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Photography Assignment

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Here are the final 10 photos I submitted for my first photography assignment. We had covered virtually no material prior to doing this assignment, so I was really just shooting based on prior knowledge. This was narrowed down from over 130 photos, covering over 30 different concepts. For the final 10 photos, each one is from a different concept.

To make this a little more interesting, I’m not posting the concepts yet. If you want, try to guess the topic for each image. I’ll reveal the actual concepts in a future post.

UPDATE: Here is the full list of concepts. Each of the shots represents one of these.

  • America
  • Betrayal
  • Coming of Age
  • Confinement
  • Death
  • Dichotomy
  • Family Portrait
  • Gender
  • Humor
  • Idealism
  • Identity
  • Intrusion
  • Lie with a photograph
  • Man/Woman vs. Himself/Herself
  • Man/Woman vs. Man/Woman
  • Man/Woman vs. Nature
  • Man/Woman vs. Society
  • Misfortune
  • Old age
  • Politics
  • Propaganda
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Sex/Sexuality
  • Shoot from someone (or something) else’s perspective
  • Social Criticism
  • Stereotypes
  • Tell a narrative story
  • Terror
  • The landscape
  • Truth or Dare
  • Use the camera to look where you can not see
  • Youth

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Reading

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

I’ve always thought of myself as someone who doesn’t like to read. Reading was something I did in English class, and then only when truly necessary.

But, lately I’ve been more interested in books. And I have some weird gaps in my class schedule, so I got a book from the library, and … well, I read it. And I loved it.

The first book I read was Galveston, a  sort of country noir thriller by a new author, Nic Pizzolatto. It’s gritty, beautiful, sad, dark, fun, violent, sexy, and above all, the prose is wonderfully descriptive and evocative.  The story was very good, but it did have a few flaws. But I could read that beautiful prose all day long.

Now I’m reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and I’m loving it, too. It’s very different, of course, but it’s also very well-written, thought-provoking, a little frightening, and hilarious. I’m also amazed at how ahead of its time it was. For a book written in the 1930s, it hardly seems to have aged at all.

Illness and ice storms

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Well, I’m finally feeling somewhat better. Today, I went to class today for the first time since last Friday. Actually I only missed a couple of classes, though, because we had an ice storm Tuesday/Wednesday that cancelled some of my classes. The National Weather Service was predicting a “catastrophic” storm. It turned out not to be catastrophic, but there was quite a bit of ice and some VERY strong winds, followed by a little bit of snow.

Today was odd because this morning it was only 10°F but it was bright and sunny with a beautiful blue sky. In many places the sunlight sparkled as it shone through the ice on the tree branches.

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I have to admit, my morning “commute” has not been pleasant since I started school. Of course, the weather has been harsh. But that’s only part of the problem.

Before I started school, I could arrive at work, spread out my gloves and clothes and such and let them dry throughout the day. And I could sit in my cubicle and cool off while I worked, without anyone bothering me.

Now that I’m a student, I go immediately into a crowded lecture hall and sit with people on either side of me. My gloves and such get shoved in my backpack. Some of my clothes never get a chance to dry, most days. It’s kind of disgusting, frankly. On days when it’s cold enough that I have to wear an extra layer of pants, I have to remove them by the bike rack and throw them in the milk crate on the bike. It’s awkward to say the least.

It doesn’t help that I always seem to be in a hurry in the morning. I really should get up a little earlier, and then I wouldn’t have to stress about it so much. But I’m horrible at waking up any earlier than necessary.

Today was worse than usual, because I still have lingering signs of illness and I had a couple of major coughing fits riding to class at 10°F. No fun.

I don’t really intend to change anything, except maybe trying to get a slightly earlier start. I’ve thought about taking the bus sometimes, but the only one that goes near my house takes longer than riding, and it doesn’t really go very close to where I need to go. I really wish I lived closer to campus so I could come and go easier. As it is, once I’m there I have to stay there until I’m done for the day, and I have some awkward gaps in my schedule.

So, I’m still adjusting. I’m still enjoying school, but I’m not thrilled with how riding to and from campus is working. Actually, it’s the TO part that’s the problem. Riding home at the end of the day is almost always enjoyable.

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