Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Reading Assignment Blogpost - Chapter 2 - Once Upon a Time (due 10/11)

In the comment section below write a 150 word minimum response to Chapter 2 that  includes the following topics in some order.  

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.

Amber and Haley will be leading the classroom discussion on Tuesday 10/9


  1. Myjah Stubbs

    I really liked how this chapter talked about storytelling in contemporary art photography. This chapter also talks about Tableau photography, which has influences from art in the eighteenth and nineteenth century. Out of the artists discussed in this chapter, I found Canadian artist Jeff Wall’s work to be the most interesting. I believe Wall’s Passerby (1996) and Insomnia (1994) are great examples of tableau image and telling a story in a single picture. I also like how Wall uses light boxes to back his large images to give a cinematic look. I like how in the Insomnia (1994) image the layout and the design of the image help direct the viewer around the scene, as well as identifying the clues. I thought that Sarah Dobai’s Red Room (2001) was really different, because it showed the swapping the role of dominant gender making the woman have the power and it removed all personal effects from the image.

  2. In this chapter, the contemporary artists showed photographic narratives, references (some offered more vague imagery, while others were blunter), and abstract ideas showed creatively. The references could be about historical events (past or current), myths/ fairytales, or specific locations, people, etc.
    The photographer who made me think differently about reconstruction of significant places is the photographer, Thomas Demand. Carrying around a simplified material to rebuild a scene of a past significant scene; that still conveyed the message to the viewers of the image of what happened there even without the whole scene and the poor building material. I found this an interesting way to look at rebuilding past significant events, as many people put the full effort into rebuilding past events in many ways. However, this shows that someone can fill in the blanks of an image with their own thoughts and without the full idea needed.
    An artist I found interesting is Rut Blees Luxemburg use of amber imagery, urban architecture, water reflections, and lighting. His mastery of night scenes and their principles helped him create narrative imagery in a dramatic setting.

  3. Miles Coolidge kind of interest me in this chapter with his picture of the gas station from the Safteyville project. During my project I came across what looked to be an older gas station/shop at one point in time, and it kind of stuck out to me, kind of a stretch, but it made me think about it. Although, I like to believe that at one point in time, the building I shot was used, and not more or less a prop as it seemed to be in the "town" of safteyville. Both Rut Blees Luxemburg and James Casebre spoke to me with their pictures of flooded buildings. A year or so ago my brothers house flood from rain water that got washed into the neighborhood, I personally wouldn't have thought about taking pictures to make them look like anything besides a simple picture for insurance purposes. It talks about the water reflecting the light in the book as well, which was used by both artist to get the feeling of disaster through the pictures, which it did for me, and I personally liked the idea of that.

  4. Reading Chapter two allowed for my emotions to become much more involved than chapter one. Once Upon a Time focused more on the clues that were given to the subjects within the piece, but as a human, it was very easy to pick up on the mood or certain theme that the artist was trying to convey to the audience. I honestly liked all of the pictures that were portrayed within this chapter but the two that stuck out to me the most were from the artists: Tom Hunter, and Mariko Mori.
    In Tom Hunter's "The Way Home" I have always had this terrifying vision of me or one of my friends wandering home from some sort of party and ending up in a ditch (as cliche as that sounds). There is an absurd beauty behind this photo that immediately reminded me of Ophelia but with a twist of some sort of british netflix independent film vibe, that's the best way I can describe it. I absolutely love it and would hang it in my bathroom in a heartbeat.
    As far as the other piece that spoke to me, Mariko Mori has this crazy psychedelic vibe from first glance that I am attracted to. Once I started reading into the purpose behind this photo I was taken back even further. This image manipulation had so much schooling and technique behind it that I really appreciate and would love to gain even a small particle of the knowledge that he has for his sense of balance and mastery of photo manipulation. Like I said, in all of the pieces, I had a very strong emotional tie to them and reading further into the background of the artist and their story just made this chapter come alive.

  5. This chapter is about photography being used for storytelling. Some of the photographs are based on actual stories while others are photographs that tell their own story. The pictures that tell stories are stand alone. Insomnia by Jeff Wall, confused me because I don’t really understand the story being told, the man has insomnia so he’s restless at night but being on the kitchen floor makes no sense to me. I like Untitled by Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, I liked because of the way it is sort of spliced, it looks really cool. I really like what Deborah Mesa-Pelly takes photographs that are supposed to be based on fairytales and makes them darker or recast them as female characters. This idea seems really cool and I like that it takes well known fairy tales and stories and changes them. The twist that is being put on them makes them different and unique.

  6. I really appreciated the work from Miles Coolidge on page 72 where he documents the Chevron gas station. Today when I view Chevron, I view them as dirty, run-down, and rugged. The image he shows has no pumps and looks abandoned but not old. It seems as though it was just shut down last week. The road around it seems surfaced and painted well. There is this weird feeling of abandonment and life being both documented at the same time.
    I am also intrigued by the image by Hannah Starkey on page 61. While we discussed the scene and layout in class, I think there is something to say about all of the geometric shapes in this image. The fan and light fixture are circular. The rectangle door has a hexagon window or mirror on it. Some objects in this scene are perfectly formed while others are more abstract.

  7. I really enjoyed Izima Kaoru's photo Aure Wears Paul & Joe on page 69, because it reminds me of riding bikes back in my childhood. This photo seems to tell a story of a bike crash. But it also could tell a story of this woman who might have parked her bike and decided to enjoy some fresh air and enjoy some nature by laying in the grass. Tom Hunter's photo on page 55 really spoke to me also. The picture has great tone and mood with the dark green grass and bushes. It really gives the photo a great nature look, so powerful that i feel like im acually there in the picture. It has a odd vibe because of the woman laying motionless in the dark murky pond, surrounded by thick green brush.

  8. Kadin Morrow-
    Justin Kurland’s photography on page 61 spoke to me the most because I remember as a kid watching War movies and in her picture of the women in the snow it reminded me of a scene off red dawn. I also remember as a kid before global warming came into affect. It uses to snow all the time and this picture made me think of the snow days where me and my friends would throw on our jumpsuits and head for the slopes. While we were playing we would come up with fictional stories to have more fun. In the article it reads that Justine photography named “Buses on the Farm” the theme is an otherworldliness found in contemporary life. The word otherworldliness immediately brought me back to those snow days. It also goes onto explain how he enjoys the natural beauty of nature and I am very fond of nature so why wouldn’t I pick this girls work