STUDENT BLOG

By Chris Leonard, APP Artist and Mentor

On Veteran’s Day, November 11th, class began with acknowledgement of the two veterans in the intermediate class: Gary C. who served in the Navy, and Brad M., a first-year student, who served in the army.

Brad M. shared a photo of a jack-o-lantern, which he spent a good while shooting to get it to his standards. He explained how he ended up using a 30-second exposure time to get the pumpkin stem good and green, and the background a wonderful black.

Brad’s photo was the symbolic end, for a time, of the intermediate class’ work on color photography, and the beginning of a four-class session on black and white photography. Works by Imogene Cunningham, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Helen Leavitt and Robert Mapplethorpe were shown via projector. Instructor Kim C. introduced the topic of the “Timeless Image,” an image devoid of cultural clues and context and could have been taken at any time in the past 100+ years. Such a photo could appeal to the past as well as the future, presenting an image accessible to almost all.

Students learned how to access the B&W mode on their cameras and paired up to find and create photos of a timeless nature around the Dairy Barn.

The following Thursday, students compared color photos against their B&W twins, allowing them to see how absence or presence of color led to new perceptions and how texture and light are more important in B&W. After a break, students viewed photos by their fellow students and departed with the assignment to create different moods and feelings using B&W, remembering “…that sometimes color can be distracting in our photographs, shooting B&W can help eliminate the distractions.”

In order of appearance, photos by: Joe J., Paul H., and Jo C.

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