THE FIRST LOOK
September 1st-September 9th
FIRST LOOK: LAKE STEVENS, WA
CEREMONY: REDMOND, WA
Photos taken by Lenaig Delisle & Maddie Takata
CEREMONY: REDMOND, WA
SUMMER 2014: FILM
This summer, I was lucky enough to visit Morocco, France and road trip across the U.S. It took me a long time to get all of my film developed and to scan it all but I wanted to get all of it done before school picks back up. Enjoy :)
DENTON, TX TO SEATTLE, WA
At the start of August, I met up with my brother and sister in Denton, TX and spent five days on the road, moving my brother home to Seattle. We stopped along the way to see the Grand Canyon and spent one night in Big Sur, CA. I forced myself to only use my film camera (Canon AE-1) since I'd been shooting with my digital camera for most of the summer. We saw some really beautiful landscapes that only made me want to explore more of the United States.
MOROCCO (MARRAKECH & OUARZAZATE)
The images are from a few different rolls of film, so sorry for the content overlap :) I visited Morocco for my cousin's wedding and spent time in both Marrakech and Ouarzazate.
FRANCE (PARIS, BRETAGNE)
Below are photos from a roll of Ilford HP-5 that I just got processed and scanned; the photos are from my trip to Morocco as well as my trip to France. All taken with a Canon AE-1.
(click the arrows to scroll through the images)
This past week, my cousin Tangui got married and we were lucky enough to experience a civil wedding, a traditional Catholic wedding as well as a Berber wedding in Morocco. We had an amazing adventure discovering Morocco, both the city and the countryside and met some incredible people. Enjoy!
After hearing some friends rant about the Volunteer Park Conservatory, my friend Kate and I went to visit. Here are some photos from our little day trip. It was, indeed, quite beautiful!
This quarter, my photo class is divided into three themes, the first one being the "Annihilation of Time & Space". Rebecca Sonlit, a Bay Area writer, took a special interest in the technological advancements of the 1800's that greatly impacted communication in the United States, which she discusses in her article "Annihilation of Time & Space". She is specifically interested in Eadweard Muybridge's "Horse in Motion" photo experiment (pictured below) which was the source of inspiration for this assignment. Muybridge revolutionized photography in the late 1800's by creating a stop-motion method of shooting that allowed for time to be frozen for the first time in history. Previous photography methods, like the Daguerreotype and the calotype required subjects to remain extremely still to avoid motion blur; this sometimes even involved neck and back braces to ensure complete stillness during portrait sessions.
For the first time in history, it was possible to critically look at a photography and analyze motion. Sonlit states that, "It was as though he [Muybridge] had grasped time itself, made it stand still, and then make it run again, over and over. Time was at his command as it had never at anyone's before." Along with photographic advancements, Sonlit addresses the impacts of the invention of the telegraph and the advancements of the railroad. Travel and communication had become instantaneous and widely available.
The only direction for this assignment was to read and assess Sonlit's article and come up with a series of photos the reflects the changes in the 1800's that so drastically changed communication and the way humans experienced time and space.
My professor showed us many artists who used these concepts in their own photographic work to guide our thinking. A few photographers, especially Francesca Woodman, really struck me with their use of long exposure.
Francesca Woodman is an American photographer known for her use of black and white photography, usually featuring nude female models and often times, herself. She attended RISD in 1975 and graduated in 1978. Woodman is especially fascinating to me because she produced over 10,000 negatives in less than 7 years, before committing suicide at the age of 22. Her work did not become popular until after her death but continues to be exhibited all around the world today. If you're at all interested in her work, I strongly recommend watching "The Woodmans", a movie directed by C. Scott Willis who obtained unlimited access to Francesca's photographic collection, diaries and personal videos.
In an attempt to mimic Woodman's use of long-exposure, I experimented with different shutter speeds and exposures. I chose to over-expose my images to blow out detail from the background to create a focus on the subject in motion rather than the busyness of the buildings in the background. Woodman tends to create a balance between her backdrops and subjects, but most of her images were taken in abandoned houses which contributed to darkness of her images. I was less interested in the surrounding environment and wanted to experiment more with the actual subject of the images. I've always taken photos of people in a very straight-forward manner; centering the shot, making sure it's focused and trying to create an interesting composition. It was surprisingly liberating to take a more abstract approach at photography. It was nice to take photos and not worry about having perfect focus or correct exposure.
Here are the images from this assignment, click on the first image below to flip through the series. You can also view them in the "Projects UW" folder of my site.
Today we had our final critiques for the Fall quarter photo class. It was really awesome and different to see everyone's work printed and pinned up on the walls. I think it's easy to forget how nice it is to see images printed out and to be able to physically hold them. I'm so used to flipping through images on cell phone and computer screens but this made me really want to start printing more of my work. Next week, I find out whether or not I am officially admitted into the Photomedia major at the University of Washington...fingers crossed!
This morning, I went and picked up my first roll of E-6 film that I had dropped off to be developed. I have been anticipating the results for a few days now and I'm very relieved as well as excited. The color pay-off of the slide film really is a step up from standard color film. A few of the images at the beginning of the roll were over-exposed because I had a difficult time getting the camera to latch onto the film lead. I will definitely be getting more of this film (Provia 400x) and I'm looking forward to experimenting more with it. I've posted some of my favorite images from the roll and will be using these as my final project for my photography class. I still have to print them, which is another story but I'm very excited to see them on paper. Enjoy!
I was happily surprised by the results of the photographs I got developed today. I've been trying to shoot with my film camera lately and I think it's helped me become confident with the more technical aspects of photography that I often struggle with (metering, exposure, etc). As much as I love shooting with film, it always makes me a little bit nervous because it's hard to really predict the results and frankly, it does get quite expensive... but I've given myself the benefit of the doubt and put a little more faith in my abilities. Carrying my film camera around (instead of my digital) has also allowed me to be more involved in the places I visit. I have a tendency of taking pictures and constantly looking back at them rather than enjoying the place I am in. I think it's harder to successfully translate an experience when you don't take the time to observe and appreciate it yourself. Film allows me to capture a person or a place while maintaining the ability to live in the moment. I'm going to be carrying my camera around with me much more often now and hopefully, I will continue to be successful with my images.
Today, I am making the first move of my "professional" career as a photographer...creating my own website. As daunting as that is, it has been interesting looking back through my work over the past five or six years and choosing the images that I consider illustrative of my style, so to speak. I'm hoping that this website will push me to develop a more definitive photography style and be more open with sharing my images. I've always had a hard time calling myself a photographer and constantly shy away from the term. But now that I am studying photography in college I have embraced the fact that I am doing what I love, so I am therefore, a photographer.
I have a few projects going on at the moment, mostly for school. I plan on uploading images to this blog relatively often, so check back for new photos.