Thursday, December 10, 2009

project description

Project Description Form

Create your own typed project description outline by describing the following:

Project Name:

Grey Room

Project Description:

This is a continuation of my midterm project about feelings of lose or absence and trying to find a way to represent that in a space. I want to create energy in an environment, but also focus on the absence of an individual from my life.

Conceptual Concerns:

I want to create a presence or energy in an empty space. I have been struggling with the idea of a person or persons being physically gone from my life but still they have a presence in it. I want to charge this space with these people that are no longer a part of my everyday, but are still a large part of me. Their energy is still all around. I want to find a way for this space and the items that I place in the room to convey that energy.

Technical Skills Covered

This is the first time I have attempted a photographic project with a digital camera and digital printing. It is important for me to learn how to properly photograph in RAW format and become comfortable with the technical aspects of digital shooting. I also want to find a way to use photoshop to emphasize or assist my visual delivery so that it accurately represents my conceptual idea of a charged space/room; possibly helping my light situation or compositing other images into the original photograph. Finally, I would like to learn how to use the printers in our lab in order to fully understand how to make a quality image when printing digitally. The transfer of what I see on the screen to what prints out is something that seems difficult and I would like to become more knowledgeable in that process. With this project I am continuing to further my knowledge about the digital process and feeling comfortable with it.

Formal Guidelines:

The medium is going to be a digital print made from a digital photograph. I wanted the images to be a little larger then last time, and so I’ve made them 11x14 with slight borders.

Artistic References

Sylvia Plath

Elinor Carucci

Julia Fullerton-Batten


Sylvia Plath


I would say a B+. I feel like these images are going in the right direction, but I still don’t feel that they are complete in matching my conceptual idea with my visual delivery.

Goals List

- Shooting successful digital images

- Using photoshop to assist with enhances the photos

- Printing in the digital lab

- Conveying the energy that I want to create within the space

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sally Verrall

I saw some of her other photographs on i heartphotograph, but i liked these better.. probably because it has to do with the body and organic forms. She is a graduate from the Royal College of Art in London.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

dear semester, please end

I'm so overwhelmed with the end of semester right now.. so many papers, exams, and finals crits. I'm everyone else is feeling the same.

So please semester, end.



Saturday, December 5, 2009

Claes Oldenburg

I've been writing a paper for my art history class about The Store, but Claes Oldenburg. It's been a really interesting piece for me to write about and it's made me think a lot about space and ways of displaying work other than the gallery setting. I just wanted to share a few images of this piece in case anyone hadn't heard of it before.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


So i've been thinking a lot about how to visually represent my desire for the presence of my sister in my life..she moved to the east coast about six months ago and it's the first time we have been away from each other for so long. I also wanted to find a way to create an energy in a space or room. This semester has been a bounce around of different ideas and ways of thinking about these emotions that I'm having. In the last few shoots i've started to feel a lot more connected to the images and I feel like they are heading in the right direction for what I was to represent.

If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions I'd love to hear them :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Images by Barry Underwood

In my work for this class I've been really interesting in finding ways to alter a space, and while in my work I am focusing on a single room and a few rooms, which are relatively small, I was really drawn to these photographs by Barry Underwood. I like that he takes a landscape and find a way to alter and add to it. He makes the space his own. He has a number of other really interesting images on his site that are worth a look.