Sunday, May 9, 2010

My Cyanotype Images...

So yesterday, we had to present our finished cyanotype images in class. I had made many, and chose my favorites to show to the class. Afterwards, I walked back to my car, and started driving home. On my way home, I was rear ended by a 16year old PUNK. When my car was hit, my gatorade bottle spilled open, and spilled all over my papers, as well as two of my textbooks, and my cell phone. So I have no pictures to upload, however, I am going to show you the original pictures.
Here they are:

These are the images I used for my cyanotypes. I am going to try to remake some more during the summer and upload them again.

P.S. everything is fine with my car and I am doing swell :)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Civil War Photograph

Civil War Photographs are interesting because they are the first documented war images shown to the public. Here are a few I found: for more images go to

Photojournalism - then

Roger Fenton was one of the first photojournalists, he took pictures of the Civil War. His work documented things that had never been seen by others that were not at the scene of the occurrence. Another photo journalist was Felix Beato, an Italian British photographer who documented the East Asian culture and the Second Opium War.

charles baudelaire

As said in " Baudelaire argued in LE PEINTRE DE LA VIE MODERNE (1863, The Painter of Modern Life) in favor of artificiality, stating that vice is natural in that it is selfish, while virtue is artificial because we must restrain our natural impulses in order to be good. The snobbish aesthete, the dandy, was for Baudelaire the ultimate hero and the best proof of an absolutely purposeless existence: he is a gentleman who never becomes vulgar and always preserves the cool smile of the stoic."
What photographs would represent the focus of Baudelaire ideas? Something romantic, but sensual.

Maybe something by Lewis Carroll? what say you?

Autochrome and moving pictures

Autochrome is the first color photography process. It was invented by the Lumiere brothers, who also invented the moving picture!!!WOW!!ok sure that was pretty cheesy, but whateverr. Autochrome was a process where potato starch dyed with color is dusted onto a glass plate. Afterwards carbon black powder fill in any spaces. It was developed twice, then the colors began showing. The Lumiere brothers also invented the movie biz. Autochrome was used for photographs that used symbolism, reacting against positivism, industrialization, and secularism. It often portrayed scenes that were chock full of emotions and sensations, being the forerunner to abstract art. This process helped create an entire world of possibilities with photographs. They went from being black and white to something more ethereal and magical, like a mirror into your imagination. With color photographs, people could take something and transform it into something else. They could also document things that they were unable to document before, details that were missed with black and white, like the color of someone's eyes, or the beauty of a sunset, or the red juice of a pomogranate. This opened a door to creativity that wasnt there before...
This pics are pretty awesome!

The Lumiere brothers also created the moving picture, each was about thirty seconds long. As you know, this has become an extremely artistic and lucrative multi-trillion dollar business. I have posted a six minute clip of some of their first films, WATCH IT!

for the love of movies,


The Lumiere Brothers' - First films (1895)

Naturalism vs Pictorialism

Naturalism photographers - were captivated by photography's capacity to render the world with mirror-like accuracy

Pictorialsim photographers - took photographs that imitated the style of paintings. Using symbols, shimmering light, and soft focus to create impressionistic dots and streaks, pictorialists depicted a world that was one step removed from reality

Gertrude Kasebier - Pictoralist

 Naturalist - William Henry Jackson

Found info on
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Cutest picture EVER!


I am going to do my cyanotype project on ballet dancers. I found this image that someone took of one of my friends, and it really inspired me. She is actually going to Julliard next year, so I am sure i will be seeing lots of amazing things from her in the future.

Social Documents - Early photographers documenting life

I wanted to focus on one photographer in general, E.J.Bellocq. This photographer focused on taking pictures of women who were prostitutes. As the text describes, he "used photography to explore the forbidden world of prostitutes....[the photographs] convey a sense of complicity between the male gaze and the female sitter. Although the atmosphere is a mix of lassitude, resignation, and sexuality, no sexual acts or men are depicted, and some of the photographs offer no clues that the women were prostitutes." (Hirsch, 227-228). His images are full of imagery, and have a feeling of enjoyment, even though it is in a sensual setting. I find myself creating backgrounds for each of the women in his images, where they came from, why they are doing that, where they are now. Very mysterious, very urbane images. Not much is known about why he created these images, and many of them have been lost or destroyed through time. This only adds to the images's allure for me. For more information about the artist or thoughts on his photography, go to this girl's blog, its really inspirational!

Eugene Atget

How many times have I seen a beautiful pattern in nature and tried to capture it? Too many to count. Eugene Atget has been able to do this successfully so many times! Every image has defined shapes and patterns, images inside images. It is a beautiful thing to look at his work. For this blog, I was supposed to take a picture that was similar to what he created.

My images looked like this...
Not exactly the same thing...but o well :)

to all the eugene atgets out there,
good luck

Chapter 14 - reproducing media

The last two sentences of chapter 14 state: "But, most important, at the beginning of the 21st century the majority of Americans know their world primarily through reproductive media. First, we see the world through a television, computer, or PDA; later, the world confirms what we have seen on the screen."

