I was trying to get an A for once. My last assignment came back with a B+, so fuck that.
I’m probably just going to pick one night (tomorrow? Wednesday?) to go take pictures of ten buildings, then another to adjust the color of all of the pictures, then one more to print ten images. Then I will be done with class. Hooray! What a fucking waste and a drain. Bullshit.
My process before was to call, email and IM everyone of whom I wasn’t too afraid to visit them and take their picture. I worked ahead on the assignment and pushed myself to improve over the course of it.
Some wonderful images in the bunch. Your self-ports in particular seem well thought out. If you could apply that quality (more deliberate + more experimental) to your portraits you might be surprised by the results.
B plus, just like my blood type and what should be my motto (be positive!!!).
My self portraits were taken after work when I was tired and were just testing to see if I could operate the camera without seeing through it. I had lots of ideas, but ended up just picking from the shit that I had already shot. Awful. I tried very hard to engage my portrait subjects, but 90% of the work was just getting them split off from everything else in their life long enough to put them in decent light and shoot them.
I’m getting gypped in this class. I’ve been gypped in every class. School is bullshit, from the CSci classes all the way to art. Out of everyone who has “taught” me, only Sarah hasn’t phoned in the job, and even she waited until after we were thoroughly dating to really look at any of my contact sheets. (I still haven’t gotten a decent critique!) I don’t even care about the grade — I care about being forced to attend lectures that have been entirely review for the benefit of the 1703 students.
At the end of all this, in another three years, I will have a piece of paper that will ensure me a job very much like the one that I already have. If I graduate and stay, I will get a token raise. If I go, I still have to make contacts in the real world.
“I’m interested in natural language processing of form data to give the user a richer application.”
“Have you done any work in this regard? Oh, did you publish a paper? I’d love to read it.”
“I, uh, made a thing to parse band names out of event titles for the Whole Music Club.”
I dunno. It’s very disheartening. If I were better, it would show. That’s the upshot of everything. No awards, no products, nothing except some php classes that are too clever and not clever enough.
Portraits of strangers
People I know
Self portraits that portray hidden truth or a fiction