Still Life Studio Shoot

These are the final images for my Photographing Light studio group's still life series. Now with more interesting compositions, more intentional application of paint both physically and symbolically, and more even lighting. Artist statement below. 

At first - no, the entire time - we were frustrated that we had to reshoot these images, particularly the one of the cigarettes. We were in love with the cigarette image from the first shoot and wanted to keep it, bad mouthing the cruel professor who would dare force us to push ourselves to make something better. I'll admit, I took part for a minute or two. But at the end of critique today, I was putting my notes away and came across the prints from the first critique and saw that cigarette image again. Guess what? The second one was better.

"Fine, Universe. Lesson learned." (...y lo siento a mi profesora.)

Artist Statement The significance of an object is unique to the hand that touches it. In this series of images gold paint is used to explore our connection to an item in a specific moment of time. While the objects in play are universal, they become idiosyncratic due to the nature of the person’s touch. Manipulations that occur at these impressions are represented by gold paint, creating a visual conversation with inanimate objects.

Lighting Statement Softer studio lighting was used here to create evenly, yet richly, lit scenes for our objects. Umbrellas and light covers acted to diffuse the light and give the image an overall subtle glow. At times, we enhanced this effect by using the gold reflector. These elements together set a transcendental tone which aids in conveying and translating our concept.

Collaboration By Marissa Billmeyer, Sara Murillo, Kristen Williams, Kimberly Wronkiewicz

Portrait Studio Shoot

The final images for my Photographing Light studio group's portrait series! Now crisper (due to our use of strobes instead of a high ISO) with more angle changes, better dress designs, and slightly less exorcist-y facial expressions. Artist statement below. 

Artist Statement A feeling of helplessness over the control of one’s mind or body can be debilitating, leaving the sufferer vulnerable and exposed. When a person falls victim to their life, a sense of self can appear distorted. These distortions prevent escape as a mind troubles reality. However, as control is reclaimed by its wearer, beauty is recognized in the strength being gained. It is through hope, represented by the gold cloth, that we can locate what originally seemed altogether lost.

Lighting Statement To help convey the concept, dramatic lighting was used with a back light and reflector when needed. In the final shoot, strobes were used to further increase the overall intensity of the mood we were intending to create. The light beautifully illuminates the plastic tarp in a dreamlike, almost fairy tale fashion; but this is offset by the intensity of light to eliminate any idea of fragility and convey strength. 

Collaboration By Marissa Billmeyer, Sara Murillo, Kristen Williams, Kimberly Wronkiewicz

Inversion Photography

I've been working literally all day on getting my Photographing Light independent project to be at a place where I actually like it and have good thoughts down on paper about it with an action plan. It has been daunting, but also so rewarding. (Although I'm dreading looking at it again tomorrow...)

These are the first five images I created for this body of work which I presented at our first class critique. After hearing what my classmates were reading from the photos and analyzing where they were struggling to understand and focus on my concept, I realized I wasn't vocalizing my intent with language that correctly expresses my idea, so I sat down and started making an outline of the poem I had written for my artist statement, getting down new conclusions I had drawn since the last time I worked with the idea (which was, admittedly, too long ago...). 

My project is now going to take a different aesthetic approach. While I really like these photos, the harsh lighting, stark contrast and tensed muscles do not create the soft yet strong tone that I am striving for.

The new artist statement isn't ready to go quite yet, but I thought that I would share these practice photos as a teaser for this future body of work. An extension of my "Live Fearlessly" work that explores the importance of understanding oneself, I created these images in my room on a tripod and self timer; they are of myself doing inversion yoga with a focus being on the place in my body that is alive with energy while practicing the pose.