Monday, April 10, 2017

Reflections, Sophie Walsh

Night Out

crowded streets
countless city corners
chilly winds
sidewalks full of foreigners

italian cuisine
distant family dinner
pasta and laughs
the night gets thinner

cold on the outside
frost on the ground
warm in the restaurant
conversations all around

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Intro to Levitation Photography

Levitation is when an object is floating abnormally. Paranormal is when an object is doing something that is not normal or scientifically possible.

To create a successful levitation photo, the most important thing to remember is to blend the images well together. The photoshop work should be precise and the edges of shapes should match up with each other. The second thing to remember is to have the same lighting in each photo. If the lighting is different, it will make it more difficult to merge the images together. The third thing to remember is to have one photo of just the background. The background photo will have the areas you need to cover up chairs and unwanted objects with. The last thing to remember is to make sure all edges around the levitating object are cut precisely. No rough edges should be prevalent.

I really like how these three images were created. I will most likely use a dress in my image as I like the way they flow while levitating. I like how all three images above have a good flow to them; the person in them looks like they belong in the image. I want a photo of someone in a dress in an area with a simple background. I will also try to do what these three images did color-wise. They all have similar colors in the image, so I would want to do that in mine as well. My favorite are the top two images because of the deep blue/purple colors in them. I would want to try and find a lighting concept with one deep color prevalent.

Monday, April 3, 2017

History of Photography

One fascinating fact from our history of photography is that the first polaroid camera came out in 1947. I thought it would’ve been a lot later since it’s such an advanced kind of camera. Another thing I learned is that the photos I have seen by Walker Evans were mostly taken during a rural life analogue he took over the course of one and a half years. I had always thought that it was just his style of photography, but in reality it was a project he did in a short period of time. A third thing I learned is that experiments in color photography were taking place as early as the 19th century. I would’ve thought it to be a lot later as color films didn’t come out until well into the 20th century. The final thing I learned is that Abelardo Morell went to Bowdoin College. It’s cool to think that a famous artist came from Bowdoin College.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Food, Sophie

Basket of Strawberries

fresh from harvest
polished with shine
sweet to the taste
soon to be mine

abundant in number
red in color
some are large
some are smaller

frosty from the cold
cold water covered
picked from the field
some left undiscovered

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Photos with Quotes

To make my quote look unified with my photo, I used all text colors straight from parts of the image. I made the part of the quote about mountains hover over the areas in the image with the big hills. I made that part of the quote ascend like a mountain. I also made the color slowly fade lighter as it went down. I made the second part of the quote curve with the wall. The font goes well with the image because it is soft and not protruding.

I kind of divided the image into two parts with a yin-yang kind of feel to it. The top half is the sky and the bottom half is the citadel. The text on the top half of the image has coloring from the citadel, and the text on the bottom half of the image has coloring from the sky. The coloring of the text contrasts the background while connecting the sides of the image together.

What did you do, specifically, to make each one of your photographs and quotes look unified? What tools, techniques, colors, font styles, etc. did you use to help make each design unique?

I used colors directly out of the image to color the text. I curved the bottom of the text to follow the curves of the hills. I made the text color of the curved text match the hills so that the text looked like hills. I made the uppermost text white to match the clouds in the sky. I made a pop of color in the image by making the middle text the color of the roofs on the buildings in the bottom of the image. It draws out the houses and draws attention to multiple areas on the image.

One of the most important things I learned in doing this assignment was how to tie colors of text into an image. I learned how to draw the best colors out of an image and place them strategically in an area. I learned how to make text easy to read. Second, I learned how to make text flow with an image. I experimented with bending text and changing fonts. I found font sizes, colors, and shapes of text that worked best for each image, and learned how to customize fonts to go with each image.

Monday, March 13, 2017


late sunday nights bring in the coldness
walking off to our own lives
brought together by the day
apart by the night

the streets bustle with commotion
the sky sits still and watches the wind
the wind cuts our cheeks
the cold freezes our thoughts

Thursday, March 9, 2017

David Hockney Self Assesment

We were trying to communicate the stairwell in the 500 wing. We extended the stairs and the walls longer than they actually are. We also made the stairs on the right go in wonky directions, certainly not a realistic stairwell. Since the main stairs were so big, we were successful in having enough space to fit all of our people in it. We also had a window that we made a lot bigger at the top of the screen. We were successful in using all different perspectives across the collage.

I learned a lot as a result of this project. One of the main things I learned was that you should really press down images after you glue them. Although a small lesson, we spent probably half of our time gluing and re-placing images back down on our collage. I also learned that you can create a full, developed image with multiple perspectives within it. Last, I learned how to be creative in collages. I learned how to use perspectives in a creative way while at the same time having a good connections and a nice flow in the image. I made the images all work well with each other, while still using the perspectives to create a multi-dimensional image.