So, as all of you know, I have been working on a 365 project since the beginning of July as a way of filling time over the summer, but also as a physical reminder of showing an interesting thing or person that I met that day.
So, these are the first 3 posts since getting back to Clark on Sunday and officially kicking off my 4 months of zero social media presence.
I am going to be posting these photographs in posts of 3 images with the number, the date, and the person, place, or thing that I document.
So today, I made a concentrated effort to develop a preset that emulates the look of black and white film, and for the most part, I think I achieved the look I wanted. Creating this preset reminded me how much I love everything about black and white photography.
For me, it really forces you to reconstruct the color behind the scene, for black and white photography as well as editing leaves the color behind (obviously) and focuses on the stark details and richness of the moment. It allows you to dive deep into the details of the scene, rather than being preoccupied with the color of the scene, creating a stronger connection with the photograph itself.
I applied this preset to a collection of aquarium photographs that I shot over last year to show the versatility, beauty, and strength of black and white in everyday circumstances.
*before the actual post, I do want to say that im going to be off social media for a couple of months (I havent finalized a date yet) just like last semester to focus and push myself academically as well as to narrow down my photography style (even more so than last semester).
But as usual, this blog will be in full effect, so feel free to tune in 😉
Finally got on the adobe train and subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite on new years eve. And I have to say, this is a move that I think is going to enhance my photography, and is an extremely valuable learning experience for me as an artist and creative person.
So, as usual, I shot a couple of photographs of my family as well as my friends who came over for New Years and edited these photographs on lightroom using the VSCO film presets that I purchased.
God, it feels good to be at home. Honestly, i couldnt have asked for a better day — it rained, my neighborhood was clouded with the mist and humidity — simply perfect weather.
I also got batteries for an old film camera my uncle gave me about 5 or 6 years ago and I finally got it to work, and its so exciting to open up a new world in photography guys [this basically means that Clark watch out — film is comming].
Met an old friend today, after a while. My neighbors cat, Max [at least thats what ive called him for 10 years] and I have always been close, becoming increasingly close over the last year since ive been in college and not been able to see him as often as i would like to. I was photographing in my backyard when I saw him napping on a black and white couch, and I called his name, out of excitement. He ran over, jumped on the cement ledge, and since my hand was on his side of the fence [he is on my neighbors side, and im on my side] and touched my hand with his paw. I dont know, moments like that dont happen often, and i felt so humbled by the experience [ i didnt capture this on camera since it was so organic and wonderful].
First off, yes that is my sister as the featured image.
Strange. I never thought my photography journey would bring me to the point where i acutally identify myself as a photographer. Honestly, my camera is with me 24/7 and I dont think I would have it any other way.
My photographs inform the way i look at the world, through no praticular filter. Im noticing a clear motif in my style — i love organic. Organic moments that is. Nothing staged — just simple, emotive photography. Also tending to gravitate towards more analog style editing to give it that nostalgic, grainy look that was so classic and beautiful. Black and white is also making a comeback in my style, both in the raw setting and in post editing.
But I shot some photos in a cafe when I was doing HW with the sister for 2 hours that kinda clearly shows where im at.
Guys, today has been an absolutley amazing day filled with a giant mental rollercoaster from mediocre to simply absolutley phenomenal.
Took some photographs from my vantage point in Goddard Library in the afternoon, and edited them to make them look real filmy, and honestly, just now I caught one of the most stunning sunsets on top of the parking garage. I saw it from goddard asked a friend to watch my stuff and sprinted to catch an absolutley surreal moment.
I couldnt even believe myself (and am currently destroying my keyboard as I am typing this post), and was screaming internally out of joy the entire time the sun looked like an impressionist painting, with the clouds being like broad brush strokes, making the world glow in reds and blues.
I dont know guys — today has kinda been a mental rollercoaster. I took an uncharacteristic 2 hour nap and kinda woke up feeling something was missing — couldnt quite place my finger on it — maybe I was in someone elses headspace for the day, and was translating that in my own way.
Went to a club meeting that ended at 10 and was feeling the same way ive been feeling all day, so i went up to the roof of the parking garage on campus to clear my head and think creatively. I had been writing earlier today about creative limitations I wanted my photography to fall under, with a huge emphasis on shadow play and empty space (to simulate a lot of mental depth and space inside my own mind).