Rachel Meneguzzi – Final Project Research Presentation

Erik Kessels

http://www.kesselskramer.com/exhibitions/24-hrs-of-photos

24hrs_of_photos Erik

24 HRS in Photos

– Installation of 1 million photos uploaded to Flickr, Facebook and Google in 24 hours.

– Shows how we constantly overwhelmed by the amount of images we are presented and have access to.

– Shows how public our private life has become.

Penelope Umbrico

http://www.penelopeumbrico.net/

– Uses appropriation and extraction from social media and online shopping sites (flickr, craigslist, ebay).

– Uses subjects that are collectively photographed, and then collects them herself.

– Has a strong interest on how images function differently online than print-based images.

– Aspects of “images-blindness” (as discussed in the third reading).

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Sunsets from Flickr

– Every image of a sunset uploaded to Flickr.

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T.V’s From Craigslist

Images of televisions put up for sale on craigslist.

– The photographs provide an extremely personal space to the viewer through the reflection of the interior of the room and the photographer

– The people taking the photographs don’t realise how personal these images really are and uploading them online for anyone to see, in the same way that people looking to buy a television are not noticing the reflections.

My idea

– The overwhelming amount of images we see daily distorts the way we view things just as the overwhelming amount of time we spend on our phones distorts the way we experience things.

– To critique not only image-blindness but experience-blindness that technology, cell phones in particular, impart on us.

– I want to show that our private life has become public through the use of social media because of this, we are losing social skills

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngt1JK3DyOU

Siobhan: Photo III Final Assignment

Interested in exploring:

  • image consumption
    • how we look at images
    • why we look at images
    • where we look at images
      • social media- Pinterest, Flickr, Google, Instagram
      • through a screen- phone, computer
  • Photographing the act of unsustained looking
    • quick
    • looking but not looking
    • scrolling action

Artists:

  1. Jason Salavon
  • popular culture
  • technology- designs software algorithms

2. Penelope Umbrico

  • interested in how we use images as a culture
    • entertainment
    • share- identity
  • function of social media and “pre-scripted images”
  • methods involve appropriation, extraction and repetition

3. Erik Kessels

  • social media and the abundance of images on the Internet
  • image consumption

Samples

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Final Project: Research

Rineke Dijkstra's Beach Portaits

Rineke Dijkstra’s Beach Portraits

For my final project, I’ve been looking into conceptual portraiture as it is the direction I’m intending on moving towards and as it is the type of photography which interests me the most. Creating a powerful concept that viewers can relate to through portraits of others and possibly additional elements interacting with the subjects to support the concept is my main goal. To me, photographs with subjects that convey a strong message are the most powerful photographs. Therefore, I’ve been researching different technical ways of shooting portraits including natural settings as well as constructed sets with studio lighting, while also being inspired by all the various concepts that have been experimented with and exhibited and by all the stories that are told through conceptual portraits.

Through looking for inspiration, I have come across a couple links that inspired my final idea. The links explore photographers who used various subjects to create a series of portraits that gave off a particular conceptual message to their audience.

Phillip Toledano’s Hope & Fear was one of the projects that was most inspiring to me as he used Surrealism to create highly unusual and interesting photographs which expressed his message loudly and clearly. The way Toledano expressed the meaning of his project was by stating that the project was a “is the external manifestation of internal desires and paranoia that are adrift in contemporary American society. What are we afraid of? What do we love? How does our society function, and what does it worship?”

Further explanation of Toledano’s conceptual, technical and formal methodologies including an interview with Toledano himself.

Another inspiring project by Phillip Toledano.

An online book that I thought was an interesting read involving all things portraiture: Portraiture by Shearer West. (Might require UoGuelph library log-in)

What Makes A Great Portrait?

More conceptual portraits:
‘Humanae’ Portraits Match People of Different Ethnicities With Their Pantone Color

Fascinating Portraits of Young People Out Clubbing In Rural Spain

Photos of Rural Children Around the World Dressed Up As Their Dream Professions

Disconcerting Portraits of People Wearing Origami Animal Masks

Portraits of Kids From A Deprived Area in the UK

Besides conceptual factors, Chris Levine’s use of light and colour in his photographs as well as in his exhibition were technical factors that were equally as inspiring to me.

If you are interested in portraiture as well and have access to the University of Guelph Library there are also several compelling photography books that I have found to really inspire my thought process. These include “Face: The New Photographic Portrait” by William A. Weing, “At Work” by Anne Leibovitz, “Close Up” by Katharina Sieverding, “Portaits in Series” by Kerber, “Contemporaries: A Photographic Series” by Judith Joy Ross and “Studio Photography: Essential Skills” by John Child for technical matters – all of which could be found in the TR section on the 5th floor of the library.