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Monday, March 9, 2009

XP 2009

An exciting new XP class of 31 students has started this semester. Some are going through experimental shots of products, and others of models. Midway through the semester, they will be focusing on digitally composing and adjusting their shots to meet with their concepts, already established at the beginning of the semester.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Faceless Photos

Faceless Photoshoots - Recontextualizing the World With Melanie Bonajo (GALLERY)

(TREND HUNTER) Melanie Bonajo says that her ideas are “link jingles” in her head. What are your ideas like? In order to make sense of the jingles she has in her head, Melanie Bonajo gives them structure. She questions… [More]

Modern Ghost Towns

Modern Ghost Towns - 10 Recently-Abandoned Cities (GALLERY)

(TREND HUNTER) Abandoned cities, towns and villages abound all over the world. And I’m not talking about ancient lost Mayan cities. These, for the most part, are towns from modern times that were deserted for various… [More]

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Meaning in a Photograph

This will be a simple and short post on the meaning of an image in a photograph. We should always remember that there are three factors that contribute to meaning and interpretation of a photograph:
The first obviously would be the Subject Matter or what is depicted.
The second is the Photographer; who is she/he, what is she/he like, what is the photographer's intention or purpose of shooting the image?
And the third is the Viewer; who is the viewer, is the viewer the targeted audience, what is the viewer's cultural or educational background, does the viewer have a background knowledge about the subject matter or the photographer?

Think of a candid photo of a person... suddenly it's not just a normal 'snapshot' anymore when the sitter is actually a famous person, or when you realize that the photographer is actually Andy Warhol for instance (that is if you know who Andy Warhol is...).

Friday, May 23, 2008

Photo Journal/Exercise 8: SURABAYA - Street/Urban Photography

by Angga Andinata (xp08)

by Antonius Teiseran (xp08)

Try to find symbols to describe your opinion about the city of Surabaya (symbols about life in the city, and not merely symbols of the city).

Try to capture UNIQUE or seldom seen images of the city, avoid cliche images. However, it could be something often seen, but you depict it in a new or unique way.

It's subjective, and it's your personal perspective of the city. And you're allowed to manipulate/edit your images as you like them to be (such as using HDR, fake tilt-shift, color adjustments, or just natural or as is).


Pick TWO of your best pictures and print them to minimum 10R size prints, and paste them to a black hardboard/infraboard with 3 cm margins all around. TYPE the TITLE, YOUR NAME, and ID# on a label and paste it on each of your boards on the front bottom right corner.

WE'LL SELECT THE BEST ONES AND HANG THEM UP FOR A SMALL EXHIBITION ALONG THE DEPARTMENT HALL. There'll be a voting session to decide who's got the best photo, and deserves bonus points.

In general, the history of urban photography can be divided into two trends:
- depiction within a topographical approach (the distant gaze and the panoramic view)
- depiction of urban life at street level

To get you started on ideas about our city, here are some compiled terms that are often used to describe the modern city and urban life...
brave, complex, the slums, engines of change, disconnected, paradox, juxtaposition of paradox, fragments, isolation, a melting pot, spectacular, utopia, turbo-capitalism, populated, polution, opportunities, globalization, urbanization, the poor, poverty, dynamic, modern structures, skyscrapers, floods, traffic jams, colorful life, mega-malls, mall-ification, unsafe, threatening, new dimensions, continuous development, walls, migration, urban spaces, terror, fear, modern alienation, spontaneity, jazz, dense, posturban sublime, hectic, infrastructures, urban landscape, parking lots, banal, everyday, offices, construction sites, houses, metropolitan condition, the old and the new, colorful contrasts, extremes, artificiality, self-reflection, simulated, tourism, modern dream, ever-changing, the future, futuristic, separation, borders,…