Influential Locations

Do you remember that one place you used to visit all the time? One that contains a lot of memories? Can you remember a place that had a heavy impact on your life? For me that place is Laurel Acres Park. I decided to do my project on Laurel Acres Park because it is a location I have held close to my heart for many years now. It has been a few years since I stepped foot in the park itself. This project is what caused me to return to the park from my childhood. The park had an overwhelming sense of nostalgia. Throughout our lives we visit a variety of places that we often forget shortly after we leave. However, with this project I wanted to express how some of these locations can impact us for the rest of our lives. Laurel Acres had a great impact on me when I was younger simply because the different atmosphere it offers compared to my usual surroundings.

In the project I aimed to take photos that made it seem like I was a kid again walking around Laurel Acres Park. I wanted to show the very images that impacted me as a child. The very views that actually influenced how I grew as a person. I often visit Laurel Acres park in my down time. There were a lot of moments that left impressions on me in that park. Half of my childhood memories are from that park. I wanted to capture the wonders of Laurel Acres with the camera I used. I wanted to capture the atmosphere and type of place Laurel Acres is with my photos. To me this park offers an escape from the ever growing civilization we now live in. Every time I go to this park I am reminded of what it is like to take a step outside of society and into nature. My photos are meant to express how a single location can impact or influence a persons thoughts by merely offering an amazing view.

That Rare Moment

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When I saw this picture a certain thought came to mind. I have never seen Rowan with such light snow on the ground. This photograph is a picture of a beautiful scene where the snow just lightly blankets the ground. This got me thinking about how often it is we take pictures in a moment and not realize how rare of a chance it is to capture such a picture.

I mentioned in a previous post how pictures are used to capture a moment or a memory. However, most people often take a picture and eventually forget about them at some point? Why is this? Most of the time it is because people take so many pictures now a days that those singular pictures of rare moments are forgotten.

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This is a picture I took earlier this year. I believe this was a rare moment in my life because I got to get up close to a real live wolf. How often do people get to say that? How often do we get to see a picture where the ground is beautifully covered in snow with grass popping out from just underneath?

However, this makes me question the fact that is taking a picture of a rare moment really worth it? I wonder because sometimes I think that taking a picture in such beautiful scenery ruins the moment. To be honest I am one who does not take many pictures. I have never been into making heavy use of my camera. However, the few times I have made use of my camera I had realized one thing. My camera was taken out, but never put away.

Have you ever noticed that? Whenever you take your phone out to take a quick picture, one picture,

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which turns into two pictures,

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then three pictures?

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I’ve noticed it. I feel like a camera even though meant to capture a moment also ruins a moment. Like instead of starring at beautiful scenery, you see it through a lens. Instead of enjoying time with my family I am posing multiple times for photos.

I feel in this day and age we feel excessive need to take a picture of every fleeting moment. However, I believe a clear memory of that fleeting moment is much better than a picture. A picture captures the sight of a moment. However, does it capture the experience of a rare moment?

Think back to the last rare moment you had. Whether it be something like you watched your little cousin take their first few steps. It could be something like you saw a beautiful sunset. Maybe saw a form of wild life you never saw before. imagine the elation and excitement you have. The experience of seeing it for the first time. Now, while in that elated moment you suddenly pull out the camera and pour all your focus into that perfect shot. Congrats, you just traded the elation for a freeze frame.

I believe that in this day and age we are compelled to take pictures of everything. You have people taking pictures of themselves doing the most random of things. You see a variety of photos online that seem to have no meaning behind them at all. I believe that when we are focused on capturing that rare moment we miss the chance to truly enjoy a moment.

What do you think? Do you think your camera ruins the moment? Do you think taking a picture adds to the experience of a rare moment at all?

In my opinion we all need to just put down our camera and stop focusing on capturing rare moments. I think rare moments should be enjoyed with your own eyes instead of a lens. I have a lot of memories in my head that remind me of all the great times I had. My eyes have always enjoyed just taking in the moment. I never needed a camera to create or catch a memory. I just remember the fun and joy I have in that moment and I think that memory gives me more than a photo could ever hope to give me. Not once have I ever looked back at a photo and remembered the full experience of the image it captured. It’s difficult to capture a full moment with a picture because you do not capture all the senses. you do not capture the sounds or smells you have at the time of the picture. You only capture an image, but not the experience itself. So, i believe we need to put down the cameras and use our eyes instead of a lens to take a picture of the scenes we come across in everyday life.

Is Photography an Art?

This post is inspired by Victor Burgin’s “Looking at Photographs”

While reading Burgin’s article “Looking at Photographs” an interesting question came to mind. I began to wonder if photography is truly a form of art.

The main function of art is to be a form of expression. Everyday we use various methods to express our feelings. Some of these methods consist of singing, drawing, painting, acting, and even writing. All these art forms consists of expressing oneself in a unique manner that relates directly to the artist themselves. However, is photography an art?

Bergin says “The significant structures which early semiotics found in photography are not spontaneously self generated, they originate in determinate modes of human organization.”

Unlike the art forms mentioned above, photography does not really allow one to express themselves with their own personal method. Photography is not a self generated image, but a captured image. A photo is not a creation of one’s own design, but an image taken by a camera. It is different from a painting where one gives physical form to their emotions in the form of what they paint. Photography seems to be more used for catching a moment or memory instead of expressing oneself.

When performing a form of art, how do you feel? When you paint do you feel like you paint out your emotions with each brush stroke? When you act, do you feel your various forms of emotions create the character you play? When you write, do you feel your words speak the emotions you cannot say out loud?

