Film Photography (Round 2)

I can’t believe my final semester of college is almost over!  I only have three weeks of classes left!  We’re now wrapping up working with film in my photography course.  In the next few weeks, we’ll be putting together our portfolios, working on our digital portfolio (10 photos that have a common theme/color/etc.), and working on our website.  I’ll be sure to share the website once it’s set up and finished.  For now, though, I’ll share the rest of my film photos.

Roll 4:


Above: This was the only remotely save-able image from my fourth roll.  My camera no longer rewinds, so I have to take out the film in the dark.  I had brought two rolls of film home with me over one of my breaks, and therefore had to switch out the first roll in the dark.  I went in a bathroom with no window, and turned off the light, but the film must have been exposed to some light.  It kind of made this photo look quite old, which is actually a pretty cool effect.

Roll 5:

prospect ave 5Above: My family owns several properties (my dad owns a real estate business).  One of the places we own (but do not live in) was my great-grandmother’s house.  It’s a really old house (at least 150 years old), and has two really cool old wooden sheds, one of which you can see in the left of the photo.  I actually somehow flipped this image when I printed it, and didn’t realize until I was done.  If you were to actually look at this scene, the shed would be on the right.

prospect ave 4Above: This was also taken at the house my grandpa grew up in.  Walton is the town I live in at home, and the sign has been there for a very long time.  I love the texture in this photo.

prospect ave 3Above: Another photo from “Grandma Ogden’s house”.  If you look closely, you can make out some of the faded stickers on the mailbox, spelling out “Ogden”.

prospect ave 2Above: The two sheds I mentioned.  It was a very sunny day and I took this at mid-day.  Unfortunately, this picture isn’t great, thanks to the deep shadows across the front of the buildings.

prospect ave 1Above: The Walton sign, again!  I actually didn’t mean to print this photo.  I wanted to print the photo with the sign above, but got them mixed up in the darkroom, and printed this one by accident.  I ended up liking it a lot.  The wood tones in this one are just so pretty!

I’m really happy with how my fifth, and final, roll came out.  I had a lot of great photos to choose from.  My professor said that it’s always nice when your final roll comes out the best- that means you’ve learned something!  Now, I need to figure out what I’m doing for my digital project.

Film Photography

I’m taking a lot of art-related classes this term (1 music class, 3 studio art classes, and 2 art history classes).  One of the classes I’m taking is a photography class.  The class is primarily film, although we will do some digital photography towards the end of the term (which is actually fast approaching!).  I thought I would share the photos I’ve taken (the ones I’ve printed, at least!), as well as a photo collage I did for one of our assignments.

So far, I’ve really enjoyed working with film.  All of our photos are taken with a 35mm camera, without flash or any special lens.  We are only allowed to do black and white photography.  I’m using my grandpa’s old camera, which is a Canon from the 80s.  I’ve had some trouble with the camera- for the past couple of rolls, it thinks the roll is done after 27 photos (instead of the 36 it should actually take), and it also won’t rewind, which means I have to unload the film in a darkroom and immediately develop it.  The process is pretty cool, but can also be tiring.  So much time is required just to process the film, and then it takes even more time to print each photo.  It’s also expensive!  But I love the way the photos come out, and the pictures feel more valuable when you’ve put so much time and effort into them.  I’ve only printed about 2-3 photos from each roll I’ve taken.  If I have paper left over after our assignments are fulfilled, I want to print some others.

First roll:

photography002cropAbove: Architecture on my college campus- this beautiful gothic building is the one I lived in last year!

photography005cropAbove: This is the same building, and is actually the arch that is located just below the former photo.

Roll 2:

photography004cropAbove: My beautiful sister, Heather.  She came to visit me the weekend before she left for 6 months in South Africa, and I took this photo on a walk we took.

photography006cropAbove: A stream we saw on our walk.  I loved the way the stream reflected the trees.

Roll 3:

photography007cropAbove: The lounge in Tompkins Hall (Elmira College).  All of the photos I printed from this roll were from the same building (which is the same building featured in the two photos from the first roll- I’m sensing a theme here!).

photography008cropAbove: This beautiful window seat is located on the floor I lived on last year.  The windows in the building are just amazing!

photography009cropAbove: The hall I lived on last year.  The hallway is pretty dark, despite the bright window at the end, creating a somewhat eerie mood.


photography010cropAbove: We were encouraged to create a collage from old discards that past students have left behind.  I combined parts from 5 photos to create my image.  Funny story: the whole time I made this, I was thinking that the “motel” sign was a cinema/theater sign, thus the “showing” sign.  It was only after the entire thing was finished that I realized my mistake- oops!  I still really like it, and think my mistake actually might make it more interesting.

So, there you go!  My first adventures with film photography!

Art Update: Ceramics I

I already shared about half of my ceramics earlier on during the semester.  We ended up doing two firings, so I shared the first firing, but not the second.  You can see the works from the first firing here.  I really enjoyed ceramics.  I caught on to hand-building pretty quickly.  The vase I made (13 inches tall) was thinner than most hand-thrown vases, which is actually pretty difficult to do.  I was really excited when we finally started on the wheel.  Unfortunately, although I made some decent bowls/vases/cups, I am definitely going to put a lot more time into really learning how to use the wheel.  It was a lot harder than I thought it would be.  That said, I really loved ceramics.  There is something unique and fun and enjoyable about making things with your hands that painting and drawing just don’t compete with.  I liked it so much, in fact, that I am going to concentrate in ceramics.

