Graphic design meets photography
Eman Alshawaf

This project was definitely my favorite. To get most of my shots I usually just followed my cat around which was an interesting challenge for me. I first began shooting in color but found that if I really wanted to focus on my cat, shooting in black and white made the most sense. She was already moving unpredictably, and I didn’t want to try and get her attention or even have her notice me that often. After shooting in b&w for a majority of the semester, and then making the switch to color, it definitely became clear why b&w can be a really nice creative tool. Since I was just following my cat around and not doing a studio photoshoot there are extraneous items in the background of most of my photos. I really liked this aspect of my photos because it helped emphasize the daily life of an indoor cat.

Working with the graphic elements in my photos was also a challenge. I wanted to focus on the movement of my cat, as well the contrast between sharp edged shapes and the curvy body of an animal. It was difficult to try and visualize what my cats future movements might be and try to emulate that through a graphic element. Many of the images are of her sitting or laying down which allowed me to play around with which possible directions her head or tail might move, or how her body might not move at all. In the end, I had the chance to think and reflect about how I can portray movement in a photograph not just through how my photographs were taken, but also through the graphic design I was able to incorporate onto the shot.

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