Pauma Field Trip

•March 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Monday was our trek out to Pauma. I was nice enough to drive Zane and Kai and we drove up listening to music and goofing off. We arrived slightly late because I stopped and got subway for us to eat before we got up there. We sat through a lecture about an hour long and I was surprised how interested I was in the topic matter. It was starting to turn to dusk before we set off to take pictures. I couldn’t find anything really appealing right away so I was taking pictures at random not putting much thought into what I was shooting. Zane didn’t have a camera so we shared. As things progressed and I got bored of taking pictures of everyone else, I found the old farming equipment! How excited I was. I love old farm equipment. It might be because I ride horses or because I can drive a tractor and a water truck as well.tractor_opt2

Zane took  my camera and shot some pics of me on the farm equipment. We rejoined the group just at things were starting to get interesting. There seemed to be more to take pictures of as well. We dug up some this vegetable kohlrabi and those of us brave enough (myself included) tried it. Reminded me of cabbage but apparently it is related to the turnip.

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Our guide Jonathan was very knowledgeable and it was interesting to hear about the different vegetables and the seasons. The broccoli was flowering at the time but there were still little pieces we could eat. As we wound around we came upon some carrots and dug some up. I tried my best to get the dirt off (thank goodness this place uses no pesticides!) and it was one of the sweetest carrots I have ever had (and trust me, I have had some really bad ones). 

It was starting to turn to dusk and I had to change my camera settings. I wish I had changed them before because I had it set on inside light. However, the pictures didn’t come out the worse for wear which was nice. I’ll admit that I had a hard time with this because I haven’t done plant photography for awhile and I prefer to take pictures of people and shows. I’m sure I’ll get back into it as things progress. I haven’t had time to manipulate the images much. I was watching the house, 3 dogs, and 4 horses while my mom was out of town this weekend. I will update as I can. zanefeet_opt

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Edward Burtynsky

•February 17, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I remember seeing Edward Burtynsky in class last semester and my opinion of him has not changed. If anything, I have a greater appreciation of the work he does. He has this ability to make something that is so destructive and some might call ugly, such a beautiful photograph. I’m a fan on his composition as well. The fact that he uses a large format camera is helpful too because the detail it picks up is unreal. I’m a fan of his work with the stone queries. It just isn’t something you think about every day. I don’t stop to think about where a lot of the resources come from or what kind of effect it is having on our earth. 

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Food

•February 9, 2009 • Leave a Comment

For breakfast I had a piece of challah bread but I just recently had some sushi. My sushi consisted of shrimp, avocado, cream cheese, tuna, salmon, and various sauces. The majority of my food was obtained from some body of water. It could be farm raised or from the ocean. I’m really not sure. It was fresh though. The avocado came from an orchard, probably here in a California. As far as the rice, cream cheese, and nori, I have no idea where that came from. 

The reason I ate what I did was because I was craving sushi and I figured it would be something quick. I didn’t feel particularly like a burger, fries, or any other greasy food. That is probably because I went to D.Z. Akins on the weekend and had an awesome hot sandwich and cheesecake. I have also been craving Thai food for the past week but sushi was as close as I could get. I knew where I was going and know the people there so it was an easy choice. 

I’d like to think I am fairly conscious about what I put into my body. Sure my vices are sweets, potatoes (in any form), pasta, chips and salsa, and mexican food in general but I try to eat healthily. For example, when I have mexican food, I eat at a place I know is fresh and healthy. I usually have chicken or fish with some rice and a salad at night. If I have pasta, I make my own sauce which isn’t full of salt and preservatives and my pasta is wheat or flax instead of white. Like I said, I try to eat healthy alternatives so it is better for me.

Mark Dion

•February 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Mark Dion isn’t a photographer but he is still an artist. He works as an advocate for nature and tries to share the beauty of nature and all its cycles with everyone else. It was interesting how he took a fallen tree and converted it into a work of art. I always understood that basically anything could be considered art, even living entities, but I never considered the idea of using a fallen tree. His design for the housing structure was interesting because it really gave a feeling of traveling into somewhere else. The replication of the environment the tree was in was amazing. Between the lights, the sprinklers, the windows, and the roof, it was something special. 

