Archive for March, 2008

30
Mar
08

Carrie and John’s engagement photos

Carrie and John’s engagement photos

30
Mar
08

Stephanie

 

30
Mar
08

Benny

Here is a picture of Benny who is a wonderful person and student at Huafan U.

30
Mar
08

Portraiture that speaks to me

Avedon

Sally Mann

More Avedon

Mapplethorpe

30
Mar
08

Diary of a PhD Student: Semester 2, Week 6

These images are an example of the sort of things that are filtering around in my head at the moment. They are taken from my Power Point presentation for Prof Jo Chen’s Research Methods class. The duality of teaching and learning. Praxis research. Experimental research. Action research. Marxism, Paulo Freire, Feminist research…..

30
Mar
08

Experiencing a brutal Roland Young crit

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This semester the world famouse art director Roland Young is a National Taiwan Normal University teaching design on break from his day job at Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design. According to an article writen by Colin Berry in the CMYK magazine Young has a reputation for being quite a harsh critic.

How did my crit go of the above photos go last week? Brutal! Brutal! Brutal! The photos were deemed superficial and meaningless. A technically proficient yet boring example of portraiture. “Artists have to have meaning they have to say something that other people can’t” emphasized Young. He asked the class what they thought about my photography. They thought it was crap. He asked me if one photo represented my childhood and told me that the trauma that I have experienced in life must come out through my art. Needless to say I almost cried. He spent a good twenty minutes laying into me. It was the worst art crit that I have ever experienced.

However, Young is right about the photos. They are superficial, meaningless, albeit technically proficient. However, it still stunk to have to stand there take in the lengthy crit.
Over the years, I have gotten emails from photographers sharing their images asking for positive feedback, asking for praise. It is easy to see why. Art is close to the heart and it hurts to have it rejected, especially in a lengthy public fashion.

Yet, I also know that as people and artists we can do the most growth through tough honest criticism. I understand that artists need to be pushed to actualize their vision and potential. Nonetheless, having a Roland Young crit is a tough experience to go through once a week. It is also a lot of pressure to come up with a masterpiece in a matter of days and have it sent to the printer and ready for Thursday morning. What is my next assignment?

Man Ray.
Would anyone like to model?

13
Mar
08

Photographs of Carol for Tiapei Pictorial

Here are some photographs of Carol, my gorgeous classmate from Art Education PhD at N.T.N.U.

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