This has become increasingly true as the internet and satellite have become more popular and easy to use. One such example of this would the the commercial for the new flip phone, where the anchorman confirms news that has been put up on facebook or twitter. It is silly, but it reaches the point. I am not sure how to take a picture of this, however, any news story you look up, you will find evidence that something was done about it in the real world after the fact. Take the Virginia Tech shootings, first heard on the news, it spread to the world, and then VT reorganized their efforts to create a better security team for the future. 

Something to think about eh?


Wynn Bullock - Chapter 15

Of all the photographers/artists named in chapter 15 of Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography, Wynn Bullock was the one that really caught my attention. I am very interested in those that have the ability to make ordinary things look extraordinary. This photographer is able to create images that can be erotic, mysterious, or surreal. The images make me wonder about what was going on, how was the shot created, could it be recreated?Most seem like images out of fairy tales or story books. I love this photographer's style.

Photography is a Universal Language

The Family Of Man was an exhibition that has been called a major American photographic event, it opened at MoMA in New York in 1955. It included 508 images from 68 countries by 273 different photographers. They way the photographs were set up made it seem like each one was a piece of a larger puzzle. For more information about where these images can be seen today, go to this Luxemboug informational website. One of the photographers included in this exhibit was one of my favorites, Irving Penn. I have tried unsucessfully to find one of the images that he had included in The Family of Man, but I did find some that others included. They are a brief glimpse at how these photographers lived, and what they did that photographers do not do now.
here are images by lou bernstein, irving penn, and wynn bullock. Each one has a completely different sense of style, mystery, sensuality, and beauty.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Juan Gris - Cubism

When i first saw cubist paintings, i didnt really know what to think. After taking this history of photography class, i am more able to appreciate the beauty of these paintings. They are just looking at an object from all sides, showing all its imperfections and its beauty. With Juan's work, he keeps it simple, but still seems to impress upon the audience the importance of seeing all things, and appreciating them for their beauty. 



Eva Watson-Schutze

This photographer, Eva Watson-Schutze, really piqued my interest. She was able to capture the inncocene and hope of females, as well as their mystery and allure.Some of her images have this sense of hidden fantasy, like Alice in Wonderland type thing. All of the images I saw of hers had been very constructed. They had specific lighting and framing, making it like a portrait instead of a photograph. She had gone to school to learn how to paint, so it is obvious that she took her skills as a painter over to the photography world.
 two of my favorite images of hers: Both show hidden sides of women, were only a certain few were ever allowed to see. They are both alluring and mysterious, but at the same time fantastical and surrealistic.

Dziga Vertov

Dziga Vertov created a new style of filmmaking back when it was still young and versatile. Documentary filmmakers look up to him because of his innovations and strange tactics to get the shot he needed for the film. it is both surreal and realistic, he uses all types of editing, shots, and angles to represent his message.

A trip to the moon - georges melies style

So this guy, georges melies, decides to make a movie, called a trip to the moon. Imagine it, its the year 1902, and sci fi is all the rage. You know you could make bank if you made a movie, but could you pull it off and make it believable? Of course rockets to the moon didnt exist then, so you could make it all up however you wanted. Sweet.
So what does he do? he creates elaborate theatre sets, and since its in black and white, the errors cant really be seen. I was watching it, and even I wondered how he created some of the effects seen. very bad ass. I cant even begin to imagine what people said when they first saw it. Here is the second part of the film, my favorite part, this is when the explorers are on the moon, and are looking around.



Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat

The Lumiere brothers created what we call now movies. Back when they first started showing these films, many people were shocked and scared at what they were looking at. Some thought they were ghosts. This film clip that I am posting is called Arrial of a Train at La Ciotat. When this was first shown, many of the female guests were so scared they fainted away, while others screamed, thinking that they were going to be run over by the train. It made me think of how some people flinched during Avatar, when there was ash falling down. The guy sitting next to me flinched and spilled his coke, because he thought that some of the ash was burning onto his pants...dummy :) But it made me laugh, and then it made me think of this clip, and how people reacted to it.
here is is folks:

sweet dreams

cliche verre - really cool

cliche verre is a process where you place photo paper under an opaque glass plate that has been scratched on. so the light hits only the parts where the glass has been scratched and no longer opaque.You can be really creative with this process, drawing all sorts of things, and using pictures instead of plain paper, all sorts of stuff.
This image has a picture of a rose, and then the process was done over that, so this came out:

this one is by artist caroline durieux, who grew up in New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century. She moved to Mexico City with her husband by her 25th birthday, and found success there. She is known for her art having been very influenced by New Orleans. Here is Escape, one of her cliche verre pictures.

hannah hoch - her impact on photomontage

Hannah hoch was a artist from the early 20th century. she created strange images using various photographs, creataing picasso-like pictures. She used surrealism, image framing, portraiture, abstraction, and innovation to make wildly interesting pictures.



Photojournalism as art

The national geographic photography guid says "Taking a photograph is one way to tell a story. Some photographs tell stories about specific moments in time, places, or events. Other photographs tell stories of a sequence of events." This is really the definition of photojournalism. Not only is the picture telling a story, it is also a picture of the events, a beautiful look into another world.

The photographer Linsey Addario is a photographer featured in the New York Times. The image featured here is both beautiful and a representation of the distress the citizens of Darfur are going through.