This week I’m headed to San Luis Obispo to see my best friend who moved to California after high school to pursue her dreams of marine biology. I haven’t been to California since I was 8 years old when we visited family in San Francisco. Its hard for me to come to grips with the idea that I can only pack a small suitcase and hopefully a backpack because the U.S. Airways nows requires a $25 fee for each checked bag on national flights. Gearing up for the week means packing clothes shoes and accessories for hiking, sleeping, going out, and ‘line dancing’, which I was personally told to prepare for. I’m also planning to pack two different cameras.
I have always been addicted to photography. Since I was young I have been experimenting with photos and angles and editing programs. When I was a freshman in high school I worked and saved my money to buy myself my first real camera - a Canon Rebel XS, which to the day is my one and only DSLR camera. I took photography and design classes in high school learning to use photoshop, film cameras and how to develop in the dark room. While in the film photography classes, I pushed myself to be what I considered the best and found inspiration all around me. My friends, few of who denoted themselves as aspiring models helped me by allowing me to direct them for the image I wanted. I came to college and enrolled in a problems in photography class my second semester. The class was a four thousand level credit and allowed me to take control and photograph what I wanted, although I felt completely uninspired by Columbia, Missouri in the dead of winter.
Last week I bought myself two packs of different Lomography film and I’m planning to pack both my film camera and my DSLR for my trip to California. I want to take photos of everything and I want to start using my iPhone to record video of the trip to edit on Final Cut and upload to my Vimeo page. What I’ve found inspiration in these days has been American Horror Story. Although the show is dark and sometimes touching on satanic, I find the photos and images compelling and inspiring. I like the way they capture the images of the history and the city without pushing it too much and continue to see myself fitting in nicely at a job such as art directing shows like AHS.
In California I want to push my skills to get photos of people. These photos are often my favorite because they show the true character and personality of the city. A certain exhibit I saw while in Salem, Massachusetts really speaks to me when thinking of beach people who display the cities style. This exhibit is Surfland by Joni Sternbach and since I saw it when I was 15 years old, I have loved it. It has been one of the main stimuli in my photography and has inspired me to take more photos of people.
California is such a place of pride and personal identity that I want to make sure I can capture it in my photos.
Week 12 - 11/16/13