Thursday, November 18, 2010

The New New

Sneaker Prom, 2010
My boyfriend and I went to Sneaker Prom last month, his shoes are the eggplant color and mine are the grey ones.  Sneaker Prom is an event that takes place every year and the dress code is formal wear with your best sneakers.  They crown a prom king and queen for best dressed.  I am not a sneaker type of person, but I love the designs on my shoes, it's pure art.

Disco Ball, 2010
The disco ball has reflected an awesome design onto the ceiling. I darkened the picture to emphasize the the design and add an abstract look.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

These are private!

My cousin Othello, 2010
My cousin happy and content.

My cousin LaLa drinking champagne, 2010
Flash was used on this photo and I like how the flash created a spotlight on my cousins face as she puts back a glass of champagne.

Lawrence, 2010
The guy in this picture is my cousin too, the youngest brother to the other two in the previous pictures.  Its a family affair.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

The body as an object

"Objects Of Desire" In Orlan and Berkeley's photo's these images of women and have put them on display, an objectification of the "male gaze."  Their are signifiers in each photo that plays into the object of desire.  In Orlan's photo a woman is photographed in a frame naked, she has turned her into something to look at.  She has long flowing hair and a full face of make up, which are both "props" that are used to entice men.  
In Berkeley's photo a woman stands in a white dress, the white dress could be a signifier of being pure (like a virgin).  She has a fake tan and she is a beauty queen,  she is only looked at as an object of desire because nothing else is required to win the competition.  Who is she displaying herself for? What is she being judged on?  
In chapter 4 Henning talks about how "if women are already objectified by the male gaze, and if objectification is in any case what photography does, then photographic images of women are doubly 'objectifying'.

These photo's are also very different because Orlan's has constructed a setting just for the photo.  Berkeley's photo was taken from a competition and the look on her face is almost disapproving, she has been idealized.  Orlan has taken a different approach by creating this image of desire.

My Images
Local Show, 2010
I like the silhouette images and how they stand out and flatten at the same time, up against the wall and the bar signs.

Flotilla Ghost, 2010
This was a picture I took while working the lights for an Allied Witches Production called "Apparition in Palestine: A Modern Tragedy.  I chose this picture because of the blurry effect, it adds to the ghostly look.  The ghost in the middle has black holes for eyes and the ghost on the right has great movement!

Halloween alter ego, 2010
I took this image of myself on Halloween.  I enjoyed the "Hottie Police" outfit, but this picture also fits in perfectly with chapter 4.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

My personal/private images

William and Dawit, 2010
Two of my good friends hanging out at our local "Cheers" having some drinks.

Resting, 2010
I posted the same two images, one in black and white and the other in color.  I couldn't decide which one I liked, but I like how they are both paired up together.

My personal/private images

The Red Car, 2010
I thought  this was an interesting picture.  I took it on my way home going down 13th.  I love the vintage car next to the vintage house.

For Colored Girls Only (2nd Installation)

For Colored Girls Only

This is my ongoing installation project in my Drawing V class. It is eventually gonna fill the main 3 walls in gallery 199.
This project I am really enjoying and I want to incorporate my photography on the same level as far as content goes.
The idea came from a book of chorepoem called "For Colored Girls who have considered Suicide when the Rainbow is enuf" written by Ntozake Shange. It is a collective of 20 poems about the abuse of 7 women all referred to by colors.
My piece is about recognizing identity.

Make sure you go see my installation on November 15-17, 2010