Week 15 Questions:

I made a handmade book that included photographs from my mother’s archive. This is what I wrote about it in the opening:
I want to remember you is an arrangement of photographs that have, until now, coexisted with the portraits of my family members in my mother’s closet. The piles of photographs that my mother has collected of generations of our family history have been plastic wrapped and stuffed away for safekeeping. I unburied them and what I found throughout the huge piles of photographs of cute babies, smiling siblings and group family pictures, were images that showed the things that were considered equally as dear as the people – a teddy bear collection, a rose garden, a Christmas tree. Although the photographs in this series might not ever make it into the family photo album along side Grandpa Angelo, Uncle Marc or anyone for that matter, they are revealing appreciations toward the mundane and simple things in life worth remembering.”

I was actually very please with this book. The only thing I needed to work on was the sequence. It was hard to sequence so many pictures that were so incredibly different from eachother. My favorite part about this project was developing the sequences and making relationships.

I learned through making this assignment that is is quite possible to make books of your very own for about 4 dollars. Incredible.


Week 14 Questions:
1. Choose one Family Assignment presentation/project from each group and write a brief summary 2-3 sentences describing the work.

Group 6: Garrett used Google street view to capture families out on the street. Very very successful. I love the “imagined relationship” aspect of the project. I’d buy that book! He made nice selections.

Group 5: Tenneille had the most original idea in her group. She made portraits using objects that were similar in color and sometimes shape to recreate the portraits in a different way. The images could have been better crafted but I liked the idea, I thought it was very creative.

Group 4: My group! Charmaine did a comparison of her and her sister being raised compared to her mom and sister (if I remember correctly) being raised by their grandparents. I enjoyed the comparisons.

Group 3: Kelly showed the idea for her book. She planned to manipulate an actual printed book. The idea explore the difference between digital relationships and actual intimacy.

Group 2: Nicole did a piece were she overlayed several photos over a portrait of her grandparents. I like the idea because the two people were responsible for creating so much life. The only way it could have been a successful piece of art is if it was printed quite large, I think.

Group 11: Kristy made a pop up book with photographs and showed the patterns that were repeated within the photos from Halloween throughout the years. I actually thought this was very entertaining and I enjoyed looking at it. The photos she used were from 1986-2003 and I liked the range and the growth of the children.

Group 10: Jannelle made a cute book about her family and it was guide about how to act and perceive them. It was cute but it looked like something you’d make for scrapbooking class.

Group 9: Meredith had a great project that I was very impressed with. She made plaster pillows for her photographs to sit in and there were 3 photographs of her family. They were very beautiful objects and I appreciated the time she spent on them in comparison to some of the other peoples work in class.

Group 8: Ryan had a great project that included several composites of his friends. The idea behind the composites were also quite interesting. He explained to us that he had an identical twin that died at birth and that he enjoyed seeing himself twice in one frame because it is what it would be like if his twin hadn’t died. It was actually quite a great manifestation of the family project and I wish that he was taking Stephen Marc’s digital composting class.

2. Choose one person’s assignment that you believe to be particularly strong and write an in-depth critique of it (2-3 paragraphs).

I enjoyed Garretts Blurb book very much. As I said above Garrett used Google street view to capture families out on the street. Very, very successful. I love the “imagined relationship” aspect of the project. Even if two people were walking together and you were not sure if they were actually related the family relationship is implied and I love that. The choices of images were also very nice. They were carefully chosen and kept you interested in the book.

Week 13 Questions:
1. Review Kirstin Van Cleef’s presentation as you have with the three previous lectures. Do you think it will help your group in planning and designing your Public Art / Large Art project?
Kristin talked about her position at Scottsdale Public Art. She is a project manager and mainly acts as a middle man for the organization and the artist. I enjoyed learning about the INFLUX project in more depth and I think it was very helpful in relationship to our public art assignment. The piece below is called Bear With Us by Tara Logsdon.
2. What do you think the function(s) of public art are? List some public art you have experienced.
I think the function of public art is to bring the community a sense of culture and I think it enriches the community as well. I haven’t experienced many temporary public art projects, at least not ones I have been aware of. I worked at the ASU Art Museum when they were partnering with artist to fill the storefronts and local businesses on Mill Ave.
3. Read “Is Google Making Us Stupid” by Nicholas Carr in the Atlantic Magazine. Comment. Be, as the author asks, “skeptical of his skepticism” – but also, is there any truth to this? Do you find yourself affected differently by different ways of finding information?
The internet is making us stupid. I could barely read that article because it was so long.. which ironically is what it discusses. We do live in I want it now culture and the internet keeps up with us. It is easy to decide quickly that one site doesn’t have what you are looking for and move on to the next.
4. Write a short essay question that could be on the final exam.
Please discuss the differences between photography blogs/websites and photography books.

