I just wanted to say that for a first experience in the world of photography I found the surrounding of the WWU photo lab very supportive and stimulating! 

I learned so much seeing all your work grow and develop through the quarter! I also would like to extend my gratitude to all the more advanced photography students (especially TA’s) who were very nice about explaining techniques and processes! Also thank you Garth, full of information and many wise-cracks…I greatly enjoyed your class and hope to work with you and your student following in the future! 

Good luck to everyone with all future adventures!


Holga Handout Response..ideas..

Im excited to see what mistakes and imperfections occur with the holga…I want to see what it looks like if I do relief printing (plexi-glass ink print) on top of a holga print. I think the gain and distortion could work really well with ink wash and line work. I also really want to try shooting a continuous roll of film. When I bought my holga the guy in quicksilver told me one of the coolest uses of a holga he’d seen was this kid who shoot a series of train cars on a continuous roll of holga film. He was able to wind it just so that the images lined up flush with each other. I want to try doing a series of faces some blurring into each other, some other lapping, etc. Im sooo excited to work more creatively with photography and mix mediasss!!!

Reading Response

Theory 3: Copying, Capturing, & Reproducing (pg 171-215)

Photography involves different stages of reproduction- starting with capturing the original subject, then production of a negative, to printing the positive image. Photographic images possess the presence of the original subject, Susan Sontag goes on then to explain that a photograph is not just an image (like a painting is an image), an interpretation of the real; it is also a trace, something real like a footprint. Photographs present us with traces of the past…I love this concept. They also can provide a kind of portal into the past, but Trachtenberg warns that when a viewer becomes consumed (transported to the time and place of the photo) he/she might unconsciously assume the perspective of the photographer and his/her cultural, economic, and political biases. I think this is interesting, there is this danger (that the viewer might assume knowledge due to inclusionary nature of a photograph) but I think this kind of transportation can also be extremely powerful (like images of war can make the violence and grief of those thousands of miles away a reality to viewers sitting at home).

Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin is a different kind of photographer who takes powerful photos. Her work seems to give the viewer a peek into the intimate lives of her subjects (mostly her friends and family), exhibiting themes like love, gender, domesticity, and sexuality almost always shot with available light (natural lighting). The lighting adds to the intimate feeling behind her photos, also giving them a cohesive feel.

Her work is very intriguing to me. Perhaps because her images seem to elude to a somewhat dark background story.