What’s in the bag?!

 WHAt’s In the bag…?

IMG_6161Sylvia’s bag is pretty simple and doesn’t contain anything too complex. She has perfume to splash on for important interviews, a notebook for her note taking when interviewing subjects for her news articles, and of course, her favorite pen. She carries around her blush and blush brush to apply before meeting new people, she always makes sure to make good impressions. Her sassy red lips aren’t complete without the red gloss she carries with her every where she goes. However, there are two unusual aspects of her items in her purse — the iridescent knife and the bottle of medicine prescribed to someone other than Sylvia.. What could this possibly signify?! Is this a murder weapon? Has she been drugging her victims?

3 Stars

 

Noirtography Safari

For my noir safari photoshoot, I decided the most rugged place to get some noir-esque photos would be the Fredericksburg train station. So naturally, that is where I went! I asked one of my good friends to go with me on this adventure (because everything is better in twos!). Here are a few of the pictures I captured at dusk with some noir elements!

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This was taken when the VRE was arriving at the loading deck. I saw a few noir features in this snap, like the venetian blind effect of the trains siding and of the yellow warning strips texture. You also get distinct shadows from the train and the people in the background. I also used an unusual camera angle, using reflection from the train and giving it a tunnel like effect by being so near the train when taking the picture. This also has lighting coming from one side of the photo, from the street lamps. Another element is the grittiness of the train station, the idea of the concrete jungle.

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This is by far my favorite picture from my noir safari experience. I also think it contains the best example of the noir elements. First of all, you get the grittiness of the train station, especially the railroad tracks. You also get the venetian blind effect in many parts of this picture like in the over hang to the left, the railroad tracks themselves, the lights, and the yellow warning strip texture. You also get shadows, which extenuate the eerie-ness of the empty train station. I could argue that this is also an odd angle because it is capturing the whole station from a single point of view, in the corner.

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This was a cargo train that was passing through, it was moving really fast but the grittiness of the train itself was captured and again the grittiness of the railroad track. The venetian blind is once again see in the railroad tracks, the train cars, and the yellow warning strip. Lighting from one side was done by the street lamps behind me.

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Shadows were a prominent theme in this photo as the sun went down I found it was easier to capture more shadows, especially by the way the lamp posts were casting shadows and creating an eerie emphasis on the empty train station once again. Venetian blind effect is seen in the concrete railing, lamps, and the over hang.  Grittiness of the train station was shown here, especially with the worn concrete.

I really enjoyed this project! I thought it was exciting to visit somewhere I had never been and shoot pictures. It took a lot of thought to get at least a few of the noir elements in each picture.

LOLshakespeare

2.5 Stars

So I totally decided to do the Shakespearean LOLcats visual assignment because WHO DOESN’T LOVE LOLcats?! And it goes hand in hand with my love for animals! Here is it!

asI chose this picture because when I think of cats I always think of what they get themselves into, then I saw the quote from Macbeth by Shakespeare and it was like fate, I had to do it.

Cinematography

 

This week for my cinematography assignment I chose the movies Killer’s Kiss and The HitchHiker to pick some still shots that show the theme of noir.

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This still shot is from the movie Killer’s Kiss. This show to me is the epitome of noir media for multiple reasons. One of the reasons being the geometrical venetian blind effect that is happening from the actual blinds themselves, while also projecting this image onto the actor in the photograph. This photo also has an essence of mystery even though I know the man in the photo is actually just watching the boxing match however, if one did not know what was going on in the background of this picture you may think their is a darker meaning. Noir always makes me think of swanky-ness and smoking, which is exactly what this man portrays, he is dressed to the nines with a cigar in his hand. Lastly, a photography technique that we read/talked about this week is the lighting coming from the side and it not being harsh. This is also shown in this photo, there is soft lighting and it is mostly coming from outside of the blinds onto the man’s face.

