Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Bi-weekly assignment that I am the most proud of







Throughout the semester we have completed many bi-weekly assignments and I feel that my most successful of these assignments was the lifestyle assignment.  This was one of my bi-weeklys that I started far in advance of the due date because I had ideas of what I wanted in mind.  With some Pinterest inspiration and my own ideas, I went to work on the photos and am very happy with the outcomes.  I created a united series of work utilizing a mug as my consistent object to pull all of my images together.  My creation of these cohesive images, which used correct composition and other photography skills, is one of my greatest successes this semester. 

Most Memorable Experience


Being Bold

5th Ave Please

First Look

Tie it Tight
Movement

Hard vs Soft

Our trip to New York City was filled with highlights, adventure, and fun.  Despite starting a day late, we packed every minute of our day and a half trip with action.  Our class's fun competitive nature followed us around the city and was able to push all of us to take the best photos possible while on this trip.  Many of the most memorable learning lessons were from this trip.  In regards to photographing I have two large takeaways.  One being something I learned from my large mistake: I need to stop and take my photos.  I lost many photos from my first day of this trip due to not stopping and having the photos turn our blurry.  This was very disappointing, but from this experience came a lesson.  I learned and will now always remember to stop and shot my images.  The other memorable experience from this trip and semester was to not question the subject of a photo.  In the city, there were so many different, unique, and interesting subjects to photograph.  And while I wish I had taken more, I was focused on what I was specifically interested in photographing.  I wish I had taken photos of more subjects and had not questioned if a subject would be "good enough" to photograph.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Free Choice: Shapes in Nature







Home

Piece by piece
bit by bit
they make their homes

The hard yet soft 
peelable yet durable
bark sheds off

They burrow in
only to climb back out
and see what has been created

Hard work day in 
and day out
to construct their homes

A home for the smallest
creatures and insects
to bore into and
sleep for the night

We see them all around us
and pass them when we walk by
But we don't stop
to realize what each represents



Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Creative Portraits







Be Creative They Said

They told her to be creative
to do something different with her hands
To hold a paintbrush
to draw with chalk or charcoal
They didn't want to see her calluses
form permanent homes upon her palms
Or for her to forever have a dent
in her left shin because she got kicked
so hard in a game
They wanted her to pursue their dreams
not hers

But what did she want
someone asked her
She knew
the answer pumped through her
like blood did
she wanted the burning shins
forever dents
nasty scars
permanent calluses
blood dripping
sweat falling
and tears rolling
She wanted her dream
She would fight for it
and nothing would stop her

But not yet
it wasn't her time just yet
so she picked back up the paintbrush
followed by the chalk and charcoal
and began a journey she knew she
would never finish
with one in mind she knew she would
one day when it was her day to shine














Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Black & White Photography, Progress and Learning Over Time









As I look back over my mood photographs and my New York photographs, I can see that I have come very far over the semester.  While I did not notice the difference in my final prints until looking at them all at once, I now understand there is a difference in quality.  When first starting with the film camera, my first mood assignment resulted in no usable film.  My film was too underexposed and nothing could be done about it.  I learned as we progressed through our mood assignments and ended moods with three photographs which I was pleased with.  They were well composed and developed well.  But while I ended with three photographs that I liked, I did not have too many to chose from.  I had limited options due to over and underexposure and lack of contrast in my film.  But looking back at my New York film and photos I can confidently say that I improved.  While I was not eager to do film in New York, due to my lack of previous success, I gave it a shot anyway.  Surprisingly I was very pleased with my outcomes.  From our mood assignment, I had learned to view (or pretend to view) the subject in black and white.  I focused on contrast and reading my light meter to ensure that my photographs would come out.  I also remembered to bracket on all of my photos which ensured that I would have enough to chose from when we went back into the darkroom.  After developing the images and printing them, I was very pleased.  Overall, looking back over all of my photographs, I can really see a difference and can confidently say that I improved.



