Tuesday, May 25, 2010
I entered this project with a head full of different ways that the concept of persona can be represented. We define each other in so many ways – by our actions, by our spaces, by the objects that are important to us. My intent was to end up with photos that don’t claim any artistic greatness, but that instead more closely resemble snapshots of my college life, and the types of images I will remember this place by. Although the general idea of each photograph is the same – my friends being comfortable and genuine in their own spaces, my relationship with each person is very apparent in each case.
Friday, May 21, 2010
A utopia is a place defined by ideals. People have been striving to represent the idea for years, and in today’s society the concept is so heavily explored that it’s difficult to come up with something genuine and fresh. When seeking to represent utopia in my own photo project, I didn’t start with any specific notions about a complete package perfect world. Instead I just thought of a few ingredients to begin with – sunshine, nature, purity, color, and good friends- and worked forward from there. The project became a session of uninhibited childlike fun in the arb, which fit perfectly with what I think some important aspects of my utopia would be. These photos represent the fact that we can still find innocence and joy in simple things, without letting shame or concern for societal restrictions get in the way. That seems like happiness to me.