Action Photos

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  • What compositional rules did you apply?
    I used the compositional rule of space. This is because I left some space in front of Nina which shows she is juming into something or racing to get somewhere.
  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs?
    The mood I’m trying to convey through this photo is excitement for something. This is because you can see in Nina’s stance in the first and second photo, her posture shows happiness or excitement. The story I want to show is that shes bursting into the future with excitement
  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the action photograph? (arrangement of objects, foreground vs. background, light and shadow, perspective, proportion etc.)
    I think that the three most important elements in taking an action photograph is firstly the placement of objects. This is because most action photos should be taken from the side because if it is taken straight on, then you can’t see the action taking place. Secondly, the perspective is a very important aspect of action photos. This is because the perspective which the photo is taken from can convey different stories. For example, if it is taken with the camera below the person, it shows power, however, if it is taken above the person, it shows weakness. Lastly, the position of the subject adds really well to making a good abstract photo. This is because the way someone’s hair is, or feet are positioned, can make a photo have a lot more depth.

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  • What compositional rules did you apply?
    I applied the composition rule of space because I left a lot of empty space to the right of Nina which shows she is trying to skip either away or towards something.
  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs?
    The story I’m trying to convey is that Nina is jokingly running away from something. This is because she doesn’t have a scared look on her face, but a more fun look. Her body posture and the way her hair is flying shows happiness instead of fear.
  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph? (arrangement of objects, foreground vs. background, light and shadow, perspective, proportion etc.)
    I think that the three most important elements in taking an action photograph is firstly the placement of objects. This is because most action photos should be taken from the side because if it is taken straight on, then you can’t see the action taking place. Secondly, the perspective is a very important aspect of action photos. This is because the perspective which the photo is taken from can convey different stories. For example, if it is taken with the camera below the person, it shows power, however, if it is taken above the person, it shows weakness. Lastly, the position of the subject adds really well to making a good abstract photo. This is because the way someone’s hair is, or feet are positioned, can make a photo have a lot more depth.

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  • What compositional rules did you apply?
    I did not apply any specific rule of constitution, but just a mixture of different ones. The rule of space is visible because Nina is sort of walking into empty space. The rule of thirds is being broken in this photo because Nina is smack in the middle, and not on any certain line or box. Lastly, there is a bit of the verticle and horizontal rule because Nina is the verticle object in this photo. And the wooden ground to the green plants to the sky shows the horizontal lines.
  • What story/message/mood are you trying to convey through your photographs?
    The mood I’m trying to convey is kind of a bored look. This is because there is nothing really special going on in the photo, and Nina is just walking from one place to the other. Also, her stance doesn’t look like shes especially excited or thrilled about something, but instead just having a normal, almost boring day. I also think the black and white part of this photograph is very interesting because the color relates to the overall mood of the picture.
  • What do you think are the 3 most important elements in creating the abstract photograph? (arrangement of objects, foreground vs. background, light and shadow, perspective, proportion etc.)
    I think that the three most important elements in taking an action photograph is firstly the placement of objects. This is because most action photos should be taken from the side because if it is taken straight on, then you can’t see the action taking place. Secondly, the perspective is a very important aspect of action photos. This is because the perspective which the photo is taken from can convey different stories. For example, if it is taken with the camera below the person, it shows power, however, if it is taken above the person, it shows weakness. Lastly, the position of the subject adds really well to making a good abstract photo. This is because the way someone’s hair is, or feet are positioned, can make a photo have a lot more depth.

Action: Behind the Gare St. Lazare

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Brief Story:

This man is outside a dancing show and was imitating the dancers he saw. It is cold and rainy because of the clothes he is raining. I assume it is somewhere in Europe. I think this because of the signs on the building next to him.

Research: 

Henri Cartier-Bresson was the photographer in 1932. This photo was taken at a railway station in Paris (Gare St. Lazare). He did not expect the image to become so iconic. Bresson’s take on the Gare St. Lazare was completely different from other artist’s views. Decisive moment- captured right when the person jumped. Captured when all the elements just fall into place.

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Photographic Stories

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1) Research and find the real story behind this photo.  Add a brief description about this real story to your post and add a link to the website you used.

