Friday, April 30, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
It documents, over the course of ten years, the growing-up of two cousins less than a year apart in age, seen only during large family reunions in the same two timeless settings of their grandparents’ ornately decorated New England home or the family’s summer place on the water.
Anna Collette is a photographer who explores conflicted notions of the contemporary landscape. Her work began in 2002 with a series rendering urban and suburban environments that focused on how the natural world—and human expectations of it—is being redefined, both visually and metaphorically, by the failed idealism of increasing development.
Her next series, Invasive Species (2005-2007), presents views of an invasive plant, Pueraria lobata or kudzu, which is overtaking large swaths of the Northeast. Here, the landscape is a metaphor for terrifying destruction and transcendent beauty at once.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
I wanted to use this project to discuss the different primary agents that play a role in determining persona. The middle collage represents societies/ our role in stereotyping who someone is. Rather then trying to say that we judge blindly I was thinking about how we perceive the way someone presents him or herself to the surrounding environment. The panel to the left is meant to separate the notion that the individual has her own power regarding how she is perceived. The last panel refers to my own agency as the photographer to manipulate the situation and mediate the way society determines the subject’s persona. My intent is not to suggest that anyone agent has more power over the situation then any other but just to reference the various ways different parties interact in the formation of an individuals’ persona.
Project #3: Persona
In this project, I attempted to investigate the lab environment through the lens of my own experiences. In my investigations, I shot in 35 mm, pinhole, and medium format in a variety of lighting situations as I both mapped my environment and myself. These photos are a representation of my world view, where the 'sciences' and the 'arts' not only inform one another, but are the complementary faces in one experiential space. Compositionally, I attempted to layer contradiction in physical content as well as aesthetic by creating an amalgamation of the humanistic and the rational, the empathetic and the hygienic, and the aesthetic and the functional.