The thing I want to express in my photos is how I see the world and my home. The photos I have taken remind me of diamonds in the rough. The way I see it is how I can express the beauty of nature while you’re still in the city. Since I was mostly inside even when I went to school, I wasn’t able to explore the world around me. I really love how The Point helped me expand my horizon. I mostly got interested in photography because of my mom and my best friend. So what I want to inspire in other people is that they can also take pictures of how they see the world.
As I have been introduced to photography I am also being introduced to adulthood. In these photos, I am showing that a part of growing up is not only figuring out what you what to do for work but also what you want to do for fun. I show you some of my hobbies and family. The reason I have included lots of photos of my family is because to me I consider family as just another hobby I love. Photography to me is a way to capture moments in life that I don’t want to lose. the reason I created these photos is just to show other people that the only thing that all teens do is not play video games or play on a screen. And even if that is what you do, parents have to understand that we are trying to figure out what we like in life. Being at ICP has shown that there are other things to do in life such as photography. I love taking pictures but this is only the beginning.
This project is a representation of what I found to be important to me during quarantine. With staying inside constantly and only being given short bursts to be outside its hard to lose sight of the things that are important to you. I used this project as a reminder that no matter how weird things may get I still have my family friends and can still do my hobbies in moderation, I mainly focused and landscapes and portraits which portray what I feel what I see and what I experience on a day to day basis, This project has opened me up to portrait photography something i frankly didn"t care for before this project and has over all made me more versatile in my craft. I had a lot of fun and enjoyed this project.
These images are photos of my Mexican heritage found in my home. I struggled to conceptualize images based on my Mexican heritage. The photographs seemed too crowded and unfocused. However there was a turning point for me when Cinthya Santos Briones visited our class. After that it was a lot easier to figure out what I was doing that was obstructing the image. Along with some pointers from my teachers I found new ways to execute my ideas and make better photographs. Each image for me tells a story. Many of these objects were gifts given to my family from close and distant relatives. I like to think about my heritage as a gift as well. Photography for me has been always interesting. It is a way for me to share memories for my family.
This project is about what I'm doing when I'm not at home, a theme I have worked on before. What makes this project different is that the focus has shifted on the people around me, more than ever. In these images, you can see a little deeper into what makes skateboarding so special and a big part of my life. Many of the people in these photographs I’ve met through skateboarding and they will probably continue to be in my life for many more years to come. Over time, they have become my closest peers and I have dedicated the past months to immortalize these moments that I have with them. I want the viewer to experience what it's like to be with my friends.
What I like about photography is that I can talk about real world problems like the #ICPconcerned project which showed us different points of view of how this pandemic has impacted the lives of other people. Photography gives me to ability tell stories about my experiences and emotions of pain, happiness and anger as well as express my ideas. The picture I took of a tunnel made me think “a surprise is awaiting” on the other side. You might find treasure or maybe a loved one but you never know until you look. It represents to me the idea of possibility.
One photographer I thought about when I took pictures was Ansel Adams. Throughout his lifetime he took photographs of landscapes like mountains, waterfalls, rivers and trees. What I like about his work are the leading lines and use of the rule of thirds. He was one of the founders of the group f/64 and always used sharp focus and total range in his photos which I like to use when I‘m out taking pictures of nature in the Bronx.
People diss us because we are from the Bronx but what they don't know is that we have the greenest borough. Here we have the most beautiful flowers, the prettiest trees and the most spectacular rivers. So the next time you diss the Bronx do some research and come see what I see.
Loyalty & Crystal
I found darkness.
You see, my eyes has no light
But I could show you the color
what I see whatever I go or dress
This is how I feel mysterious emotions
The only thing that I would live
Those flowers I see.
I'm living in the '90s,
where I feel trap in my house.
I can't speak
But I can hear the voice in my mind
Flowers are like Beauty. You're beautiful until there's no water; it dries out; it's just like betrayed,
But for some reason, I feel betrayed
I'm not the person I used to be.
I'm just like a crystal that breaks easy my loyalty, Crystal.
AMIT & SEIMI
At Fifteen emphasizes the search for identity and expression seen with today’s youth. We chose to portray our subjects in a way that highlights the themes of their relationships with one another as well as with themselves. In At Fifteen, we were inspired by the bold personalities and energy of the subjects, as well as our personal relationships with them, since these are our close friends. Looking at concepts like creativity, adolescence, intimacy, and perception of self through the project reflects the perspective that we share of the complex transition into adulthood.
During the last couple of months I’ve been in this weird grey area of knowing that I have a successful future but still feeling like I'm on shaky ground when the chaos (school, insecurities, life, and being in quarantine) begins. This semester I decided to make my project about this transition period I’ve mentally and physically been in for the past few months. While out shooting I set my intentions on capturing a form of curiosity/ the unknown and chaos the world presents in my photos. In most of my photos you can see the result of change and destruction which are landfills turned into beautiful gardens and projects demolished and turned into nice hotels. Over the past ten weeks I found myself really diving into this project. I've learned so much about myself and how these past few months really affected me.
This fall, I have focussed on many different things. I improved the composition and the subject of my photos and also focussed on something new and different that was interestingly exciting. I generally like to take classical/traditional landscapes and animal pictures in nature and nicely composed pictures that look natural and beautiful, but this semester, I incorporated a completely new theme to work with color abstractions, light and shapes, altering or changing nature and then expanded on it using fall colors as my centre. My pictures were taken using camera movement to give it an interesting effect.
In this semester’s project to find/work on a (project with a) theme, I focussed on the feeling of fall. Besides taking close-ups and landscapes of falling leaves, I experimented on abstraction using camera movement to blend colors. This brought a different feeling of light and color to my images. Through this I started to observe. As I started to take more of these images, not knowing how they would turn out each time, was exciting and my study of color began to focus on opposing colors or light and dark.Mostly between the tree, the leaves and the sky. Colors compliment one another and gave the effect of giving each photo more feeling to its intensity. Opposing, contrasting, complimentary colors, became important in these leave pictures. The colors of fall were mirrored not only in the leaves, but also in the sunsets and the moon.
This semester an accidental photo let me to experiment with using the camera for blending /abstracting nature, specifically leaves in blurs.
Taking colors of fall and mixing them gave an effect as the wind would swirl leaves and put motion into the swirls of colors blending.
The more I looked to capture colors of Fall the more I connected to the emotion of enjoying beauty and acceptance of seasonal change.
Now, Here I Am
Over the course of the last ten weeks of class, I have kept a journal that reflects the feelings that I have been experiencing over the past two months. In order to engage with my emotions, I began journaling. I considered journaling to be a form of self care and reflection because it allows you to speak to something that can never talk back to you but instead provides you with a space where you can reflect and feel free. The anticipation of waiting in the elevator and arriving at your destination. The feeling of being content with the space around or being happy in the spaces created by the people you surround yourself with. The experience of relaxation as you finally falling asleep after being up for over 24 hours.
I’ve never really seen myself as a subject matter but having been stuck inside for the past nine months, it’s been hard to not find inspiration by something you have the time to admire and look at for a few minutes out of the day. The way that you see yourself is the most important perspective of all. The clothes you decide to wear, the discourse you express to others or yourself, and the way you carry yourself all contribute to your self identity.
These pictures presented in my project are just a fraction of the memories I have created over the course of these ten weeks let alone the past sixteen years of my life. I know what emotions and memories my photos remind me of but I hope there is a sense of familiarity my audience is able to be welcomed by.