DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WRITTEN INVENTORY:
EVERY PHOTOGRAPH WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY A WRITTEN INVENTORY
____________________ � “Title put in quotes” or “Untitled”
_____________________ � Assignment theme or Study name
__________, ________ � media (i.e., 35mm camera, film type, custom printing, digital camera, scanner, manipulated in Adobe Photoshop 7.0, etc.)
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_____________________ � your name
_____________________ � E-mail address
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� school & accompanying statistics
IMMACULATE HEART ACADEMY
Class of ????
500 Van Emburgh Ave.
Township of Washington, NJ 07676
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(See samples below and answer the following questions in well phrased narrative form. Do not write answers to questions in a list. For the neatest presentation make ONLY one Inventory per page. Focus on your purpose for taking the picture. Put your ideas into effective order. Use clear and varied sentences. Use words correctly. Capitalize, spell check, and punctuate correctly.)
1. WHY?: What does your art work say? Describe the intent, theme, and how it fits the theme, idea, problem you solve. Tell what you were trying to accomplish in taking it. By doing this you will describe your process in developing the picture from an idea to an image.
2. MEANING: What do I want my audience to see in the photograph? What message and meaning are you trying to convey?
3. CONTENT/CONCLUSION: After looking back at the art work, objectively, far from the original intent, has it’s original intent changed? What was the original intent? If it has change, how has it change
4. THIRD ELEMENT: What is the third element in the picture? The third element is a part of or all of something in the picture which makes it interesting and worth remembering. It might be something totally contradictory to the main subject of the work. How does it make your art work interesting?
5. PHOTOSHOP FORMULA IN STAGES. Describe steps taken or process used in achieving your end results. Include filters/adjustments/image size, etc.
6. See Inventory Description Samples below. Their narrative qualities are excellent examples for you.
SAMPLES OF WELL-WRITTEN, THOROUGH INVENTORY DESCRIPTIONS:
This was a difficult image to achieve even though it resulted in a fairly simple picture. First I shot a Kodak billboard in Times Square with the digital camera . Then I enlarged the seal section of the image (#1), but since it was on an angle, I had to skew it in Photoshop in the filter menu until the picture appeared to have been taken straight on (#5). Then I introduced a third element (#4) in the form of a dog, layered in Photoshop (#5). Then I layered a posterized version over the original version, one slightly above the other (#5) so that there is a kind of doubling, unfocused and unsettled effect (#2 and #3).
The scanned image came out naturally misty, so it began as an eerie scene (#1). I played off that eerieness by looping the skyline above the house in Photoshop filters (#1) and applying Different Cloud mode in black and then reapplying it to get the aquamarine sky (#5). Over that I added a flash (#4) to appear in place of the sun, adding quite an unnatural light source to the scene which serves as the photograph’s third element(#4). The contradiction (#2) between light and dark is obvious, and the brightness of the sky seems particularly out of place due to the obvious presence of night in the lower portion of the picture. The lights that are on inside the house draw some of that light into the bottom of the frame so that it isn’t totally washout out in darkness. I want to viewer to react to the unnatural light and its sources (#2) After looking objectively at the photograph there are aspects of it in which light acts real as well as unnaturally contrived light I originally began with. This adds to the visual and emotional contradiction in the piece (#3).
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