The History of Photography through Digital Portraits

A Tidldly Bit of Information about Myself and Why I chose to Create this Blog:

Inspired by my Art160 Blog, “Watching the Wheels Go Round And Round,” I decided it would be a fun idea to create a blog dedicated to the photography project I’m producing for my Art325 course at Agnes Scott College.  After years of rejecting the blogging world, I have finally joined forces and actually enjoy it!  I love the idea of blogging my creative process because I feel as if it aids my thinking process in an organized , productive, and fully visualized manner.  I am able to fully realize my own self and creative process evolving through such a precise form of documentation.  I find blogging a way to self-motivate  and keep up to date with my work.  It allows for the self-discipline I lack normally when it comes to producing.  I start a lot of projects and then never fully complete them.  Blogging permits me to keep viewers (if only my mother and father) interested in what I’m producing and therefore, I am accomplishing and completing projects!  The old “burnt out” feeling I have towards a project, which has taken too long to complete, evaporates for I have a physical recording of the amount of work and thought put into each creation, even if that work only entails staring and thinking.

The course I’m creating this series of photographs for is entitled, “The History of Photography.”  For our final projects, we had the option of choosing to write a research paper or undertake a creative project.  This is my second attempt at college (I lasted 4 years at Furman University until I decided to change my major from education to Art History) and going on year 5 or 6 of taking art history courses.  Although I am absolutely fascinated and engaged in art history, I have become rather burnt out on writing undergraduate level art history papers.  Last semester, I took a Baroque art history course that was pretty much dedicated to studying baroque art in Rome through a “spectacle” lens.  I decided to opt for the creative project as well in that course and, in doing so, I found myself overcoming a lot of fear and feel as if I grew tremendously from that experience.  I have been actively involved in some sort of creativity project for the past 6 years, but have never delved too far into photography.  This history of photography course, in addition to my Art160 “Visual Thinking,” has really altered my view of photography and elevated it on a much more conceptual level.  Who knows what I’ll end up actually doing with photography or these particular photos, but I hope to be challenged and learn from the master photographers in order to produce my images.

MY PROJECT IDEA:

(This writing is an initial project proposal I submitted to my Professor Katherine Smith and is only intended to be a starting point, not necessarily a conclusive or concrete affirmation of my exact series.  I’m sure it will continue evolving as I face obstacles and challenges along my creative process way.)

Abstract:

As an amateur photographer, I intend to embark upon a stylistically driven journey, in which I also hope to gain a greater sense of self-identity, through the portraits I create of my daughter, Lennon.   I will construct these photographs based upon the different approaches to photographic portraiture, stemming from various class readings such as Roland Barthes’ Camera Lucida. Additionally, I will select certain photographers emulating these various approaches and allow their styles to be an influential guide for my compositions.  In other words, I hope to emulate allegorical, surrealistic, documentary, romantic, and realistic and maybe even scientific compositions that allow a singular subject, Lennon, to be read differently in each photograph.  The photographers influencing this series of portraits presently include (although these might change as I get further into the project) Sally Mann, Julia Margaret Cameron, Walker Evans, and Oscar Gustav Reilander.  Emerging from personal and nostalgic origins, these photographs will document a relationship between my daughter and I, since I will be formulating each composition based upon certain characteristics and personality traits that both bewilder and amaze me.

 

 

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