June 26, 2005

Manayunk Arts Festival

Today i went to the arts festival in manayunk in Philadelphia. it was good. I talked to living artists and I saw "modern" art of today. I saw that these works were influenced by surrealism and other late 19th century and early 20th century artworks. I saw this female japanese artist whose works reminded me of kandisnky, miro and mondrian. I heard this singer named Amy "trumm" ( i think that's how you spell her last name). She's like a raw Michelle Branch (not so poppy). I saw lots of nature photography, black and white prints, digital montage, and photo collage (they were inspiring). I bought this 3-d Gelatin print b/w photo mixed with colored print made by Jack Paolini (it's pure poetry in image-form). I talked to Bill bell, illustrator turned author (for children's books, self-taught painter). his work sare very imaginative.

downside-- the heat and I lost a camera piece that's not really essential per se maybe for aesthetic purposes.

higlights-- pictures of a pug

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June 19, 2005

Asian Festival and Religious Fanaticism

This past weekend I attended an Asian Festival in Pennslanding....From Saturday, June 19 to Sunday June 20, Pennslanding (part of PECO's multicultural series) organized the 2nd annual Asian Festival that celebrated the uniqueness of the various Asians in the Philadelphia community...

The festival was tres cool, they had asian food, arts and crafts and the songs and dance...I didn't care much for the food (big shocking surprise!)...I spent $13 on chinese art (paper cutting)...I was really impress with the traditional dances...the chinese and korean "fan dance"...of course the traditional filipino dances (tinikling, pandanggo sa ilaw etc.), the chinese opera, the cambodian flower dance (welcome dance), the martial arts demonstration, the chinese yo-yo demonstration, the classical chinese songs (reminisces, memory), korean ribbon dance and drum playing for harmony, chinese lion dance...the costumes were very exotic...

the day before this, I saw West Side story in Walnut Theater (America's oldest theater) and I was reunited with the delicious Gelati (italian icecream -->I had my first taste of this in Europe, I ate a cantaloupe flavored gelati mixed with panni cottta (caramel dairy-based ) It was so delcious, it was creamy and just right (not too sweet or bland)...

Religious fanaticism is scary...

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June 6, 2005

My Adventures as a CCP Photographer...

I'm taking Photo 101 here at Community College of Philadelphia and I'm having fun and learning a lot (who knew that these two phrases could be combined together).

My assignments are thought-provoking, exciting and imaginative. I dealt with abstraction (close-up on subject to create and see implied shapes), point of view (looking up or down, bird's eye of view or something radical, as long as it's not straight forward), depth of field (shallow (blurry background) or deep (foreground, middle ground and background appear focus, no "circles of confusion"), shutter speed (fast= freezing the motion, slow = blurring the subject, and panning (which is tres difficil), environmental portrait (not just the subject but the surrounding that is important to the subject) and quality of light (shadow, texture, detail).

as my teacher emphasized, I'm not a civilian anymore, I'm a photo 101 student and with this title I have the right to ask random strangers if I could take their pictures ( I could also ask people I know)...one day I followed several couple who just got married and asked them if I could take their pictures ( they gave me permission)...I ask this dude who was rollerblading if he could spin for me and he was delighted to be privileged...I saw this cute pug and I asked his owner and he said yes...I took an environmental portrait of my mom...I had to ask security if I could take a picture of the Kimmel Center Ceiling, he said yes but when he saw me set up my tripod, he changed his mind, he said I had to return the next day and ask the manager...I was out at night, while soft drizzle moisten the ground and I took pictures of people with umbrellas walking up to a theater in Broad Street near city hall, some of the people asked if I was doing a documentary, I just told them it was for a class...one of them saw my Seton Hill hoody and thought it was Seton "Hall" (shame on him)...

I 'm getting good at developing my own film and loading my film on the reel in a dark room (just think of handling scissors and can openers while your eyes are shut)...while I was developing a print I got reminded that I'm allergic to metal abrasion (this reminder was a freaky experience)...

Pretty soon I'll be learning how to mount my work on a musuem board...on top of these, I understand more about focusing, metering, composing, light (yeah impressionism), movement, photo- terminology and other aspects of the camera (we take for granted because of automaticity = go manual!)

My mid- semester evaluation is this Wednesday, it should be fun!

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