Final Project Inspiration
Final Project Inspiration
For my final project, I wanted to follow the theme of perspective photography. I wanted to try something different from what I normally shoot. I enjoy shooting in various angles to give the audience a different outlook on the picture. I felt like this project would take that idea to the next level. We, as photographers, can manipulate how we want the audience to view our pictures based on the composition of the photograph. I personally think I will enjoy this shoot, which is another reason I chose those idea (out of fifty bazillion).
For our previous class, we visited the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts. The gallery that was currently on display exhibited the world of Vivian Maier’s “Out of the Shadows”. Her gallery exquisitely described her personality. She was a ghost in the way she interacted with the world around her. She removed herself from any distraction to focus on photography. She even describes herself as a “mystery woman”. She was known to keep to herself and wouldn’t let others see her work, until they were discovered after she had passed away. Maier told her story through her photographs rather than speaking to others about it. Her eye for understanding details in human behavior produced a great tresure of photographs after she passed away.
The piece that stood out to me the most was her “Self portrait, Bedrock Mirror- January 1965- Highland Park,IL”. The first thought that crossed my mind was that it reminded me of what is known today as a “selfie” or “mirror shots”. In reading upon Vivian Maier, it was said that all of her self portraits were of her framed or walled off behind glass windows or mirrors. You feel that distance in her pictures despite seeing her face. In reflection to todays “selfies”, the person aims for the exact opposite in that they want people to see them and know about them. Maier’s work is one in which the artist is departed from the photographs, yet she still manages to reveal bits and pieces of herself through her work.
Photography Project- Sense of Place: In Prayer
My fourth project is called “Sense of Place”. We had to photograph anything we wanted to portray that. For me when I think of a sense of place, I think of a place where I feel a sense of belonging. Truth be told, I couldn’t pick one place that truly defined me or where my sense of belonging was. The more I thought about it, the more I began to realize that my deen, Islam, is what defines me and that’s my first identity. So this series encompasses shots of places that are pertinent to me, whether I have memories there or visit often. I carry Islam in my heart and knowing that I am in the hands of Allah swt at all times, I feel like no matter where I am in life I am taken care of. I tried to portray this utilizing the Quran to represent the idea of Islam being everywhere I am.