Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Final Project

Final Project

Create a series of at least 5 images that are a body of work and will be printed and displayed in an alternative or traditional way. I want you to focus on content first, and then perfect a technique or techniques that you need in order to make these successful images.



The concept of your project can be about whatever you feel is necessary. This artwork should be engaging, original, and push the boundary conceptually, aesthetically, and technically. It should be about something that is important to you, and something that you want to say through your artwork to viewers.

For your final project consider these 3 options. ...

Create a series of works that represents a new idea, or represents a theme related to your senior exhibition.  (Seniors taking Senior Portfolio in the spring must take this option)


or option 2


Create more work based off an idea that you developed in one of the earlier projects.  


or option 3


Develop a series based around a topic from the class text, or another topic we haven't approached in class already.  

Step 1: Proposal

You will need to turn in a one page written proposal for this project, that is due at the end of the day Monday 11/6.  In your proposal I want you to reference two artists whose work you used for inspiration for your idea. You may get your research from the class text, I also recommend Lensculture, or anywhere else you like. I want to meet with each of you the following day to discuss your ideas and your strategy for the final.  I will post a schedule soon.  (50 points)

Step 2: Check ups

We will meet as a class for check up critiques on 11/14, 11/21, 12/5.  You will be required to present your work to class on those days.  I want to see at least 25 images taken each week, that somehow relate to the project.  If you show up, present, and have worked on something relating to your project each week, then you will get 150 points.  On those days I will be doing demos on printing as well.  

Step 3: Final Presentation

Our final will be held Saturday Dec 9th 8-10:30 in the Gallery. Unless we can come up with a better time.  You will hang 5 images of work in the gallery and we will review the work as a class.  Images must be printed and ready before class.  Your final prints will be what I grade.  (300 points)  



Sunday, October 29, 2017

Reading Assignment Blogpost - Chapter 5, Intimate Life (due Thu 11/2)


In the comment section below write a 200 word minimum response to Chapter 5 "Intimate Life" Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Which essay from the assigned chapter spoke to your own experience the most?  Summarize the main points of the essay and give a personal anecdote that elaborates on why this article spoke to you. Which essay made you think about photography in a new way, or spoke to experiences you may not have been as familiar with?  Did any of the work completely confuse you?  Which photographer(s) highlighted are you the most interested in?  Again, summarize the article and explain why this essay has reshaped your ideas about photography.

Katie and Rachel will be leading the classroom discussion on Tuesday 11/2

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Reading Assignment Blogpost - Chapter 4, Something and Nothing (due 10/24)


In the comment section below write a 200 word minimum response to Chapter 4 "Something and Nothing" Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Which essay from the assigned chapter spoke to your own experience the most?  Summarize the main points of the essay and give a personal anecdote that elaborates on why this article spoke to you. Which essay made you think about photography in a new way, or spoke to experiences you may not have been as familiar with?  Did any of the work completely confuse you?  Which photographer(s) highlighted are you the most interested in?  Again, summarize the article and explain why this essay has reshaped your ideas about photography.
Shelby, Sarah, and Nikki will be leading the classroom discussion on Tuesday 10/24

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

schedule until Still Life is due

Studio Assignment #1 - Bring your still life materials, backdrops, camera to class.  We will meet in the computer lab and walk over to the Grant building.  If you are not on the list for that day, then that day is a work day for you to work on the outside of class portion of the assignment. 

Thursday 10/19

Megan
Shelby
Sarah
Jacob
Katey
Kaitlin
Alex
Tristan


Thursday 10/26

Jessica
Zach
Rachel
Dominique
Julia
Taylor
Olya
Case

just a reminder, on Tuesday 10/24 we will have presentations from the book, and we will be reviewing your progress on the still life assignment. 

Reading Assignment Blogpost - Chapter 3, Deadpan (due 10/19)



Sorry I forgot to post this earlier. In the comment section below write a 200 word minimum response to Chapter 3 "Deadpan" Suggested topics include, but are not limited to:

Which essay from the assigned chapter spoke to your own experience the most?  Summarize the main points of the essay and give a personal anecdote that elaborates on why this article spoke to you. Which essay made you think about photography in a new way, or spoke to experiences you may not have been as familiar with?  Did any of the work completely confuse you?  Which photographer(s) highlighted are you the most interested in?  Again, summarize the article and explain why this essay has reshaped your ideas about photography.

Jacob and Case will be leading the classroom discussion on Tuesday 10/17

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Project 5 Still Life: Dig the Stillness



Shoot a still life in class and out of class.  Your still life must contain objects, but can be pretty much anything.  

You must use turn in least  3 images of strobe lighting in the studio, another 3 of continious lighting and 3 of natural light at home for a total of at least 9 images.  The 9 images must of the same style and/or theme and/or object.   

You may use people in your still life as long as you think of them purely as objects.  Not as people with a soul or personality.  They must appear obviousily placed in a seen, still, and unmoving.  

When is it due? 

We will look at images as a class at the start of class Tuesday October 31st.  

Things to think about

Spend the first couple days collecting objects to photograph, but also backdrops and small lights and anything else.  Get a cardboard box and just start filling it with stuff.  We will start doing some studio lighting demos after the conference.  

Consider objects to photograph, obviousily.  But also consider the way you light them, using mirrors, filters, you own backdrops, additional lights.  The lights and color will mean more to your success than anything else.  


In your photo, your object does not need to represent what it is in real life.  Consider it purely formally. Please try to refrain from anything with obvious logos or text.   

Tripods, use them

you don’t need a studio or a fancy location to make a start with still life photography. You can begin by simply using a space at home, such as a table placed by a window, along with a simple backdrop and utilizing a couple of lamps. Consider large sheets of white to act as light reflectors. 

Consider any of these choices for a good still life image


  • Objects to include
  • Sizes, shapes, numbers, colours
  • Spacing / overlapping
  • Arrangement
  • Surface
  • Background
  • Viewpoint
  • Focal length
  • Depth of field
  • Framing – as in composition inclusion/exclusion
  • Framing – as in a containing device in the picture itself
  • Format ratio
  • Lighting
  • Narrative intent
  • Symbolism

http://www.creativebloq.com/photography/still-life-photography-1131688

https://speckyboy.com/30-stunning-examples-of-still-life-photography/

https://www.thephotoargus.com/35-superb-examples-of-still-life-photography/

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/5-tips-for-still-life-photography.htm

http://abeautifulmess.com/2014/12/tips-for-using-natural-light-in-still-life-photography.html


Tuesday, October 3, 2017

SPE Conference Lecture times / Student Reception


Friday, October 13th, 2017

Robert and Shana Parkeharrison, 4:30-6:30pm Jones Theater, Baylor University Fine Arts Center
(parking is free in any space labeled "Reserved for Faculty, Student, of Staff", Baylor is out of class for Fall break that week)

This, That or the Other Student/Faculty Exhibition, 7 to 9pm
Cultivate 7twelve
712 Austin Avenue
Waco, TX 76701


Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Charlotte Cotton, 7-9pm Jones Theater, Baylor University Fine Arts Center
(parking is free in any space labeled "Reserved for Faculty, Student, of Staff", Baylor is out of class for Fall break that week)

all events are free

If you can not make these events, you are required to go to one photo-related exhibition sometime until December 6th.  You must write a single page reflection paper of the work, describing the work, it's presentation, and how the content interests you.  I also will require a picture of you standing with the work, and a picture copy of the museum program.  Email me the paper when it is done.  Here are some suggested events/exhibits

Artists Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler - Lecture at Modern Nov 14th

I will post more opportunities as I see them....I will also take suggestions so let me know if there something you really want to see.