Classroom Blog Week 8

Blog Week 8

This weeks class time was divided into three activities; first the group viewed an excerpt on Catherine Opie’s permanent installation Somewhere in the Middle (Located at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio) from Art In The Twenty-First Century (Art21) Season 6 episode 1 Change.  Second we discussed a new possible approach for the ABH project, the photographic journey. Lastly students paired up and viewed prints.

The photograph journey: 4 easy steps

1.  Setting Intention: Using a notebook, write a little Free Writing and describe what you are interested in working on during your photo shoot.  Identify any hopes for your photography that day as well as any fears in creating images.  If you are going out to work on the ABH project for example, write a little about why you’re working on it and what it means to you.  Don’t worry about coming up with themes or subjects, just free write.

2. Letting Go: Close your notebook, relax for a couple minutes (feel free to use relaxations or exercises you’ve learned in class or elsewhere) and let go of expectations and planning.

3. Journey: Start your journey by going for a walk, getting in the car or bus, and whatever you need to do to feel like you are able to explore.  Don’t worry about going far away from home, but you should feel like you are stepping away from your usual photographic routine.  You don’t need to have ANY photographic subjects in mind while your out photographing.

*Notice any object/scene that catches your attention or ‘flirts’ with you.

*When a subject calls to you, spend time with it.  Notice colors, shapes, details in the scene, as well as the picture.  Notice visual relationships within the scene.

* Photograph the scene/object until you feel a sense of relief or accomplishment.

4.  Gratitude: Using your notebook, write down how your photo shoot went today.  Be sure to include any ups and downs, surprises, and experiences that you are grateful for.


In Class Discussion Opie’s Somewhere in the Middle 2011

Group A (Tuesday class)

-Tuesday’s group seemed to be more intrigued by Opies process, for choosing what images work for the overall work of art.  “process of choosing the images was interesting, it was a process of looking, engaging, and finally feeling the entire piece; it seemed to have taken a large amount of time comparing and contrasting the visual similarities in all images.”  When asked for possible interpretations of the work notions of color came up, “the blue makes me feel cold and distant but calm and contemplative”

Group B (Wednesday Class)

-Wednesdays group seemed to be focused on the body of work, how each image could relate to one another and what those relations could communicate to the viewer.  “Colors are calm and soothing allowing your mind to ‘work’ and to take in more than one image, your looking at a larger concept, how the images relate to one another through out a specific space; with this in mind sequence and placement become a main concern”.  The terms escape and the concept of ethereal possible connections between the two ideas were also ideas discussed in Wednesdays group.

Group C (Thursdays Group)

-Group C identified the contrast of a health care space vs. the subject of images “a hospital environment is super busy, noisy, and stark but often crowded. the images are stark yet tranquil in a way, they are barren and contemplative its quite a contrast”.