SYLLABUS: Digital Photo Sketchbook Spring 2017
Flexibility is of utmost importance in the class. Please note that this syllabus is PROVISIONAL. We will want to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.
Digital Photo Sketchbook Class: Experimental Contemporary Photographic Practices
digital :: mobile :: documentary :: experimental
Each week you will shoot and process a different photo sketch and post the photos on your blog. Carry a camera at all times, similar to a sketchbook.
Eat, drink, sleep, dream photography
1. In this class, NEVER, ever, import your photos to iPhoto!!
2. ALWAYS create a folder for your photos on your hard drive. Transfer photos from your card to your folder. Then, import your photos from your folder from the hard drive into Lightroom, NOT from your camera. That way, you’ll know for sure you have a copy of all your photos.
WEEK 1 01-24
SKETCH 1 Beginning self-portraiture: on your BLOG, you will write something about yourself: your work, your passion, your mission in life. Why did you enroll in this particular class. What do you hope to accomplish this semester in the class?
INTRODUCTIONS: Circle naming & Course requirements, objectives, and learning outcomes.
INDEPENDENT STUDY Opportunities this semester:
1. Art Exhibition assistant, Making Communities: Art and the Border: at UCSD, gathering plants and preparation during late January and February; installation February 23-24. A large multimedia exhibition highlighting the depth of border-related art practices.
2. SofA Photo Documentary Archive Project: focuses on diversity in the arts as well as diversity reflected in the demographics of our student body. Help organize student photos from three different classes in a CSUSM BOX account and add to the beautiful SofA website with photos organized by discipline: Dance, Theater, Music, Visual Arts, etc. This is a very important addition to our School of Arts, as it helps to promote collaboration across classrooms and images of diversity throughout the campus.
3. Funes Digital Arts Competition: direct & manage the competition as an Independent study for 3 units, or for the experience. APRIL 2016: Required for art majors: 3 winners receive $100.
Dorothea Lange video: internment segment: to prepare you for your homework:
1. Paul Kitagaki Jr., Photographer Seventy years after Japanese-Americans first arrived at the Tanforan Assembly Center in San Bruno, CA, photographs of those men, women and children — taken in 1942 by photographers such as Dorothea Lange — and taken in recent years through 2012 by photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. — were displayed side by side at the BART system’s San Bruno Station. The station is next to Tanforan, where a World War II internment camp that held up to 8,000 people was created within a racetrack’s horse stalls.
Lange took her photos as an employee of the U.S. War Relocation Authority and was tasked with documenting the internment process in the Pacific Coast area. The exhibition of Kitagaki’s photo pairings is titled They Wore Their Best: The Japanese American Evacuation and After.
After Kitagaki found out his father’s family was one of the many photographed by Dorothea Lange on the eve of their internment, he began researching these photos in the National Archive’s U.S. War Relocation Authority collection. Later he identified other surviving people who agreed to be photographed in ways that reflect the original locations or groupings in which they appeared in 1942, when their lives were about to change for the duration of World War II.
Keep this in mind for inspiration for our Portrait Sketch Weeks
2. Wrinkles of the City:
“Since 2004, the French artist JR has traveled the world flyposting colossal black-and-white portraits of ordinary citizens on the walls of city buildings. His most recent project, The Wrinkles of the City, began in Cartagena, Spain, where he photographed the city’s oldest inhabitants, imagining their wrinkles as metaphors of urban texture and history. He has subsequently reprised the project in Shanghai, China and Los Angeles.
In May 2012, JR collaborates with American artist José Parlá on the latest iteration of The Wrinkles of the City: a huge mural installation in Havana, undertaken for the Havana Biennale, for which JR and Parlá photographed and recorded 25 senior citizens who had lived through the Cuban revolution, creating portraits which Parlá, who is of Cuban descent, interlaced with palimpsestic calligraphic writings and paintings.Parlá’s markings echo the distressed surfaces of the walls he inscribes, and offer commentary on the lives of Cuba’s elders; together, JR and Parlá’s murals marvelously animate a city whose walls are otherwise adorned only by images of its leaders. A film documenting the project appears in 2013.Based in Paris, JR exhibits freely in public sites in the cities around world. His projects include Portraits of a Generation (2004-2006), Face2Face (2007) and Women Are Heroes (2008). In 2011 he was awarded the TED Prize.
