Posted by: rachelsimonson | October 19, 2009

liquid light

Ok, I like the idea of liquid light.  I just don’t think that I know what I am doing, I have had some luck with the process.  I mean my images actually come out, I think I have to play with this process more but I need guidance.   My project is printing clean landscapes onto used, wrinkled plastic bags.  I like the idea of beauty mixed with trash and the contrast it creates.  I am unsure how the liquid light will work on plastic.  I tried it once and it was kind of successful, but not what I wanted.

Posted by: rachelsimonson | October 5, 2009

current projects

the past project I have been working on has been about setting up a photo before taking it.  I kind of did that, but I went more the research route.  I have been studying Matisse in art history, particularly the reclining nude.  So as part of developing the scene I studied how the reclining nude was set up.  I set my own up and took the photo in a almost mocking direction.  I placed my fat cat in a doll bed and made her pose like the reclining nude.  I wish I had more time to really develop the idea, but I like the concept of it.

Posted by: rachelsimonson | September 28, 2009


So I am kind of frustrated, I have no idea how to use this blog.  I have decided that I tolerate computers; but would rather not write about my progress on the internet.  I don’t think I am doing this blogging thing correctly and it seems like a journal that no one reads, which makes it like a diary.  I don’t think I am technologically ready for the blog.  On the up side I think I have come up with an idea for the composition assignment.

Posted by: rachelsimonson | September 7, 2009

Questions I asked the person I photographed

I just want to say that I have had two photo partners drop this class, so now I am on my third person to photograph; I really hope I can continue to photograph them.

So here are some of the questions I asked my partner.

1. Did you always want to major in art?

2. What do you want to do after college?

3. What is your greatest fear?

4. What drives you to do your best?

5. Will you sing happy birthday? (She did sing it)

6. If you could change your name what would it be?

7. If you could have a super power what would it be and why?

8. Do you think you are missing anything from your life?

9. If you could go back in time and change anything in your past would you? If yes what would it be?

10. What kind of art best describes you?

At the request of the person I am photographing I did not post any of the answers to the questions.

Posted by: rachelsimonson | September 4, 2009

Cyanotype photographer

I found this really interesting cyanotpye photographer Brooke Williams, who used snapshots of her family vacation to Jamaica.  The photographs are a simple composition, each photo has two people and there are six photos in all.  Instead of using a conventional frame Williams uses writings from her journals to tie each photos together.  The organization of the photographs acts like a scrap book, without the traditional, cheesy look.  I thought that this artist was a good choice to study, because of her composition and the fact that she was a student when this piece was designed.  I would like to find more pieces by her but have been unsuccessful so far.

Posted by: rachelsimonson | August 30, 2009

Doug Prince

I am interested in the alternative process photographer Doug Prince, particularly his box constructions.  Which display multiple images that have been merged and held together by panels, with light illuminating it.  As Prince’s images transform, so has his perceptions.  I enjoy the fact that his images are two dimensional, yet he prints them so that they are seen as three dimensions.  His compositions are haunting and with the light source so severe it makes his prints seem even more ghostly.  Prince demonstrates his knowledge of classical photography methods and his ability to evolve and create a new technique.

Posted by: rachelsimonson | August 28, 2009

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