Friday, September 25, 2015

Erwin Laiho Week 3


  1. First of all, it's pretty clear that you put time in, editing your photographs; their excellence shows. You do whatever you can to create that perfect, minimal, non-intrusive, and balanced photo. For what you are trying to portray, your use of editing is necessary and successful. Overall, I am looking at both the contrast and balance of what is man-made, and the nature of what is surrounding. I can't wait to see how you continue with your series.

  2. Hey Erwin, I obviously know NOTHING about photography. I do wonder though, exactly what IS it that you are trying to portray. I mean I can appreciate the stark lines, but am just not sure of what you are trying to show. From a purely personal appreciation standpoint, I really love the photo of the glass walled building with the bamboo in front.

  3. Thanks Royce! The editing makes them sharper, cleaner, more beautiful, but it also feels like "cheating". I have a hard time thinking about the post-production, but Man Ray's photography gave me some reassurance that there is art to the modification too.

    If you think about it, our efforts to create the picture aren't that far away from each other. I put in work after the shot to get the exact composition I like, where as you tune the scene prior to taking the photograph.

    Hey Jay, you do know about photography! You have documented countless events I have been to :) This is the first class of photography for me too and I must admit I don't always quite know either why I take the photos I do. However, the purpose of many of the photos I have taken for this class, is to present the natural and the industrial. Some times alone, often somehow together (like the glass and bamboo), I want to make people more aware and appreciative of how nature enlivens our environment.

    In terms of aesthetics, I do not like decorative stuff (like art nouveau or classical style), but I do enjoy looking at nature, from which these decorative styles are derived from. For me the ideal is the combination of pure modernist forms and unpretentious wild nature.