José Parlá studied painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, and the New World School of the arts in Miami, and lives and works in Brooklyn, new York. A recent project is a special commission for the Brooklyn Academy of Music. His most recent monograph is Walls, Diaries and Paintings (Hatje Cantz, 2011).”
CREATE: a BLOG at wordpress.com
Former Student Blogs for DPS
Kristi Ficus: new reworking of old blog
BRING: your external storage device to the next class. Also bring a folder of several photos shot with any camera.
BRING several photos to work on next week in class in Lightroom
WATCH video: Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning:
rent on Amazon. It’s $1.99 on Amazon; quiz on this next Tuesday
BLOG about what you are compelled by in the Lange film. What can you use in your own work.
WATCH: ALL Library Module videos from Julieanne Kost to prepare for next week. Very Important!! Lightroom: Getting Started Series
WEEK 2 01-31
QUIZ on what we covered so far, particularly on the Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning video
SKETCH 2 Environmental Portrait Series inspired by photographers Dorothea Lange
DISCUSS: Your Blog Post about Lange; add images
CHANGE: Blog set up in dashboard:
1. add subtitle with your name
2. set up comments so we can respond easily; like buttons
4, Remember to italicize names of films, books, magazines. Abolish the word interesting in your posts. Use a spellcheck.
1. WATCH: Continue with Julieanne Kost tutorials re Library and Develop Module in Lightroom
2. SHOOT for SKETCH 2: Environmental Portrait Series: One Subject: Outdoors if possible, shoot environmental portrait photos that tell a story about your subject. Perhaps you have a friend who is a skateboarder, a dancer, a cook, a musician, a gardener, a mechanic, a poet, an artist . . . : post 8-10 images, edited and enhanced if you are experienced with Lightroom, on your blogs. If you don’t yet know how to export your images from Lightroom to your blog, I will show you next week.
Use a DSLR or another camera if you must; reflect on how Lange and or Orwig’s short video with Charles Stagg influenced your shots
3. ALWAYS BRING your External Storage Device
4. BRING DSLR CAMERA: We will go over cameras for new people, so bring a DSLR next week if you are a new person to the cameras
WEEK 3 02-07
SHOW: Develop module: editing and enhancing images; exporting them from Lightroom to your blogs
VIEW: your environmental portrait series on the faculty computer
REVIEW: Catalog Set-up;
How to learn your camera: youtube, Canon quickstart guides and manuals
Canon T5i: quickstart guide
full-length canon manual
Canon T3i quickstart quide
lynda.com: Up and Running with the Canon Rebel T4i and T5i
SKETCH 3: Environmental Portrait Series: photograph 2 or 3 different people in their environment: Working, Playing (as in a band), Gardening, Sporting (as in skateboarding), Cooking, Drinking Coffee, etc., that tells us a story. Choose different people and situations than for your first portrait shoot, and perhaps choose a different way to shoot this.
SHOOTING, the technical stuff:
Exposure Triangle: Ben Long: another way to look at the triangle of photo shooting:
Foundations of Photography: Exposure, Chapters 4-6:
Art Wolfe: 10 deadly sins of composition
1. TUTORIAL: Develop Module Basics, Julieanne Kost
2. SHOOT and POST: a series of 10-12 photos that tell stories for your 2nd Environmental Portrait series
3. BRING to next class: External Storage Device and DSLR CAMERAS for a quick outdoor photo shoot next week. Tripods very handy in low light as well. Practice changing the ISO, minimum shutter speed possible, wide open apertures
4. REVIEW: quickstart guides for use of your particular camera to prepare for CSUSM outdoor photo shoot
WEEK 4 02-14
SKETCH 4: Pushing your Photos:
CSUSM OUTDOOR PHOTO SHOOT: at 5 pm sharp: pushing the light: shooting in low light
Look for extra lighting locations as it gets dark: street lights, building lights, etc,
1. raise ISO
2. use a low F/stop = wide open aperture for more light, e.g. 2.8
3. try a wide range of shots: mid-range, full-body, close-ups. Think about Lange as portrait photographer.
