Renewal of Germane Activity

I’m still decompressing at this point.  I edited a video assignment from earlier in the semester based on feedback received.  This final video contains the portfolio I submitted for review to enter the BFA program.  I also went to a birthday party last night for a friend of mine that was nice, even if I did stay relatively sober.  This was after a trip to the Catherine Couturier Gallery (Link) here in Houston to attend the opening for “Deck the Walls.” All in all, it was a good night.

The Catherine Couturier Gallery (formerly known as the John Cleary Gallery) is a gallery that represents photographers exclusively.  And these aren’t just any photographers.  Among her clients are some of the heavyweights in the medium.  These names include Elliot Erwitt, Jerry Uelsmann, Maggie Taylor, and the estate of Edward Weston.  The selections on the wall last night were fun pieces from a wide range of artists.  If you’re in the Houston area, I highly recommend checking it out.

I gave a preview of where I was headed with the portfolio review in a previous entry (“Concept #1“).  In that entry, I attempted to remove the object from its normal context and cause the viewer to have a moment of objectivity when contemplating the object before him or her.  This required me to regard the photograph as an object rather than an index of an object.  The intent of this was to give the viewer an object to consider in an objective manner, even if that objectivity was momentary.  This particular project, of course, is rather dependent upon the final print and its mounting in order to achieve maximum impact.

I explain this as this youngest and least developed (in terms of execution) subject matter.  I will explore this concept more as time goes on (and I can get access to a camera that could yield some incredible results.

The idea was put forth by my professor to enter my blood slide portraits and my cloud photographs for consideration as well.  The professor felt that all 3 projects conveyed deep intellectual thought (that compliment caught me off guard, but it was very much appreciated) and that would demonstrate that I’m not tied to a single idea.  I thought about this for a couple of days and decided to go with the professor’s idea.   I mean, go big or go home, correct?

For some lighthearted entertainment, I was able to roll the digital versions of my portfolio submission into a video assignment.  Please enjoy this (post-critique revised) video:

Feel free to ask any questions you may have of the work presented and I will be happy to answer.  Until the next time, please have a good evening.

This was the exhibit for the portfolio review.

This was the exhibit for the portfolio review.

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