Monday, November 22, 2010

Something you never told anyone.

For this assignment, I chose to photograph my mother and father. Family is a very personal topic for me to talk about and especially to photograph. So I chose to go beyond my comfort zone and explore my personal thoughts through photographs. The reason i'm photographing my family for "Something you never told anyone" is because i've never photographed my parents or even shared my feelings or interests in photography/art. I would also like to make a connection of their portraits to my personality for those who know me, and show/find out why I am the way I am. I think this will change my perspective on the people who created me and will bring some things in the past back.

Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon is a big influence in my work and his portraits are easily one of the most raw documents of his subjects. I want to expose my parent's true characters and have them put their guard down with me. I would also like to in corporate a white backdrop for at least one of the photographs to isolate them from their environment. Possible start the series with a solid portrait to just show them for who they are and not the environment. Also I would to end the series with a diptych of half of me with my dad and half of me with my mother(my parents are separated)

Phillip Toledano

Phillip Toledano photographed his father and made a journal of his father losing his memory as he got older. It's a painful series to look at, the intensity of each photograph impacts the next one. I want to keep this project as a journal of my parents and to show their way of living and my interaction with them. But, my goal isn't to make necessarily a tragic series i would also incorporate their mannerism and humorous side.

Corrine Day

She documented international supermodel Kate Moss, and captured her true physical and emotional state as a person. I am very found of this contact sheet with these candids of kate moss. I would like to incorporate mini contact sheets of my parents, either two for each parent or one with both on it. I think it's an interesting way to show a range of emotions and personality in your subjects. I might have 4-8 images per contact sheet

Colin Gray

His series is similar to Phillip Toledano but he incorporates both his parents which is what i would do. But his topic on the end of their life and they're dying together. Very powerful and painful to view. But that's not on agenda but I do however, like that he has sort of these abstract portraits of his parents. I think it captures this mystery beauty to them and I would like to experiment with that. Maybe mess with motion blurness and my parents. Here's the link to his website:

Terry Richardson

I know Ron hates this photographer's work but i chose to imclude this because I enjoy his "mom" series. I think his photos are very provocative and humorous. For the lighter side of this project i wanna capture funny faces my mom and dad make, that's where i get my humor/faces and voices from! Maybe i'd use a flash for some just to try different styles of lighting and show how both parents look in these lightings and situations.

Ray K Metzker

In my photographs I want to show contrast, juxtapostion as far as tone goes in both my parents. Ray K Metzker is a phenomenal street photographer who payed close attention to contrast. In I will show to extreme black and white lighting situations for my parents. Ever since doing the final book assignment for my street work, i've been thinking how photos look in pairs and how they can make work so much stronger and meaningful. Pairs will be important in this series.

William Eggleston

Eggleston was master of color, but i'm workin with black and white. But however, he also had interesting angles and perspectives in all that he photographed. In this photo I love the space and how much information is revealed about the person's loneliness. I will try some portraits this way expose my parent's environment. Also i will photograph my house in a lower angle perspective and in a dead on 0 degree view. Eggleston-esque.

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