EDIT & ENHANCE: in Lightroom outdoor photo shoot photos in Lightroom
Luke Sabin: demonstrates pushing the Develop Module Tools: include a “Normal” edited and enhanced photo, and a pushed one.
An exemplary blog example: John Chiara inspires Luke Sabin
SHOW: SKETCH 3: Environmental portraits to the class on the faculty computer
DISCUSS: Loading images to Blogs, creating galleries, paragraphing, spellchecks, like buttons, etc.
1. TUTORIALS: Julieanne Kost on Develop Module
Lightroom 5 Essentials: Finish Develop Module Basics, Chris Orwig
& Lightroom 5 Essentials: Develop Module Advanced Techniques, Chris Orwig
3. SHOOT more photos either on or off campus: Post the best of your edited and enhanced photos to your blog for a total of @10 photos. You can also use different versions of the same photo if you think more than one version is compelling. EDIT and enhance your photographs in Lightroom using some of the DEVELOP Module techniques: cross-processing, toning, selective coloring, etc, demonstrated by Luke Savin and Julieanne Kost.
4. BLOGS: Post your images: Everyone will be showing their blogs up on the faculty computer to the class starting at 5:00 pm for our next class meeting
Week 5 02-21
SKETCH 4: View your PUSHING YOUR PHOTOS from 2 different blog posts:
1. CSUSM outdoor shoot
2. Homework shoot
FYI: My name is Genesis and I work at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation, a nonprofit nature center in Carlsbad. I am reaching out to ask if you have any visual arts or photography students interested in volunteering as photographers for our 5/10k run on March 11? The event runs from 7:30a-1pm and photography volunteers can stay the entirety of the event, but we especially need photographers from 8am-noon. They will have the opportunity to photograph subjects running, starting the run, crossing the finish line and participating in carnival games. If you have any students who would be interested, they can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Genesis M Gilroy
Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation ~ Discovery Center
“The People’s Lagoon”
1580 Cannon Road Carlsbad CA 92008
SKETCH 5: Food / Culture /Shallow Depth of Field / Aerial views of food
Food photography: What is your relationship to food: forager, gardener, cook, chef, consumer, fast food, slow food . . . farmer’s market, restaurants, spices, buffets, your own kitchen, people and their food, cooking, CSUSM Fieldhouse
Experiment with shallow depth of field: small numbered F-stop = wide aperture, and aerial wide-angle shots
SHOOT food and POST on blogs: photograph in a restaurant, in your home, at the farmer’s market, in the dumpster. You are required to also set up a still life situation, similar to one of our photographers this week.
What is the “hero” in you photo. What are you trying to accomplish?
We will view your food photos posted on your blogs at the beginning of class up at the faculty computer
VISIT: MOPA: this week or next
Week 6 02-28
ASSIGNMENT in class: VIEW all Food Blogs and choose the strongest food series
See Saveur finalists
See Saveur winners 2015
See Saveur blog winners 2016
See Saveur travel and food winners 2016
Peden + Munk
REVIEW: Print Module in Lightroom to create different configurations of images, and output as jpegs
Think about juxtaposition: single image, or cinematic filmstrip, diptych, triptych, polyptych:
how to tell your stories visually.
Many food photographers use the diptych. Why? People + Food? Still life + interaction?
SKETCH 6: MOPA INSPIRATION: Think of a photographer from MOPA as your collaborator as you shoot your series for this week: Research your photographer, and blog about how she/he influenced your photographic shoot this week.
