Wednesday, February 14, 2018

GIF Articles:

A GIF can be considered a democratic entity due to its versatile nature. Meaning, that any and every user has the ability to interpret and enjoy one of these moving images. GIFS, nowadays have become a common form of communication, its purpose is usually to create a humorous mood or feeling. I think the GIF helps in breaking the communication barrier that arises from non-confrontational forms of communication such as direct messages via text. Sometimes it is hard for the texter to convey a message with proper emotion or intent leaving room for a reader to misinterpret the purpose or meaning behind said message. In this case, the GIF does a great job clarifying miscommunication. GIFS are very commonly seen on various social medias, and convey a clear message left to be interpreted throughout society. For example the same GIF can be understood by my dad, my best friend and my teacher alike, even though these individuals share very little in common with one another. The low tech method associated with GIFs also classifies a GIF as a democratic entity. This allows for a wide range a manipulation techniques, that can be achieved by all socioeconomic classes that exist. This also helps push the idea that GIFS can be easily interpreted and understood by the masses.

Photography is an art form that became prevalent in the early 1800s. Photographs can also serve a historical purpose, as cameras are able to capture once in a lifetime moments. A photo can be used to mark an important historical event, a priceless memory, or a candid moment between friends and family. The assigned reading, Essay: Icons as Fact, Fiction and Metaphor by Philip Gefter poses a question of whether or not photographers should be allowed to stage photos that depict history as we know it. Does this dilema cause viewers to question the authenticity of the moment captured by a photographer? “Truth-telling is the promise of a photograph” (Page 1) this quote implies that viewers expect every photograph to be an honest depiction of a historical moment since most people want to understand a pastime and the only way to do this is through a photo. Now,  even if a photo of a soldier being shot has been staged I think that the importance of that specific event can still make an impact on a viewers emotion. The viewer will still feel a sense of despair and tragedy because the photo in question portrays a tragic and painful event. Refer back to the quote in this paragraph, a photograph, staged or candid has the ability to capture a moment in history, therefore it promises to tell the truth, what you see is what you get. I have a lot of experience with cameras and would call myself a photographer, therefore I understand both sides of the argument when it comes to authenticity. I have captured many raw moments that reflect the honesty at that given time as I have also staged photographs that portray the best light possible. In my opinion both techniques are essential aspects of photography. A possible solution to the problem addressed in this article could be the provision of transparency, meaning the artists includes a statement about whether or not the photograph at hand is authentic or staged.  With a statement like the one suggested above, the question of fact or fiction would not exist and a viewer may feel more comfortable with this newfound knowledge. The overall problem of whether or not authenticity downplays photography is addressed in this article as a number of photographers and their specifics works are referenced. Art history has evolved over time as well as photography, as time goes on books are rewritten,”irrelevant” facts in history are forgotten and important information is forgotten. Photographs will continue to record history, and I am not denying that something should be done as far as authenticity goes, whether it's a movement towards transparency or not, something needs to be done, so that history will become a factual account of our pastime. The question has been raised, so it is up to current and future photographers to answer the question with an honest answer.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Clearly, I was interested in creating chimeras from a number of different animals. The overall look for my three individual Chimera creatures resemble animals that have fantasy, or extraordinary qualities about them. I used Photoshop to create each image and mainly utilized the eraser too to subtract parts of the animal that I did not want to appear while leaving the desired characteristic. Then I combined a number of separate entities and blended them together with the clone tool.

Monday, January 29, 2018


I learned some new functions in PS such as zoom shortcuts. We also discussed the method used to adjust image layers if a photo is either under or overexposed. I found this very useful when creating a collage, by adjusting the histogram levels to alter where the grey appears photos can be manipulated to match the overall look of an intended design. I like working on photomontages because it allows me to explore a number of styles that I am attracted to. 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Media art can be defined as artworks created using new technologies which include, digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, video games, computer robotics, 3D printing, biotechnology, etc. (“New Media Art.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 6 Jan. 2018, The common factor all new media artists share is their ability to adapt to developing technologies. The internet has become a place for artists to go in search of themselves while serving as a medium of communication between artist and viewer. While art is traditionally cut and dry, the innovation to media now allows for a different viewer experience. New Media is essentially the derivative to traditional media in an inclusive way although advancements made by the innovation to traditional media styles has allowed for improvements in communication between artists and their artwork. Art communities have expanded on a global level thanks to the evolution of technology. Interactivity, both between the artist/artwork and observer, is the pioneering quality that takes New Media art to the next level. New Media art has pushed itself away from traditional media practice with the addition of more recent categories such as hacking, robotics, video games etc. These examples are less related to that of traditional artistic styles such a painting or sculpting. The movement that is New Media art has rapidly expanded alongside technological advancement. With all this being said, one must not forget that traditional art is the basis and framework of new media artwork. For example,common day video games are rendered entities inspired by traditional comic book drawings as well as pop art culture. The shift however to a worldwide appreciation for art via internet has opened the door for widespread collaboration among artists, which would otherwise be affected by geographical limitations had technology not evolved. New media art projects routinely require a vast range of skill sets and ideas in order to produce quality artwork;  this calls for a unique combination of individuals at any given time. From this, artists potentially create lifelong partnerships. Again this differs from the original notion that traditional artists are defined as the sole creator of an art piece, rather than a collection of ideas. When it comes to the preservation of New Media artwork, as time goes on and new software's are released, older art forms will find difficulty with longevity. Traditional artwork however remains intact as it was originally created since these physical representations of artistic ideas are not tampered with as new technological advancements are made. New media art will always be inclusive of traditional artwork at its roots but with never ending advancements in technology a goal to connect artists and observers worldwide will continue the furtherance of art advancements. New media art has made a collective effort to broaden the art spectrum and reach as many viewers as possible with each and every piece of work. With this expansive goal in mind new media art will continue to evolve as its basis for inspiration remains traditional.