Saturday, July 2, 2011

Photo Project Completed

So here it is, the photo project I have been working on for about 2.5 months together and completed. Clicking any photo will take you to the original post if you're interested in what I had to say about each picture individually because right now I am going to concentrate on the project as a whole.

The project doesn't have a name, but the central idea I wanted to concentrate on where aspects of beauty taken out of context so that they're not actually beautiful but odd or weird standing alone. I wanted to explore what is thought of as beautiful as a whole and then deconstruct the body into parts. I had to have 10 prints because it was an assignment for a photo class, but if I was to send this project somewhere or present it, I would remove the woman's hands on silk, the lace socks, and possibly the photo with the flower on a man's chest. I would remove those because I think the other 7 photo work much better together that way and are more cohesive.

I designed each photo, took each photo, developed the film and printed every picture by hand. It was great lab practice and I am sad it's over. I just loved being a photography nerd with my classmates and watching everyone's project change and develop. It's also a bummer to not have free lab access. Now I have to wait to develop film rather than developing it myself. I already have 3 rolls ready to develop, but I need to go to Santa Cruz to develop them. I'll have to find other things to post!

Anyways, I would love to hear your opinion about this project. Once art is out there, it's no longer truly mine because it is interpreted in so many ways by others. One friend saw a lot of emotion, another person thought that I was depressed when I made this project (which is odd to me because I wasn't and had a lot of fun and laughs in making it), some thought the pictures were playful, others wanted the photos to be in color... But I love to talk photography and you don't have to be a photographer to talk about it! Any fresh perspective will be interesting. Thanks!

p.s. if you really like them, some are available in my print shop!


Cas said...

I actually really love the picture with the flower on the man's chest!!! It is one of my favorites -- though I see what you are saying about the collection as a whole. I also agree with your friend who said they would like to see them in color. Especially the mud covered hands. I think this collection is great - you did a wonderful job. I find it very peaceful and interesting. :)

Let It Be Raw said...

That's funny you want to see the mud covered hands in color because most people I've spoken to agree! I'm pleased you find it peaceful and interesting, I was beginning to think that it was too sad or emotional because other people saw it that way. Thanks for your perspective!

Julia said...

I love the hands photo. The silk fabric behind them lend a soft touch. It makes me think about getting older. At first I thought it was two people's hands and then realized it appears to be one person's hands together. Really love it. Can't tell if they are coming or going... Lovely compilation overall. thanks for sharing.

Let It Be Raw said...

Thank you, they are my mother's hands. I didn't find out until much later that some people were thinking there were two different woman's hands. It was an odd realization of perspective for me because I took the photo and knew there was only one woman.

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