MOPA exhibition: visit MOPA to see the Prix Pictet exhibition; take a SELFIE in the Lobby & POST your SELFIE
SHOOT and POST: MOPA INSPIRATION: Think about how your chosen photographer would photograph a series and shoot one. Think of her or him as your collaborator as you shoot your series.
WRITE about how she or he has influenced your photographic practice on your blog (@250 word write-up) . . .
Week 7 03-07
SKETCH 7: Shooting Sustainability: Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose
Baja Wine School: repurposed materials: deborah small
This is a restoration place of regional offices ( winemaking , agriculture, agro-industrial processes and cultures ) that seeks to cultivate the elements of this area with sustainable facilities .
Here we use all recycled which at first glance is waste material. The region has wealth in junk status , considering that its placed by the state of California, the most productive region of the world in terms of waste. Here are inherited millions of tons of different materials and wastes that become a rich source of raw material to develop constructive elements. At the Station these residues are transform and reused to produce an unlimited recycling , admitting the garbage that litters this environment in every way .
On the Station, architecture is subject to the function, giving to shape a contemporary character of the new meaning of garbage.
—Future Offices Station: The New Meaning of Garbage
Borrowing materials is a recurring element of Susan’s work; in these instances the recycling continues. For example, her exhibition Flood was created from 4 tons of recycled computer components; these were re-invented as an installation in a 13th century church in York. Once the exhibition was over, the computer parts were returned to Secure IT Recycling to begin a new life elsewhere.
Curator Grace Chung gave a pertinent evaluation of Susan’s work in the text for the exhibition B-Side Ecology in Taiwan: “Meticulously hand crafted, the benign sublime beauty in the work belies the devastating effects of our culture and our role in shaping it. Look more closely, and one is confronted by a cultural urgency of global-proportions“.
Six Textile Artists Using Recyled Materials
Photos of: vintage stores, swap meets, scrap yards, good will, salvation army, second hand stores, recyclers, sites by folks who recycle as art, such as Purifoy or Rodia . . .
ANOTHER OPTION: instead of a photo project ABOUT recycling, what if you create a project USING recycled photos / images: more conceptual, sculptural, interactive . . . up to your imaginations and dreamings inspired by SWOON
Recyling photographs: Costco = .06/print for 4 x 6.
1. SHOOT: Sustainability photos inspired by class viewing materials above
2. POST: edited and enhanced photographs based on your interpretation of the theme: RECYCLE, REUSE, REPURPOSE (sustainability)
3. BRING DSLR cameras for CSUSM outdoor photo shoot
Week 8 03-14
CSUSM short outdoor photo shoot: bring DSLR cameras: come to class and then we’ll go outside for a quick shoot
VIEW: Sketch 7: Shooting Sustainability: Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose
ASSIGN SKETCH 8: Urban Decay, Graffiti, etc
Richard Misrach: Hurricane Katrina: NPR
Richard Misrach: PBS: “poetry, writing, lettering, sheer expressiveness” Short audio from Misrach
Destroy This Memory
Mario Tama: Urban Resurrection: New Orleans, NPR
#9 Facing Decay: Sally Mann: the ultimate decay
VIEW: Julieanne Kost Lightroom videos
1. POST: photos from outdoor CSUSM photo shoot on 03-14-17
2. SHOOT:SKETCH 8: Urban Decay, Graffiti, etc
3. POST: edited and enhanced photographs based on your interpretation of Urban Decay
Week 9 03-21 SPRING BREAK
SKETCH 9: Your choice of a series of photos for this sketch:If you want to do an extended post on Urban Decay, Graffiti, you can do that. Otherwise, give yourselves an assignment of something you want to work on, and write a short, one paragraph, proposal for your shoot. Remember, this is a specific series with a subject, theme, topic, technological experiment, etc, NOT just a collection of photos. Then post the one paragraph proposal and your best images from your shoot during the break.
