Saturday, July 18, 2009
I finished my mantel piece project. I'm moving into a new apartment in a few weeks, which got me into studying different mantel pieces. After looking at some for about two weeks, I dove in
and made some of my own. Its a contemporary outlook on what we project themselves as when they know what the intention of the photograph is. Many people try to act serious if you tell them to do so, but putting the idea that it will be displayed somewhere, like perhaps above a fireplace, the person will begin to project themselves differently. While I was photographing my subjects, I talked about things about them they would want to project, if they wearing any jewelry, or how pretty their hair looked. I also included myself, because I had a need to project myself about my mantel as well.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
During the months of May, June and July, I drove around stores and shopping malls that once were good businesses, now struggling in the current economic condition. Shopping Carts is a study on business and the economy, using the shopping cart as a symbol for how poorly these businesses are doing. Once very profitable stores near the Jersey Shore, these shops have now started to close early and forget the tourists. The reason for these being shot at night is to help create this eerie mood. Most of these stores would still be open till 10PM or even 11PM. now, at 9PM, they are closed and abandoned.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
I've been doing a lot of thinking lately on perceived notions about ourselves. This summer has lent me a lot of time to think, so this is the product of thinking too much.
When a person wakes up in the morning, what do they think? What do they see that influences what they think? I realized that by looking up, we can achieve emotions other than a positive outlook. Looking up, either an outlook on life in which you are "looking up" to what comes next in life. Something good. But what if, perhaps, looking up was taken literally, and not to influence just an emotion of happiness, but a full range of emotions. We can be in many situations in life, by just looking up, our environment can influence our emotions. So I've decided to study this, using a camera as my medium to document it.