Sunday, October 15, 2017

HTML Project Reflection

For this project I am leaning on basing my subject to be on fashion and fashion icons in terms of social media. Basically current trends and popular models on apps such as Instagram and Twitter and the growth of ethnically diverse icons. I am not well versed in HTML so I will be starting on this project early. I do have particular color schemes and topics planned out.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Reflection on HTML

I was quite intimidated with HTML at first to be quite honest. It is a different language so I figured it'd be difficult to interpret. While it isn't the easiest thing I've done, it certainly wasn't the hardest. Using resources to type out HTML helped a lot and it was actually neat to see how my pages turned up after basically writing a code. I thought it was neat and would like to work on my skills in the near future.

Friday, September 29, 2017

In 2017, the GIF is popular among social media users and messaging applications. The GIF makes a statement while maintaining its simplicity. GIFs can easily depict a person's real-life reaction/feeling over the internet without the use of textual context, which makes them so popular. GIFs allow the user to express themselves in a relatable manner to the topic at hand. Twitter is a an example of the everyday use of the GIF. Retweets from random users to fame with the use of a GIF in response to per say, Donald Trump can gain Twitter users hundreds of followers. Because GIFs universal in the age of social media, many users can use them. 

Monday, September 25, 2017

Chimeras Project

 
Alpanna

The conceptual process of this one wasn’t a complicated as I already had my theme set. The technical process was quite easy as my blending skills had improved so its neck and her body blended quite well I think. Because her dress was a dark color, I believed she should have a darkish background while still at the beach. This one was my favorite because as it is physically impossible for Rihanna to be morphed with an alpaca, it looked more realistic than my other ones.

 
Ripaca

My first work was inspired by one of the most influential pop stars and my favorite animal. I also always wanted to learn how to surf so that was also my inspiration. Because Rihanna can do anything, I fully believe she is capable of surfing with alpaca legs.  The technical process of this piece of art was quite difficult for me, honestly. I never really worked with photoshop so finding a way to blend them together was difficult for me.


Ripaca and Alpanna
The initial plan of this piece of art was to have Ripaca and Alpanna drinking coffee with macarons. But since my editing skills are still at a beginner’s level, I would have not been able to achieve that without it looking worse than the first one. Therefore I stuck with what I knew and placed a beach themed background. I also believe that if I went with  the coffee idea, I do not think it would have had the same theme as the other two, so in the end I think it worked out.


Monday, September 18, 2017

Chimeras Photomontage Project Update




Above are photos that I plan to use in my project. My choice in the photos were selected through I perceived them and their influence in society: strong and fierce.










Monday, September 11, 2017

A Response to Icons as Fact, Fiction, and Metaphor


The implied change between wet/darkroom photography and digital photography is that wet/darkroom photography cannot be seen until processed. Therefore, if you take an image and it is not how you want it to look, you would be able to find out if you would like it to be retaken or not. Whereas in digital photography you can view the image beforehand and if you do not like it, it can be retaken. I would say that these assumptions are pretty accurate. Most photos taken off digital cameras are staged. The real changes between wet/darkroom photography and digital processes are the authenticity of the photographs. As Gefter exemplifies in his essay, some of the most iconic photographs in history were staged. Digital processes gives us room to stage our photos multiple of times. The staging of monumental photos questions its candidness. When photos are staged its authenticity is questioned. Gefter discusses this issue questioning whether or not readers felt if the photos were less authentic if they knew that they were staged. The real changes between wet/darkroom and digital photography are their authenticity and intention.  The real change between wet/darkroom photography and digital photography is that in wet/darkroom photography, perfection is not guaranteed.  Therefore the image is forced to be taken in one shot. Digital photography gives you the opportunity to perfect your desired image. So it can be retaken. I would say that these assumptions are pretty accurate. Most photos taken off digital cameras are staged. The real changes between wet/darkroom photography and digital processes are the legitimacy of the photographs. As Gefter discusses in his essay, some of the most iconic photographs in history were staged. Digital processes allows us to set up our photos multiple of times. The staging of monumental photos questions its intention. When photos are staged its authenticity is questioned. Gefter discusses this issue questioning whether or not readers felt if the photos were less authentic if they knew that they were staged. The real changes between wet/darkroom and digital photography are their authenticity and intention. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Ideas

My ideas were, obviously, random. I really like alpacas and llamas because they look funny. Cashews are my favorite snack, and I'm Japanese so I think Totoro and square shaped watermelons are cool. I always wanted to visit Hawaii so my backgrounds were inspired by Hawaii.