In my last post I dug up a bunch of pictures I took during my first semester of studying photography at Reykjavík Technical College (my reasons for going back to school were also mentioned in that post)
I actually left out two series I did:
When given the assignment of making a photo essay on something in either a negative or positive light, I decided to document the outskirts of my town, Hafnarfjörður. In the last 20 years or so, this area, once moss covered lava for the most part, has become the location for numerous industrial plants and warehouses, much to the displeasure of the town residents who have to look at the less-than-pleasing scenario, the location being particularly ironic in light of the fact that this is the very first thing travelers to Iceland see when entering the greater Reykjavík area from Keflavík International Airport. So I spent a few days wandering around the area with my recently purchased 70-300mm DO lens :
The DO stands for diffractive optics, I bought it due to its very appealing compact nature. While set to 70mm , it can actually fit into an average sized purse , while attached to the body of your 5D mark II, which is more than can be said for many other powerful zoom lenses on the market)
Here’s some of what came out of that project:
I also did an industrial series, for which I chose to visit the Ístex factory in Mosfellsbær, Iceland, where all the wool I use for my sweaters is manufactured.
I lurked around the premises for a couple of hours, getting some wary looks from employees and at least twice being asked if I was an industrial spy..wether jokingly or not, I’m not entirely sure.
I tried to document all different steps of the process, which was a little confusing , so much going on at once, with many different kinds of wool thread being produced as well as the Álafoss Lopi that I use most. Here’s a peek at that:
This coming semester I believe I’ll have a lot more creative freedom with my schoolwork, but nonetheless that first semester did me a world of good, as pretty much none of these subjects are something I would have photographed if left to my own devices.
Diversity is an important part of the learning process, after all
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I absolutely suck at blogging. Sorry about that, to anyone who used to follow my ramblings on here and maybe even enjoyed them a little bit.
I’m going to blame the fact that I went back to school in January, which left me with zero spare time whatsoever.
I signed up for a one-year course in Photography at Reykjavík Technical College, for the simple fact that in Iceland, you’re not actually allowed to call yourself a “photographer” unless you’ve taken this particular course of education.
Some of you may or may not know that I already have a B.A. degree in visual arts, so I was actually going back a step from university level to college level. Surprisingly, there was a lot more studying involved.
That really says a lot about Icelands Academy of the Arts..
Anyway, during that first semester I posted not one single photo I made at school on Flickr or my official facebook page, so I figured I’d put together a little show and tell of what I was “learning” this spring.
I have to admit I found it a bit weird having to adhere to teachers instructions on what to photograph and how, but I ended up learning a bunch of technical stuff, (studio lighting for instance) that will no doubt come in handy in my future artistic endeavors.
The first assignment was quite open to interpretation, basically “shoot a 36 frame roll of bw film, interpreting your the way to school” . For that I just walked around the streets that I drive to school, asking perfect strangers if I could take their portrait.
The only challenge being that I absolutely HATE asking people to take their picture, felt like a complete dork. So that was a refreshing exercise.. I’m lazy at scanning so these 4 examples are negatives photographed against a window and inverted, hence the rough look ( I rather like it actually)
Next up: A studio portrait processed in 4 different ways in PS:
(for that I used a practice shot of my classmate, nothing particularly brilliant going on here) Gave myself serious creative licence on that last one, I’d just gotten my wacom tablet and went nuts with the mixer brush in CS5..
Lets see.. We also had to do 6 portraits of the same person using proper studio lighting technique. For that project I used my older son Bjarki, here are a couple I’m really pleased with:
For environmental portraits (meaning “people photographed in a way that reflects their profession or personality) , I photographed the mayor of my hometown Hafnarfjörður (who happens to be my boyfriends dad),
a horse tamer (who happens to be my boyfriends best friend) and an Icelandic fisherman (who happens to be my boyfriend):
Another project was to photograph our daily environment in some way. Here’s some of what came out of that:
Stuff around the house:
Stuff around the neighborhood (shot with my Holga)
I did some sports photography:
White on white / black on black
Lightpainting (my violin that I bought in 2011 and never have time to play) :
And a lot of black and white film stuff. I in fact purchased a ’78 Hasselblad off ebay in January, the following images were taken with that:
I’ll leave it at that for now, just felt like sharing so people would know I’m still alive and haven’t given up on photography
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