the project. By reading about levitation photography, I was able to take the right pictures that I could use in photoshop to create levitation photography. I think the website that helped me the most was digital photography’s 7 tips for getting a great levitation image.

Something that went well for me when I was creating my photo was deciding what my background was going to be. I knew almost right away what my background was going to be for my photo where I am flying in a city street. It took me a little bit longer what my background should be for my second photo, but that background works well with the photo I took. Another thing I did well was cut and paste the person that was levitating onto the background. I did a good job of making sure I cut the person out very carefully so the photo looks as realistic as possible. In both of my photos, the person is cut out with no signs that the person was originally on a different background.

One challenge I had during this project was creating a shadow for my lake levitation photo. After unsuccessfully making a shadow in photoshop by my self, I used google to find a good website that taught me how to create a shadow for myself. Another challenge I faced was making the city photo look realistic. The problem was that if I made myself too big the photo looked unrealistic, but if I was too small it was hard to see me in the photo. My solution was adding a motion blur to the background to make the photo look like I was flying really fast. When I did this I could make myself really big so it looks like I was in front of all the cars and buildings in the background so it looks more realistic.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Bedroom
I walk into the bedroom
I instantly feel relaxed
The time of day doesn't matter
I fall on the fluffy blankets,
instantly falling asleep.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Intro to Levitation Photography

Levitation: Rising and hovering in the air
Paranormal: Something beyond scientific explanation

One important thing to remember when creating a successful levitation photo is to have all the materials for the photo shoot. It is important because having props in the photo will make it look more realistic. Another important thing is to shoot from a low angle. By doing this, it will make it look like the model is high up in the air. It is also to shoot the photo with an empty background, otherwise it will not be possible to make the levitation look real. The last important thing to remember is to make the photo look interesting. There should be lots of details in the photo, so it will appeal to the viewer.


One idea I had for this project was to have me floating through space. I think that would look interesting the viewer. My concern is that in may not look very realistic. Another idea I had was to laying down, levitating above the ground. It look nice when the subject of the photo is floating above the floor, and you can see the shadow bellow them. It makes the photo look realistic. My last idea is to make it look like I was hit with a car and I look like I'm flying in the air.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

One fascinating fact I learned was that Jerry Uelsman did photomontage without photoshop. It was remarkable that he spent so much time the dark room. This is important to my learning because it shows how much easier it is to make photos now then in the past. Another thing I learned was how primitive cameras used to be. It makes me appreciate technologically advanced cameras are now a days. It was also to see how photographers were influenced by certain art movements. For example, Alfred Stieglitz's types of art changed over his lifetime because he was influenced by different art movements.

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Sandwich
There once was a sandwich. Most people thought it was an ordinary sandwich. They were all wrong. This sandwich was not ordinary. This sandwich was actually the tastiest sandwich that had ever been made. It had the perfect amount of turkey, cheese, lettuce, and mustard. Whoever ate the sandwich would never enjoy a sandwich again because it would fail to live up to their expectations for sandwiches.