Bloq Questions

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 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.

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 🙂

Week 10 Questions:
1. Comment on Stephen Marc’s Lecture. Please write a paragraph summarizing what Stephen Marc discussed in his lecture. Write a second paragraph responding to what you heard and how it might or might not relate to ideas you might have for creating image based work?
Unfortunately I coughed through Stephen’s lecture and was hacking up a lung in the hallway but I have had the pleasure of seeing much of his work before. I love how he is so passionate about his work and how he is interested in every single little detail (which he loves to talk about). The work is so historically based that it is hard sometimes to know exactly what every little thing means with out his explanation but I think once you understand it, it is very rewarding to look at and think about.

2. What is family tradition with photography? What did you parents do when you were small? How were photos made, collected, disseminated, shared? How was it when you parents were children?
I have barely images from my childhood. It is quite frustrating. I could not imagine not trying to capture every little sneeze or movement (alright I’m exaggerating) on camera. I think the photos were kind of put aside and forgotten about. The only photographs of my mom when she was a kid I have seen are the ones she owns, which is not very many.
3. Was photography valued in your family? Who took most control over it? What do you think his/her main concerns were with the family photography?
No one in my family valued photography as far as I know. No one took the initiative to capture us girls growing up. It is a real downer.
4. How do you feel about your old family photography?
Explained above.
5. What does your family do now? How has this changed since you were small? Since your parents were small?
Everyone depends on me to take pictures of everything. My mom does have a camera now that she probably takes out every 5 months or so. I guess for good reason, because I am always taking picture of as much as I can.

Week 9 Questions:
1. Respond to Mike McLeod’s Lecture. Please write a paragraph summarizing what he discussed in his lecture. Write a second paragraph responding to what you heard and how it might or might not relate to ideas you might have for creating image based work.
Mike McLeod’s work is quite interesting to me. I think he is successful in portraying his ideas about the internet and how it relates to people and the connection that are made over the internet. Of course, the images and work is much more complex than that but it raises very interesting questions. I like that his three bodies of work are all so different but relate so strongly to his overall ideas about connections people make.
I appreciate any artist who can visually articulate their ideas. It is a strength that some artist lack. I am currently struggling with that in my own work but am trying to move last it. He is an example of someone who does it well and I am glad that he shared his work, ideas, and process with us in class.
2. Do an image search for “family photography” –put in a modifier of your choice. Comment on what comes up first, then follow links. Find and post to your blog the 5 most interesting images you came across.

“Dysfunctional Family Photography” is what I typed in.
3. Attitudes towards family photography– that of others and how you consume it. What is your opinion. When if ever do you enjoy looking at family photography of others. What is the context and the form? When do you find it unappealing? Talk about the form, content and function of these images.
My attitude towards family photography is that it has the ability to transform past its original function. There are old photographs of my sisters and I when I was growing up that I love looking at not only because of the bazaarness of seeing your family in a different time and space but because of them are actually beautiful photographs. They were taken to capture the family in a way but they turn into more than that. I loose interesting in family picture that everyone is looking at the camera and smiling.
Here are some of my own personal family photos that I find fun to look at.

4. What do you think the function of family photography is in general?
It depends on the family I suppose. Or the photographer.
5. How does digital dissemination of family photographs change the way they function? Does this present any problems that you can see? Do you have personal or political concerns?
I think it is scary that images of your family can be found when someone types “dysfunctional family photography” into google, like I have above. Once it is on the internet it is out of your hands.

Week 8 Question:
1) What are the things that you think are working well about this class, in general? For you specifically?  What would you like to see addressed that hasn’t been addressed?
I think what is working well about this class is that there are so many relevant examples shown. Since the internet seems to be infinite and full of information, we would like to think anyways, it only seems appropriate that the tool be used to demonstrate its own capability. I enjoy the assignments that are given as well. They allow us to practice first hand what we learn in class. For example Lara showed the class various examples of different photography books and then we were assigned to go make one of our own. I have always been of fan of hands on learning.

2) There will be two more assignments until your final project. Begin now to brainstorm ways in which you might approach the final project. What is interesting to you? Consider the artists we have seen and the concepts we have touched on. Would you like to create an object? An experience? A portfolio of images? Or would you prefer to set up a website or write a paper? You do not need to decide for several weeks, but begin to brainstorm here.
I love the idea of a photobook. I am sure I will do an additional one for the final project. I love books in general and especially photobooks. I want to be able to hold my creation in my hand.

3) Post 3 pictures. Any pictures from anywhere. Tell us why you chose them.

Alfred Stieglitz
The Steerage, 1907
This photograph changed my entire way of seeing photography (I mean, yeah, it change almost everyone else’s in the 20th century too but this is about me :p ) The first time I saw this photograph was in Understanding Photographs class. When I took this class with Bill Jenkins in the beginning I was absolutely in awe with what I had been taught and asked to think about and the wheels have been turning ever since.

I chose this because I think it is a stunning photograph by Robert Frank (top). Also when I saw our professor Betsy Schneider’s work (bottom) for the first time I thought of this photograph.

I chose two photographs by William Eggleston. I love his photographs.