This is a photo taken by teddymb on Flickr. It’s a focus on shadow. It’s a photo of a gecko sitting on a leaf. The angle is from below, looking up at the gecko and its shadow through the leaf. You can see its head, but the rest is shadow.
As explained by the article attached to the string of photos I found, shadows take on more personality, and can sometimes be more important - and loud - than an actual image/object. They almost have a life and form of their own. They give a whole new concept to a figure.
In this photo, you can see the details in the shape of the gecko’s body, whereas in its head you cannot. In the shadow, the color is taken away, and the spaces aren’t “filled”. You kind of almost have to guess what the rest of the gecko looks like, however, you have a good idea of what it may be.
It’s really interesting how shadows can make you think and see things differently. Yasmeen inspired me. :P Here’s the link to the website I found, Mr. Guy, you may be interested: http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/01/showcase-of-beautiful-shadow-photography/. I shared it with Yasmeen as well in case she might be interested.
thousands of flowers installed in an abandoned mental asylum
I say “interesting” too much in my critiques…
This is a photo of “Goosefeathers” by Andy Goldsworthy in 1956. The medium is … goose feathers … and it is done outside on soil.
Goldsworthy arranged the goose feathers into an aesthetically pleasing pattern. The wispy-ness of the ends of the feathers give it a really interesting look, and the shapes they bend into are very peculiar.
I don’t know much about goose feathers, so I don’t know why he would pick to use them. I’m assuming that he just saw them, was inspired, and just started working with them, and enjoyed the process. It looks really nice and I love how he used something SO unordinary, unexpected, and unique as a medium!
I was drawn to this piece, and chose this piece, because this entire weekend I’ve CONSTANTLY had random things on my mind that I want to do and put down on paper. I would hear a song lyric, see a cool shape in my chips, find a pretty color in the clothes department at work, etc, and just wonder what I could randomly do with it. I don’t want any thought processes, I just want to do it. I was going to go get a new sketchbook today but, alas, I had no time. :( booooooo
Mr. Guy, you should check out Andy Goldsworthy! Some of his stuff is a little “eh”, but some of it is really interesting!
This is a sculpture done by Antony Gormley, titled “Bodies At Rest I”, made in 2000. His medium is not given on his website, but it looks as if he used black clay. This particular sculpture is composed of several round, black balls, in the shape of a human body in the fetal position, appearing asleep. I’m wondering why he used the medium that he did for that certain position. I’m wondering whether it was meant to be aesthetically pleasing, or if it was meant to communicate something other than a process. The circle shapes cause my eyes to go everywhere - as if there were hundreds of focal points. The black gives me a dead feeling. …I’m just really confused as to why the artist chose what he chose and did what he did. But, the sculpture looks VERY nice and is VERY interesting. I chose this particular sculpture because the black circles really held my attention. What it means to me personally…probably the fact that the body is laying down in fetal position, like it would be sad, and black because that’s a dark, sad color. And that’s how I’m feeling in a nutshell.
Critiquing sculptures is hard.
In public school where the majority is black, ive learned that black history, black power, and slavery are the most common topics here. Yet the blacks are the ones always sitting in the back, always failing class - IF they’re even there - fighting, cussing, speaking like ignorant, uneducated fools, stealing, disrespecting one another and their peers, and not giving a damn about anything but themselves and their run-down lives.
Im just saying. Slavery is old news. I understand we have black history month and that theres a reason to celebrate that. But don’t keep playing these bullshit black power and free the slaves movies in my classes, and teaching these same lessons over and over. I have nothing to learn from them that I didn’t already know, and it serves no just purpose when the VERY people that you’re preaching about don’t even take advantage of the rights they’ve won over to themselves, and educate themselves and be productive to this society.
And on one last note: when your watching these movies and being taught these lessons, don’t look to your neighbor that is white, and shake your head in disgust because he/she “harmed” your kind. 1) Your ancestors may.not have even been slaves, 2) No one directly caused YOU any harm, and 3) Who is to say that the very person you’re looking at in disgust’s ancestors weren’t the very whites that helped free your ancestors?
And I conclude.
Okay, sooo I can’t find my Q3 Week 2 post, but I know that I did it. Please tell me you saw it and that I got credit for it. Please.
I did it on the picture of the girl laying her head in her arms, and I spent a lot of time writing my critique, actually. I made sure it posted and everything. And now it’s gone. What the hell
Dresses & Tools!
Okay, I honestly don’t know who the artist is, but I do know that this is digital work. It HAS to be. It looks like oil, I think… but im more than sire that its digital.
I love this series because not only is it digital and I want to do something similar, but because its a series (which im struggling with) and because of the fact that its so interesting. The girl(‘)s heads are missing, but their/her total style changes. Its like different capabilities and styles of a woman. It looks so fem rights, I love it to death.