1. Mirror House
I am in love with this house. This is so creative because I’ve never seen anything like this. The mirrors reflecting the landscape make it seem as though the house is floating. I really like the simplicity of the form, because a complex house would probably take away from the beauty of reflection.
2. Shadow Art
This shadow art is so cool!! It is so creative to take garbage or well known objects and arranging them so that the shadow becomes an interesting form. My favorite one is the cat because I don’t understand how those wires can create a shadow that looks like a cat.
3. Paper Marbling
Click on the title link above to watch the video of paper marbling. I’ve seen paper marbling before but certainly not as good as this artist. It is also really mesmerizing to watch him create these pieces of work.
4. Sheep Herding Art
Here’s another video that you’ll have to click on the link in order to watch. This video is a MUST-WATCH because it is super entertaining. I think it’s creative because these artists place lights on sheep’s back and position them in the pasture to create fun works of art!!
5. Matt Moore Graphics
I am very fond of geometric shapes, especially triangles, so I found this artist’s work really fascinating. I also like how colorful and fun his designs are.
These next two Creative Methods are the most recent methods we’ve learned in class. In my opinion, these methods were the most unproductive and unhelpful out of all of the methods. Storytelling consisted of creating a life for a make-believe character. I don’t know how this has anything to do with my project because it doesn’t relate to photography or even the project statement. I also found that Negative Brainstorming did not help me because it was info that I already knew. I felt that it did not help my creativity because I was focused on the opposite of what I’m trying to accomplish.
The next two creative methods I used were Free Association and Journalistic Mapping. Free Association has been my favorite form of method because it’s fun and it’s a good way to diverge yet converge to and from the project statement. I choose keywords from the statement, such as manipulation and photography, and then came up with words that I thought of at the top of my head. Some of these words have given me inspiration for things or scenes that I can use in my photography.
For Journalistic Mapping, I answered questions such as Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. I thought these questions were really helpful because it forced me to answer these vague questions in detail.
In class today, we learned a new type of creative method called Negative Brainstorming. We had to take a statement and change it so that we came up with opposite solutions. Then, we used those ideas to create solutions for the real statement.
The third method I decided to try was the Wish List. I thought this method was really beneficial towards my creative process because it allowed me to be free in my decisions. There is nothing stopping me, so I have my whole imagination to do what I want in this project. Hopefully I can make all of these wishes come true! My main goal across the board is to try out new photography techniques as well as give my audience a photo that they can interpret for themselves but can connect to on a personal level.
This week, I also honed in on three categories that could be possibilities for themes/figures of speech I could photo shoot. For each category, I had a couple of similarities I couldn’t decide on. Next week, I hope to decide on my 3 themes and focus on the details for each shot (props, scene, colors, etc)
For this week, I decided to focus my creative process on some of the methods discussed in class. Throughout this project, I will continue to use the methods (as shown by the numbers next to the titled method). I started with Restatement and Boundary Relaxation. For Restatement, I took my project statement and highlighted the keywords. I found synonyms for each word so that I could fully understand what I thought about it. For Boundary Relaxation, I clarified the intent of my project by asking myself questions and answering them. Out of the two, I thought the Restatement method was the most useful for this process because it really forced me to think about what I actually want to be accomplished and what I will be doing–what does photography even mean? what is manipulation and how can that be achieved in a photo? These were some questions I would ask myself.
*side note for how I’m organizing my progress*= the date when posted is not the exact date I worked on it… i did not have internet access during the time, so the number after the title (1.2) means Week 1, 2nd Post. I will continue this method throughout the week (there will always be two posts per week).
For the second post, I decided to freely sketch down anything that came to mind that could be of use for this project. As you can see in this photo, it is a jumbled mess but that is how my mind works during the creative process. I thought this was very divergent, yet very helpful because I can refer back to my thoughts and take snippets of ideas to piece together. Some of the things I wrote down consisted of places I could photo shoot, props, themes/metaphors, etc. I started to focus on a deeper meaning for my photos.