Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Beacons of Night

            To most, a truck stop is just a large roadside oasis; a convenient stop along the highway and a place to grab a quick snack. To others, it becomes a home away from home. These fluorescent filled lots become filled with strangers traveling the nation who share these places as a temporary “home”.
            As I pushed in the entrance door of the Richfield Truck Stop, two smiling faces from the staff greeted me. I continued to explore the space, and quickly realized the bonds that had formed between the “regulars” as well as amongst the employees. As I sat down to grab some food, the waitress hesitantly hid a smile behind her tired face. Two truck drivers inquired about my reasoning for the camera and as I explained my interest in these “beacons of light” known as truck stops, they were more than willing to participate. By now, the entire staff knew about me, and I was welcomed back into the kitchen to meet the cooks.
I finished up my meal, paid my bill and while I headed for the door, realized that these were not just a bunch of strangers; they were, in a way, a small family. I stepped outside, and walked out past a group of semis. As I photographed the building, the warm glow from the restaurant radiated through the windows, and the cold fluorescent lamps shone down on the gas pumps, and shed light into the front cabs of the nearby idling trucks.
Departing the Richfield Truck Stop, I too left with the sense of a new sort of family. These glowing landmarks for the drivers may just seem like just another gas station, but there’s a different atmosphere about them. There’s a sense of warmth within them and a welcoming environment for many drivers. Being greeted by a friendly staff and homey feeling diner, the feeling of a home resonated throughout the building.  

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Final Project (idea 2)

Final Project Proposal

For my final project, I'd like to focus on how shadows affect images. Whether they hide or reveal details, how they affect mood and also change how a a viewer responds to what is pictured. The quality of the shadow may vary, from harsh with sharp edges, or a softer shadow with fuzzier shapes. I would like to create between 8-12 images exploring how light, and the absence of light, can create the image. For my images, I am still undecided whether I would like to show the object that creates the shadow, or leave that up to the viewers to interpret what creates the shadow's shape.

Here are some images of inspiration for my project idea:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Assignment 3: The Forever Image

What elements of the photograph make it resilient to time? Is it the familiar scenes depicted that we encounter daily, or possibly have never seen at all, but the imagery is strikingly familiar to us? What is it about these images that allow them to engrain their existence into our memory? Maybe it’s not the image at all, but it’s physical being and aesthetic. Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past. Over many years, photographs have been produced using a variety of different equipment and processes. Their existence, their characteristics have since been replaced by their digital counterparts, yet we still seek “the look” that the old photographs present. Through distortion, grain, and the misinterpretation of color by the roll f film, we can begin to understand that not only the subject matter of an image makes it everlasting, but its physical aesthetic. Through the process of research and gathering, I have learned that a photograph’s age lies deeper than the imagery that it presents., and in doing so, may fool the viewer based upon its tangible existence.