NYC and Visual Arts
November 12, 2013
I am looking at 4 films strip 4x6 sepia colored photograph. The picture is a printed on coated paper, which gives it a smooth texture. In the composition four filmstrips are placed horizontally across the canvas. Only two of the filmstrips are completely seen while the other to be cropped off the page through the middle axis. The upper photographs consist of a man standing in a public area and his body gets cut off as you move from left to right. In the next row of photographs the first two images consist of two multi-racial girls lying on a bed. While the next photo consists of two girls eating at a table, the visual preceding is abstracted and unidentifiable to the eye. The following row features four people standing in a building, two outdoors, a frontal view of a young Caucasian man, and finally an abstracted visual. The forth row of film is so cropped that the viewer only sees a minimal view of imagery. There is text on the edges on of the film the text is inlaying the border reading, “Kodak 400- 2TNY.”
The photographer intent was to orchestrate her every life through a cinematic lens. Each photo has different messages that are being display. Some of the photos look as through they have been taken for public amusement. Some of the other images take place in a dorm room with several different people. Many of these photos seem to be photos of people in their natural habitat. Four of the twelve photos seemed to be posed.
The photographer used sepia tone to evoke a vintage and nostalgic light. Sometimes in society it is important to hold on to moment and live in the moment. This photo and contact sheet overall look very vintage. I think the photographer wanted to hold on to this moment therefore she captured them in this specific light. Diversity is evokes represented throughout these photos, the individuals in these photos look very free – spirited and comfortable with the photographers company.
I see this photography as successful because it truly does evoke an overall nostalgic expression, as well as, a vintage expression. Through my personal experience while looking at these photos I am able to remember what my early years of college was like. The overall attitude and expression seen in this photo is so refreshing to see yet so different then what my college experience is today.