Showing posts from February, 2017

The Burning House: What is Meaningful?

Sophia Solmos
Yarmouth, Maine
Student at Yarmouth High School

The things that are most important to me are mostly small sentimental things. If my house were burning down and I had to grab my belongings as quickly as I could, I would bring these things. I started dancing lessons when I was two years old and did them for most of my childhood so I would bring my very fist tap and ballet shoes. From about ages three to nine, I loved my blue stuffed bunny, named Bunny, I couldn't sleep without it so I would bring that. I would also bring my favorite sweater so that I could be cozy and comfortable. I can do most of the things I need to do with my phone and I love to listen to music so I would make sure to grab my phone and headphones. I would bring my leather coin purse that belonged to my grandfather before he died five years ago. The blue purse was my favorite accessory when I was younger because my aunt got it for me when she was in Japan and it was much more elegant than the bri…

David Hockney Inspired Collages

To identify Cubist works, especially Pablo Picasso and the Cubist-inspired works of David Hockney; To learn perspective and planning strategies to create a digital photomontage.
The Cubist Period occurred between 1907 and 1914. The two artists who are the most credited with this style are Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. They worked very closely and shared a studio for some time. The first style of Cubist art was Analytical Cubism. This style often used straight lines and right angles and showed broken down forms. Color was downplayed and sometimes paintings were almost monochromatic in order to not distract from the shapes of the painting. The second style of Cubist art was Synthetic Cubism. Paintings done with this style had lots of color and texture, and sometimes had things like newspaper glued on. David Hockney is an incredibly successful artist. He is a photographer, painter, designer, printmaker, and draftsman. He mostly does pop-art and many of his works have been inspi…

Introduction: The Burning House

I found a lot of things interesting in the Burning House article, and I learned a few things too. While this project was being introduced, ideas were rushing through my head of what I could use. I was thinking of things like my favorite snacks and candy, or what socks I would bring, but while I was reading I realized it should be things that mean a lot to me and are hard to replace. Also, I realized a lot of people bring their computers and passports. These are really smart things to bring because you need your passport to travel and identify yourself and computers are expensive but also very helpful. I'm glad I read the article because it has helped me think deeper about the things that define me.

These are a few of the things that I might consider bringing:

My passport Crystal perfume bottle Camera Harry Potter book (so I don't get bored)Phone and Headphones Sketchbook Pens and pencils Little porcelain eggs my great grandmother paintedPictures 

My Photo Skills and Strategies

Background Simplified
This photo demonstrates background simplified because the star, which is the subject, is in clear focus but the background is simplified.

Motion Frozen
This photograph demonstrates motion frozen because the leaf is falling but it appears to be frozen in mid-air.

Leading Lines
This photo demonstrates leading lines because the pencils all come from the same spot. So, when you look at the photo you eye follows the pencils down to that spot.

Important Photo Skills

Zsolt Hlinka
The strategy that is demonstrated in this photograph is Leading Lines. The edges of the building lead your eyes in toward the center of the photograph, then across the sky to the next building. It leads your eyes all around the photograph.

Argus Paul Estabrook
October 29, 2016
This photo demonstrates Background Included because the woman in the background is in focus.

John Hall
This photo demonstrates Reflections because it shows the reflections of the buildings. It also shows the reflection of the person. The way the photo shows the reflections of the buildings, but not the buildings themselves, makes the photograph more interesting.

Andrea Stone
This photograph demonstrates Reflections because it shows the reflections of buildings in the windows of other buildings.

Dave Hill
This photo demonstrates rule of thirds in two ways. One way is that the man is not placed in the center. Another way is the horizon line is two-thirds of the way up the picture.

Dave Hill