Everybody Street

Everybody Street was quite an interesting watch. I don’t think I’ve seen a movie so focused on photographers that displayed their pictures for the majority of the movie. I’ve never been to New York, but this movie really highlighted why it’s great place for photographers and their craft. Different individuals focused on the dark realities there, like drug addicts and gang members. Others tried to take more uplifting photos of people smiling or various members of the community. One segment that was particularly interesting to watch was the opinions on whether digital photography is valid to be a “real” photographer. Some claimed that it’s too easy and everyone can do it now, so it’s not as special or raw. Others said it doesn’t matter because a picture is a picture, and why not have someone find their love for it through digital means? I understand why some think film is the way to go, but I am personally grateful for digital photography. I don’t have much experience, but I now take better pictures than I ever thought I could.

One quote that stood out to me was from Elliot Erwitt: “I get the feeling that there are too many bad pictures in the world, but there’s always room for good ones” (42:30). I love his outlook because that’s how I feel about art. I believe it should be used to make people happy and bring joy during rough times. There are so many terrible things going on, why not use photographs and paintings to make people smile? I understand the need for realism and the portrayal of tragedies, but my job as an artist is to show the good things like Erwitt does. Others like him focused on the smaller beautiful subjects that people may overlook, like graffitied trains rolling by. This movie has taught me to find the beauty in everything and that photography is important to our lives. Capturing everyday moments or the ones that change history are both so valuable. I hope that one day I can take the photo that changes someone’s life.

Diptych and Triptych

It’s one thing to take lots of unrelated pictures and put them into separate categories; it’s another to take several pictures and combine them into one cohesive photo. This project certainly challenged me to look at the world around me and really think of how opposite things could work together. The pictures in my diptych were taken at different locations at different times: one was on Tuesday night when the car light refracted onto my garage door, and the shoe picture was taken in my car right after work the next afternoon. The triptych tree photos were taken all at one time at Walnut Grove park Thursday afternoon, a location I’m certain I will visit again for inspiration. I like the contrast of my unrelated diptych that focused on colors and single subject triptych (or “dip and trip” as I call them). I was able to complete this project over the last few days because I had my camera with me almost constantly! I plan on bringing it with me to camp this weekend in the mountains-I’m hoping for some good snow shots for future projects (possibly also of my campers since I have yet to future a person in my photos). These photos were taken for this project and have pushed my creative photography side.

Ways of Seeing

For my first project, I wanted to explore the world close to me. This included the plants and creek near my house, and a few spots on the CSUSM campus. I tried to take these pictures at various times of the day this past weekend, like just after waking up or right before the sun set. And I was able to experience photography during different types of weather -the aesthetic of rain is fun to work with, but a wet camera is not! I tried to get a lot of nature shots of plants and new perspectives no one would think of, like the drainage tunnel by my house. Nature was my main focus, but I tried to take a picture of anything that peaked my interest, such as the bright orange soap sitting in our kitchen. I was not able to get pictures of individuals at this time, so things that did not move were my subjects. These photos were taken not only for this project, but to test my own skills with a camera and capture interesting moments that might be overlooked.

A Little About Me

Hello everyone! My name is Alyssa Tivadar and I’m from Escondido. I am a second year student at CSUSM. I am currently majoring in theater and minoring in visual arts, having 2-D art (drawing, painting, etc.) be my main medium for creative expression – besides my body/voice when I am performing. I am hoping to step out of my creative comfort zone and become a much better photographer than I am right now through this class. Having almost no experience with cameras means I truly am a blank slate, and I am excited to be able to capture moments that mean a lot to me. I hope to use these photographs as amazing reference pictures for my future painting projects. Growth in this art form will help me develop a new appreciation for the incredible photographs displayed in everyday life. This class will challenge me, but I am excited to learn.

Proof of Photography: Thoughts

Hearing the video for the first time made me more aware of the emotions in each individual’s voice, but left me wondering what they looked like or what photographs they may be referring to. I had a hard time really grasping what they were saying, only taking away some main points. But being able to connect the voices to faces really made this video impactful. Displaying heart-wrenching photographs alongside such powerful testaments towards photography made this art form seem more significant. It made me want to journey across the world and find moments to photograph and share the story of. I wonder how long it takes a photographer to find “the right moment,” but clearly there are so many. One man mentioned that you can never really stop taking these pictures, and there must be so much emotion and thrill in discovering new things that deserve to be photographed. And the stories within these still moments are so different and remind me of how big our world really is. To be able to collect such stories explains the importance of a photographic journalist. Art in any form can be used to change lives and the way the world is viewed. Companies like National Geographic place importance on the value of nature and human lives, displaying this with carefully photographed images that can open our eyes. Photography emphasizes our differences and similarities, and encourages us to celebrate both.

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