Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Chapter 8 Physical and Material

In the comment section below write a 200 word minimum response to Chapter 8 "Physical and Material" 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.

Taylor and Julia will be leading the classroom discussion on Tuesday 12/5


  1. Many of the works in this chapter along with the main idea reminds me in minor ways of my senior exhibition process. Taking a method or objects and abusing it until you get to the image you want.
    I am already a fan of Florian Maier-Aichen’s work, so I was naturally drawn to his picture as soon as I opened up the chapter to read. The unnaturally saturated colors of his photos, his light leaks, and recoloring landscapes create a piece of work that is undoubtedly unique. The landscapes he depicts are of something like a fantasy world. A place where there are no limits to the imagination because there is not expectation of color and its placement.
    Walead Beshty’s combination of the use of light and the art of darkroom creates the abstract compositions. His work “3 Sided Picture (Magenta/Red/Black)” is perfectly unrecognizable, as in not being able to tell what you are looking at. The bright chemically produced colors add to the curiosity of it all, giving away a hint that this is not a typical object found in nature, this was man-made.
    Ann Collier’s “Gray Sky” speaks to the side of me that loves black and white photographs. By stripping away the color, the potential arises to create a completely piece of art. Using black and white draws out the values of a photo, which in this case seem to make an abstract piece of art when in reality it is just a cloud.

  2. I really like the simplicity of a lot of these pieces of work. It goes to show that we don’t have to go all out on a piece and have a whole bunch of things going on in the composition to have an amazing piece. Lyle Ashton Harris’ Blow Up IV and Isa Genzken’s work are the ones that stick out from this pattern. I love collage pieces, especially ones that don’t have a specific place for the images. I like the overlapping and that the other pictures don’t want to overthrow the main image. I absolutely love Walead Beshty’s 3 Sided Picture. The colors in the image along with the black space is very balancing. I also find the process behind it very interesting. The process behind Liz Deschenes’ piece is also a really cool because it isn’t actually done with a camera but produces an interesting piece of work. The only piece in this chapter that I did not particularly like was Jason Evans image. I like the strips on stripes but the overlay I think is a little too much. I don’t really relate to any of these pieces in chapter 8 but I think it was a good chapter to end our study on. I really want to try some of the process that these artist do to create their images.

  3. Jason Evans work in the book was very interesting to me with how he took street photography and modern every day life then put how they occurred together. Each segment within his work follows the same pattern all by chance, I think this is a fresh way of looking at how sometimes the random matrix of the world combines together unintentionally.
    The next photographer that stood out to me was Anne Collier, my main fascination when it comes to photography these days are landscapes, and how the sky looks. I have been itching to find a more creative way to present landscapes, and the sky. Her work gives me a little insight in how this could be done.
    I also quickly took a liking towards Christopher Williams work with the corn image. A lot of how the world functions, and what society uses in order to produce more products to use for our daily life materials are often overlooked. I think this is a good visual to see of how much crop we take for granted, how much we actually use it as a byproduct, and a good way of helping society see that without certain crops the world would be imbalanced in a way.

  4. I am really interested in Liz Deschenes work called moiré. It is unique in how she is able to create the images by using negative film exposed to the sunlight behind her object. The images remind me of stitching or material, but when you look at a certain area on the picture you are able to see the faintness of an object being formed. It also reminds me of optical illusions and those are always fun.
    Walead Beshty is another photographer that I found interesting. His 3-Sided Picture series consists of the photographic paper being creased and then exposed to light which produce these colorful geometric shaped colors. The picture in the book looks almost like a tie-dyed shirt and the gradient colors are really cool to look at.
    I was not as interested in Sharon Ya’ari. I found her series Untitled from 500m Radius to be slightly boring and unappealing. I understand the story behind her pictures being a resistance for the contemporary art photography, but I am just not fond of it.

  5. I really did enjoy this last chapter. I could relate to so many of the works by the various photographers and artists. I especially liked An-My Le's work 229, is an example of her following our military around the world as they train and when they have liberty. She was born during a time in Vietnam when the war over there was only in its infant stages. I can understand her being drawn into this line of photography involving our military.

    I also really enjoyed the work by Anne deVries. His Steps of Recursion on the last page of our book is very unique. He has a history of working with unusual techniques, printing, and is also known for his installation art. This particular photograph was done using mirrors, then a special print process. He then made an installation project from his photographs depicting stairs. His work is very inspirational to me of going outside the box.