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Family Documentation Project

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2010 at 11:11 pm

So, as a new addition to a large family, I have many  people and special moments to photograph, my way.  So many moments that we share as a family are special, from birthdays to arguing over something ridiculous.  Its the moments that you stop and notice, or perhaps take for granted that I wish to document.  The following is the beginning of my photographic adventure.

I decided to first just take my camera out with my family as we walked through Skylands Manor.  I was apprehensive at first because this has become a popular wedding location, and a location that many local photo students go to take close up pictures of flowers.(which of course, I did as well, to see if perhaps I could do it differently, which I couldn’t)  But, all the same I grew up going there.  When I was five I would wander through these gardens with my parents and pretend it was my secret garden.  So, although I was aware that some of my shots would come through as cliche photographs, I felt like I should still give it a shot. I tried to remember what it was like to be so young and walk through such a magical place.  At that time it was a much quieter, less popular location, so it was easy to pretend it was your secret.

I also have shots that I took during my husbands birthday that I have posted below.  I am taking the first steps to this project in just observing how these moments speak as photographs first and foremost, we will see how it pans out.

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Trying to Get Back to Work

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2010 at 9:11 pm

So, as most of you know it has been a rough couple of months for me. I feel better, and with the help of amazing friends and family, I am feeling better than before, and slowly picking up my camera and getting back to work.

I know I am not the only one who feels as though some of the classes that they have taken have “brain-washed” them. For a while now I have felt that if I didn’t take a photo that was sleek, and cliche-indie-like that I was not taking good photos. It took a lot for me to see that I had to go back to square one, and think about what inspired ME to pick up my camera at 8 years old, and not what other people want to see. It is hard to believe that some people have gone into teaching believing that students need to make their work, or work that they like. Where is the true critique there? Anyway, I am working on clearing my mind and making the work that comes from me, and not from the indie-hipster rants of another.