29 December 2013
01 December 2013
29 October 2013
25 October 2013
16 October 2013
As I have been studying photography more, a serious desire to pursue photojournalism has taken root. But this desire has also been in a constant battle with my natural impulse to produce or mimic things that are visually pleasing and beautiful. I've felt at times that I have to choose between the two, and that it may be a struggle for me to give up control over the placement of my subject or let go of some element of direction, and yet still be able to make a beautiful photograph. So many photographers are able to do this, but the aesthetic I strive for, I fear, might be lost in the process.
Then I look at the work of Manuel and Lola Álvarez Bravos, who managed to do both so beautifully and seamlessly. Their photographs have such a similar point of view, it's hard sometimes to differentiate between the creators and their creations. Neither of them are necessarily considered photojournalists, but often their images have similar characteristics. What they accomplished is so much like what I hope to be capable of myself. They each took beautiful photos that are staged and arranged, but also ones that are documentary, that they happened to capture during a precise moment or event. Some, like the last one by Manuel, are hard to look at, but they stir emotion and are a testimony to something that happened – something that people should know about. And despite the differences in circumstance and either lack or control of direction, their photos maintain a cohesiveness; a seamless collection with a singular voice. They're beautiful and inspiring.
A lofty goal perhaps, but I really hope to achieve this in my picture making someday. I want to take photos that are beautiful, but not just artistically. I want them to carry a message, share a story or communicate an issue that needs attention. I want my photos not only to mean something, but to do something.
14 October 2013
Today marks the fourth week of my sophomore year in college, and while it feels good to see how quickly and successfully I have accomplished forty-five credits, it is becoming increasingly difficult to be a decade or more older than all of my classmates. I've been walking out of classes feeling frustrated and bored. We do not share the same level of understanding, and so oftentimes the discussions are lacking a certain complexity and maturity that I desire. I am trying to remind myself that it's not their fault I decided to become a student at my age, but nevertheless, I find myself wanting more.
Meanwhile, I am doing an independent study in photography which is helping to fill in where other courses are lacking. I have been working one-on-one with my photo teacher from last quarter, and my time with her has been fulfilling and constructive. My first project was to replicate a photo by another photographer, and then create a response to it. No surprise, I chose to copy a few images by Francesca Woodman. I am pleased with how my interpretation turned out, though Woodman obviously did a much nicer job. I have yet to come up with a response photo that I am excited about, but you can be sure that I'll post it once I do.
Something I really should be doing more of is writing here. If I'm going to be a journalist, I had better be writing often, and not just for school papers – though I'll be doing plenty of that this quarter. I will do my best to spend more time here. My poor neglected blog.
01 October 2013
04 August 2013
30 July 2013
Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,Old Time is still a-flying;And this same flower that smiles todayTomorrow will be dying.The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,The higher he’s a-getting,The sooner will his race be run,And nearer he’s to setting.That age is best which is the first,When youth and blood are warmer;But being spent, the worse, and worstTimes still succeed the former.Then be not coy, but use your time,And while ye may, go marry;For having lost but once your prime,You may forever tarry.- ROBERT HERRICK
24 July 2013
A few more recent photos I've been spending time with in the dark room.
I will begin working on my final photo project this weekend and will be exploring a few different themes: minimalism, pattern, reflections and shadows. I'm excited to see what happens!
PS. I've been thoughtfully curating some of my iPhone photos here: http://alysonsharon.vsco.co/
I really like the collection so far.
16 July 2013
I have been really enjoying my photography class. Working in the dark room can be tedious, but it is so gratifying to develop and process all of my own photos. Seeing my classmates' work and receiving their input has also been a pretty cool experience.
I will post more of the photos I've been taking soon!
09 July 2013
Kai, Asher and I still go on imaginary trips to Hawaii, continue to play in tents in the back-yard, and will forever be "goofy grapes" completely. Kai will be five years old soon, and Asher three... How?!
In the last frame, Kai wondered, "There are hearts around us – how does the computer know we love each other?"
Always the sweetest words from this boy.
Some things never change.
03 July 2013
01 July 2013
Taking a study break – made a little birthday wish list, just for kicks.
The last year of my twenties is upon me!
1. SkarGorn, #61 Tee (a perfect white t-shirt), 2. Kinfolk, Issue #8, 3. Karen Walker, Helter Skelter sunglasses, 4. Warby Parker, Wheeler sunglasses, 5. Wendy Nichol, Billy Kid Washed Tote 6. Martiniano, Glove Slipper, 7. L'Occitane Pivoine Flora Hand Cream, 8. Dior, Vernis nail polish, 9. Nars, Trouville nail polish, 10. Fresh Sugar Rosé lip balm (the best stuff ever).
26 June 2013
BELL FLOWERS – TEST STRIP OF A PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPH
My morning was spent processing in a dark room – the first time I have ever done this! It is so much fun to work with my hands and create art this way. Rewarding, too. I am really looking forward to shooting a roll of film this weekend and taking it into the lab next week. We are only three days into Summer quarter and it is totally amping me up for a future in photojournalism.
I am so excited to use my artistic skills to do something that will educate others, bring awareness, and hopefully, if I'm lucky, can touch lives and change the world – even if just a little bit.
12 June 2013
29 May 2013
I am getting eager for this quarter of school to be over. It has been a bit of a bore at times. In the summer I will be taking a photo class, which will be so much fun. After showing my work to my future teacher, she decided that I will do an independent study, and she plans to create projects for me that will speak to my journalism ambitions. I'm very excited about that! I'm also looking forward to making better use of my camera, rather than the camera on my phone.
19 May 2013
I miss the cherry trees that grew outside the windows, and the little birds that would socialize there – and the evening sun, the way that it danced across the building opposite mine, scattering little rays of light across my room – and the familiar noises, like the click and hum of the heater (my electricity bill was so expensive!) – baking and listening to podcasts in my kitchen, and having picnics on the floor of the living room while watching bad redbox movies...
It was pretty romantic.
The sunshine just broke through the clouds and is warming my face. That helps a little bit.
29 April 2013
This book arrived in the mail yesterday. I've added it to the neglected pile of other books I've been intending to read since last September.
Have I mentioned that I'm working toward a double major in journalism and photojournalism? Also, I plan to minor in political science and perhaps Spanish, too. Tengo que practicar mucho. Almost daily I feel a little bit disoriented over how I got here. Is it as strange to you as it is to me?
Sometimes I look back and wonder if my writing is getting worse, rather than better. Certainly not the direction I want to be moving in.
I better start taking photos again. Instagram doesn't count. Definitely not.