Rip Currents at the Boardwalk
This particular artist statement is somewhat centered around my photograph collage, Rip Currents and the rest of my work so far. I first got into photography just for fun. Whether I'm on vacation or just on the street, I always love to take pictures of my surroundings. I feel as if anything, photography is something really calming, especially when it's of nature, which is also why nature is my main photographic topic. So far, I have been working on how to improve my pictures on photoshop. However, I think that for the future, I really want to work on developing my pictures in ways where I'm happy with the overall result and that I don't have to use Photoshop to make my pictures better. That's my ultimate goal when it comes to photography, being proud of a great picture when I take it and when it's developed.
I chose to do many things when it came to this picture. The assignment given was to make a collaborative picture, or a collage, out of all the pictures that we've taken ourselves throughout the year. I have this one picture from vacation in Florida over Spring Break. I really liked this photograph a lot and decided to tweak it up a bit using aspects of some of my other pictures. In photoshop, I added a sailboat, a seagull, and even someone's hand with a camera in it to make it look like someone else was taking the picture, too. I had to feather some of the additional aspects and brighten up the picture a bit but overall, I think it turned out really well. My main goal for this project was to not just have it look like I copied and pasted different pictures together, but to have it look like a completely new, believable picture. My additions gave my picture, in my opinion, more of a whimsical feel and I definitely like it just as much as I did with the original picture.
I happen to have a really deep connection with my work and it really means a lot to me. When I work with my pictures, I am reminded that this is something that I took and it's really out there, continuing its beauty in nature. The whole point of my work is to capture that one moment of incredible nature and make it last forever. I most definitely know that my piece is done when I'm satisfied with the end result, knowing that I did all I could to make the picture really look better than it started. I am happy whenever I'm working with my pictures and when others are looking at my work, I want it to be something that they sort of linger over and really consider the beauty of the picture rather than just passing by it and glimpsing over the obvious. With my current work, I have noticed an improvement in my photography and I think that throughout the years, I will improve even more. Having constant goals and standards for myself and the work that I want to get done I believe will help me move along gradually to the place I want to be with my work.