Monday, May 7, 2018

Animal Shelters and Adopting Animals- Power of Photography, Photographs & Video Presentation



All About The Eyes
April 19, 2018
Roya Best

Adoption Ready
April 19, 2018
Roya Best

Lonely
May 3, 2018
Roya Best

Escape
May 3, 2018
Roya Best

Choose Me
May 3, 2018
Roya Best

Feed Me
May 3, 2018
Roya Best

Wrapped Tight
May 3, 2018
Roya Best

Locked In
May 3, 2018
Roya Best

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Serenity and Nature






Love

The bright blue sky,
pale brown muck,
and tan-tinted shells.
Sea salt in the air,
wind in my lungs,
and eyes focused down.
I'm searching.
Looking for 
the perfect one.
But
there are so many
perfect ones.
I love them all.
And want to take
all of the perfect ones
home.

Daddy says I always
pick out the perfect one.
Wait ones.
I always pick out
the perfect ones.
Many of them.
The blue and purple ones
that daddy says are mussels.
The long sharp ones
that daddy says are razor shells.
And my favorite,
the white ones
with little round tan lines
that daddy says are clams.
I love them all.
And want to take
all the perfect ones
home.

I look up to daddy
and ask him if
I can take them all.
He looks down at me
with a hint of a glisten 
in his right eye
and says bring all
the perfect home.
We need more love
at home he says.
Daddy looks back out
into the distance
and I see his eyes begin
to water.
He says it's only from the wind,
so I go back to picking up
shells and bringing love home
to somewhere that daddy
says needs more love.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

New York City Trip

Our trip to New York City was filled with highlights, adventure, and fun.  Despite starting a day late, we packed every minute of our day and a half trip with action.  One of the things I was looking forward to the most was visiting the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.  While they were both amazing and breathtaking places to photograph, this was not the reason.  I have always wanted to visit for the history of both places.  The thought that the Statue of Liberty was one of the first things that immigrants saw when they arrived in the United States and the very ground that we walked on at Ellis Island was the first US soil the immigrants walked on.  Another highlight of the trip was getting to spend the weekend with our entire photo class.  While we all joke around in the classroom and are competitive with each other, New York was a whole new level of this.  Our fun competitive nature followed us around the city and was able to push us to take the best photos possible while on this trip.  And of course, the best highlight of the trip was being able to photograph in a new environment.  While we have Portland near us, New York City was different.  Photographing city life and walking around the streets was amazing.  it was a new lifestyle that we were able to capture and experience.  


When we got to the city we quickly all learned a few things.  One is that people walk very fast and will plow through you if you are in their way.  So a group of seven strolling through the streets, stopping to take photos, and squatting to get a better angle on a people packed street was not the best situation to be in.  I quickly learned to look around quickly before getting down to get a better angle or stopping to take a picture.  Another thing we learned very quickly was that we needed a signal or a way to let the group know that one of us wanted to stop and take a photo of something.  Jamie cleverly came up with "PHOTO PAUSE," indicating that our group was to pause and wait for one of us to take a photo.  One last thing that I sadly learned after the first day was that I needed to physically stop to take many of my photos.  I came back to the hotel the first night, uploaded my photos, and was disappointed to find out that many of my action and street scene shots were out of focus.  I adapted the next day and paid special attention to stopping whenever I intend on taking a photo.

Many of the things I want to remember from this trip were highlights and things I learned.  In regards to photographing I have two large takeaways.  One being something I learned: that I need to stop and take my photos.  As I said above I lost many photos from my first day and was very disappointed.  But from this experience came a lesson.  I learned and will now always remember to stop and shot my images.  The other photography related take away being that to not question a subject.  In the city, there were so many different, unique, and interesting subjects to photograph.  And while I wish I had taken more, I was focused on what I was specifically interested in photographing: people.  I wish I had taken photos of more subjects and had not questioned if a subject would be "good enough" to photograph.

