So this happened…
1/3 of what I shot over break
Been on the fence for a while about posting this; technically, it seems like a dud. But there’s something in my expression that continues to draw me to this photograph. On further consideration, it turned out to be a happy mistake. The soft focus settles right at my eyes, which demands for the viewer to make eye contact. This is what makes the photo all the more personal, which is why I consider it successful.
Lately, I have been working on capturing the essence of a person through simple, yet intimate portraiture. Here, I look stoic & knowing. Yet, there seems to be something hiding behind my eyes - perhaps some solitude unbeknownst to the viewer. Or perhaps, another person could read something completely different - and there is allure in that possibility as well. But regardless of the technical imperfections, it is still an important photograph because it has laid a foundation for the future.
That being said, I am excited to return to the studio and continue this project! I need to remember to not be too harsh to myself, but to continue working & growing from my mistakes.
Finally got around to making an “official” website. Check out some more of my work here!
Progression of one image from my Digital III final based on fragmentation.
Retouching/text assignment for Thierry’s Digital III class… a continuation on my silly little Mother Wolf series.
Learned how to properly select hair and retouch today! New series entitled ~*Mother Wolf*~
JK though, what is my brain… this is only the beginning.
A selection of images from a book that I made for my Digital II final last fall. The images are printed by myself and the book is handmade. I found this process lent itself to the general aesthetic and organic nature of my images. The book is titled Animism.
Animism is the belief in which natural objects, natural phenomena, and the universe itself possess souls.
Once the apparent human element is removed, environments begin to possess their own energy. I wish to share the strange spectacle of nature as its own ruler and the unnerving experience of isolation within these untamed places.
At 2:21 am on Friday, February 15, 2013, the sixth floor of Pratt’s Main building caught fire for reasons unknown. I awoke to the sounds of sirens and shouts from the crowd that had already grown outside. After digesting the initial shock, I could think of nothing else to do but go out and document this tragic event. The fire was contained by 4 am, and the NYFD reported that sixth floor studios were unoccupied. This floor is home to the work of the senior and graduate painting students. Although this is a great loss to the fine art department, as well as the individuals who have lost work, it is also a blessing that no lives were taken tonight.
Tonight was the most terrible and humbling experience that I have ever witnessed. We can never forget the impermanence of feelings, material possessions, and most importantly ourselves. We must always remember that there are things far worse than our daily issues, and to not take the negative in our lives so seriously. There is always room for improvement and good will come in due time; be thankful for what you have today, for the future is uncertain.
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