Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Reading Assignment Blogpost - Chapter 7, Revived and Remade (due Tue 11/21)

In the comment section below write a 200 word minimum response to Chapter 7 "Revived and remade" 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.

Jessica, Zach will be leading the classroom discussion on Tuesday 11/21


  1. This chapter although not that interesting to me, however I did like the work by Susan Derges.(204) Her technique cameraless photography is unusual, I would like to try this technique. This maybe an old technique, but I like it the affects. Derge's also produces these images into life size photos, a dramatic way to immerse her viewers into the photography.

    Hans-Peter Feldmann (208), I like his work because a more random set of photographs, no clear intention. He lets the viewers decide what their thought process will be when viewing. Every viewer will see something unique to their mind-set.

    Katy Grannan's (216) is really provocative. I like the way she used the natural light behind her subject. The image is soft and striking. The colors are vivid and then fade in the background. Even though there is some bright backlight off the river it does not interfere in my opinion with the depth of this photo. I can actually imagine myself taking this type of photograph.

    I enjoyed these few artists for their uniqueness and content.

  2. We have talked about Cindy Sherman to some extent at the beginning of the semester, and I was pleased to see her work again in this chapter. The thing I love about Cindy is that her style of photography changes ever so slightly for the message that she is trying to get across. Her photos are heavily female oriented and often uses harsh light in some way. But with each of her photographs, she presents a different view of femininity. All of her works are so “Cindy Sherman”. Quirky, edgy, to the point, yet open-ended, her work stands out in this chapter to me.
    Compositionally speaking, I loved Walid Ra’ad’s photo of the man underneath the Eiffel Tower titled "Civilizationally We Do Not Dig Holes to Bury Ourselves". The symmetry drew my eye into the middle where the man (Dr. Fadi Fakhouri) is turned and is looking through the binoculars. This photo made me laugh in a way because it is just a little odd and fun at the same time. There is a mystery to what he is looking at or observing, perhaps even looking for. I understand that the meaning behind the photo is serious and draws attention to civil rights and media regarding the Lebanese Civil War. But aside from that, it was simply a picture that I enjoyed looking at visually.
    Altogether, I enjoyed looking at the pictures in this chapter, the stories they tell, and the inspiration they came from.

  3. In this chapter I really liked the work by Cindy Sherman on pages 192 and 193. I recognize 187 from the beginning go the semester when we talked about her in class. I enjoy the composition of this photo and the narrative aspect about it. Is she trying to go somewhere close? Far away? How long has she been waiting for? It's so open ended for however people want to interpret it.

    I also really enjoyed Joan Fontcuberta's Hydropithecus because anything that seems other worldly or things that we don't know much about intrigue me so much and I love that she has this documented and it's so well preserved all the way down to the tail. The body is also near a body of water and it ties it all together so well like maybe she laid down on the bank and maybe died peacefully there and was covered with the water and mud or maybe something more sinister happened and her body happened to stop in this spot under the water.

    I also love Adam Fuss's photo from his Ghost series. I'm interested in the process of creating daguerreotype photos where the image is etched with chemicals that react with light to create the image. The more light put on the plate produces a more parts of the image. I would love to try this technique out for myself.

  4. This chapter caught my attention, I have never thought of photography as a representation of photography. To me, you take photographs with a picture, and that's it. This chapter really opened my eyes to the understanding that this is incorrect. Photography is a wide spectrum of materials other than a camera.

    One photographer that caught my eye was Katy Grannan. The colors in her photographs very extremely appealing to me. I am attracted to natural light and washed out, yet vibrant colors.

    I was familiar with Cindy Sherman from class, and remembered her liking to use herself as a model in her photographs. In the picture featured in the book, and in many others that she has, there always seems to be questions. You wonder about the character, and ask yourself numerous questions trying to understand her motives. Her style is very unique, and feminine. But, feminine in a way that calls attention and is almost intimidating. I believe she achieves this by using women models, but having a stark contrast.

    I am familiar with Vik Muniz's work. I love his work so much. Using such ordinary objects to recreate extraordinary people, and paintings is genius. He does it in a way that's not cheesy, it's masterful and receives so much appreciation. One of my favorite pieces of his is a portrait of Obama made out of scraps of patriotic magazines.

    This chapter really opened my eyes, and made me like photography better. I see that it's so much more than a camera, and is really a translation of someone's perspective.

    -Sarah Darby

  5. This chapter sort of took me for a spin when it came to what can be done to represent ones own work. The amassed creativity of it all just felt completely overwhelming when it came to what these pictures were, how they were made, and what they sought to represent. From chocolate syrup to prosthetic masks, it felt almost like something that one would only see in some sort of dream, yet it was oddly pleasant to read about.

    The first that I felt was the most enjoyable piece to see was the one that the book decided to open with; Vik Muniz's, "Action Photo". The composition is comprised of the famous abstract painter Jackson Pollok as he was depicted in a photograph where he was working on one of their tapestries. The way this picture was made was much like being presented a new media to use. It was unusual, yet all around refreshing. I hardly can think of anyone that would want to paint a picture with chocolate syrup, let alone one with such detail. It left me craving both more concepts like this, and chocolate.

    One that I felt was a bit creepy had to of been the works by Gillian Wearing with their compositions comprised of them wearing prosthetic faces of different people. I could not describe the feeling of uneasiness that came with seeing that someone could put on another persons face, and make it look more than realistic. A great idea, but not very good conversation subject for talking to your buddy that has some minor paranoia. That. . . That was a mistake on MY part. However, while it seemed crazy that such a thing is more than possible, it is astounding that things such at that could be used for photography as if to recreate an old photo.

    Lastly, I found great intrigue in the works made by Adam Fuss, when it was shown in a class presentation. In the photo, 'My Ghost', it felt like just that. Seeing something there, but knowing that at the same time it isn't really there. It feels almost like looking at a fragmented memory, or viewing who you once were in a sort of self-reflection. It is a haunting piece none-the-less.

  6. This chapter brought the most interest to me because of how the photographs were able to take something that was already made then create something new out of it. The very first photograph shown by Vik Muniz with the chocolate, I thought was very creative. At first glance, I thought the chocolate was oil but the way the art was constructed was absolutely amazing. I could not do that if any asked me to do that right now. The second one that stood out to me was Aleksandra Mir with the first lady on the moon, we had talked about her work a little in the past and Im still fascinated by the fact that a dirt mound can still work like a moon setting even though it’s a construction site. I also really enjoyed Susan Derges work of the photograms with the shadows, for some reason both of those elements playing off of each other is really interesting. As the class has progressed, I’ve noticed that I really enjoy shadows and subtle hints. I like how shadows bring so much to a picture without the actual object or the object itself playing a role in the mystery. Overall, I enjoyed this chapter a lot.

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  10. Reading over this chapter we came across Cindy Sherman. We have talked about her a few times during the semester. She does a very well job on letting the viewer have different interpretations of her work. It’s almost as if all her work mean the same thing but each have a different meaning to them. She is focused on females more so then anything else. Most of the photographers have a story to telling this chapter. Also this chapter taught me to look at photography in another perspective.