Thursday, April 27, 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.

Selfies, to be or not to be

There are multiple different purposes for a selfie. A picture you send on snapchat that you know no one will ever see again might be silly and might serve the purpose of making your friend laugh. They also might be used as communication. When your texting someone there is no tone so it is difficult to tell the difference between angry and joking. When you send a picture of yourself with the text like you do on snapchat, you can see emotion and interpret body language like you would if you were really talking to someone. Selfies you post on Instagram might be used to create your online identity.
   I think a selfie can be a form of art but not in all cases. If the photographer in intending for the photo of themselves to be a piece of art then it is a piece of art. If someone takes a quick photo of themselves on snapchat that they send to a friend without really looking at it then it is not considered art. If you are creative in the way you take the photo and pay attention to what you are creating like an artist does, then you are making a very simple form of art. Art is created to express emotion. It is meant to catch your eye and make you feel something. If a well thought out selfie does that then it is art. For instance, interior designers create art even though they are not using a typical form of art. They can design the inside of a room or house to have a certain feeling to them. A room can be bright and happy or small and safe. If a selfie portrays a kind of emotion that makes you feel something the way a painting might, then it could be considered art.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Reflections, Kelcie

The Move
Living in the small city was nothing like the countryside she was used to. She missed the ranch and her horses. She missed the afternoon rides with her father and the river that they would ride to on the far side of their property. She had taken for granted the fresh country air that she now yearned to fill her lungs with. In the city she felt uncomfortable in her own skin. Everything was too close together. The buildings were stacked right up next to one another all the way down the street and people crowded into them. Cars were constantly rushing around and she waited for one to stop and let her cross the road. It had rained recently and dirty puddles loomed in the dips on brick ground. She peered into one containing trash and other debris. In it's dark reflection she could see spitery power lines and the side of yet another building. Desperately wishing she were home she splashed through the puddle to disturb the image and hurried to her destination.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Intro to Levitation Photography

Levitation - rising or causing something to rise and float in the air.
Paranormal - events that are beyond the range of scientific understanding.

   To create successful levitation photographs you have to have the right equipment. You need your camera and objects to prop up the person you are going to levitate, such as a stool, a chair, and ladder. Use clothing that will be easy to modify and edit like clothes with solid colors. Take the photos from a low angle so it looks like the person is floating up in the air. Take many different photographs of the scene so you have many images to work with. Take some of the levitating person and of the background without the person.

Kylie Woon

Kylie Woon

David Nemcsik

I would like to make a photograph of a person that is floating about water. However that seems like difficult situation to manipulate because you would have to prop a person up above the water. I like the idea of positioning someones head to be lower then their body because it makes the photo look more surreal. I think this would also be a hard task to pull off because you would have to take a picture of someone when they were upside down. I think it would be interesting to make a photo where there are two of the same person like in the first photo above because it sends a strong message. I would like to work with a fan to create the illusion of wind.

Monday, April 3, 2017

History of Photography

The wet plate process was invented by Fredrick Scott Archer in 1851. The process was valued for the level of detail and clarity it allowed. Entrepreneur Philippe Kahn created the first camera phone. This is important to society today because cameraphones now allow the average person to take photos regularly. George made a vary large played a large part in the history of photography because he founded the company Kodak which produced easy to use cameras and developed a flexible film that was a major contribution to start of the film industry. The film industry is now a major part of most people's lives. Joseph Nicephore was a French inventor who invented the heliograph (which was a huge step up from lithograph) and the physautotype that could create photos in less than 8 hours. The information I learned about the history of photography is important to my learning because it helps me appreciate the technology we have today that allows me to take instant photographs.

Monday, March 27, 2017


As the children play in the hot sun their mother works inside.
Her hands covered with sticky with melon juice,
She slices through the melon's outer layer
And into its soft inside with her thick, silver knife.
Soon the children's stomachs start to growl.
They run inside to find the tasty treat they new would be waiting.
As they gobble up the sweet orange fruit,
Juice runs down their chins and onto their newly stained shirts.
Their energy is renewed by the cool indoor air
So they race to the door and play in the summer sun,
Until their stomachs call again.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Photos with Quotes

   To unify this photo I matched color of the text to the red dice. I chose a quote that matched the subject of the photo. The quote is talking about rolling the dice so I placed the words flowing over the dice the way you would imagine a dice to bounce when you role it. I chose a font style that matched the mood of the quote. I used the arc technique on the word "chance" to move up the side of the dice and to emphasize the word. I used the flag technique on the word "roll" so the word looks like it is rolling over the top dice. 
   To unify this photo I matched the color of the words to the white and orange of the fire. I chose a quote that matched the subject of the photo an the mood of the photograph. I put the words "soul" and "fire" in the fire to make them stand out. I also used the drop shadow effect and made the text black on those words to highlight them and make them easy to read. I made the words "powerful" and "weapon" orange to emphasize them and placed the words on different sides of the image to balance the color. I chose a font style that matched the mood of the photo.
   This is a photo with many orange pumpkins and one unique white pumpkin so I chose a quote about uniqueness to match the theme. I made the words ombre from blue to white leading to the white pumpkin so the quote would flow. I also used the drop shadow effect on the quote so you could read the test easily. I put the word "different" on the unique pumpkin. I made the word "different" black in contrast to the blue and white text and the white pumpkin to make it different from the other words. I also made the font different on the word different to highlight its meaning.

   In doing this assignment I learned the importance of mood in a photo and how to unify the photo based on the mood. Matching the font style, color, placement, and meaning to the mood of the photo is very important in making it look unified. I also learned how to place font in a way that makes it easy to read. If you have a good quote that matches a good photo you took it won't matter if you cant read and understand the words. Using contrasting colors and and using effects like the drop shadow make the words stand out against their background so you can see them easily and read them. Placing the words from left to right and up to down help your eyes know where to read.