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This still shot is also from Killer’s Kiss. I chose this shot because it portrays the grittiness of the city landscape. It is city which is something that is portrayed a lot in noir media, it makes you think of crime and corruption. Its also very busy and it show the hustle and bustle of the city.

Screen Shot 2015-01-27 at 7.21.19 PMThis still shot was captured from the movie The Hitchhiker. This picture shows distinct shadows on the villain’s face making him look like even more of a sketchy character. The lighting in this photo like the other is coming from only one side of his body, thus also creating the ominous shadows. The black and white really adds to the eerie-ness of this shot because you can see the crazy in the killer’s eyes and it makes everything more suspenseful.

Nothing Gold Can Stay

IMG_6118I did the visual assignment about adding a poem to a picture that matches the idea behind the poem. First, I chose my poem which is Nothing Gold Can Stay by Robert Frost then I contemplated what picture I was going to use and I thought of the picture I took last semester on my walk back from one of my walks on campus. I thought this captured nature, going from green to gold.

3 stars

#InstagramQueen

Yikes, the closest I have ever gotten to true photography is Instagram which consists of pictures of my dogs, some pretty sunset pictures, and a few selfies here and there. When I’m taking pictures, whether it be for documenting and event or just because I find something pretty/interesting, I don’t usually focus on the angle or lighting. I just make sure that what I am trying to capture is in focus and that the image I want to capture is being captured to the fullest.  The meaning I am typical trying to portray is basically what I’m feeling when I take the picture… For example, if it’s pictures of my dogs, I’m trying to portray the beauty and love I have for them. Here is an example of my artistic Instagram works ;) :

 

Some tactics I would like to use after reviewing the videos about photography, is the idea of lighting. I’ve always loved the historical picture of “Migrant Mother” and how the moment was actually captured. I also enjoyed the photo of the work out camp by Jason Eskenazi and how he captured that photo because of it’s geometry. The photographers take so much into account, like lighting, angles, the shapes the people in the photo are making, and portray an emotion behind them. There is reasoning for every picture they take and how they take it. I would like to focus on having a deeper meaning behind my photographs and to capture the emotion of the people I am taking the pictures of. I really want to test out the lighting (especially the cheap version with a dark room and lighting coming through a doorway) for one of my photos I’ll take this week. I can’t wait to experiment and try to work on some new techniques with photography.

Writing, Writing, and More WRITING.

So, this week has finally come to an end! I have to say even though this class has been a lot of work, I have really enjoyed everything I have done, read, thought, and written. It has really sparked some creative juices and has me DEFINITELY managing my time efficiently, even with my other classes.  I’ll just quickly go through my week and my work that I have done for it, hopefully without being too redundant! :)

A Quick RECAP of the Week!

Daily Creates

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FullSizeRender-9This is one thing this week that I think I had the most fun with! It was a gamble to see what came up on the @ds106dc twitter account everyday and what wacky thing I would I have to do next! I did a full fledged blog post on my daily creates and the explanations and processes behind them!

Writing Assignments

The first writing assignment post I did was about my favorite holiday and the reasons behind it being my favorite holiday.  I picked Thanksgiving because it was the only holiday my whole family was around for. I also loved eating my grandmother’s cooking, especially the sweet potatoes. It was always a special holiday for everyone! (2 stars)

The second assignment I choose was about taking TEN random words from a random word generator and choosing an animal then creating a creative story with the animals the words you choose. I decided to write about a squirrel because they’re cute little fuzzy things and I used my words to create a story about the squirrel! (2 stars)

Then of course, their was the assignment with the alternate ending for one of the stories we had to read this week. I chose to write an alternate ending for The Wild Party because I found that read the most interesting. I just made some MAJOR changes to the way the story ends, that’s all! :) (this was required so do the stars even count, 3 stars)

My character dossier even made an appearance in one of the assignments for the week about the super hero powers, which in her case are actually villainous powers. Here I talk about the many powers she has to enticing her men and to get what she wants.  (2 stars)

