I didn’t entirely like my surrealism photos because for one, it’s not my style to go and do something totally crazy with my photos, but I thought oh hey it’s weird to sleep in a shower so let’s just see where that idea takes us. While editing my photos, I couldn’t steer away from the fact that “surreal” photos are supposed to be “dreamlike”, so that’s basically what I went for when I put the cloud above my sister. I’m not too happy with the way this turned out and the more I think about it, the more I think it’d be cool if I did this as a sequence or as a grid even showing the clouds develop into something, like a storm perhaps or a sunny day, so this could potentially be the start of something cool I suppose.
This was an edit from the fieldtrip to Bucktown and although it wasn’t one of the required prints for this assignment, I think it was very successful. Most people that saw this image asked me if I handwrote or just decided to throw on a quote over the tree, when that was not the case. The quote had been taken from a local shop in Bucktown from a display window and I just took a random snapshot of it because it caught me eye, I didn’t intend to really use it for anything; however, as I obviously ended up doing, it looked interesting over a photo of the water and trees from the cemetary. To add more appeal to the photo, I also cloned the trees throughout the entire shot to make it seem as if shadows were being casted, adding to the mood and coinciding with the quote itself.
I never thought art would mean as much as it does to me in all honesty. I’d always been kind of sporty growing up, never really having any interest in anything else besides softball, but come my sophomore year of highschool, I decided to sign up for photography - not because I loved it, but because I just thought it’d be fun and I needed the credit to graduate. At first, like most people, I wasn’t very good and it was frustrating, but then you just kind of “find yourself”, you figure out what your style is and you go with it. It’s nothing uncommon to find a teenager who’s feeling depressed or anxious, sad, different, etc, you’ve probably heard stereotypes like “all artists are crazy.” Art is just another method of coping and distracting yourself from the struggles of daily life, and that’s exactly what photography turned out to be for me. My photographs often correspond with moods I’m feeling and they express things I’d like to be able to voice in a different kind of way. It’s such a rewarding feeling to feel content and satisfied with a photoshoot and it just keeps you going knowing the endless possibilities out there. Photography, along with the help of Ms. Lynn of course, has made me appreciate things I’d otherwise pass by or disregard. An old, abandoned, disgusting building serves no purpose right? Wrong.
Open your eyes,
create a story,
escape for awhile.
That’s what I do.
Sequence with Text
The text I chose to put onto this sequence is lyrics from one of my favorite musical artists, “Bright Eyes”, I like the way the text combines well with the motion blur I had applied to this picture in photoshop. As crazy and out of control things may seem, it’s important to always look to the future and keep moving ahead.