Being Bold
Street Scenes

5th Ave Please
Street Scenes

What Floor
Architecture 

Business or Pleasure
Street Scenes

First Look
Architecture

Tight Knot
Close Up

Tie it Tight
Movement

Hard vs Soft
Close Up

Flying High
Architecture


 Looking back on the trip my favorite thing to photograph was street scenes.  We have already completed a biweekly for lifestyle and while I was able to successfully complete this assignment, in the city taking lifestyle like photos were very different.  I was able to capture the action-packed lifestyle of people in the city.  Which in comparison to my lifestyle photos of a more relaxed lifestyle was very contrasting.  Although, I loved both of them and am very pleased with the results.  I think that the most difficult theme that we were to photograph was motion.  I think that I got some successfully frozen motion photos, I wish that I had more successful blurred motion photos.  Blurred motion photos have always been an area which I haven't tended to photograph, so when put into the situation where we could photograph anything and everything, I did not think to focus on these.  Some of my other photos could be put into the category of unconventional portraits.  I was very drawn to taking photos of people.  While most could also be considered lifestyle and street scenes, I think that I could have created another category for these.  Overall, New York City was a trip that was both very successful and fun.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Idea for the Power of Photography Project

Some various social, political, and/or environmental issue that I am passionate about is the use of plastic water bottles, waste of water, animals in shelters, and the overuse of technology.  For my Power of Photography Project, I have chosen to focus on animals in shelters.

In a country where 85 million households own a pet, why are there tens of millions of strays?  There are an estimated 70 million stay animals living in the United States.  And out of those 70 million, only six to eight million are placed in a shelter each year.  Adopting animals is a rewarding and joyful experience.  If people were to adopt pets instead of buying them from breeders, we as a country could reduce the number of animals kept in shelters.  This is an important step to take because by decreasing the number of animals in shelters, we will reduce the number of animals who are euthanization due to overcrowding.  Adopting animals is an important issue in our country that we must address.

While there has been a decrease in the estimated number of animals placed into shelters, from 7.2 million in 2011 to 6.5 million today, there is still a large issue.  Approximately 1.5 million animal are euthanized each year, which has also decreased but is still very high.  It is also found that there is a decreased lifespan of those animals who never find a home.  And, specifically, 9 out of 10 dogs born never find a permanent home.  There is no question that animals who do not have homes are an issue in our country.  We must bring attention to this issue and come together to find a solution.

Some questions that I have for experts and others in the field are...
   1. What are some benefits of adopting animals?
   2. What was a moment that touched you while in a shelter?
   3. What would you say is the leading cause of overcrowding issues in shelters?
   4. How would you approach solving this issue?
   5. What do animal shelters do?
   6. What is your stance on "no-kill" shelters?

Works Cited
“11 Facts About Animal Homelessness.” DoSomething, www.dosomething.org/facts/11-facts-about-animal-homelessness.
“Facts + Statistics: Pet Statistics.” Insurance Information Institute, Insurance Information Institute, Inc., www.iii.org/fact-statistic/facts-statistics-pet-statistics.
“Facts About Animal Sheltering.” Petfinder, Petfinder, www.petfinder.com/pro/for-shelters/facts-about-animal-sheltering/.

“Pet Statistics.” ASPCA, American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, www.aspca.org/animal-homelessness/shelter-intake-and-surrender/pet-statistics.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Adventure






Looking Ahead

As the sun kisses her skin
she looks into the distance.
Beyond what she can see with
her eyes.  She is looking
into her future.
A future that seemed so far
away a few years ago.

Everything that lies in 
her future
depends upon 
the upcoming years.
She is not looking anymore
but daydreaming
about what is to come 
and what she wishes for 
her future.

The removal of the sun's kiss
from her skin pulls
her out of her daydream
and back to the present.
She is looking with her eyes
and sees what is truly
in front of her.
A bitterly cold, wet, snowy place 
that she can not wait
to leave.