Digital Photography

Advance Photography Studio, City Tech

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Annie Leibovitz Exhibit

The Annie Leibovitz exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum was very powerful and inspiring. I went this Saturday and the museum was full and while making the line to enter, I heard a lot of people commenting about her and the exhibition. In this exhibition she shows personal photos which include her family, friends and close relatives. Also, there are photos of celebrities and famous people that she uses for her commercial work for some magazines. The exhibition is very entertaining and I like the way it was setup with a projector where they show interviews of famous people talking about her work, some portfolios of some of her photos and the photographs in the walls with description and her thoughts written on the wall about some of the work.

Annie Leibovitz’s photos express a lot of emotions. Most of their works are portraits, even though there are some landscapes too. Many of the photos express the importance of family. She shows that in her personal photos and the commercial ones too. The first photo I saw was one with Donald Trump in an exotic car and his pregnant wife in the middle of the stairs of their private jet. By looking this first picture I knew that her work was exceptional and that she had a very productive and respectful career, I just wanted to see the rest of the photos. In her personal photos she shows photos of her daughters and other close relatives. At the beginning I did not understand why the decision to put both her personal work and commercial ones like Demi Moore pregnant, Jim Carey, Jamie Foxx and others, but I read in one of her words written of the wall that she consider her commercial work and his personal work as just one life. I believe that is why she decided to put both sides in her exhibition. That shows the passion for this art. She wants to express that the same way she can take photos for commercial purposes and show a variety of emotions, she can do that with her personal life too, and she wants to show her spirit to the public through these photos.

The exhibition is very rich. The people that appear in those photos make her work more important and raise her trajectory a lot more. But more important is her talent and the quality of her work. For example, there is one that I stopped and contemplate for a few minutes and that was the President of the United States George W. Bush and his cabinet. First of all, it is not usual to see a photo of the five or six people that are in charge of the destiny of the United States, together and in a very close and unusual scene. I like the composition and the soft lighting in the scene.

One of the things that impressed me the most was that she took all these photos in a close and personal atmosphere. I believe that besides being just a professional photographer, she also gets involved in the life of those celebrities at the time of taking the photos and that allows them to trust her work. I believe that the audience for this exhibit is everybody. In conclusion, I like her work and I would like to see her work after 2006 in another exhibit. I enjoyed the trip to the Brooklyn Museum.

Final Project

I have been living in New York City for almost seven years and I still impress by how New Yorkers celebrate the Christmas spirit and the festivities at the end of each year. People from all over the world visit massively “The Big Apple” every year but many of them come to enjoy the winter holiday season. This time of the year is very peaceful and people get together as family to celebrate, say bye to the current year and welcome the next one. Christmas is one of the people’s favorite holidays and more in NYC because of the spirit of unity and solidarity.

I personally enjoy a lot this time of the year. New York City is always in the first row when we talk about decorating and making the people feel and live at the maximum these festivities. The subject for my final project is “Christmas in NYC”. I chose this subject because I want it to be current or something that is happening now. I think that this week with thanksgiving, the Christmas festivities are on and I like to capture that for my final project.

I want to capture the colors of Christmas, red and green. Also the decoration and ornaments appropriate for this holiday. I am planning to capture the icons that we see every year for these festivities, such as: The Christmas tree, Santa Claus and others. The time of the day will be more at night than during the day, if there is some snow is even better because that is also part of Christmas. I am planning to shoot more outside than inside, but I will consider both. I am planning to go to famous places of New York City to capture the spirit of Christmas. I do not have specific places to shoot. I going to move around the city and look for this scenarios. I am also considering going New Jersey and shoot in the suburbs. From open places to windows and indoor, I want to capture why this time of the year is so welcome and the expression of the people enjoying these festivities.

I will use different angles for this photos, I do not want to stick to just one angle. I want to make it interesting and at the same time show the purpose of the subject. I want the viewers to see how Christmas is in New York City.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Shapps Photography

Shapps photograph objects that are usually hard to make it interesting and attractive to consumers and general public, but he plays with similarities and differences. In the left, a can of fillets of anchovies and in the right a cool mint listerine pocket pack. First he makes the position of the products identical, with the top cover looking like somebody is actually opening and taking one of the product. The shadow is dramatic in both products. He also plays with colors. He put the light blue of the listerine pack in the background of the fillet of anchovies and do the same with the colors of the fillet of anchovies by putting it in the background of the listerine pack, making contrast and relationship at the same time. Also he makes relation with the real purpose of these products.