I found out that the real story behind this photo is that her name was Sharbat Gula and came to Pakistan in 1983 after her parents were both killed in their Afghan village. She is 12 years old in this photo. She had to flee because she was threatened by the Afghan wars. She lived in several refugee camps before coming to the one where McCurry met her. This photo was taken by Steve McCurry and published to the National Geographic magazine. It was taken in 1985, but the identity of this girl wasn’t public until 2002.

After this photo’s popularity died down a bit, she was discovered to be a married, mother of three, and still in Pakistan.

 

http://photography.nationalgeographic.com/photography/photographers/afghan-girl-cover.html

Greek/Chinese Pottery

Upload a photo of your final pot after it is fired.  

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1)What was the starting point for this sculpture? How did the research on Greek/Chinese pottery designs help?

The starting point for this sculpture was taking a look at Chinese pottery, then choosing one that we wanted to make a similar one of. I did not choose a Chinese pottery, but a Greek one instead. Then, I drew a design on paper and cut it out so that the negative space would be shown. This let me see how tall and the shape that I want it to be. The research on the pottery designs definetely helped because I got a good start on what I wanted to make and how.

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2)How is your pot a personal expression of your ideas and experiences? (Ex. how much of your pot was your own idea?

My pot was mostly my own idea because my original plan (which was a carbon copy of the Greek pots) did not end up being anything like my current pot. I didn’t end up putting handles, or a raised lip. I made up my ideas as I went along, and thought it turned out well. This was also one of my favorite parts of the project. The fact that it was all free choice made it a lot more interesting to see what people’s pots ended up like. It also allowed us to be more creative.

3)  Is pottery a relevant form of art today? Agree or disagree and please explain why.

I personally do not think that pottery is a very relevant form of art today. This is because there are so many new types of art that are becoming more popular such as abstract paintings, sculptures, and more “unuseful art”. By this, I mean serve no other purpose than being displayed, while pottery could be used for storage, serving, and more. However, I do think that when it comes to ancient art, pottery is still quite popular.

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4)  How is your pot an interpretation OR imitation of Greek/Chinese potter?

My pot is an interpretation because I looked at Greek pots for inspiration, but ended up changing the idea completely. Instead of having a typical greek pot with handles, mine ended up to not have handles and not include more defined “shoulders” or “lips”. If I were to stick with my orignal design, it would definetely be an imitation of Greek potters. I personally like to make mine more unique and different compared to being too similar to other artists. When I make my work my own, I feel as if I can take more credit of it.

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5)What would you do to make your work different?

I would make my work different by adding feet at the bottom. My pot doens’t exactly need feet, yet, it would look better I think if it were to be slightly lifted off the surface of the table. Other than that, I do like my work because it looks very unique to me. I also like how it is not perfectly smooth because the effect is that it looks more vintage and I like that. For this reason, I probably would not change much about my pot.

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In-Progress Pot Report

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Standard 3: Analyse (Research)

  1. 1. Upload a photo of your storyboard sketch & pieces you have cut out for your storyboard shadow box.
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    2. Give a brief explanation for where you are in the design of your shadow box scene.
    For the shadow box scene, I have made all of the pieces already. The only activities I have left to do is to put the holes in the cardboard box and glue them onto the box surface.
    3. How do you feel your are progressing so far? What are some challenges/successes s

    o far?
    I feel that I am progressing well in the project so far. I am at the stage that I am supposed to be in. The challenges that I am facing are trying to cut out the body because the pieces are very small. I am doing well at layering the ocean because the different layers can show the light coming through.

Forms and Functions Vocabulary

Abstract:

Abstract art could either be a painting or sculpture that does not look exactly like a person or thing in t he real world, but could be very exaggerated, simple, and distorted. The subject can be identified only by shapes and brush stroke

 

Representational: 

Representational Art is something that is easy to understand by people. It makes reference to a person, place, or thing.

 

 

Non-Representational:

Non-Representational art is the opposite of representational art. It does not refer to a person, place, or thing and is similar to abstact art.

 

Abstract and Non-Representational Art are very similar, however Abstract sort of refers to an actual thing. While Non-Representational Art does not at all make reference to anything in the natural world. 

 

 

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