I LOVE Instagram! Really, I do. But one of my favorite things about Instagram is starting off each new school year with a new set of students sharing their visual journal with me via their school Instagram accounts. All of my students have a school account (I do too) and every school day we share an image from the day or a favorite image from vacation and at the end of every week we vote on them. These first two weeks impressed me with the variety of imagery that was shared. Really nice work everyone!
If you're interested you can follow me @ms.djordjevic—and here are the new class hashtags if you want to follow along with all the photo goodness being shared in each class!
This is a great video of Ira Glass on Storytelling, reminding all of us doing creative work that sometimes when we think we are not doing the work we need to be doing we just need to do more, just need to fight our way through it. And to all of you, my photo students, working so hard this year and knocking down walls with your creativity, ideas, and inspiration—I salute you and your struggle. Push onward and forward.
This year Mr. Mistler and I escorted 49 fantastic art students on a trip to MoMA (the Museum of Modern Art) and the galleries in Soho, NYC. It is one very long day of travel starting at 6:30am and ending at nearly 11pm, but every year it is worth it to watch our students see art that they have studied and looked at on computer screens and actually have a chance to experience the works live and in-person. New York is host to some of the most incredible art museums in the world and that is what prompted the BHS art department to start this annual field trip nearly a decade ago. The exhibits at MoMA are always impressive and this year we were able to see a lot of pop art (Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Rauschenberg), abstract expressionists including Pollock and Kandinsky, works of Van Gogh and Picasso, and many other amazing artists.
Here are a few images of the trip taken by my students (and a few of my own) that I pulled from Instagram!
In light of the Photo I composite project I thought you might enjoy watching expert users try to do composites in Photoshop 1.0, which was released in February of 1990.
The second annual Raffle of the Arts, a fundraiser for the Burlington High School Art Department Scholarship Fund, is currently underway. Prizes have been generously donated by Salem Five Bank, and include a Nikon D3100 DSLR camera, a 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen (You have to see what this thing can do!), and a Kindle Fire HD (16 GB, 7” screen,wifi, dual core 1.5 GHz).
The raffle is a fundraiser for the department’s scholarship fund, which provides awards for graduating seniors enrolling in art, design, photography and architecture programs in college. Ticket sales are currently underway and the raffle will run until . The drawing will be held at the high school’s 42nd annual art exhibition (and 3rd annual fashion show) on . The purchaser does not need to be present at the drawing to win. Tickets are $5 each, or five tickets for $20.
Have you had a chance to check out Collab, our school's literary and art magazine? I am constantly impressed with the talent of our BHS students and was so proud to see two of my photography students as top choice winners for one of this year's art contests! Collab has a few sub-contests where the winning images are featured on BHS English Dapartment's custom-printed American and British Literary books and the top choice winner for the junior class this year was Stephanie O'Neill's beautiful water droplet photograph, which will be featured on the cover of next year's British Lit book. The top choice winner for the Sophomore class was Jordan Della Santa's image of the rotary phone and it will be featured on the American Lit book. Congratulations to both!
*post originally seen on Mr. Lally's Collab blog
This year the Rochester Institute of Technology offered a month-long Instagram based photography contest. All the students had to do was hashtag their images in order to be entered, and so I encouraged all of my students to enter their photos into the contest. I am proud to announce that Mia Celik, one of my sophomore Photography I students, was one of the 5 finalists out of more than 2,400 entries. Congratulations Mia!
Below is the winning photo and you can read more about the finalists and the contest here.
When you photograph your family or friends you are capturing a moment in time. Most of those moments are personal to you, the photographer, and may even seem unimportant. But remember that you have just created a lasting memory for someone else. A chance for someone to see the world as it once was—5 years ago, 20 years ago, or hundreds of years ago. The memory becomes more important with the passing of time.
My favorite photography quote is by Aaron Siskind and states that "Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything." So go photograph the little things in your life in the best possible way. And click below to take a look at these incredible moments in history captured by photographs.
30+ Must See Historic Moments In Photographs
I'm here to tell you that in photography you should definitely not always believe what you see. Here's a perfect example of "photoshop" long before there even was such a thing as Photoshop. Before you go believing every photo you see, just remember that Hollywood and popular culture make sure that everyone looks picture perfect. Here's a retouched photo of Joan Crawford for a publicity shot for her movie Laughing Sinners in 1931!
Photo taken from here: http://petapixel.com/2014/10/17/beauty-retouching-early-1900s-portrait-actress-joan-crawford-thats-photoshopped/#more-148525
National portfolio day is a chance to get your portfolio reviewed by several colleges, art schools, and universities. This year's portfolio day is hosted by Lesley University College of Art and Design—my alma mater! It will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on Sunday, October 19th from 12-4pm. As stated on the National Portfolio Day site:
National Portfolio Day is an event specifically for visual artists and designers. It is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Representatives will be available to review your artwork, discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art.
The site has lots more information about what to bring, what to expect from the day, whether or not to present your portfolio digitally, and much more. If you are interested in having your portfolio reviewed by experts in the field and are possibly interested in a career and education in the arts this is a great opportunity!