It was cool to see the structure on the side of the road as park of an arty park. The building itself provided for the initial look of art but the actual tree was a whole other element. It appeared to be a massive undertaking to relocate and preserve the tree and everything around it. Something that grand and that arduous requires a lot of love and patience. I was impressed by the feat they pulled off.

Split Toned

•February 3, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Chandelier at Lestats…

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Scott Calhoun

•February 2, 2009 • Leave a Comment

“I pulled into the Motel 6, checked in, and slept until I was awakened by hip-hop music about 2:00 a.m. Evidently, there was a party around the pool that I hadn’t been invited to. During my quest for wildflowers, I’ve spent a lot of nights at different Motel 6s in the West, and I’ve become adept at reading them. Although they claim the “no surprises” homogeneity of a big corporate chain, there are, in fact, surprises.”

I enjoy that Scott writes like he is speaking. To me, this is his version of the story and it is the same version he would tell you if he was speaking to you in person. He is witty and entertaining which I really appreciate. I throughly dislike being bogged down by excess verbiage if it isn’t entertaining to me. I hope to write more like him. I think I’m so conditioned to writing void of feeling because of school. 

He makes going to the desert seem fun and entertaining, even in the middle of a desert. I think taking pictures of plant life is something I will have to try more often. He makes it seem like the ultimate adventure.

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Janel Munoza Music Video, Robert Adams, An-my Le

•January 27, 2009 • Leave a Comment

One of my first thoughts when the video started was the music combined with the opening video didn’t seem to make a lot of sense. I am hearing hard(er) rock and watching a woman with books around her and clips from a television. However, the clips started to change from Native American faces to bombing, things blowing up, and something that you would see on the History Channel. I really enjoyed the outdoor settings, particularly the bits with her dancing on the rock. I got a feeling of sadness as the video went on. At first I thought it might be silly with the helicopters moving the buffalo off the streets but I soon realized that it was serious. When I heard the phrase “but that’s how the West was won” made me feel the pangs. The images of the buffalo falling through the ice, being tazed, and shipped out made me sad. I hate seeing anything like that happen to animals and it reminds me of the commercial I saw for the ASPCA on television last night. I’m upset that these things are happening. I did enjoy the montage with her face and the faces of other Native American elders (and probably very important historical figures) and how her face stayed right in the center of it, making it feel like those were her roots. Very powerful.

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Robert Adams was interesting to me because everything he said about deforestation and the killing of all these trees reminded me of the book “The Giving Tree” by Shel Silverstein. I remember reading it as child with my dad and thinking about how we take things like trees for granted. I found it interesting that he thought the beer can on top of the tree stump bred contempt. I don’t quite think contempt is the correct word in my opinion. Perhaps I would have said indifference because the person was thinking of the tree as a table for their current needs instead of what it once was; a living breathing entity. I liked how he said he thought he was taking pictures of things he hated but in fact they turned out to have a morbid kind of draw for him. I think a lot of things that repulse us, attract us in some way. If we weren’t repulsed, we would be indifferent. I enjoyed his picture with his wife at the giant stump of a tree slouch over like she was weeping. that one truly spoke to me. I also liked the one with the black smoke wafting into the air.

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It was interesting to watch An because she is also a landscape artist but I noticed she includes people and things in her work versus Robert Adams. His work was more stark while hers included different elements. I enjoyed how she incorporated the military, military drills, and people in her work. It was interesting that she considered people to be part of the landscape and she used them to show scale too. I think scale is something that sometimes gets lost with Robert Adams. The military drills were fun to watch. I particularly liked the shot she got of the explosion. The camera she uses adds a certain element that most photographers today don’t have to deal with. She is stationary, fixed on a tripod and needs to think out a shot before she takes it. It was interesting how she said it forces her to answer questions about her shot that normally she might not think about. I like how ambiguous her work is. There doesn’t seem to be much of a recurring theme except for vastness. I also enjoyed her work with the war reenactment and how she didn’t direct them. I think if she had directed them her pictures wouldn’t look as realistic and they would be more posed. I think the war ones were the most interesting because she was a fly on the wall even though it was a reenactment.

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