Art seems to always have an emotional feedback to the artist. It serves a purpose of expressing emotions that cannot be expressed in words alone. When you take a photograph, does photography give you some form of emotional feedback? When you take a picture of something randomly beautiful, do you do it to have a memory of the beautiful sight or because of the artistic value?

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Above is a picture I took at an Earth festival. It is a picture I took of a wolf. I did not feel any form of expressionism when taking this picture. the only thought in my mind was “Cool, a wolf” snap. I only took that picture because it was the first time I saw a wolf. I was not expressing myself in any way or form. The other thing that makes me wonder if photography is an art is another picture I took of that same wolf.

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The two pictures look almost identical, right? That is because they are identical! They are almost if not exactly the same. these two pictures are two completely different photos taken within five seconds apart from each other. I cannot tell the difference. That is because photos can be pretty much reproduced. I wonder how many people took almost the same exact picture as I did. Photos have no unique form of emotion to them. They completely detach the artist from the viewer. Certainly a photo can be beautiful or have meaning but once again is it art?

What is art to you? Is it something beautiful to look at? Is it an image or form of expression that holds meaning to you? What does a photo do for you?

The definition of art is the conscious use of the imagination in the production of objects intended to be contemplated or appreciated as beautiful, as in the arrangement of forms, sounds, or words.

If I were to say my opinion I believe photography is not an art. Honestly I believe photography is not a form of art, but a form of capturing a memorable moment. Whenever I take a photo it is done by reflex. Like the definition says art requires you to use your imagination. That use of imagination allows you to figure out how to express a variety of your emotions in different shapes or forms. However, where is the imagination in photography? When you look at my photo above, what do you think? You think it’s a wolf right? Where is the imagination in that?

The imagination is a wondrous thing all humans have. Imagination allows us to access fantasies within our minds and make creations based off this fantasy like thoughts or emotions. That imagination can be seen and felt in all forms of art. Take a poem for example. When you read a poem you often find yourself asking what does the poem mean? What meaning does the poem have? What was the author feeling s he wrote the poem? However, the experience of looking at a photo lasts but a moment long. One does not ask a lot of the questions I just listed. They do not try to put their own form of imagination on the photo to create their own image of what they are looking at. Instead they just figure out its a picture and go to look at the next picture.

Technology Mashup

Reflection 1: This experience relates to traditional writing by the fact that it is a form of expression. Writing is often used to create a message or express a message. The video mashup serves that same purpose. The video mash up uses a bunch of images to display a message that someone is trying to get across just like writing. Except instead of using words you are using a variety of images and creating an overall relationship between all the images. Another factor that relates to traditional writing is the process. Just like in writing you follow a process of creation with the video mashup. The first step is the fact that you come up with a first rough draft. You get your ideas together and start to give it form. Then you move on to refining the first draft. Then you sooner or later arrive at the third complete draft that clearly expresses the message you are trying to get across.

Another way this video mashup relates to traditional writing is that you use symbolism to create a meaning or message. In the video mashup we have to take a variety of images and things that do not have any relation and create and relationship between them. We do this by creating a relevance between the images.

My experience in this project is that it opened new doors of expressionism. I had taken editing classes in the past, but not once did I ever think of doing such a video mashup. Using a variety of videos to create a message was very enlightening. The ways that I had to work around not related images taught me a variety of new ways on how to approach new and different ideas. I also learned that one can create a relation between even the most unrelated of images. This project allowed me to learn how to create meaning from one idea to the next. The other thing I pulled from this project is the method of research I had to do. Though despite having fun with this project I did feel a sense of irritation. This was because at some point IMovie seemed to be messing with me and was changing the durations of all my clips. This made it incredibly difficult to finish and held me up a great deal of time.

Reflection 2:

This video mashup expresses the every growing negative effects technology has on society. Every where you go you can find at least one person looking at a screen weather it be a cellphone screen, a computer screen, or even a tv screen. In this video I used a variety of images representing people using the three major forms of technology to go on the internet, text, and make use of social media. I tried to express how this technology is effecting the way society develops as they become more controlled by the monster that is technology.

I also tried to show what technology addiction can do to people in their development. I used a variety of clips that showed people having to get locked up in a clinic, a kid going crazy from his games being taken away, among other examples of people looking tired and dazed from looking at a screen.

I decided to represent technology in my video as a form of monster. Technology can be viewed as a monster that is slowly evolving as we develop society. Throughout the video I have the mechanical monster slowly evolve from a monstrous machine to the point where man and machine are one. I tried to show how technology is slowly taking over society as a whole. We as humans are becoming more reliant on technology as time progresses and in my mash up you can see the monster slowly take the shape of a human as if it s taking place of all human functionality. Another area I express this is in the last part of my video. In the last part you see the infants symbolized by the large monster. This shows how the unrefined interest in technology starts off at a young age. Then you see a toddler on a swing that leads into a bunch of clunky robots walking. This shows the learning process of a child getting familiar with technology. After that you see a bunch of teenagers symbolized by Iron Man suiting up. This expresses the stage in our lives when we have become dependent on technology in our everyday lives. By the time you are an adult you will realize that a lot of your life is run by the technology you use.

Disney’s City of Sin

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After many hardships with Prezi I bring to you the City of Disney’s Sin. Walt Disney’s Sin City is a remix trailer that takes everyone’s favorite Disney Princesses and characters and puts them into the city of sin. The Sin City trailer does a great job in creating a dark tone to what would normally be warm heart children movies.

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