Thursday, September 30, 2010

Last Night In NOLA

It's the last night here and I have really learned a lot, enjoyed myself,  and found an admiration for the city, but will be happy to be going home, it is my home. I have immensely enjoyed working independently on my own project and had great experiences going along with others to observe theirs as well. I have grown in approaching people and photographing them and waiting for "the moment" I am not ancy any longer while I wait but excited and comfortably patient. I captured what I was intending while here for my project.  I wanted to show the importance and large amount of photography in our lives. This idea was inspired by people close to me who didn't respect what I chose to do with my life which is be a photographer as a means to live and do what I love to do. I was not trying to inject or push upon a personal passion of mine to others but to emulate and pay a homage to a medium whose specific characteristics enhance all of our lives everyday in many ways, demanding acknowledgement of respect for that.

These are two photos I took of myself on the fly and two I shot for my project. The one of the young boy and his mother perfectly framing the photograph of Lil Wayne printed onto a T-Shirt in a store window I love. The attitude of body language, the perfect moment of lineal framing and the towns pride in having the dubbed "Best Rapper Alive" being from New Orleans speaks articulately visually. The other was in front of a strip club, the worker flashing my camera and reflecting the doors surrounding images and the other holding the sign over his face because of my camera's presence. Not only does it show the environment of these photographs but I enjoy how the people are reacting to my action of photographing.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Been Busy!

My project has been going good, there are photographs everywhere! And people interacting with them as well. I have been trying to capture moments that are enticing environmental portraits, not just where one is but its affect on its surroundings, its purpose, and importance. I have been finding these moments and couldn't be happier. You have to be patient and wait for it to occur. It was very cool going to the Ogden and seeing some exhibitions of books we saw in class, it was nice to be surrounded by the shots and be able to scrutinize them closer. It was amazing to see some original prints as well, thanks to Richard for showing them to us and talking about them. Time to dump my loads of memory and edit! And this Minnesota girl loves the warm September sunshine.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


First night in New Orleans and I had the 50D concealed in my purse and already took it out and started photographing. New Orleans downtown is very lively and the thick humidity coincides with the heavy culture and activities, it seems like it never stops. Enjoyed a burlesque show, some jazz, and meeting locals. I photographed some shots on Bourbon Street of photographs along it in the night life. I'll post some up later!  

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

My Contacts and 10 Photographs of Mine

I chose to change my story idea because of lack of connections. I have changed perspective to something that I do not need to completely rely on others to execute, so that I can have freedom while shooting and only be responsible for my own performance. I am going to make my book about photographs. Where we choose to place them, our relationships to them, how we use them in multiple ways, what they mean to different individuals. It will be an observance of the purpose, meaning, and importance of the art of photography in life, our appreciation for this mediums existence. It will be in a way a homage to the thing I am passionate about. I am going to photograph environmental portraits of photographs where they already are being used in public and in private spaces. An advertisement in a store window, a framed picture of a child in a family's living room, a poster on a teenagers wall. In these environmental portraits I will include humans to further express our interaction with them. Because of the many spaces in which photographs are placed I looked up and found three public places I will be able to locate and shoot at, surely, and maybe interview people. Many places though I will find, a bus stop, a store window, a random poster in an alley. So these three places are all art galleries.

New Orleans Museum of Art
One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans, LA 70124
It is open 5 days a week Wed. 12-8, and Thurs. through Sun. 10-5

A Gallery (Fine Art Photography Gallery)
241 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 70130
Open 10-530 daily and 12-5 On Tues.

Arthur Roger Gallery
432 and 434 Julia Street New Orleans, LA 70130
504-522-1999, I will have to call for the store hours because they were not listed.

These are 10 photographs of mine, with no theme, just 10 photos of mine I like.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Zeitoun Essay Response Question

The plight of the neighborhoods abandoned dogs comes to Zeitoun's attention as "a bewilderment, an anger in their cries that cut the night into shards" (93). The next day, he sets out in the canoe and tries to do what he can for animals and people trapped by the flood. How does Zeitoun feel about what he is doing? How does he think about these days after he has been imprisoned? 

Zeitoun a New Orleanian for over a decade stays behind in the after math of Hurricane Katrina. He stays at home while his wife and four children leave and flee for safety. Underestimating the hurricanes greatness he assumes he will be fine and help prevent severe damage to his many properties. After the hurricane hits Zeitoun is fine, and he does help the city but he realizes that the city is now out of control and what he is trying to nurture is far beyond his control and a threat to his individual safety.

Zeitoun ventures out into the atlantis like environment and takes in what has became of his home and what he can do to help.His property was mostly lost but he did make a difference about saving many precious objects, including photographs. :)   He asks for help from military personal and barely receives any, it is he and his neighbors, some new acquaintances, that help save peoples lives. It is the quitness of his canoe and the slim sleek craft that allows him to go where he went and help who he did. It is the irony of the random purchase of the canoe and the internal appreciation of his well being that makes Zeitoun a man close to God feel he had purpose and work to do there. 

He helped answer calls that others couldn't hear or ignored. He helped the abandoned dogs whose cries he could hear in the night, he allowed the crisis to seep into his heart and inspire his actions. He fed them his food, his meat of all things. He offered his time and life to aid in the destruction. He saved peoples lives who could not swim. He brought his friends to evacuation landings and to see what had became of their material lives that meant so much to them and that they had spent so much time gaining. Zeitoun felt good about what he was doing, he was enjoying it, he never dismissed the obvious threat to his safety but he did admit to himself it was fun canoeing around an abandoned city but never was he immature in his decisions I feel.  He worried his family but he felt they need not be worried and that he was helping others, he felt he was not losing anything or risking anything that was not in his preferable chances at winning, to give. Technically he never gained from it at the time, but to him giving meant gaining.

After he was incarcerated Zeitoun second guessed his decision to stay behind and to continue to do so even after he could have been evacuated numerous times. But he felt he could choose when he could leave, that it wasn't a big deal to stay nor was it to get out when he chose to. After he saw the robbers at the gas station, and the helicopter that had failed, and the water turning a health-hazardous black, he had started to think it best to leave. In his cell he could not contact his wife, this of all things was the hardest on him. He felt selfish for staying and not leaving afterwards. This though was out of his hands, he should not have got arrested, he should of got a phone call after he was arrested. Zeitoun started putting his priorities into perspective his family was the most important, not his properties, or helping save others. He realized he had people to take care of mentally, physically, and financially. That if he was lost he would end up stranding five other people, his family people he loved more than life. 

He realized he should have not stayed and regretted not going. Though he knew he could not change what he already chose to do, could not change the predicament he got himself into he accepted that. Therefore still felt he had done some good.

What I think...   

Zeitoun staying I think was a bit of an arrogant choice, the city had a mandatory evacuation, he chose to ignore professionals and city personnels credible and knowledgable opinions. It was not worth the risks that were involved but I feel he truly felt it was going to not be a big deal so I think he made the decision in pure and understandable ignorance. After the storm not leaving that is a bit understandable as well , he was not hurt and there were others who needed help. But I think he should have went to his family, there were people there to help, that was their jobs, despite if they were executing it well, it was not Zeitoun's responsibility.