Sunday, December 11, 2016

The initial image of a horse statue is meant to be hidden within the puzzle the piece creates. The image was split into 12 4x5 tile plates. It was then altered by moving around the tiles in a puzzle format. The inspiration for this came from an old computer puzzle game where tiles are mixed up by sliding them up, down, right, or left. The image left just enough for the viewer’s eye to connect the images and know what is being shown.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

These images were made on tintype's using a wet collodian process. The project shows images from the Vietnam war that were not released through the regular media. One of these images is also a scan of a newspaper article from the same time.

These prints where made using the salt printing method as well as using multiple exposures in each. Each image consists of a Civil War cemetery and the image of a child overplayed on top of the image. It depicts the ghosts of those who lost their lives as a result to the war, and not from fighting within it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Fur: Ab Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus Review

FUR: Movie Response

Nathan Ross

I have watched many of Robert Downey Jr.s movies, however, before this, I had never heard of the movie Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus. It showed many a whole new direction of photography. I have always been more focused on the literal side of photography, both architecturally and commercially. In the movie, Fur, Diane explores taking images of subjects that are outside of the norm. Diane’s husband, on the other hand, takes photographs of what society is accustomed to. His work is all about the fashion industry, taking photographs for magazines and major businesses. While her husband reached high levels of fame for photographing the norms of society, Diane was often called “Strange” for her subject matters and methods of shooting. Diane’s work began as an experiment. She wanted to just try photography, after being her husband’s assistant for so many years. It grew from an experiment into a hobby, and eventually her entire identity. This movie helps to explain the difference between photography as an art form and photography as a tool for tourists. Diane would begin to spend months getting to know her subjects at a personal level. For example: at the very beginning of the movie, Diane is seen walking into a nudist colony to take photographs. She is greeted by a male and female nudist who ask her to disrobe as well.  At the end of the movie, the same scene is shown with Diane walking through the yard nude. She got so involved in her work that it eventually became how she lived her life. She wanted to find inspiration for her subject and provide a spark of meaning in the photographs. As photographers, we should strive to find meaning in our own work. Diane’s methods of knowing her subject shows how artists can eventually become so consumed by their work that it becomes who they are, their new identity.

Robert Downey Jr, or Lionel Sweeney, is the most complex character in the movie. Lionel Sweeney was a mysterious man with the symptom Hypertrichosis. Hypertrichosis is known as the werewolf syndrome, a disease that causes excessive body hair. Lionel Sweeney had moved into the apartment above Diane Arbus. Sweeney was a complex man who came from the world of freaks and marginalized people. People who never really felt accepted or appreciated. Seeing Diane curiosity with it all, Sweeney allows her into his apartment. Once inside, Diane’s career was past the point of no return. Lionel Sweeney showed her the whole world society didn’t want her to see; the abnormal side of society.  On Diane’s wedding anniversary, Lionel explains to her how he was having emphysema, a disease that alters your breathing, and would die very soon. Finally, later in the movie, just before Lionel is going to die, he asks Diane to cut all of his hair and photograph his portrait. Afterwards, Lionel takes Diane to his favorite place on the beach. Lionel then swam deep into the ocean and drowned himself. He wanted to end his own life before the disease, emphysema, could end it. Despite all of his setbacks in his life, Lionel Sweeney lived his life without regrets and just accepted his situation. He didn’t mind what society said about him. He  had his own hidden society of people in similar situations as him. Another aspect that I admired of Lionel Sweeney was how, after seeing Diane Arbus’ interest in his life, allowed her into his world. Showing her parts of society her rich parents would never understand.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Cyanotype Prints

For the Cyanotype project, I have taken images of animals and attempted to describe them as if they were superheroes/villains: Birdman, Tigress, Copperhead, and Killer Croc. I used the descriptive format used in the movie Suicide Squad to create some slap stick humor -- giving the hero's name, real identity, and something about them. I also attempted to further the Cyanotype process by coffee staining the image of the snake. If I was to continue this project, I would use stronger paper that can withstand the process and I would further clarify the idea.