My life, the violin.

Music. Violin. Violin. Orchestra parts. Violin. Violin. Violin. Class. Violin. Violin. Violin. Class. Violin. Alcohol. Rehearsal. Violin. Violin. Violin. Frustation. Alcohol. Violin. Class. Homework. New string set. Violin. Hope. Violin. Violin. Violin. Class. Violin. Violin. Lesson. Beer. Lots of beer. Class. Violin. Violin. Violin. Violin. Concert. Even more beer. Violin. Violin. Paper. Violin. Paper. Violin. Paper. Piano. Violin. Jury.

 

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Sebastiao Salgado

Sebastiao Salgado

Sebastiao Salgado is a Brazilian Photographer, born in a small city called Aimorés, in 1944. He holds a bachelors and masters in economy, a carrer that he decided to abandon in 1973 to became a photographer.

Sebastiao Salgado is the sixth of eight children (all girls except for him). He and his sister were born in his parents farm, in the middle of the rain forest, isolated from almost everything. His first contact with a real city was when 16, when he went to a city called Vitória, which at that time had only 100,000 habitants.

After Salgado got his degree in Economy from the University of Sao Paulo, he started to work as an economist for the government. However, at that time Brazil was under a Dictatorship type of government. Sebastiao Salgado and his wife, Lelia, due to their contrary ideas to the government went into exilo in Paris.

Sebastiao Salgado took his first pictures while in Paris, with the camera that his wife (an architect) bought for her works. His passion for photography began, but not yet prevailing over economy. He got a job as an economist for a International Coffee organization, which associated him with Africa, where his carrer as a photographer started.

In Africa, Salgado first went to Niger, where covered a big drought and major starvation. After that he went to Ethiopia, covered the Civil War in Mozambique and went to Gamma. His other major works are “Workers”, where he documents the diminishing number of people who undertake hard manual labor. According to him, it is a homage to the proletariat. His other great work is called “Terra: Struggle of the landless”, where he concentrates on the plight of the landless peasantry of Brazil.

His works are mostly based on social documentary photography, and almost exclusively in black and white. He uses 35mm exclusively, and the same two films: Tri-X 400 and T-Max 3200. He also spends a long time editing the pictures in the dark room, giving emphasis to certain specifics aspects of it.

Sources:

James, S. Sebastião Salgado: commitment and vision. RPS Journal v. 141 no. 2 (March 2001) p. 58-61

Mraz, J. Sebastião Salgado: ways of seeing Latin America. Third Text no. 58 (March 2002) p. 15-30

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Lee, D. Photographic greats: Sebastião Salgado. Art Review (London, England) v. 45 (February 1994) p. 52-55

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Blog Post 2

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This picture is a hommage to Edward Hooper, an American painter. The original painting is called “Nighthawks”. The settings of the picture are a little different from the original painting. The vantage point is different, it is not so angular as the painting. There is also way more contrast between the blue, red and the green from the pavement. The picture is marked by straight lines running horizontally. The picture in contrast with the painting has a different feeling of space, being the picture ‘smaler’ than the painting. In the picture there is also way more emphasis in the people, especially the man wearing suit, rather than in the place itself.

I wonder how this picture was taken, and what editing procedures were applied to get to that result. I also wonder if the name of the picture, “Anne-Charlotte, Arnaud et Stephane (2000) Clark et Pougnaud” is the actual name of the people on it and the place where it was based from.

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Ring-a- Round

I do not like the original picture anymore. I think the yellow 10 and the green 10 have a more pleasant effect.

This test revealed that playing with color balance can make pictures look more natural or give more contrast to a certain characteristic of the picture. In my black and white picture, I felt that the yellow balance gave more contrast between the white and the black, which I liked. If the type of light in my picture was different (let’s say tungsten, for example), I would probably had chose a color balance towards blue in order to counter-balance the predominance of yellow in the picture. However, since I took this picture under a fluorescent type of light, I balanced the predominance of blue of the original picture with yellow, in order to make it look more natural.

My classmates interpreted the assignment not very differently than me. Ariel Garcia took a very interesting black and white picture of a sort of waffle that looks like a sewer lid. However, he did not use this picture for the part B. I guess because that picture did not have enough texture.

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Black and White Trial

This is the best photo from my my white test trials.

1. When using a white object we are able to see more clearly how the type of light, ISO and EV can affect a photo. This picture was taken with ISO 100, EV +0.3 with the ‘cloudy’ type of light. All this settings gave the picture this slight pink tonality, which contrasts with the black surface. With a very high EV, we would not be able to the see the shades in the wrinkled paper, since it would be very bright.

2. For a white object on a white surface, a lower EV works better. With a very high EV value the photo gets so bright that it is even hard to discern where the object ends and where the surface starts. For white objects on a dark surface a EV value slightly over 0 should work fine (this picture has a +0.3 EV value), but it all depends on the amount of light in the picture. For a black object on a black surface I particularly like a very low EV value. The picture of the sunglasses, for example, have a very low EV value (-1.3). It was taken with a ‘cloudy day’ type of light.

3. I really enjoyed taking around 250 pictures of the same object from different angles and light conditions. During that process I was able to notice what my personal taste for pictures is. The idea of have the ‘ideal EV value’ for a picture is not tue. Everyone has a different perception of what a good picture is. The decision of calling a picture good is a matter of general but also personal aesthetics. For example, I liked my black in black pictures with a very low EV value, while Ariel liked another one wich I almost called mediocre.

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