Book Fair:
3 books from class today-
Silent Eyes by Daria Clarkson-
I loved how big they were and I think the sequencing was nice. The images are fun to look at and looking at them in book form is even more.
Name??? by Kelly McNutt-
I like the handmade book that Kelly made. The images in the book were far more important then the book itself though, they were very nice to loo
Name??? by Meredith Minne
I liked looking at Meredith’s book. I like the subtle quiet pictures.

A paragraph on one appropriated book-
One of the books (I cant remember by who!) was about the images found with the word strange. The title was really tiny and terribly hard to read. The images in the book are upside down and really disorienting. It was awesome because it plays of the word strange.

Week 12 Questions:
1. Talk generally about the books you saw today. What ones were the most effective and why?
I like the books that got more creative rather than just plugging in photos and ordering. I liked the hand made books alot. I got bored with most of them though, especially the appropriated book. To be honest I kind of just browsed through them because they were dull to me. I like the ones that had thought go into them.
2. Write a bit about your book making process.
I have to admit mine was pretty simple. I created my own template. I made custom pages in order to plug 5×7 photos into it. I used a rectangle shape because I thought it looked the best. I didn’t know about the cheap rag paper at the time but if I had to change anything I would have used that and I would have ordered a hard cover.
3. Do you plan to use Blurb or other print-to-order publishers in the future? If so, how do you plan to use it? If not, why not?
I would definitely use Blurb again. I think it is worth the money. I love books and I love making books.
4. Read Andy Adams Blog piece before the lecture on Thur. Write some thoughts and at least one question for him.
If I were to ask Andy Adams a question I think I would ask him why he hasn’t hired an assistant or someone to help him yet… Seems like ALOT of work and very time consuming and I am sure there are plenty of people who would be willing to help in order to learn. I might also ask him if he has own work? I have have not been able to find his own personal work, and I have no clue if he even makes photographs, which I find strange.
5. Write a short review of the lecture and your thoughts about what he talked about. Do you think it is relevant to you and your practice as an artist or designer or student? Do you agree with his perspective?
I think his lecture was very helpful for me as a student, and an artist. I think it is very important to be aware of the sites that expose up coming artist and it is very useful to know that the people who run these blogs are so accessible, at least Andy definitely seems to be.

6. Now that you have been given the assignment sheet for the Final Project, write briefly about what your initial thoughts/ideas/questions are about the final project.
I want to do something that involves the internet. I think it is central to the class and I want to explore its place in culture in some way.

Week 11 Questions:
1. What are your thoughts regarding children privacy on the internet?
This is a tricky topic. I do not think people should post pictures of their children naked on the internet without some serious thought. I can only talk from my personal bias but if I was a parent I wouldn’t post pictures of my children naked on facebook or any other thing of that nature but if I was a photographer and my work had picture of my children naked in it I would post it on my personal website. I think also that it depends on the picture and the intended audience.
2. Sexuality on the internet. Do you think more access to sexualized images promotes more sex and or a less healthy attitude towards sex? Towards each other and other things?
I think Michael McLoad hit the nail on the head when he said that it is not sexuality on the internet that is perverted but it is our societal reaction to sex on the internet that is perverted. Sexuality is a normal part of life and it exist strangely on the internet. I do not think it is a healthy representation of sexuality. I think the discussion in class was interesting when we started to discuss how porn lower sex drive and things like that. That alone raises some questions in my mind.
3. Thoroughly read at least one article mentioned in class on Tuesday.
4. Do you think people’s fears about teenagers and the internet are well-founded? What do you think the dangers are of how we use images on the internet? What are the good aspects? How did you use pictures on the internet as a teenager, did it change as you got older? Do you think the internet is an easy place for bullying?
I think they are well-founded but the issue is so complex that it it is hard to say. I think the internet is very easy place to bully. People say things online they would neeeeeeeeeeever say in real life. I agree with the analogy Betsy used in class about being in your car and telling someone to get the hell out of your way verse walking down the street and never even thinking to say something cruel like that.
5. What are the ways in which technology could make it easier to hurt other people? Do you think this results in more bullying? Or is it just taking another form?
I think the obvious disconnection with another physical person makes it easier for people to hurt other people.
6. How much do you use picture messaging? And what do you use it for?
I only use picture messaging for taking and receiving picture of my adorable niece Jouet 🙂