When I first signed up for Photographic Currents, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from the class. Although I have always had a peaked interest in photography, I had never had the opportunity to take a class in it. Originally I thought that we would be looking at and taking pictures from a more technical perspective, but found that I really enjoyed looking at photography in a broader sense. Looking at the ideas behind a photo or photo set along with the cultural implications helped me not only look at photography in a new way but to take a different approach to my own photography.
As for my own photography, I have always taken lots of pictures but began seeing how I myself can use photography to create art. Despite my amateur level, I found a lot of inspiration in Photographic Currents for future photography projects I want to pursue. Even if I had ideas before, I didn’t have the confidence to follow through with them because I felt intimidated not knowing anything about photography. This class has given me the confidence to finally follow through with my ideas and has gotten me in the habit of posting my work on a blog for others to view. Through out the semester I have kept a scattered list of ideas that I hope I follow through with over the summer. One that I definitely plan on doing is rephotographing pictures of me and my siblings when we were younger. My parents 25th wedding anniversary is coming up and I think giving them a book mimicking these old pictures would mean a lot to them! In addition to those, I’d like to do something where I take a picture of what I’m doing at the same time everyday for the whole summer. I think it might be tricky if I’m in a position where taking a picture wouldn’t be appropriate but I like the idea of people getting insight on what I did throughout the summer, but at the same time no insight at all because the one second it takes to make a picture isn’t representative of the whole day. I may try to experiment more with video too, I’m not sure. I’ve been thinking about stringing together a loop of snapchats taken. I went through the snapchat folder on my phone the other day and to me it seemed like snapchat had become the new home video. I think making a snapchat homevideo of my summer could be really interesting.
It’s hard to sum up this class in just a couple hundered words, but overall I’m extremely grateful for having taken it. This class gave me the push I needed to feel confident pursuing my own photography projects and think outside the box. I have developed a new and deeper appreciation for photography and look forward to seeing how I am able to continue incorporating photography into my everyday life.