Friday, January 29, 2016

Final Thoughts

Some of the most memorable experiences in Photo 2 have been 1) going on all of our field trips for the hunger documentary. I had never been to any of the locations we travelled to. It was interesting to go to these locations and take photos. The most memorable for me was going to interview people in Portland. It was great to experience this with a purpose, to take videos and get other opinions. The hunger documentary was such a unique experience for me and I will always remember how much time and effort we put into them. Another memorable moment in Photo 2 was learning how to shoot with shallow and deep depth of field. This was pretty fun to learn about because it is interesting to take a completely new type of photograph with your camera. 

Artwork of which I am the most proud

This photo is from the fall flowers and plants bi-weekly assignment (free choice). I am the most proud of this photo because of the use of shallow depth of field and how only some parts of the plant are in focus. This photo is, in my opinion, interesting to look at and demonstrates the rules of photography that I learned throughout this course. This photo impacted my learning by showing me that photos can be of simple objects but still very interesting. This is definitely one of my favorite photos of mine because of the colors and blurred background.  

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Darkroom Reflection

  • To learn how to use a film camera to help understand manual exposure;
  • To learn the process of exposing, developing and printing from black & white film in the traditional darkroom setting.
Processing and exposing film was not easy. It takes a very long time and is very touchy. If you mess up the timing of one roll of film, your photos are gone. Also, I learned that exposing the film to light is very bad. We had to use black bags and roll our film without seeing what we were doing. It was very difficult to not see what we were doing, it was also very frustrating if the photos did not turn out the way we wanted them to. Sometimes the negatives would be all black. It was exciting to see our film turn into photos. 

The process of going into the darkroom taught me a lot, it is not easy. The process itself took a very long time and can be easily messed up. Everything has to be exactly timed and is very touchy. 2) Digital photography is so much easier than film photography. We are so lucky to be able to see exactly how a photo is going to turn out. In film photography, you have to wait weeks to see how a photo is going to turn out. 3) The third thing I learned is that the photos turned out very beautiful. When a photo is in black and white, it has a different effect than a colored photo. The photos from film are very beautiful. 

- Why can film not be exposed to light?
-How do the fixers and other liquids we used help to create the photos?
-When was film photography created?


The abstract photos were a little bit difficult for me to take because of all of the different ideas and angles we needed to think about. It is hard to make something look like something it isn't, yet when you achieve that affect it is very cool. I think my successes were using lots of different angles and objects to try and get the abstract feel. The difficulties I had were trying to be really creative with it and making simple objects look interesting. Overall, it was a fun project and opened my mind to how simple things can turn into beautiful photographs. 

Friday, January 15, 2016

Hunger Project

Hunger Documentary 

After travelling to multiple food banks and pantries in our area, I made this documentary to show and explain what I learned. Some of the locations we went to are: Wayside Food Bank, Yarmouth Food Pantry, Wayside Food Kitchen, Good Shepherd Food Bank, and Interviewing on the streets of Portland. Overall, this was a huge learning experience for me and really has opened up my eyes to the hunger around me. 


  • To become deeply aware of food insecurity in Maine by visiting food banks, food pantries, community kitchens, and interviewing various people;
  • To spread awareness of this problem through images, writing (reflections, interviews), and video;
  • To learn and understand unsung heroes who founded organizations to help people in need;
  • To demonstrate understanding and awareness of all of the above through a multimedia documentary that will be shared via a variety of public venues (presentations, online).

Monday, January 11, 2016



This photo is unique because of the in-focus top of the bottle and the blurred background.
You cannot tell what kind of glass this is or how large it is. This is my favorite image because o the lights and different colors in the background. The glass stands out the most out of all of the elements in this photo.