Tuesday, September 30, 2008
and this is a black and white version.
here i used a combination of a gradient layer and a channel mixer layer. in the channel mixer i tried to pump up the reds and blues to increase the contrast and get that "tunnely" (dark) look around the edges. it's interesting to see these side by side, because i thought that with a polaroid, it would automatically look decades older in black and white. but i'm not quite sure that's the case. i'm still trying to figure out how the "meaning" or impression of the picture changes in black and white, especially taking into consideration the added aged or nostalgic effect that Polaroids already impart to a viewer.
Hank Willis Thomas
Friday, October 3, 2008
San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall 800 Chestnut Street (Chestnut at Jones)
PhotoAlliance and Aperture West Collaborative Lecture Series
INTRODUCTORY PRESENTATION BY CARLA WILLIAMS
Hank Willis Thomas is a visual artist and writer interested in notions of identity perception, commodity culture, and the impact of violence in African American communities.
He received a BFA in photography and Africana studies from New York University and graduated from CCA with an MFA in photography and an MA in visual criticism. Thomas has exhibited at the Studio Museum in Harlem; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; PS1, New York; and National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. He is the first recipient of the Aperture West Book Prize, a new annual prize for artists living west of the Mississippi.
His work can be seen currently in the exhibition- Double Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera which is showing until September 28th at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MOAD) in San Francisco.
Monday, September 29, 2008
i thought i'd post these 'happy accidents' i took over the weekend. i had been shooting on my crappy digital point-n-shoot under porch lights at night and had the white balance adjusted for "flourescent" lighting. the next morning, i forgot to check my camera settings before taking some shots in bright sunlight at the Albany Bulb. i haven't edited them, but the one below was taken on a different "scene" setting (i think).
These are the three photos from last week. It begins as a silly photo, and then by the end it just looks like some person who is standing in front of the mirror. Although, it is obvious that the second pair of legs are two-dimensional, I like the fact that they, together with the reflection in the mirror can call into question if there is in fact another person in the photo.
For the one hour shot, I played with many possible avenues within my circle. I love the texture of trees, the muddiness of the grass and dirt and the way that the trunk splays. I climbed into the tree, lay on the grass and generally got fantastically muddy and covered in exploring this tree. I picked this angle for the one shot because I liked the way that the wood's bark was coming off in it, the folds and the density of the tree and the burst of green and intertwining moss/mud.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
i thoroughly enjoyed spending an hour on the tree stump with the mushroom, i felt like i learned a lot from studying that small spot for such a long time with my camera. so many interesting things to photograph.
the second spot i think i knew immediately that i wanted to shoot the moss, just because alone it is such a beautiful and unique natural growth, but it's placement in a man made structure made it very unidue because it had taken on the shape of the fence that had once been laying on top of it and i thought that was very cool
I found it difficult to shoot continuously enough to get 120 pictures- I found myself being too careful, but the experience was great for letting me see how much I could loosen up with it! The photo I've chosen is me taking a picture of my coffee- the most abstract of the bunch.
During the second hour, I chose to do whatever activity came immediately to mind which was gathering every leaf and leaf fragment within the circle and placing them in a pile. The process was very meditative- I became intimately familiar with the earth, grass, berries, trash, and insects within my circle. The final photograph seems quite ordinary in comparison.
Saturday, September 27, 2008