Neighborhood

April 8, 2010 § 2 Comments

So I’m taking a beginning photo class at school this semester & have been having too much fun with our current assignment which is to create a series. Initially my thought was people & their pets because I love that relationship. I think it’s so sweet & kind of funny. Some people get really weird about their pets & I love it.

But that was starting to go the “too cute” route & as I was doing it, I realized that is a project that would take me a lot longer than the time I have to do it how I would really like. We were supposed to take a good portion of the photos during spring break & in between trying to schedule people at their convenience, work on other assignments, & actually trying to relax, I couldn’t always capture in my favorite kind of light.

So I think that is a project I will have to return to in the future. Maybe this summer? I definitely need to improve my directing people skills so if you’ve got time, let me know!

Thanks again to those of you who let me photograph you. If I haven’t sent you your pictures yet, I will probably do so this weekend!

Anyway, during spring break I also started what I have been tentatively calling “neighborhood”. There are a lot of brand name housing developments where I live & I’ve always found it a weird blend of amusing & sad. So basically for my project I have been going about taking pictures of the same models of houses in these neighborhoods. My goal is to try & make you, the viewer, feel that same amusing & sad mixture. Because for some reason we are so willing to conform & that the idea of living in these nearly identical houses is actually so appealing to some people. Seriously for some pictures, I thought I had accidentally done the same one twice! & yet even with all these limitations, people do attempt to customize, to make their house into their home. Here is a sample:

Also, I finally made an “About” section here & “Book” where you can preview 15 pages of “plant collectors in bolivia”, but don’t buy it, I promise I will give you a copy as soon as I can.

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