My idea for the final project was to do recreations of master paintings putting a modern twist on them. I recreated the Birth of Venus by Botticelli, Los Dos Frida’s by Frida Kahlo, A Marat by David, Red Kerchief by Monet, and Girl with the Pearl Earring by Vermeer. I then was inspired to create a photo collage portrait in the cubist style of Pablo Picasso and a Warhol type composition similar to that of Marilyn Monroe (but without the color distortions, my photoshop skills aren’t at that level yet and I didn’t want it to be too literal).
Monthly Archives: December 2009
The Red Coat, 2009
La Mort de Briana, 2009
Girl with the Pearl Earring, 2009
Las Dos Brianas, 2009
Birth of Venus, 2009
“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug a camera.” -Lewis Hine
“The camera is a fluid way of encountering that other reality.” -Jerry N Uelsmann
“I’m always mentally photographing everything as practice.” -Minor White
Out of the chapter, these were my favorite quotes. They are simple and concise, about why they take photographs, what photography is as an art form, and what being a photographer entails. These three quotes stood out to me because in some way I can relate to them. I also found the “Fields of Photography” definition to be very interesting. I’m not convinced this was the best way to end the book, I think I would have preferred to read all of these quotes at the beginning, but I suppose that’s not important.
Overall I enjoyed Sontag’s book. I found it to be a good resource for this class in terms of not only adding a higher intellectual level but by expanding my mind and drawing some kind of relationship from these readings to our assignments. I have also found it to be helpful in familiarizing myself with the names of famous photographers and doing the blogs has helped me become familiar with some of their photographs as I have tried to use the ones referenced in the readings in my blog. I’m glad I spent the $5 on Amazon and purchased my own copy so that I can keep it!