Week 10 03-28
VIEW: Sketch 8: Urban Decay, and Sketch 9:
SKETCH 10 : Cell Phone Series Photography: Grid Work
Mac Stone: Endangered Everglades
Syria to Sandy
The role social-savvy photographers such as Hernandez play in galvanizing communities around a topic, whether it’s a new craft distillery or a vital news event like Sandy, is still very much in its Wild West phase. But examples abound of pioneering shooters who take great images with simple tools, engage online audiences, and ultimately carve out careers for themselves based in some part on photography they make with their smartphones.
One byproduct of the spike in demand for mobile photography is the widespread use of filters and frames on images shared through Instagram and similar apps. They serve to mask the flaws that come with lower-quality images, but filtering has also become its own kind of aesthetic.
Create a series of images with you cell phone, then create a large grid in Lightroom, say 16″ x 24″. Integrate your images using toning, B&W, one of the Nik plug-ins, such as Color Efex, etc.
HOMEWORK: Shoot and Post your cell phone series
Week 11 04-04
VIEW your posts for cell phone Sketch 10
VIEW your posts for Sketch 9: your choice
Introduce final book project: compilation of best photos for the semester; or focus on a few sketches/chapters: must have several 2-page spreads.
SKETCH 11: introduce LANDSCAPE PANORAMAS using a TRIPOD
Julieanne Kost tutorials: panos and HDR
SCREEN: Watermark: Edward Burtynsky (first half) and write a blog post
Phillip Sholtz Rittermann for panos
Edward Burtynsky: the Landscape/Cultural interface
Edward Burtynsky: Water: The Book
remember Dorothea Lange’s photos
HOMEWORK: SKETCH 11 Panoramic Landscapes shot with a Tripod
Week 12 04-11
SHOW: Sketch 11 Panoramic Landscapes
Once you’ve put your panos together, please post them on your blogs.
SKETCH 12: PORTRAITS to prepare for next week’s photo shoot: should evoke a particular kind of mood. Experiment with different kinds of shots: long shot, medium, close-up, X-treme close-up. Can sometimes be something besides a face; evocative hands, for example.
“Cindy Sherman was born in 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey. Sherman earned a BA from Buffalo State College, State University of New York (1976). In self-reflexive photographs and films, Cindy Sherman invents myriad guises, metamorphosing from Hollywood starlet to clown to society matron. Often with the simplest of means—a camera, a wig, makeup, an outfit—Sherman fashions ambiguous but memorable characters that suggest complex lives that exist outside of the frame. Leaving her works untitled, Sherman refuses to impose descriptive language on her images—relying instead on the viewer’s ability to develop narratives, as an essential component of appreciating the work.
While rarely revealing her private intentions, Sherman’s investigations have a compelling relationship to public images, from kitsch (film stills and centerfolds) to art history (Old Masters and Surrealism) to green-screen technology and the latest advances in digital photography. Sherman’s exhaustive study of portraiture and self-portraiture—often a playful mixture of camp and horror, heightened by gritty realism—provides a new lens through which to examine societal assumptions surrounding gender and the valuation of concept over style . . . Cindy Sherman lives and works in New York. —re Cindy Sherman, PBS
SHOOT: A series of portraits: try some close-ups, extreme close-ups, mid-shots, full-shots, etc, as well as varied compositions, varying locations, varying perspectives; for example, get down on your knees to take a portrait of someone standing.
POST on your blog.
1. One great portrait photographer we haven’t watched and write a post about them.
3. Portraits and the Land David Zimmerman
4. Cindy Sherman for our Outdoor Portrait Shoot next week. We will set up a black and/or white backdrop
BRING for the Outdoor Portrait Shoot on 04-19
a) DSLR cameras, diffusers, reflectors, tripods are optional
b) Props: clothes, hats, shawls, make-up, step-stools, anything for your portraits that you’ll be shooting: you will be modeling for each other. Check out some great backdrop locations on campus for all of your various portraits.
