Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Yay! Light Writing!!!

This one is for my niece and nephew! We had so much fun this summer making our own light writing images!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

CLOUD: An Interactive Sculpture Made from 6,000 Light Bulbs

CLOUD is a large-scale interactive sculpture created from 6,000 light bulbs (new and burnt out) by Canadian artists Caitlind r.c. Brown & Wayne Garrett. The piece utilizes everyday domestic light bulbs and pull strings, re-imagining their potential to create wonder and inspire collaboration. As part of the process of creating the sculpture, the artists collected burnt out incandescent light bulbs from the surrounding community, forging an informal relationship with non-artists, reducing costs, and asking audiences to reconsider household items in an alternative context. During exhibition, viewers interact with CLOUD by initiating impromptu collaborations, working as a collective to turn the entire sculpture on and off.
How CLOUD works: The hand-bent steel substructure of the sculpture is covered in a skin of incandescent light bulbs (new and burnt out), and rear-lit from within by 250 compact fluorescent bulbs, pulling a total power of approximately 20 amps (the equivalent of two household outlets). Each of these bulbs is attached to a pull-string, allowing viewers to control the illumination of the structure – like lightning in the CLOUD above them.

CLOUD: An Interactive Sculpture Made from 6,000 Light Bulbs from Caitlind r.c. Brown on Vimeo.

By Caitlind r.c. Brown

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fashionable Neanderthals?

Check out NPR's article: Study Neanderthals Wore Jewelry and Makeup

From the article: (Neanderthals) "only need to do that (wear jewelry) in a world where you have a complex network of relations, because if you only interact with your family or people you've known all your life, they know who you are, you don't need to use an identity card."

The role that jewelry has played throughout humanity is long and diverse. This article just adds more to what we already know, and gives an even more complex look at the lives of Neanderthals.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Photography Tutorials & Inspiration

Here are some great videos and tutorials for Photo I students.

The first video I have is all about inspiration and innovation. Brooke Shaden gives techniques for harnessing your creativity:
Video Link HERE

Julia Margaret Cameron (slideshow below) has always been one of my favorite photographers. Her photographic style was greatly influenced by literature and painting.

This next video is a project by Jonathan Harris. He took one photo a day. This would be a wonderful project for you to do as well! Practice the art of seeing, looking deeper, reflecting, recording. I would recommend doing this for yourself, and for privacy and safety, not posting on-line. A great quote from this photographer: "No matter what you do in your life... Your greatest creation is always going to be your life story... Thinking of life itself as a creation, as a story that you are writing."