Encouraging Light

Week 15 Rant

Week 15 can a tough time for some art students. We (or at least I) can be very moody, stressed, and down right unpleasant to be around. We are usually working on tons of caffeine and very little sleep. Week 15 is usually the time we have our final projects kicking our butts. We may not always have that “final exam” that other classes have but the emphasis that is put on our final project will make us not a nice person. So it was a stressful week for me, to say the least.

Marywood class update

Color Photography
My Transformation project critique went very good. Once again there was a lot of nice work done by everyone. My last project is my final project. I have had a few shoots already so I have narrowed the project down and hopefully this weekend I will be finished with it. My Color Photography professor definitely will make us dig deep and find more than just an aesthetic photograph; he pushes us to “the next level.” I will not say his name because I always spell it wrong every time. He also teaches our History of Photography class and we just finished our monster of a paper then followed up with a class presentation on that paper. So I might have to wait to add him to my Christmas card list.

Advertising Photography
Had our critique on our Model with Product project. Wow, everyone has improved so much from where we started! Thanks Peter Nardone, you da man! I had work done but had to reshoot it. I wasn’t feeling confident in the photograph; I had received some bad criticism over it. I usually believe that once a photograph is shot, it no longer belongs to the artist and now belongs to the viewer. In fact, I never really cared about criticism, but sometimes you have to suck it up even when you don’t feel the same way as the person criticizing it.

I will finish up with a great quote by my favorite photographer:

“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” —Ansel Adams

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