Today's Project

by Ellen in


Hi, so now I have homework. But it's a different kind of homework...instead of writing papers or doing research, I get to make pictures. Since I'm not used to this kind of homework, it's sort of a struggle. I have my own way of doing research and my own style of writing, and I wouldn't have to share that with anyone but the teacher. Now, I'm just discovering my own style of taking photos and EVERYONE gets to see what I've done, and they have the chance to say something about it. I'm a little nervous, to say the least.

So, I have two projects due next week: make a 4 x 4 (yes, that's feet, not inches) photograph and a self-portrait. The latter is what I'm working on today, because myself is my least favorite subject (also, I'm stumped about what to do for the other one). It's why I'm behind the camera, not in front of it. But, art school teachers want to know who I AM and what I FEEL so they can know all my deepest darkest secrets. Well, I don't have a lot of those, and if I want you to know what I feel all the time, I'll blog about it, goshdarnit.

Aside from the jokes, this is actually supposed to be serious. My teacher even used that word: serious. Awesome. I'm not very good at serious, especially when I'm talking about myself...I spend a lot of time trying not to take myself too seriously. If given a choice, I'd like to be clever.

Needless to say, I think I have come up with a way to show who I am with a single photograph. I ran through a lot of ideas, but this one seemed to fit and the light is beautiful today.

Here's my statement about this photograph: I can only see well if I have my glasses on. Obviously, these glasses are not actually on my face, but the perspective through which my camera is looking, much like the way I see the world through the frames of my glasses.

So, that's the one I'm going to use. I think a lot about frames, can you tell? Probably because my most important body part is always surrounded by them.

I also thought it would have been neat to set my camera up in front of Grace, set my self-timer, and run into the crowd that's always out there...kind of like Where's Waldo. I thought it would have been a nice expression of my Episcopal-ness, but I was afraid it was sort cheating if you couldn't really see me AND I was afraid someone would run off with my camera if it was just sitting on a tripod in the middle of the sidewalk.

Of course, I couldn't execute this without the sillies:

Whoops, a little lopsided.
Nerd alert.
This is the one I really want to use, but my teacher said to be SERIOUS. Lame.

Next up...4ft by 4ft. CRAP.