Here is my second firing:

13" Tall Handbuilt Vase
13″ Tall Handbuilt Vase
medium vase
Small bud vase
colorful ice cream bowl
Medium ice cream bowl (my favorite!)
Medium shallow bowl
Medium shallow bowl
Plant Pot
Plant Pot
Handbuilt salt and pepper shakers
Handbuilt salt and pepper shakers
Bowl, figure mug, cover: Functional figure sculpture
Bowl, figure mug, cover: Functional figure sculpture
set of 3 ice cream bowls
Set of 3 small ice cream bowls
Set of 3 small mugs (actually 4, but one wasn't fired until after I left college for the school year)
Set of 3 small mugs (actually 4, but one wasn’t fired until after I left college for the school year)
small bowl
Small bowl
Small bud vase
Small bud vase
Small catchall bowl
Small catchall bowl
Small bud vase
Small bud vase
Small vase/bowl
Small vase/bowl
Small catchall bowl
Small catchall bowl

I can’t wait until next year, when I will be able to create more, more complex, and larger items.

And that concludes all of the artwork I have made this school year.  When I actually had everything out at once recently, I realized how much I actually made.  I can’t wait to learn and make more next year!

Art Update: Sculpture I

I took sculpture for the first time this year, and although it was challenging, I really enjoyed the chance to work more with my hands.

We started off with clay relief panels.  Our assignment was to create something that represented us using a body part (human or animal) and letters/numbers.  I decided to create a plaque that looks similar to what a rack of trophy antlers would be mounted on, then create mountains in the basic shape of an upside down ‘w’ in the background, which is reflected below the antlers (10) in a reservoir or large lake to create another ‘w’.  The antlers, mountains, and reservoir represent my hometown and upbringing, while the antlers were modeled after the 11-pointer (the 11th point was hidden from view) that my dad very proudly got 2 years ago.  The various ‘w’s represent my hometown, which starts with a ‘w’.  After it was fired, it was brushed with a metallic paint to look like copper.

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Our second assignment was in wood.  We were instructed to create something about 8×10″ in size that represented a memorial or commemoration.  I decided to create a plaque that showed my town’s track uniform and a relay baton to give to my track coach.  It is mahogany wood.

2014-05-12 12.07.40Our third assignment was to create something abstract out of stone.  To practice, we created small trinkets.  Mine was a heart.  For the actual assignment, I made a basic teardrop shape.

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Our final assignment was a found object sculpture.  We were supposed to create something “wearable” using found objects.  I made a dress (made to fit me) using plastic grocery and garbage bags.  The dress form is my body, made using duct tape, an old shirt, cardboard, wood, pvc piping, and lots of batting (we used this tutorial).  I used staples and a hot glue gun to attach everything.  This is probably my proudest work of art.  It was very time consuming to make, but I am soooo happy with the end result.  I also designed the dress.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI really did enjoy sculpture, but found it pretty tiresome and repetitive.  Tomorrow I’ll share my photos from Painting II!


Art Update: Painting I

I have posted some pictures of some of the art work I’ve done over the past school year, but I thought that now that I am done for the year, I could now do a series of posts of all of the artwork I did this year. I’d do just one big post, but that would be a ton of photos, so I’ll break it up by class, starting with Painting I.

I liked Painting I quite a bit, but didn’t like that painting didn’t come as easily to me as drawing and printmaking had.  I’m pretty happy with most of my finished paintings, so in the end I enjoyed it, but it was a bit of a struggle to stay motivated throughout the class.

Our first assignment was to choose a Manet flower painting and copy it, changing or adding one thing.  I chose to change the background color, which was much more difficult than I had originally thought it would be.

manet flowers

Our next assignment was to take three objects, create an interesting arrangement, take a photograph, and then use that photograph as the basis of our painting.  I chose to use my violin, my sketchbook, and a spool of thread, to symbolize the things that are often forgotten when I am productive in other areas of my life.  Those things that I no longer “have time for”.  It is titled “The Casualties of Productiveness”.

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Our third assignment was to choose a historic nude painting, crop it to our liking, then reproduce it, adding a tattoo of our choice.  I chose Bouguereau’s Biblis and added a feather tattoo, primarily because it seemed to fit the space I wanted to place the tattoo in the best.  I think this was my best painting all year.


For our final assignment, we could paint anything we wished, but were encouraged to push the limits in terms of originality/content.  After much thought, I decided to do a political piece about eminent domain and the reservoirs in my area (which provide clean drinking water to millions of people living in New York City but have negatively affected my area and town on a very large scale).  I had written a 10-page research paper on the reservoirs and eminent domain my freshman year of college and it is something I care a lot about.  The image is of an abandoned house underwater, symbolizing the homes’, and thus the lives of the people who lived there, destruction.  There is a tattered American flag, which symbolizes the freedom taken away from the thousands of people forced to move and give up their livelihoods for “the greater good”, despite other options (if you’d like to learn more about New York City’s reservoirs, I encourage you to read Liquid Assets by Diane Galusha).


And that’s it!  Next up: Sculpture I.