And lastly, I did an assignment from the point of view of an every day object. I gave a little monologue about what the inanimate object experiences, leaving an invitation for guessing what it is!! :) (4 stars)

I may have done too many of these (stars) but it’s okay because I actually enjoyed doing them!! :)

Reading Assignments

This week we had to choose three stories to read that were examples of noir. I chose The Wild Party, “The Killers”, and the required reading: “The Postman Always Rings Twice” and write about them. For each of the readings, I did a quick/brief summary about the piece, I did an analysis of how it fits the noir, and then lastly pointed out some prominent themes that occurred throughout the stories. I really enjoyed these readings even though they were long! I like the dark and promiscuous aspects of them, however some of the vulgar language I could do with out!

Character Dossier

This week we had to create a character that is basically the epitome of noir and describe their characteristics and transform them into a character with traits, thoughts, and every day life things. This had to be submitted on the ds106/noir106 website and a blog was made to accompany this. My character is a casanova named Sylvia who is sly, deceiving, and manipulative in the most brilliant ways. In some ways, she can be compared to the looks of Jessica Rabbit.

Thoughts on the week

I really enjoyed this week. I actually impressed myself with the amount of work I got down and how I didn’t put everything off until the last minute, just a daily reminder that I CAN DO IT. I started expanding the aesthetics of my blog page and interaction with other people in ds106, especially outside of my class to see what everyone else is up to. I also explored the word press site trying to spice up my page, add some about me things and just personalize it, including a little portal to my twitter. I communicated with a few people regarding changes they made and how they did it! Along with the beauty make over I did to my page, I also did some lifestyle changes for my blog, per se, for example using some plug ins to keep out spam and a plug in to obtain more widgets for my blog!

This week was a lot of writing and reading but it also taught me more about noir and using it in my writing. I’ve always liked to write about fictional things and this class is allowing me to do so, especially with the daily creates and the writing assignments that I could choose from. Definitely excited to see what else this class has in store for me.

I’ve learned so much in these two weeks, I can’t wait to learn more!!

xoxo,

Amanda

 

What am I?

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It’s so dark and cold, I hardly see the light of day. But when you put your hand on me and pull, all the darkness goes away. You always take from me until I’m empty, then once a week you restock me with plenty.

Pictures of your family are hung up on the front of me along with some places you’ve been but I’ve never seen. I’m always here when you’re hungry or bored, just come find something in my plethora of shelves and drawers.

Steaks, yogurt, left over pizza, aloe, and drinks galore.. I’m always waiting for you to add some more!

What am I?

 

I chose the topic of writing from an inanimate object’s perspective because I saw it as a challenge. I wanted to think about something that I used every day and what it could possibly be thinking, it’s also sort of like a riddle… So I left out the answer so someone can guess what it is!! :)

Sylvia, The Casanova

2 stars

This is about Sylvia, my character dossier, as an Unusual Superhero. I choose this prompt because I really like superheros and superhero movies, plus who doesn’t think it would be totally awesome to have x-ray vision or mind read! Plus, it’s creating an alter-ego which is fictitious but lets you outlet the imagination of super powers! These powers encompass her as the villainous casanova she is.

Sylvia has the uncanny ability to make men fall hopelessly in love with her by the blink of her long lashes. No doubt Sylvia one of the most attractive women in Chicago but she is also by far the most talked about. She has the ability to manipulate people into giving her what she wants through her hypnotic eyes and the sweet “spill all” powder that flies from her lips when she blows a kiss. Being a professional writer for the Chicago tribune, her powers and vivacious looks allow her to get information on any person at any point in time giving her all the beans to spill in the public paper to ultimately ruin peoples lives. She feels no remorse for using her hypnotic and irresistible powers for her own benefit. This woman is a villain dressed in a silky red dress and cherry red lips, don’t be fool by her charming wit, humor, and sense of style.