Harmonic Portico (2007) Cecil McDonald, Jr.

Harmonic Portico (2007) Cecil McDonald, Jr.

I like that the subject matter of this photo are the silhouettes of two girls playing a hand game. The denotation of the photograph includes the two girls playing, as well as the window that they are viewed through, and the outside wall that the window is set in. I found that the stark contrast of the pink and the blue was refreshing and gave the photograph a playful connotation, as opposed to a normal contrasting black and white photograph. I would say that the emphasis of the photograph, is the silhouettes of the two girls because the pink background stood out to me and is where I looked at first, then at the two blue silhouettes playing because they stood out against the pink. Our only vantage point is looking from the outside, in, giving the impression that this was intended to seem like a candid photograph of two girls playing.


White on Black

We used a white object, because the color white reflects light as opposed to a black object, which absorbs light. Because white objects reflect light, it’s easier to make its detail more noticeable or less noticeable, depending on your camera’s EV value setting.

For white on white photos, a darker exposure helped enhance the details of the white bow but caused a gray tint; whereas a lighter exposure would wash the details of the white bow out.

White on White

For white on black photos, an exposure that was just slightly darker helped really enhance the details of my white object. It could have been due to the lighting that I was shooting in as well.

For black on black photos, a lighter exposure value helped to bring out the details of my black object.

For the white on white and black on black photos, the objects got lost into the background with increasing EV values on both ends of the spectrum because the camera is constantly searching for a gray value, meaning that it’s always searching for the lightest light, and the darkest dark.

April Collins, age 19, Springfield, MO, July 1, 2004 Robin Bowman

After scanning several of the given websites, I settled on a photo by Robin Bowman for my first blog post assignment. I really liked that when I opened up this photo in its own window, the photographer had included an excerpt from the young woman, Robin Collins. I like that this photograph was taken in black and white because sometimes color can be so distracting. Since it’s not in color, her expression of hopelessness stands out, as well as her stretch marks on her belly. I liked the entire collaboration of photos that this particular photograph was found in, It’s Complicated: The American Teenager. All the pictures from this exhibition truly displayed the average American teenagers of our generation, each with their own stories presented with their pictures. I chose this photo from all the others because I can personally relate to April’s feelings of wanting the best for her daughter and wanting to better herself for her daughter’s sake since I have those same feelings regarding my own daughter. Looking at this picture, you would only see April’s struggle with her unexpected pregnancy at a young age, and wouldn’t know that she has also struggled with substance abuse and had an awful relationship with her mother. I really like that all the pictures include a little bit of each of the depicted teenager’s history because you realize that there is so much more to them than what is just on their surface. That’s how people look at each other though – we judge each other everyday by just what we see and sometimes fail to acknowledge the fact that a lot of us are experiencing the same things day-to-day.