Week 13 04- 18
1. SKETCH 13: OUTDOOR PORTRAIT SHOOT:
a) portraits of each other with DSLR cameras with and without backdrops: locations on campus: remember to simplify the light
b) Clothes, wigs, make-up, hats, shawls, anything for your portraits that might enhance them: see the Sartorialist
CLASS after shoot: We will view your homework portrait series that you shot, and you will present your portrait photographer you chose to study and write write.
• We will also spend some in class time with editing your new CSUSM outdoor portraits of your classmates
Week 14 04-25
SUBMISSION for Funes Digital Arts Competition: Everyone must post their 9-10 most compelling images. This is required of everyone. Then choose 3 for the Funes Competition, and submit them. This is required of ALL SofA majors and minors
CLASS: Introduce us to your portrait photographer. Tell us why you chose this particular photographer, and how they have influenced your work.
Briana Bryan’s Photo Portfolio in Progress
SKETCH 14: Work on Final Book Project: use Bookwright in Blurb, or the Book Module in Lightroom
Julianne Kost videos on Book Module in Lightroom
Photography Portfolio Website for final project (large photographic portfolio sites)
Week 15 05-02
1. Join us at the Funes Awards Ceremony in Arts 239 at 3:15 on Monday, May 9
2. Classes next semester: Digital Photo Documentary & World Cultures
3. Complete Blog Posts: See below at end of today’s entry
4. How to add Website Portfolio or Book to your Blog
Sketch 15: Books or Portfolio Websites
Books submitted to Blurb before next week’s final presentation: We will view them online. Make sure to make them viewable by the public, all pages. Directions below:
BLURB: To add your book to your blog
SHOW ALL PAGES directions below:
To add your books to your blogs as a blurb slideshow: I will demonstrate this in class tonight.
Go to book in blurb: go to: my dashboard
Set book up for sale: click Sell My Book
Click Get Started
Fill in Book Details
Click Save and Continue
Fill in Sell & Distribute
Under Post your book preview On your website or blog
Click Copy button for Blogger or WordPress
Return to WordPress site and Create New Post
Change tab from Visual to HTML on top line under Title
Paste into the field CMD+V (this is what you COPYied from Blurb
Post as normal
Continue working on your Website Photo Portfolio if that is what you’re presenting
Also, work on completing all Blog Posts for the final.
Week 15 05-09: Final Presentation of Work
Digital Photo Sketchbook Blog Posts for the Semester
01 Sketch : Post about you: your work, your passion, your mission in life. What inspires you, your work.
Wrinkles of the City Post (watched in class)
Blog post about Dorothea Lang
02 Sketch: Portrait Series inspired by Dorothea Lange based on watching the film about this incredible photographer
Blog post about Annie Leibovitz Film
Narrative Portraiture with Chris Orwig and Charles Scagg
03 Sketch Environmental Portrait series Post
Catherine Opie Post (in class)
04 Sketch In-class CSUSM Outdoor Photo Shoot Post: Low Light Shoot
Penny de los Santos Post re artist
Unusual Light Post Series
05 Sketch Food / Culture /Shallow Depth of Field / Aerial views of food Post
Food Series Posts I
Graciela Iturbide Post re artist
06 Sketch MOPA INSPIRATION: Think about how your photographer would photograph a series. Think of her/him as your collaborator as you shoot your series.
Blog Post about how s/he influenced your photographic practice and Photo Series Post
