Advance Photography Artist Statement
Project Three Proposal
As I enter project three, I am presented with the opportunity to experiment within the project topic “Topography”. The best definition was from Artsy.net, where Topography was described as “Technique in which a scene—usually a landscape—is photographed as if it were being surveyed from afar, practiced most famously by the 1970s…”. With this in mind, I will continue examining the relationships that we foster, although I will be creating scenes that could parallel between external relationships we foster with others or the internal relationship we hold within ourselves. These ideas correspond to my conceptual idea for the semester, the magic of a “personal story”.
The photographs I will take will consist of me continuing to perform as different characters. I will then Photoshop the two images of the different individuals together, creating a narrative. I aim to leave my audience wondering more about the relationship presented, ultimately hoping they will be able to find a part of themselves placed within the scene. I plan to photograph either extremely up close or from a great distance, shooting at an angle that allows me to be shooting my photographs in "first person point of view." I will be taking a more abstract take to these everyday scenes, hopefully allowing more ambiguity with my characters. In the new point of view I will be shooting in, I hope my viewer is thrown into the scene as if they were interacting with the other character(s). I also plan to use light intentionally to create high contrast. Lewis Baltz usage of starched whites, dark black in his black and white photos is something has really inspired me. Without color, Baltz creates minimal scenes yet creates an emotion that can only be expressed as emptiness. Here is something I long create within my photograph. Through the usage of lighting and contrast, I wish to depict the rollercoaster relationships can take us on, either it being the relationship we have with ourselves or with another.
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