Monday, April 10, 2017

Project Proposal

a statement of the area of interest, thesis statement, introduction
To compare how the environment of past and present Pensacola has changed in the past years using old photographs as a basis for observation, as well as restoration methods used on historic buildings
a list of primary research (at least 6)
pensacola news journal historic photos

locations to conduct fieldwork

a list of no less than 4 kinds of information/sample collections/data they will gather in the field
photographs, up close observation, sketches, observation of how things such as plant life have changed compared to old photographs, research restoration methods and how faithful wood type, construction methods etc is compared to original in restored houses

a proposed statement of the type of final project/product you will design and create
scrapbook style journal with organized findings as in an old travel or observation diary (alternatively power point or large poster display)

Monday, February 6, 2017


The idea of chimeras, hybrids and monsters immediately causes me to think of traditional cryptids and urban legends, which I attempted to explore in this project. I wanted to show different types of creatures in different settings; I wanted to explore the idea of monsters created, rumored and integrated into society. Victorian society is generally thought of to be very polite so I thought it would be amusing to do people with snake heads. I attempted to do a manipulation resembling a low resolution found footage photograph of a creature rumored to exist, in this case of something like a Jersey Devil. I also wanted to do a science fiction type created chimera. 


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Reading Response

    The implied difference from wet darkroom photography to digital is that wet darkroom photography seems to be more natural and genuine than digital photography processes since darkroom photography could not be manipulated to the degree that digital photography can these days. However, as the essay “Icons As Fact, Fiction and Metaphor” showed, manipulation has been used for a long time in more ‘traditional’ photography in order to achieve shots that are seemingly spontaneous but have in actuality been carefully staged for effect or composition. For instance, when compared to another photograph taken at the scene there is evidence that the photographer Alexander Gardner moved the body of a deceased soldier for the purpose of composition in the photograph “Home of a Rebel Sharpshooter, Gettysburg, 1863”. In another example, the famous photograph "Le Baiser de l’Hôtel de Ville, 1950” seems to be a photograph of a spontaneous romantic action but was in actuality a staged photo of actors. 

    In our own modern times, in much the same way as in the past, images can be staged or manipulated for better effect or to fit a narrative, but still we catalogue history through the use of images. The real changes between digital and darkroom photography is the speed at which images can be viewed or manipulated after they are taken. Often no manipulation of the scene needs to be done, as that can be done in photo manipulation software. Photographs can also be viewed on screens immediately after they are taken now without waiting for any development time as in the past, and often, some manipulation can be done from the device the photo was taken on.