This was one of my last minute photos that turned out to be pretty good. I caught my friend Adam strumming away on his guitar in the stairway and didn’t hesitate to take a couple of photographs. However, he soon figured out someone was taking snaps of him and refused to let me continue. After a while of pleading and pouting, however, he let me take a few more as he played a wonderful melodious tune. Kid sure has talent!
I guess I decided to start off the presentation with this picture because it depicts the vibrancy of everyday life in a way. It has this sweet intensity that’s similar to some of the things we love most about life.
This little girl belongs to one of my neighbors. She’s beautiful.
Her expressions while crying not only fit perfectly with that portion of the song, but also made for an interesting photograph.
Yes, I had my mother pose for this. This wasn’t the image I was going for initially– I was looking toward focusing more on the cell phone and the way she was holding it and having her body blurred in the background- like a depth of field picture. But she spontaneously decided to cover her face in dismay and there you have it– a mother waiting by the phone saying a prayer for us all.
Through the Blinds
I love this picture because of the vibrant contrast and the message it conveys as well. When I see this picture, I see strength in those eyes; I see defiance. I see a need to hide; I see vulnerability. These mix of emotions and longings portray the human heart and mind in literal terms, in my opinion.
Anina was an amazing model and she really brought this picture to life. I chose not to desaturate this and use it as the colorful picture to break the trend of black and white ones purposely lined up at the beginning because of that life she brought in– it just needed color to show the intensity she conveyed.
I liked the motion in this picture– the walking and the hair flying. I loved the concept of a mother holding the hands of her twins with matched outfits. The color, in my opinion, works nicely and the red in the picture makes it a lot more interesting. Also, the fact that it’s everyday scenery captured in a photograph makes it even better. I actually took it from behind them– they never found out.
I thought that this was a sweet picture that could go with a very literal interpretation of the lyrics– “remind us all what we used to be”– so I thought I would throw that in to create a contrast of ages of people in the pictures.
In terms of editing, I used the filter gallery to blur the edges and give it a more soft, painted on look.
If you hadn’t noticed, this is my most precious model- Kimberly. The day we did this shoot, it was freezing cold. And yet, she agreed to take off her shoes and socks, her jacket and gloves, sit on the ground and lean against the benches. The best part of the picture is the wind blowing in her hair and her determination to smile despite being close to frostbite.
I used the gradient map to give the picture a different feel and tone.
It has a nice rhythm. Of freedom and joy.
I love the way the strands of her hair fall across her face and how her smile shines through it. I used the watercolor filter from the gallery to make it seem like the photograph is a painting– which heightens its appeal.
Why, yes, those are indeed my watery eyes and that tear is 100% real. I agonized a lot over how to make the tear more apparent, but then I came to the conclusion that the expression itself says more than enough.
One if the first pictures I took for this class and still one of my best. Her expression, her body language, and most of all—her eyes– say so much more than words could ever. You can see such longing and desire in them, such pain and sorrow. The arching of her neck adds the perfect touch.
Kimberly once again. I know, she has a fantastic smile. That my camera absolutely adores.
Shona is my cat. His name means sweetheart in Bengali. It also means gold in Bengali, which kind of resembles his coat color. I like how the way he is being held shows the adoration towards him. The balloons in the background add a wonderful touch.
Again, a very literal interpretation of the lyrics pertaining to our past. The picture has an adorable infant and child, softened with filters, which make the picture interesting and subtle.
I loved the shadow. I used this a very metaphorical interpretation of the lyrics—“all that lies between us, all that lies between you and me”– to show the “you” and “me” to be the person and the shadow of the person. It’s kind of an interesting idea with plays with the concept of accepting oneself.
It also reminds me of one of my favorite songs– without you here by the goo goo dolls.
“ And you're still the only light that fills the emptiness The only one I need until my dying breath And I would give you everything
just to feel your open arms And I'm not sure I believe anything I feel…”
My camera really does love her.
She’s looking out into the endless possibilities that flow with the waves.
What’s interesting about this picture is the effect of light. It completely transforms the way Singha is portrayed. It’s beautiful at the same time though and shows a different side of her. The pursed lips also go wonderfully with the song.. “the bells that never sing.”
She just wouldn’t let go.
I diffused the glow. She’s radiant in herself, though. The picture kind of makes us think of the simplicity of childhood.
I used this picture to portray the lyrics of “what we could have been” because of the sunlight peering out through the clouds and overcoming the attempts to be covered. It’s metaphorical in the sense that it’s portraying the desire to have been able to overcome things that we let defeat us.
pictures of pictures.
the boy is screaming, but no one seems to notice.
the girl is dreaming, but no one seems to care.
I named this picture after my first love. Yup- it’s true. I did so for a few reasons. One- his favorite color is blue. It pretty much defines him. He likes kites and kids and people don’t notice when he screams inside. I guess those aren’t the greatest reasons. Maybe it’s just the fact that the picture reminds me of him. Good pictures tend to bring back memories, good or bad. I would consider this good enough to bring back things I had left behind, and thus this is one of the stars of my presentation.
Do you kind of understand why the two pictures kind of go together for me now? By the way, I didn’t name this Asha just because I’m frivolous in that manner– I named it Asha because Asha means hope and desire, which the little girl in red portrays so wonderfully and innocently. Oh, and my favorite color is red, by the way.
I love this picture simply because it’s beautiful. It speaks for my heart without saying a word. It shows emotion in the simplest way. You can see her dreaming so wildly, you can see the world going on around her without a care of her daydreaming. And the best part is- she doesn’t need the world to care.
Poetic, isn’t it?
This is the most important picture to me. Not because it’s a great, poetic picture, but because the puppy in the photo means the world to me. She’s an adorable Maltese who I love to death. The first one to greet me in the morning, the one to jump on me with joy when I come home from school, and the one to snuggle close to my bed at night because she doesn’t like being left alone– Ariel is the most wonderful thing that’s ever happened to me.
We can’t keep her, though, because my mom has allergies. It’s heartbreaking to see someone you love so much being taken away from you. It hurts more than failing three tests in a row after pulling all-nighters for each, getting hit in the head with a basketball, and even more than unrequited love with some kite-loving weirdo. Love in it’s simplest and purest is the hardest to lose.
So I commemorate all these pictures to Ariel, who loves the world and loves people like me who are foreign to affection, who can teach anyone the true meaning of life by showing them the true meaning of love and loss. Thank you sweetheart.
Never let life bring you down so much that you can’t get back up.
Get back up.
Stand up and reach out.
Be strong enough to want to fly, and the next thing you know—