Today I visited the Flower Fields, a seasonal attraction offered in Carlsbad California. I plan to add this onto my site promoting this place as a must-see visit when around the area. In post-production, I worked with more color and presets which is out of my comfort zone. I will continue to work with color and try to incorporate that within my art rather than stick with black and white.
My inspiration for the second photoshoot is Brett Van Ort. I chose this artist because I was first attracted to his landscape photography. When you read into the detailed description of his work, you find out that each picture has a deeper meaning – frontline areas to the Bosnian war – but you would not notice it just by looking at the picture. This is what I hope to convey through my project. When sharing different beautiful landscape photos to the public, I don’t want the thought process to stop right there – I would like my viewers to read, research and reflect on the true reasoning behind the photo, to preserve and conserve nature.
As inspiration, I took pictures of an abandoned castle area, in relation to a “war-castle” theme.
In this project I will document beautiful areas in Southern California capturing their uniqueness with photography. The goal is to inspire audiences to keep these places as they see in the picture, flourishing and untouched.
This website will be available to all adventurers as a guide to wanderlust. As I say, “Explore for the spirit, discover for the soul”.
Vision statement (project proposal) link is located in the menu bar.
a. Describe the proposed project: What is the story that you want to tell through your photographs, the general theme/focus of your project.
-Inspire > Spread Awareness > Action for Environmental Conservation
b. Relevance of your project to your own life. Why have you chosen to your particular subject for your book project. How will you tell your story to make it compelling, memorable
-Love to go on adventures and be in nature
c. How do you plan to find other artists and/or environmentalists who might help inspire your project, conceptually, aesthetically, technically.
-Ansel Adams is my main inspiration, he inspired me to go full b&w
d. How might research enhance your project
-History and supporting research will help put reason behind my project
e. How will your project enhance your learning and growth.
-Enhance my knowledge in my own city/state and learn more about environmental conservation
g. VERY IMPORTANT: How will you disseminate your project: how will you promote your project once it is completed
For my final project I would like to take inspiration from Ansel Adams in documenting beautiful places to remind the public as to why we should preserve these areas. There will be different subcategories to my project: abandoned/rundown (to research on the history of the places), replacements (from nature to city) and nature photography. My ideas came from the following 3 places…
- Abandoned Zoo in Los Angeles: This area had so much life and promise in educating and caring for the animals. Because of many obstacles it closed down. Now it is open for public exploring, a place that had potential was not given a second chance in business. Now nature is taking back over the area. Though it may be used as a picnic area, disrespectful people trash the area and cover it in graffiti.
- Waterfall behind Walmart in Oceanside: This beloved area home to the natives has been through many court cases in preserving the area. What was once beautiful tree landscape has now been burned down to make room for housing.
- Countless areas in San Diego: Beautiful untouched areas are my favorite places to visit. Pictures of these areas are a reminder for people to respect the earth.
In result of watching the biography of Ansel Adams, I find so much inspiration in his work. His love for both photograph and nature really reflect in his art and that to me is motivating. He documents what he loves with a purpose, with dedication and with love. Things I strive to have within my own art.
I was moved by a couple of quotes from him:
“Photography is perception.” — Hearing this is true. It is what you see in your eyes and what you try to translate into a single photo. A single memory and moment in time is documented and is essentially what you see through your artistic eye.
“You know it is a good work of art if you remember it afterwards.” — This really stuck to me because I am struggling in ways that I can improve my art and make my photography better; In a way that I can stand out amongst millions of talented artists. And to hear this quote really inspires me to get out there and shoot things that are worth seeing, that have a meaning and are really aesthetically pleasing.
His style is so inspiring. As I mentioned in my previous post, we correlate nature with colors and the challenge is to create depth in a black and white image at the same time create a focus onto the subject.
After one of Ansel Adams famous photographs were taken, he said a quote: “Chance of favor in the prepared mind”. He worked endless hours and one of the photos that really defined his fame was a picture of something he caught by chance. And that really stood out to me because no matter how manipulated a scene is, the trueness of your style, art, and passion shows through simply through the process. No matter how hard you work, the perfect moment always happens by chance. And I have to keep that in mind when I feel like I am not getting the desired results out of my photos.
