Alexandra Robledo Advanced Photography portfolio

Learning Experience

I have always had an interest in studying photography. Being able to take Advanced Photography at Whittier College has broadened my knowledge of photography and the skills necessary for shooting in an effective and meaningful way, while also being aesthetically pleasing. I have always thought of photography as just taking a pretty picture, but this class has opened my eyes as to how much work and thought actually goes into photography and capturing successful images. The most surprising aspects of this course were all the steps I had to consider before taking an image prior to shooting. I think that the area I grew the most in was composition and learning where the subject should be placed in the frame in order to make it as meaningful and successful as possible. The aspect of composition is where I believe I grew the most because prior to taking this course, I did't put much thought into how effective placement of an object could be.

Project #1 - Meaning Through Camera Functions

The goal of project one was to communicate meaning of shutter speed and depth of field in an image. For this project, I specifically used the aperture and shutter speed to accomplish the goal.

My intention for the image above of the American Flag, is to demonstrate how America is changing to becoming more and more industrialized. I used fast shutter speed to stop the motion of the flag to represent the current state of America.
In this second image, I used shallow depth of field to show how the younger generation are so mentally sucked into playing on their technological devices.

Skills Learned

Throughout the course of this class, I have learned so many photography skills that will greatly benefit my future as a photographer. These skills include basic camera functions, printing images, editing using Photoshop and Lightroom, and shooting and developing on film. Some of the technical skills that I have been able to learn and improve on include exposure, focusing, image editing, and lighting. I have also learned how to be more creative in the visual elements of my images.

Project #2 - Intervention

The goal of project 2 was to create an intervention in a space in order to make people notice something visible, but typically unnoticed by the general person. Another possibility of the intervention was to make people notice something that is hidden or invisible. For one of the three images, I did a digital intervention using repetition and for the other two images I created a physical intervention.

In this first image, I replicated a sign three times that originally said "PASS WITH CARE" and replaced it with "CARE CARE CARE," in order to make people realize how often they dive dangerously when trying to get from point A to Point B.
In the second image, I painted the stumps of trees red, like a bleeding stump, to show how people abuse nature without a second thought.
In the third image above, I stitched a tree together where it's bark was broken, in order to give the example that even if people tear down nature, they will never be able to fully restore it again.

Analysis of Contemporary Photography

This semester, we looked at many contemporary photographers and their different styles. Some of these photographers include Francesca Woodman, George Rousse, and Zeke Burman. These photographers were some of my favorites of those that we went over in class lectures because they are all very different from others. Of all of the photographers that we covered in the Advanced photography course, I feel that they all had their own unique styles and did not have work similar to other photographers shooting in the same genre. I found that many of the photographers we studied worked a lot with either nature of the human body, though some also worked with shapes. Each photographer we studied use all of the skills we have learned in the course, and apply them to their work in a way that seems effortless. It is inspiring to see so many creative photographers who have such different work from other people, that aren't simply copying other photographers ideas. A true artist is able to create new works and can relate their own emotions to influence their work, making it unique to others.

Project #3 - Still Life

The goal of this project was to arrange a series of objects that play with the conventions of representation. Each of my images below play with the convention of shadows. Shadows are used to show what is actually there when hit with light.

The shadow of a spoon is expected to be laying under the spoon in the image above. Instead I replaced the shadow with that of a fork to play with what we use utensils for and how they work.
In this image, I removed the human from the image only leaving his shoes and shadow. My intension for this image is to make the viewer think about what actually is present.
For this image, I played with the concept of gravity in order to trick the mind of how the glass is actually positioned and how the liquid is flowing up the side.
I used digital manipulation in this image to multiply a picture of a cinderblock. This image achieves the assignment of optical illusion because it almost looks like an abstract painting, as well as raised pyramids.

Project #4 - Self-Designed Final Photo Project

For project 4, the class was instructed to design our own project on whatever topic we wanted and classifying our own rules and functions to create a series. My series is based on an outdated form of communication, which is mailboxes. Even though people still use mailboxes, it is not typically used for communicating because it is so slow; most of the population uses technology. In order to portray the old and outdatedness of mailboxes, I took images of older, rusty, and/or broken mailboxes. For the close up images of the run down mailboxes, I chose to use shallow depth of field to help the damage and old feel of the mailboxes stand out and show more detail. I also added a few images of multiple mailboxes in a row to show their different characteristics.

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Alexandra Robledo

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