Photography: A Renaissance Girl’s Perspective

When I was a teenager, I attended an art school named Tacoma School of the Arts also known as SOTA for short. At this school, each student is required to choose a major. A few being: Theater, Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Dance, and Music. I can be indecisive at times, and because of this, my major was Renaissance. I got to do a little bit of everything. I was in theater, musical theater, video and graphic design, drawing, songwriting and dark room photography. Photography is such a beautiful way for others to express themselves. Not only is photography a fun activity, but it has this artistic style and flar16-best-panoramic-photography.previewe to it. This style or flare intrigues people like myself to analyze photos.

The way we are supposed to analyze photos are through the elements of art and the principles of art. The elements of art include evaluating: shape, line, color, and texture.

The principles of art take evaluating to another level through movement, harmony, variety, rhythm, unity, emphasis, balance, proportion, and pattern.  Next, I am going to analyze a couple of photos like I did in high school.I have to say this was fun and brought back a lot of good memories. 

B and w Description: In this black and white photo there is a wooden box with a statement on it. In the background there are a couple more wooden boxes with statements on it; these boxes cannot be read as easily as the one in front. In the back of the photograph there is a old style rusty bike.

Reflection: This photo makes me feel happy and confident. It encourages Erik Qualman’s idea of being “FLAWsome” and accept the imperfections about yourself.

Formal Analysis:

Elements of Art-The lines in this picture are straight because of the box in the picture. The shape is a rectangle and because this picture was taken at an angle the lines and shape are enforced more. The black background of the sign immediately pulls the viewer in with the combination of the white letters. The lighting around the sign forces you to look at the sign because it looks lighter than the center. Your eye is drawn upward because of the bike and dark signs in the background. Clearly, there is contrast between the black and white in the picture. Again the white stands out and makes the viewer look at the words.

Principles of Art-Proportion and emphasis is represented here by the box because it is the largest piece in the picture. I feel a sense of unity from this picture because every element in the picture has a black and white scale. This ties everything together. Finally, I sense rhythm in this picture because there are two other boxes in the background of the photo. Harmony is in this inspiring photo because they are using small particles (background boxes) gives a completed whole look to the photo.

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Description: This picture is of nature. Specially a lake surrounded by dark green trees and mountains. The top half of the picture includes a bright blue sky with morphed white clouds.

Reflection: This photo makes me feel tranquil and at peace. This also makes me feel exhilarated and want to explore.

Elements of Art- When viewing this picture its easy to see that this picture is split in half horizontally. Shape is represented in this photo through a triangle shape being made with the trees and the mountains. The shadow on the lake created from the trees and the mountains create a reflective triangle shape on the water. Lines are represented in the sky–its kind of like someone just took the clouds and decided to stretch that out to create those lines across the sky. Color is another element in this photograph. The hue is very bright in the sky, trees, and water. The mountains have a bright hue as well but not as bright as the other vibrant colors.

Principles of Art- There is a sense of balance in the picture because the trees, mountain, and sky reflect onto the lake. There is a sense of harmony and completeness in those photo that creates unity. The sky is emphasized here because it immediately catches your eye when you look at it. The bright and darkness in the sky contiribute to this as well. Proportion is represented strongly here. The mountains and the trees are way smaller than the sky and the lake. I think this helps create the sense of balance because there are two big spaces on the top and bottom me of the photo- and the mountains and trees are about the same size.

I hope you all are doing well. Remember the next time you look at a photograph you may want to analyze it to understand it better.

http://www.getty.edu/education/teachers/classroom_resources/curricula/exploring_photographs/background1.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principles_of_art

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elements_of_art

A Capella is Important Too

aca archA Capella has blown up so much in recent years, its become almost as popular as Gregorian chants during the Medieval Period. The media has helped push A Capella into popularity through various ways, one being a movie called Pitch Perfect and an A Capella competition titled The Sing Off. 

sing offPitch Perfect is about a young new college student named Beca, who immerses herself in an A Capella group and steers the gang towards success. The Sing Off features various A Capella groups preforming today’s popular music. This competition has celebrity judges that eliminates a group each week. Ultimately, an A Capella group wins a grand prize and becomes famous.

pitch-perfect.Due to Pitch Perfect and The Sing Off, A Capella has popped up at thousands of universities. Central Washington University didn’t have A Capella until 2011. In 2011, Isaiah Ragland, currently a senior at Central, brought A Capella to Central Washington University through Nada Cantada. Eventually more groups were formed like Boots n’ Cats, Fantastic Forte, and 20/20.

Last year, Emelia Blunt, another senior at Central, started a non-audition A Capella group named Blunt Force Trauma. This group is exciting because students can have all the fun of being in an A Capella group without auditioning. This is really important to me because although I haven’t always had professional training, music has always been a therapeutic getaway for me. This is a great opportunity for others who are in the same situation I’m in as well.

Recently, Central had its Fall A Capella concert called FallapaFOURza. This concert’s line up involves the groups I’ve mentioned earlier. Blunt Force Trauma’s songs include: “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit, “Make it To Me” by Sam Smith, “Your Love” by the Outfield, Ke$ha, and Moko. Here’s is a video of our performance if you would like to watch.

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