Monday, November 29, 2010

Artist Statement

For my final project I wanted to capture my biggest pet peeves through photography, because we haven’t worked with just simple photography yet this semester. I looked back on the short studies and focused on the future environmental collage and recalled my creative process. I remember thinking of issues that the world would be facing in the future. I found that focussing on an issue gave me the most variety so for my final project I wanted to focus on a present day issue. I decided to get more personal with my work and focus more specifically on an issue that pertains to me--my pet peeves.

               I decided to take all of my photos in black and white so that the viewer can focus only on the pet peeve without any other distractions. It also makes it so that there is something in common with every picture. The title to every entry is either a quote from a song or a quote from one of the people in the pictures that relates to the pet peeve. Clearly, I am no photographer, I actually don’t know the first thing about it, but that’s why the photos that I take are my own. The photos that I enjoy taking are ones that I stage by directing the people in them, but they are still supposed to look candid, like the ones in this project. This way I can also incorporate some humor into the photos.

               The photos of my different pet peeves are presented in a blog because this format allows me to open up myself. I can let other people see how my mind works without actually letting them in, I can let my walls down on the blog because it is my barrier to reality.

Emma Pratte

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