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SoCo Night – Reflection

These images greatly differed from my initial take on the Gestalt project, as now that I understood the true meaning and definition of the psychological capturing of the layout of images, I was able to be much more mindful of what I was taking a picture of and why. I decided to take my photos at night, because in the previous class discussions, the images that tended to capture my attention were ones that dealt with light — particularly those of light bulbs. By going throughout South Congress at night, I was able to focus my attention on the shapes the lights took and the color that came from that.


SoCo at Night: “Shapes in Light”


Seminar: Blog Post #2 Continued

I have, according to the website, more “grit” than 70% of the population, but I believe that could still be worked on, as I am still figuring out and discovering new ways with which to grow stronger and braver both physically and mentally, such as sticking to projects instead of giving up because they seem too momentous to accomplish, and being able to go out into the world with my head held high, knowledge and passion firing through my veins with a want and a need to thoroughly accomplish the task of living — and as such creating; innovating. This requires expanding upon my own knowledge of things through the ideas and teachings of others, accomplished through schooling and sticking through classes that seem too immense, and as I grow, I will acquire the grit needed to love a subject or job-type so much that all arguments against becomes null and void.


Seminar: Blog Post #1

Amit Gupta and Tim Leberecht’s articles are in agreeance over the conclusion that artists are in fact entrepreneurs, having reached that fact through the comparison between what art and innovation are at their core.

Though the majority of both articles were written from either what entrepreneurs can learn from artists or how the two simply relate, from switching the standpoint, it becomes apparent that the main thing artists should realize is that art is not a passion to be taken lightly, and is not only much more tedious than other professions (in an overall general sense), but the definitions between the artist’s life and job are immeasurably blurred. As such, art is not a profession to be thought of as abstract or “apart” from either the artist or work as a whole, and is rather the same as the amount of work that goes in to being an entrepreneur. In congruence, art is not a subject to tackle alone, but instead is one that requires (for the best probability of success) a social network of people to help the artist grow.

Just as entrepreneuring is to organize and operate business(es), taking extraordinary financial risks to do so, such is the way of art. The only thing artists have to combat against others is their intuition and innovation, and in order to continue creating and evolving, they require the necessity to expand their horizons and see the world in a different light that will make them unique to all others. This will either raze or preserve their image (and as such their social construct), seen with how Vincent Van Gogh painted in a way unique to him, which could be argued to have revolutionized art for future generations as more people began to get a different idea for what art could qualify as, yet at the time when he was creating his pieces, the vast majority of people considered his art to be reckless and ugly.

I believe that artists not only rely on their intuition, but also are comfortable with ambiguity, are great storytellers, thrive under constraints, and are humanists. All the other ideas can fall as a subcategory into one of these five ideals.

I would add to this list my own ideals, of which are the facts that artists have the ability to convey broad or contrary ideas within a greatly simplified space, and as such are able to paraphrase and thus better understand in their own mind (and communicate to a much more massive group of people) subjects that are difficult to grasp.


SoCo Shapes: Reflection

Before I had even begun taking pictures for this project, I’d decided that my focus would be on rocks. I had always held a kind of awe and appreciation for rocks, and as such was certain that it would be a phenomenal experience to see all the different ways that they had been incorporated in the structure of today’s society.

However, once I actually started taking the photos, my eyes caught on multiple different things throughout South Congress, and I found myself taking pictures of things that both specifically stuck out to me and things that vividly amused my friends. The most particular picture that would represent these is the photo of a drill machine sticking up out of the hole in a curved pipe. The drill bit fit perfectly within the top hole, and it just appeared so bizarre that it would’ve been a sin not to take a picture.

Once I had begun to stray from the overall theme I’d had in mind, the pictures began to come more easily, and once the clouded mindset of the fact that this was a project for school had dispersed, I started to enjoy taking pictures. Every picture I snapped captured the feeling and the memory at that particular time, laughing and delighting in the things SoCo had to offer.

Each time I’d gone back to the pictures, I smiled. And it was then I realized the theme that fit the pictures: Shapes. Not just for the geometric and artistic-based shapes prominently displayed within the settings, but also for the manifestation of the friendship that had begun to take root. One that I could tell wouldn’t be so easily dispersed.


SoCo Shapes


Reflective Essay: The Nature of Man

From the moment a child is handed a writing instrument, they create. Before they even understand the spoken word, they doodle within diary pages, over the faces of dolls (as my siblings loved to do to mine), or even form gentle scripture across the surface of their own skin. Their very nature is to convey what they’re thinking in some way, and mimic the world around them in order to do so through the use of tools available to them. Change is effective throughout history as not only inevitable, but necessary, especially within the form of design and art. As people grow, they develop and vary their personalities and perception, and require a way to share how they think and who they are with others.

Creativity, as I believe it, comes from the natural human urge to “express” or “explain”. In order to put our ideas out in the world, and do so in a way that others may learn and, in a sense, take part with our own unique thinking process, humans adapted a way of communicating from just basic gestures and speaking. That act of adapting can be defined as creativity, as early humans explained their stories through the method of pictures, relying on that to effectively convey what life was like for them. They themselves had to think of a way to clearly and concisely explain who they were, and in order to do so, came up with a creative process to complete the act.

In this way, Amy Tan’s TedTalk and Hara’s essay both parallel and explain each other, as Creativity and Design are one in the same. Design is the process of creativity, the blueprint of its existence. Yet this can also be contradictory depending on the person, similar to how people’s thought process goes into effect. When I created a water-colored painting of a tree for a client, they first told me the basics of what they wanted. From there, I did basic sketches of items I could put within the painting, not to be confused with actual designs. Once I had decided upon a few sketches that worked, I compiled designs, blueprinting the whole of the different paintings. From there, I continued with sketching out and mapping the designs, painting the watercolors into the image and forming copies with which I could then edit.

As Amy Tan believes, “out of nothing comes something”, and from that nothing I believe spawned design, “the very moment man started to use tools”, as Hara puts it. As man progressed, so did the tools they used within their community, and their ability to express what they thought, hence the cave drawings and carvings. From this, the pictures took the form of words, and man’s natural designs created a way to universally discuss what they thought and clearly understand what the others meant. When I was a child, before cursive was taught to me, I saw how my mother wrote. They way her hand flowed across a page, letters drastically differing from the ones currently taught to me in school, intrigued and awed me. Soon, pages and pages of my journal consisted of loops and squiggles, and though I couldn’t understand what mother was writing, I wanted to feel the same effortless flow her hand took, and as such mimicked it whenever possible.

This simple action of my mimicry and want to understand my mother evidently led to my fascination with Olde English calligraphy, of which not only could the calligraphy be considered images within itself, but indeed the first letters of every page were larger and bolder than the others, some even containing that of an image within the letter.

Thus, creativity within people comes from their want to understand or to be understood, and design in itself is a way to portray and put into effect the creativity the individual person wants to express.

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