In all its glory, Machu Picchu is quite the sight. There are tons of postcards with all kinds of photos from Machu Picchu. So, before I arrived, I had decided that I wanted to do a multiple photo panorama just to do something a bit different. When I got home, I ran the program to produce the panorama and this is what I came up with. I actually love the crack in the photo of the right. I believe this happy accident goes a long with the old ruins feeling you see in Machu Picchu. To see a larger version, click on the this link: http://sethshimkonis.com/manchu%20picchu1.jpg Just click or copy the link. I really love this photo!
Monthly Archives: March 2009
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We are off on our Manchu Pichu adventure from Wednesday, March 18th till Tuesday March 24th. I can not wait to see the historical mountain town near Cusco, Peru. Please pray for our saftey, and while we’re away strain your brain for ideas in which we can improve our beginning vision for the exhibition. I appreciate all those who have replied with their willingness and excitement to help out with the exhibition. Thanks to everyone for reading the blog posts and sending encouragement our way. When we return, I intend to post some awesome photos from Manchu Pichu.
When I started out with classes, I had a bit of an idea what I wanted to do with the first few classes. And I knew I wanted to do a class about geometric shapes. I remember receiving my first assignment in my first photo class at South Western High with Mr. Long, who gave us the subject of shapes, or geometric forms. We were to look for them in everyday things and in order to see our everyday world in a different way. And I still love finding geometric objects or making or using simple geometric looking compositions to create my photographs.
In an abstract way, Liz’s photo taken of a normal house hold item really demonstrates how you can see things differently. How many times have you looked over this object needing to replace a something. While you might recognize it at first, or it could take you a minute before you see what it really is, the way Liz cropped the photograph really takes away the recognizable traits of the lamp and allows you to first see the black circles contrasting with the white inside in the lamp shade.
Geometry is so much more fun when you’re not trying to figure out the spacial volume of an equilateral triangle.
The other day, I took some exciting photos. However, I can’t claim the creativity for myself and must give credit where credit is due. A few weeks back, Axshel and some others were having a good time with the idea of silhouettes against the sky and all kinds of jumping poses. Axshel’s photo is not photoshopped. His subject actually jumped off some steps superman style, and then bit his lip. All in the name of Axshel’s art, so it was worth it.
When I had my first glimpse of these photos, I knew he had a great idea. So with his theme, we’ve been planning to do a whole series of poses against the sky and all kinds of crazy jumping photos. With Axshel setting an example and giving me my inspiration, I decided I should take the opportunity to make a few photographs. These were only a few tests, and I can’t wait until Axshel and I can put our heads together and create a great body of work. Check them out below.
Continuing with the project and theme of one thing, we come to a photograph made by Alvaro. Alvaro chose to photograph metal things, and again, the kids continued to gravitate towards a type of material rather than my original idea of one object. I really like the fact that the kids decided to go their own way with this project; it truly has helped me to be more outside the box than ever, and I believe it has also helped keep them interested in their own process of making photographs.
Marina had a similar idea as Sofia but didn’t go down the same path of creating scenes for her stuffed Winnie the Pooh. Instead, she placed it in about 20 different locations around the home. It traveled inside and outside; Winnie was with people and without. It was high, it was low, and it even rode the bike without tires. Well, now that bike is broken.
When I first had the idea for photographing only one thing, I thought stationary. I never thought of water, or using your stuffed animals and placing them in different situations. It’s clear that I have lost a bit of my childhood creativity, but I’m glad that all the kids here at New Hope can still show me how to think and make photographs differently.
Following the idea that the kids were to photograph only one thing for their project, there were some kids who took it in yet another direction from what Henry did with his water idea.
Sofia decided she was going to photograph her stuffed animal in all kinds of different situations. As you can see, her stuffed animal is learning to read; but that isn’t the only thing she had it doing. It was all over the home in all kinds of places doing all kinds of things. Besides reading, it was also having tea, hanging out with the dog, and even spending time with friends of Sofia.
When I saw these photos that Sofia created, it just struck me. I hadn’t seen anyone do anything like this. It’s almost along the lines of a studio photographer creating their own set and placing the subject where they want and having it do what they want. Or instead of looking for a creative photograph, she decided to create her own. I thought it was genius and showed a lot creativity. BRILLIANT!
After Beto’s first project of looking for shapes, he just couldn’t stop finding squares and rectangles in everything thing he saw through his lens. For example, his second project was to photograph one thing. And like Henry, he also picked water for his subject matter. I love this image because Beto had to search high and low to find this photograph, and he had to get dirty by getting down on the ground to put his camera through the grate to see that the reflection in the water created many white rectangles as well as the square area which contained the water (however, Beto is by no means a square; he’s a pretty cool cat. I’m so cheesy). The photo came close to winning best photo of the day, but even though it didn’t win, I thought it was so great I should post it for the all the world to see.
When I first came up with the idea to have the kids focus on an object, my thought was they would make photographs of just one object. For example, maybe just one car, because a car is large enough where you could see it from different angles. However, this proved to be too constricting. The kids kept coming back with photos of anything they thought to be interesting, and most of them fell away from the idea of the project unless I walked around with them. Maybe I expected too much from kids who never had much time to make photographs. The original idea came from a similar assignment which was given to me by my college professor, Marcia Treiger Goldner, who told us to pick one room in our house and only photograph things in that room. I picked the bathroom, and it was small, which I liked and picked intentionally because I thought small would be a challenge. But I was at Antonelli Institute, where we only focused on photography. The kids here are having a great time but they are only in classes occasionally, and this is their first real experience with making photographs.
So the fact that the kids were coming back with photos of things that weren’t necessarily on topic was fine. But some kids decided to put their own spin on the project, which helped me to see things differently. Ha, go figure.
I told Henry the project and gave him some examples of the project (like cars, or large things). And he came back with tons of water photos. I thought it was great. He got really creative too. He had all kinds of water splashes, streams and sprays. With Henry’s photo of water splashing on to the hand holding a can, he brought home the best photo of the day.
This photograph created by Elizabeth was taken on the first day of classes. I just gave her the camera and waited to see what kind of photos she would bring back. I don’t really know how to explain what it is that I like about this image; I just know it has a calming feeling for me. So, I would ask all of you to add your own comments. Don’t hold back, because this photo won best photo of the day!