The photo field trip to Elfin Forest was a pleasant break from the mainly indoor experience of a normal school day. It was definitely a different experience to be interacting with classmates in an environment away from computer screens and fluorescent lights (not that I have anything against computers). It was also different (and nice) to feel free to take picture of subjects other than trees as I have been doing for the past few weeks, although my natural attraction to them still shows through in this assignment given that they feature as main topics in several of them.
Unfortunately, there are some days when I feel particularly inspired, and despite the inspirational nature of the Elfin Forest Reserve (including the lovely water features), I do not feel as if I was “on a roll” that day. Still, a few worth-while images came out well enough to satisfy me.
This week I added a few tree photos to my collection that I would like to use for my magazine.
I also was able to put together a few pages of my magazine. From this point on, I will likely be using mainly photos that I have already taken and will only be adding new ones when I find that there is a gap in the types of images I need for the magazine. I have begun to organize the way that I want my magazine to be put together, although I haven’t settled on a definite organization just yet, so I only have a lose idea of that.
One thing that I have changed from my original idea is that rather than having an informational, text-heavy type magazine, I want to focus more on the aesthetic qualities of trees. This is in major part because I have not been able to travel around Southern California as much as I would like, and so feel that my magazine would be noticeably incomplete if my goal where to educate readers about the various types of trees in our area as I will be unable to include many of the types that are common in Southern California. I would have liked to basically create a pleasant-to-look-at index of Southern Californian trees, but perhaps that will have to wait for another time. It seems that my project will instead look a little more like what I have below, perhaps highlighting certain general types of trees, but definitely with less focus on text-based communication:
In summary, I have mostly met the same goals for the week as posted on my timeline previously by deciding on a loose organization (probably by general color or topic, as in leaves go with leaves and bluish things go with other blueish things, etc.), deciding that there will be more images and less writing than I originally intended and lastly found that I have almost all the images I need already.
This week I had trouble deciding between several artists featured on the Annenberg Space for Photography website, so I decided to follow the lead of a few different ones.
This artists photographs close up texture photos of tree bark, which I decided to try out.
I also decided to make a similar image using eucalyptus leaves from different types of trees. In my magazine, these will be labeled so that the type of tree associated with each leaf is known to the viewer.
Lastly, I was also inspired by Carol Ring to put together some pictures of various parts of trees and put them together into one piece.
This artist takes texture photos of natural objects and mirrors them so that they are symmetrical. I decided to do something similar with various types of tree bark.
I based my assignment on this artist last time and had enough fun with it that I wanted to do it again with a focus on trees. It is possible that I might be able to use these for my magazine.