Inspired by Julia Dean’s photos, I explored the L.A. county in search for culture. The first place I thought of was China Town. I started to mimic her black and white city photography, but the noticed a lot of red in the city of L.A. and decided to add my own twist. By singling out the color red, it personalized my photos to this theme. I felt like in a city where people are so consumed in their work and school and life, there lacks the “life” in it. In her work she photographs people in their natural environment and with that they stand out in the crowd, the ones who are happy and doing things that they love. That is what the red represents in my photography — the culture and people. The black and white represents the grey-ness of the city.
When visiting MOPA, Ansel Adam’s pieces drew my interests in by the way he shot nature and landscape photography of Western National Parks. It intrigued me as to wonder why he chose to shoot in black and white than to express nature’s vibrancy through color. His work is incredible as we see the meaning of his photos behind the picture – to capture the moments of the amazing landscape environment and to preserve its beauty. My sense of photographic style mirrored closely to Ansel when I shoot urban or city photography. I too would desaturate my colors and increase the contrast for more depth. But I never thought to let the details within plants and landscapes shine through when desaturating the picture. Usually we see nature shots taken in color, but Ansel Adams took another approach which is what originally caught my attention. Playing off of his photos, I took a walk through Balboa Park and captured images with his style in mind. I shot in black and white and increased the shadows, blacks and decreased the whites (so they wouldn’t over power the image) and exposure. Doing this will bring out the details in my shot without it having look so one dimensional. It also creates a mystery within the photo, as does nature in reality. Beauty is captured in form and though many aspects of it can draw the viewer, the main focus is your subject and what message you are trying to convey. As Ansel worked in the darkroom I did the same in Lightroom to mimic his style and create a feel that is moving and inspiring to my audience. I would like to motivate my viewers to respect nature and the environment.
In Sean Gallagher’s 2014 “The toxic price of leather” photo, I found the story of the shot made the image more compelling. I was originally attracted to the different tones of the person’s leg which increased my curiosity on what was the cause of this. Reading the excerpt of the photo’s significance, I found that the discoloration of the legs was caused by the toxic chemicals from leather that infected India’s Ganges River. This river happens to link to many areas of the city causing the area to be dubbed as the “country’s worst water”. In result of the high demand of Kanpur’s leather whose location resides along the bank of the Ganges River, caused the intoxication of the people’s main source of water affecting both human and environmental health.
I took a trip down to the Heart of San Diego and was fascinated by the intricacy of the city buildings and the “old” feel of the area. I decided to work on a new project called Urbanology where I document buildings, areas, and objects that signify the history of San Diego and how these places/things become part of our county’s history. I chose to desaturate all the photos to help the details and uniqueness show without the colors overpowering the image. I wish I would have taken more photos, and plan to visit downtown San Diego again to capture more pictures.
My idea for sustainability here at CSUSM would be to create a garden where students can get course credit to maintain the space but also contribute to society by donating the produce to local homeless shelters/hungry kid foundations. It would provide an educational aspect to where college students can grow their own food and learn to be healthy while keeping there meals at low costs. It also can do a lot for different organizations because it introduces healthy meals to society which can later affect their lifestyle. The end product of this project would be a win win — giving back to the society via community outreach and giving education to current students.
Burtynsky’s photographic style focuses on environmental issues as a result of man’s impact. He questions sustainability as he travels around the world covering stories of construction and more incidences of humankind’s effect on nature. 2 pictures stood out to me the most while watching this Ted Talk. The first would be his initial showing of a patch of green grass growing amongst its decaying surroundings. It spoke out to me most because it just shows the effect of environmental issues and how nature naturally recovers itself. It gives me great sadness in my heart to see the negative effect we have on our planet, but hope is restored to see the way that nature thrives through all the obstacles. The second picture that attracted me was the piles of recyclable metals. Objects that were discarded and disregarded by humans were being put back into meaning because it would serve a purpose again. What makes Burtynsky’s photos strong is that there is a backstory to his pictures that is moving and we can see that in the aesthetics of his photo. I applaud his style because he choses a topic that is often hidden or unknown to the general public. He uses his arts to raise awareness about important issues that are crucial to our future.