Blog Post #2 – VISU-1100

I realize that I spend a lot of time hanging out with friends. I suppose that’s how i can unwind after a busy day. I changed my sleeping schedule and wake up about an hour earlier, starting on Tuesday. I feel more refreshed. I would originally wake up at 8 and then fall back asleep. Now I wake up at 8 and stay awake.

Below are some of my favorite medium format pictures that I took with my RB67.

Blog Post #1 – VISU-1100

  1. “What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Artists” talked about how artists are on the rise. They listed 12 traits that artists share and described them as empathetic, well rounded, and strong individuals. “Are Artists Entrepreneurs?” talked about how artists and entrepreneurs can be each other, but for them to be successful, they need to work together, instead of alone.
  2. Artists need to learn that teamwork and cooperation, as well as building a “supporting network of people and companies” who will help them, is the key to success.
  3. Artists can be entrepreneurs if they focus hard enough.
  4. Artists are passionate about their work. I feel that this is one of the most important characteristics of an artist. Every artist that I’ve come across is extremely passionate about what they do, be it photography, painting, sculpting, or anything.
  5. Artists are themselves. I think that a 13th characteristic of artists should be that they are unique. Many artists have their own style. Although some may seem to “copy” other artists, they put their own “spin” on the final product, thus making it unique.

 

Got Grit?

I sure don’t. I really need to work on my grittiness. I could get rid of all the distractions imaginable, but my mind would still wander to something else. It’s hard for me to stay focused sometimes. I suppose I could just try my hardest to stay focused.

Black Man In A White World: Kiwanaku

As I was listening to Michael Kiwanaku’s explanation of how his song “Black Man In A White World” came about reminded me of one thing: gospel. There’s so much gospel influence in the song, especially with the backup vocals. The title itself is one to think about. What is a black man in a white world? He spoke about how he didn’t want to come off as racist, but he feels that because he is black, he’s supposed to make a certain type of music. He doesn’t necessarily feel this way. He wants to make the music that he enjoys.

I enjoyed this track. It isn’t something that I would listen to more than once, since it doesn’t fit into the genres of music that I enjoy, but the lyrics, beat, and melody were all spot-on. He did a wonderful job. One thing I also noticed was that when he is speaking normally, you can tell he has an accent, but when he sings, that accent seems to disappear. It’s a soulful song…

Stellar: Dan Brackage

As I was watching Dan Brackage’s Stellar, the only thing that kept coming to mind was: flesh. I don’t know why, but the visuals on screen had a fleshy feel to them. When the yellowish green hues popped up on screen, they resembled rotting faces to me. I don’t know if this was supposed to be a horrific display, but it sure frightened me.

With a name like Stellar, one might think of outer space, and that thought came to me near the end as the colors of purple and blue kept popping into my mind. Perhaps these colors can represent outer space. As I stated before, the yellows and greens reminded me of flesh. That’s the only thing that came across my mind…

Where Does Creativity Hide?: Tan

As I was watching and listening to Amy Tan’s TED talk, I found myself nodding slightly at a few of the things she talked about. Creativity comes from many sources. Our past, and present can influence our creative minds. She talked about her childhood and how her mother expected so much from her. That led to her being the writer she is today. She also suffers from medical problems, which also fuel her creatively.

I thought about how I’m inspired. Just today, during Visual Studies, I was having trouble with Adobe Lightroom, and in a matter of seconds, my friend showed me exactly how to fix the problem I was having. I had put myself in a foul mood and just then, it turned around. I decided to edit some of my photos and he suggested using a tool at the very bottom of the list, and it made my images a lot clearer. I was ecstatic and fueled by this, went on to edit the rest of my photos to the way I envisioned them.

So many things, and people, can influence you in ways you cannot imagine. My friend helped fuel my creativity and it made me happy in the end.

What Is Design?: Hara

As I was reading What Is Design? by Kenya Hara, one thing stuck out to me: Originality. Hara stressed originality multiple times in this excerpt. I looked at some of his work and it’s very intriguing. I must say, it does look very original. It’s interesting how he speaks about a gradual progression of design. He’s very vague with a lot of what he is talking about, I think. Maybe I didn’t read that in depth. Maybe not.

It’s interesting to think of everything as being either a stick or a vessel. I’ve never thought of things that way. They are the basic tools that make up everything. You can use them separately or together and they can create many different things.

I like the part where he talks about the Bronzeware and how we are naturally drawn into the intricate items rather than the plain items. Such with life, we don’t seek to be bland, we seek to be intricate, different, unique, and special. We seek to be original.

High Concept, High Touch: Pink

As I was reading Daniel Pink’s High Concept, High Touch, it seems to me that I chose a good school to attend as well as a good degree plan. Studying an art might have been looked down upon back then, but it’s very reassuring that it’s becoming a necessity. I feel like I’ve made a good choice and that I will be rewarded for all my hard work. I will surely devote a good amount of time and effort into doing my very best here at St. Edwards.

It’s interesting to see the gradual progression from Agriculture to Industry to Information, and now: Conceptual. I had no idea that we were in a conceptual age. I did recognize a few things that Daniel was talking about, such as an immense increase in graphic designers, and the need for them. I was one of the first to take the “new” SAT test with the optional writing portion. Daniel did touch on that part in the excerpt, although I don’t know how old this information is.

We’re entering a new age, and it doesn’t feel like it. Maybe I’ve been in the Conceptual age since birth, or have gradually grown up in it. Who knows? I’ve never heard of this, and I’m interested in learning more about it. Time to check out Daniel Pink’s book: A Whole New Mind.

CREATIVITY and MAKING: Flusser

As I was reading The Photograph by Vilem Flusser, one thing stuck out to me: color. I’ve always been fascinated by analog color photography. I’ve taken so many “film” pictures and each and every one of them, no matter how bad it might look, is special to me. I’ve been using cheap Fujifilm Superia X-TRA for the most part and even though it’s on the lower end of the photographic film scale, there are some photos that the saturation levels are higher than others, and it looks so beautiful, at least to me. When Vilem Flusser was talking about “decoding” the “green” field, I think he was referring to how people will interpret it. For example, if I shot that field with Superia X-TRA, it might be oversaturated a bit, but if I used Kodak Portra, which might look a little flatter, in terms of color. We can take these two films and see that the “green” of the field will be different in both results, and this is what he was talking: how the creativity in the choice of what film you use will yield a more “abstract” result. If I used Kodak Tri-X, a popular black and white film, I would just see a bland field. The choice of using an oversaturated film would suggest that it might be mid springtime and there was a healthy amount of rainfall. Using flat film would suggest that it might be summertime or fall. This is the creative intent of the photographer who would use different films to convey different messages about their surroundings. Vilem Flusser is trying to point out that there’s an even deeper meaning to all things, especially in photography. He wants us to dive deeper and “decode” the photos presented to us, so that we can become masters, not slaves, of the camera.

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