These are my assignment from PH 115 OL2: VISUALIZATION from Academy of art University San Francisco.
This is an introductory creative class that helps the student find a personal solution to their photographic assignments. Assignments given in this class are open to broad interpretations.
(We were only allowed to turn in Black and White photos)
Assignment 1: Fear
The first assignment was pretty open to interpretation, and we were given no directions other then to capture “fear”.
Assignment 2: Light, Shadow, and Reflection
Make one photograph in black and white that uses shadow, light, and/or reflection as your creative choices OR make one photograph in which you abstract the subject matter.
This had been a pretty busy week and I had to do the assignment pretty last minute, I was pretty disappointed in the result. While I accomplished the basics of my idea I had a few technical and composition elements that stopped the image from achieving it’s potential. This is definitely a photo to re-shoot without the time limit.
Assignment 3: Narrative and Action
Create a single narrative image in black and white that represents an action or event. Remember to choose a story that interests you. Consider the elements of storytelling mentioned in this module as well as what the image suggests about what precedes and follows it. You may find your scene out in the world or you may stage it, but be sure to make it memorable.
While I’m over all happy with this shot there are a few things I wish I could have edited out but we were not allowed to make major changes of edits to photos in this class.)
Assignment 4: Your Inner Child
Create one image in black and white that depicts your inner child. The image can be abstract, obscure, or narrative, but an actual child cannot be present in the image.
I had a few Ideas for this assignment but nothing was really working out, last minute I came up with this idea. Who doesn't remember playing on their game boy under the covers so your parents wouldn't catch you up late! Though I feel like I could have done a much better job!
Assignment 5: Dream
After performing the dream exercise described in this module’s discussion topic, use the symbols and other images from your analyzed dream as inspiration for an image in black and white. Your image can seek to duplicate your dream, or your dream can serve as a springboard for something new. You might invoke a dreamlike feeling in your image, but this is not required. Your image should, however, be memorable and rich in symbols. Lastly, you might consider metaphor and surrealism as influences in the construction of your image.
Overall I’m happy with this picture, while we cant make major edits to images in a software we can do thinks in camera.
Assignment 6: Midterm Portfolio
Create three memorable images that reflect the concepts covered in the first half of this course. All images must be in black and white. Consider subject matter, composition, concept, style, etc. Think about what you have learned in the first six modules, and let those ideas guide you. At least two of these images must be new. One may be an image that you have previously submitted for an assignment in Modules 1 through 6.
For the midterm I created 2 new photos and recycled one from the previous assignment. The first image is re-do of assignment 2 and the second is another dream photo.
Assignment 7: Innovating Context
Create one memorable image in black and white in which you remove an object from its original context. To do so, you must first recognize that context, and then, using creative visualization, develop a new context for the object. Work to integrate it into your scene. For example, don’t just show us an avocado on a tennis court; instead, show us two people playing tennis with an avocado.
I was very unhappy with the outcome of this photo and later re-did the assignment for the final.
Assignment 8: A Personal Approach to Theme
Using your own unique approach, tackle the theme of love, death, or isolation in black and white. There are no limitations to what this photo can look like except that it cannot include a person’s face.
I’m pretty happy with both images even though the first image didn’t follow the assignments directions.
Assignment 9: Personal Style
Make one photograph in black and white that expresses your developing personal style. You may select from the following three categories of subject matter: Person or people; Place (landscape, interior, or architectural detail); Thing (still life not shot in the studio).
I felt a little out of tough with this assignment and obviously my teacher wasn’t feeling it either.
Assignment 10: Creative Contrast
After engaging in the exercise described in the discussion topic for this module, make one image in black and white of an open theme that utilizes contrast as a conceptual strategy. You might also incorporate formal contrast (for example, a white subject on a black background), but you are not required to do so. Most important is that the content of your image speaks to two conflicting or contrasting notions. The best images will address contrast on more than one level.
Unfortunately I was in the middle of a move (from TX to FL) and was unable to participate in this assignment receiving an F.
Assignment 11: Irony, Incongruity, and the Unexpected
Create one memorable and artful image in black and white of a subject of your choice represented in an ironic, incongruous, or unexpected manner.
I was having a hard time with this assignment, I was getting settled in after the move and was having a little block. We walked around downtown Cocoa for a while and as we were driving off I saw this scene!
Assignment 12: Final Portfolio
Produce a portfolio of six images based on the lessons discussed throughout this course. Look back at all of the assignments and decide which ones you would like to revisit. At least three of the images in your Final Portfolio must be new — created during Module 13 or 14 for this class only; the other three can be re-submissions from your best work (in this class only).
Artist statement: When it comes to imagery the most powerful visual element just might be contrast. With these 6 images Lacie strives the focus on not only visual contrast, but contextual and emotional as well. As a photographer Lacie has relied heavily on the color in her images to convey mood and themes. So striping her images of color and trying to achieve the same level of mood was a difficult challenge. These 6 images are a mixture of visually pleasing contrast such as the silhouette and the apples, contextual commentary such as the free drugs on the playground, and emotional contrast such as the dark figure on a bright day or the potential suicide in a beautiful forest.
Our lives are full of contrasting element, internal opposing emotions and a sense of yin and yang, light and dark. Lacie attempted to address these varying elements of contrast with her own visual style
When it was all said and done I received a solid B for the semester and was very pleased!
All photos by Lacie Slezak