07 Sketch Shooting Sustainability: Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose Post
Wasteland Video Post
Jan Staller / Edward Burtynsky Post with Recycled Materials
08 Sketch: Urban Decay
09 Sketch: Spring Break: Your Choice Photo Series Post
10 Sketch Cell Phone Series Post: portraits, macros, etc. Subject is your choice.
Anna Davidson Post from Class
11 Sketch Landscape Panoramas using a TRIPOD
12 Sketch Portrait Series Post
13 Sketch CSUSM Outdoor Portrait Shoot class Post
Portrait Photographer Post
14 Sketch Everyone post 9-10 most compelling Photos from past year Post:
All SofA majors/minors submit top 3 to Funes Digital Arts Competition and Post
15 Sketch Work on Final Project & Final Post for Final Presentation
16 Sketch Final Post with Blurb Book embedded or Portfolio Website post and photos
Week 16 05-9
FINAL presentation of your final Book or Website
FINAL presentation of your Blog
Note for class
1. What did dorothea’s second husband do for a living
2. What did dorothea’s first husband do for a living.
3. How did dorothea manage her photography career and taking care of the children.
4. What did dorothea die from.
5. What job was dorothea fired from.
6. Describe Dorothea’s house that she lived in with her second husband, same house she lived in until the end of her life
NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY inspired by Darkness Darkness site (sketch 08 and 09 can be interchangeable)
1. Magic Hour photos Part I posted on your blogs
2. Your choice photos: a specific series with a theme, topic, technological experiment, etc, NOT just a collection of photos
STUDY: Darkness Darkness: choose one artist and write about them (in class exercise)
“Night has always been associated with the darker side of human experiences. Night transforms our notion of the world from one of routine certainty to one of mysterious unknowing. Brave was the ancestor who stepped outside of the light of the fire circle, for he might never return. The interplay of light, shadow, and extremes of contrast heighten this uncertainty – and when the element of time is added in the form of long exposures, the Night Photograph portrays a world unseen by the human eye. Night Photography is a ritual, one that involves the engagement of light and time, creative vision, and circumstance. Darkness, Darkness presents the work of a varied group of artists who have all dedicated much of their creative efforts to exploring the themes of Night Photography.” —Lance Keimig, Curator
Night/Shift: As a photographer, I work the night shift, the time of transition from daylight to night. During this liminal period, natural light gives way to streetlight, moonlight, window light, and advertisement and surveillance lighting. The workday crowds ebb, and the city’s avenues, bridges, parks, and buildings begin to resemble a giant set, a theatrical approximation of a city. Paradoxically, it is only in these moments of dereliction that we can begin to populate the metropolis with our own dreams and fantasies.—Lynn Saville
Phillip Scholz Rittermann: a great pano and night shooter!! and Black and White
Jan Staller: night and industrial landscapes
Mark Voce: Shadows of Industry: Night
Mark Voce: Venice
Christopher Thomas: Predawn cityscapes
using a DSLR camera and Tripod, shoot another series of Night shots; edit and enhance in lightroom and be ready to show on your blogs at the beginning of class:
TRIPODS are absolutely necessary!!
Think about dusk and pre-dawn shots as well: those liminal hours. The hour of the wolf is the hour before sunrise . . .
Edit, Enhance, and post your best images on your blogs: long exposures, low ISO’s
1. GRID & TRIPTYCH: portraits printed at Costco, minimum 16 x 20″
2. STUDY: Michael Wolf’s work in series, Bastard Chairs project that he combines as GRIDS:
3.COMPLETE: Everything on your blogs, both photos and writing: select your 3 strongest sketches, and provide links to them on a new post. Be prepared to talk about why they are your strongest, most compelling sketches.
Remember: You’ll be presenting your strongest 3 sketches at the final meeting of class next week and one printed grid or triptych
You will visit two photography exhibition at MOPA. You will write @250 words (total 500) about two artists who are inspiring to your photographic practice, one from each exhibition. You’ll post your personal narrative and photos on your blog for each artist whom you choose.
MOPA, Museum of Photographic Arts; Balboa Park
Post about Annie Leibovitz film
Post about Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning film:
Post about Wrinkles of the City: screened in class
Post about Waste Land film
Post about Watermark film
Post about an artist from the Darkness Darkness website
SCREEN: Roni Horn, Sally Mann and Catherine Opie: from PBS ART 21
Post about Catherine Opie
Post about Collier Schor
absent : Frankie, also absent 1-31
3. WATCH video: Waste land with Vic Muniz, free netflix streaming, iTunes for 2.99
THIS IS A DOCUMENTARY, not the action/adventure film that came out in 2015 by the same name
Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.—http://www.wastelandmovie.com/synopsis.html
Peter Hujar: Ruins