“And dreamed like we were things of the sky
We dressed like kings and queens and lovers
And shouted out into the night “we’re never gonna die”" -Andrew McMahon
Here is some of my summer Color photography final. These are generic scans of the negatives while the real photographs are chromogenic color prints or C-Print for short. These quickly scanned images don’t really do justice to the color or size of the true prints. Let me know what you think..
This is my series Severed.
Here are some new shots from the 2 rolls of film I have shoot for my color class. The negatives are really dirty, and these pictures will be printed through the processor not digitally, if they even make the editing process to print. We had to start with an idea and start photographing. I am taking a break from over thinking every photograph I take. Instead, I am going to just start basic and shoot intuitively by photographing my apartment complex, Hayden Square, and all the people and scenes that come with it. It will most certainly evolve from this idea, into something completely different, in fact I can already see where it could go with just these first shots. Let me know what you think!
“The poignancy of photography comes from looking back to a fleeting moment in a floating world.”- Allen Ginsberg
Today, I found myself completely de-railed. It probably comes as no surprise, that I have been stressed about graduating. In the photography world, a MFA is an extreme advantage. It allows you to put into effect all the skills and processes learned in your undergraduate while still pushing your concepts. It gives you a more focused arena to improve as well as introduces you to a strong art community throughout the process. It also holds a lot more weight in the job world, I would be able to teach at a college level as well as gain many more photography opportunities. I have continued to push my photographs and ideas and I have finally reached the point where I think my portfolio is getting strong enough to get into grad school, the catch? Most schools don’t do Spring admission, therefore I have to wait to apply in the Fall to attend in the Fall of 2011.
So I have been faced with this question.. what do I do with myself for an entire year? The answer was confirmed today. I have decided after much thought to not graduate this May as planned, and instead take the next year to turn my Art History minor into a Major. This is the most sensible option for me in every way. I just became a Docent for the ASU Art Museum and am working on two other internships for the Fall. All three of these opportunities would be extremely beneficial for me both in experience and for my application process. To complete my major I wouldn’t even be a full-time student rather would just have to take 8 classes, spread out over the year. This would allow me to hopefully find a job as well that dips into the art world. I would also be able to keep utilizing the facilities at ASU, and pushing my photography even further, instead of struggling to produce art on my own. I really am finding that I love to write about and discuss art so having this extra degree would give me a strong advantage as well as open up many more opportunities.
If I have to wait a year for graduate school I much rather be getting a second degree, still producing art, interning, and working, then putting around with a full-time job that restricts me from growing. I am both nervous and excited about this decision. It’s strange to think about, that I am not graduating in May with all my friends, especially when we have all been treating this as a “Last Year in AZ Experience,” but I can’t not take the chance just because it’s going to be different then what I expected. Staying out here while most of the close friends I have made over the past four years leave, will be the hardest part for me. I can’t imagine what it will be like to not have my best friends with me out here, but that is life. We are all on separate paths, heading out in our own directions, but no matter how long we reach or how far we get, we are all connected, united by those moments shared together. So really I am never too far away or ever truly alone. *
“The lines represent life and the things around you, but like an asterisk everything intersects with each other at some point, not only connecting everyone with everything around us, but also a unity with the universe..”- Andrew McMahon
The photographs are printed, matted, framed, and hung. The lights have been set. The food has been bought. All that’s left is for the clock to strike 6 pm tomorrow, (Tuesday March 23), for the reception of Persisting Events to begin. So, for the last time I am going to give you a couple more reasons to come out and support the ASU Photography program and check out some student work!
Persiting Events is a senior group exhibition featuring 7 photography students at Arizona State University. It deals with the individual subject matters that has dominated our work, as well as continue to persist upon us the change and ideas that we are developing as artists. Each day transforms into the next, making us examine the causes and effects of our lives. Isela Wong challenges us to think about how a marriage changes once the kids have grown up and moved out. Scott Snyder shows the consistencies within our days, a half eaten apple tossed on the ground one day, is photographed by another student, which is then re-photographed completing some kind of harmonious connection within his wall of 100 gridded photographs. Danielle Savedra shows the power of God in her collection, Naomi Spears replicates grafitti art, while Laura Spittler explores spiritual death and the scientific process of documenting forensics. and my work questions the effects toys have on the kids playing with them.
So if that didn’t convince you… Here is my
Top Ten Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Miss This Show
10. This is our senior show, so for many this is our last body of work as students and its shows what we have learned and how we have grown.
9. There will be sparkling punch, cheese, hummus, crackers, fruits, and cookies!
8. It’s an excuse to look nice and socialize with the artists in the area
7. The ASU Art Museum, Step Gallery, and Northlight Gallery are all open late on Tuesday’s too, so you can do a mini art walk
6. You have nothing else to do on a Tuesday night.
5. It’s right off Mill which offers many places to eat and drink before or after!
4. Looking at Art is good for the Heart!
3. You Love me.
2. We put A LOT of time and work into the success of this show.
and Reason Number 1. You don’t want to miss Scott Snyder‘s wall of 100 4×6 Photographs recording his day to day life over the past two months, Pattie Harmdierk‘s psychedelic and vibrant huge color photographs, Laura Spittler‘s exploration of death and her artistic take on forensic photography documentation, Danielle Savedra‘s wall of her involvement with her Church, Naomi Spear‘s graffiti inspired images, Isela Wong‘s profound and engaging portraits of her parents, and My work depicting miniature toy soldiers and the relationship they form with excerpts written from my brother who is a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army!!
* The Reception is at Gallery 100, located on the corner of University and Mill in the same red building as Saks Sandwhiches. It is a come and go, that will begin at 6 and end at 8! Please ask if there are any other questions!
So I am a day late, but finally a new post as promised. Though it’s not exactly going to be full of content. In attempt to de-stress after my week of mid-terms and trying to finish printing, matting, framing, and hanging my senior show, I decided to go on a bike ride today with my camera. It was a really nice day and a good time to reflect. This is what I saw.
(Be Sure to Click to Enlarge and View Them Like a Slide Show)