Photography is what I do. I got into this work through school, it being an extracurricular subject. I noticed it because I love examining other photos and seeing other photographer's work. When I am able to accomplish a piece of work in photography, I feel really proud of my work especially if I feel that I did a really good job on it and I feel that I must share my work and accomplishment with others too. My favorite thing about my work is that I can change it however I want and keep it interesting and flowing. I can capture exactly what I want and I am able to fix my work in Photoshop if it is not appealing to me. When I say that a piece of mine has turned out well, I mean that I see it has developed how I wanted it to, that the photo piece shows something special about it and captures the image I was aiming for. In all my pieces, I do have somewhat of a pattern because I am taking photos of more or less the same topic, Graffiti or even just any wall or ground art. I like a lot of my photos to either be extremely colorful or in black and white.
When I chose to do photography in school, I chose it because it seemed exciting. My sister does photography and I have seen the pieces she has made and they inspired me to try out photography too. I love being able to capture the things I see in everyday life, while I'm walking down the streets or traveling. In photography, I was hoping to become more advanced in Photoshop and taking a simple photo with many mistakes and turning it into a great piece, which I feel confident about. I wanted to be able to go out in the city and notice unusual things and take photos of them and be able to show others what I saw in the photo. Overall, I wanted to start out as an amateur photographer and by the end grow into a much better photographer.
When making my work and changing it to fit the image I want it to be, I decide how I want it to look and what tools I want to use to make it look the way I want. I decide which colors I want to change or what shapes or people I'd like to crop out or tweak. I chose the theme of Graffiti for my work because it is a constantly changing topic, which I liked because I didn't want to get stuck with the same photos all the time. Also graffiti as a topic allows me to take photos of not only graffiti but the city too and anything I notice in the streets when I am walking around. After I take the photos I usually change them in Photoshop, where I use a few tools since as much as I like Photoshop and was taught how to use it, it was a lot to take in and therefore I used just a few tools. I usually use the burn/dodge tool, or the crop tool. I mainly used burning and dodging because I wanted my photos to be either brighter or darker. I also liked changing my color photo's to black and white because this gave a different perspective to my photo. I just want my photo to be a piece of art that not only I enjoy looking at but that others may enjoy looking at and perceive their own ideas from the photo not only my ideas that are shown.
Just recently, I completed a piece of work that was one of my final pieces in my photography class. It was supposed to show how I have grown as photographer and an artist from the beginning of the year until now. This piece of work was done the way I wanted without any limits. This work grew out my everyday experiences, as I was walking down the streets and I widened my eyes and noticed many objects or paintings or art that I wanted to document. I took photos of what I really thought was interesting and I put several of those photos together in one final piece. I explored taking some of the photos and mixing it with the other photos to create a collage. This was one of my favorite pieces because I was able to showcase several of my pieces all in one glance. This was not only a fun piece to create it was also pretty challenging. I wanted to combine several photos together but it did not always work out but I tried not to get frustrated and rather just let the piece flow together. Altogether, photography was an exciting thing to do but it had its moment of difficulty.