What I Learned
Yo, that wasn’t easy. Even though I’m go-with-the-flow for taking photos, 7 photos in 20 minutes stretched my ability and creativity.
I learned much about storytelling within a photo by reading the Tips for Better Photography and watching Week 4: Photography Info. While taking the snapshots above, I tried to focus on contrast, background, closeness, subject, and alignment – that being said, I focused most on closeness and alignment. The rest fell into place in some of these photos.
My favorite photos are the face made of sticky notes, and the water cup with a droplet going into it. In the sticky note one, I like the contrast of the dark wood against the bright yellow of the stickies. They come together to make a yellow face of neutral emotion. Maybe this will allow the viewer to project a wider variety of stories or emotions onto the face. As for the water, I like its simplicity and uneven focus. Maybe the viewer will wonder where the droplet came from? In hindsight, I could have put the cup in an odd place to tell a better story, but I like it regardless.
Overall, this Photoblitz exercise made me realize how many elements can go into taking a single photo from its conception to its capture. Also, setting is very important. I suppose a good storyteller would be able to generate a good narrative out of any object and any setting – I only worked within my dorm room due to the time constraint, and this challenged me to find objects and locations that would tell any sort of tale that wasn’t cluttered with unnecessary objects.
I enjoyed these galleries – my favorite photos are those that capture what people aren’t able to see every day. These shoddy buildings aren’t something I’m used to seeing, especially in an artistic sort of light. Looking at the abandoned religious sites was particularly interesting because the story of these empty churches symbolized abandonment of faith. Yet, the stained glass windows still depict those symbols previously worshiped, looking over the crowd that isn’t there. It’s beautiful and eerie at the same time – very cool.
The common things seen across all photos include unique lighting and texture. The debris often adds the texture, while dilapidated walls or windows shine light in several locations across the image. The brown, tan, and earthy hues of all these photos accentuate the destruction and vacancy of the structure. Those photos with very pale lighting make open, empty rooms appear eerie, ethereal, or ghostly.
The chairs in these photos tell a story as they stand-in for people. Within all these structures (including the structures themselves), there are plenty of symbolic objects that tell the story of humans in the past, and a story of present abandonment. Control over the subject, lighting, and texture can make for a dramatic image.