Wednesday, May 2, 2012

The Concluding Magic

How does she know? 
Just Around the Riverbend 
 Practically Perfect
Malificent's Trap 
 Fairy God Mother
 War is Over
 Part of Your World
Grandmother Willow 
 White Witch's Crown

 - Final Fantasy -

            Nature photography is a new thing to me. I wasn’t really sure what to expect when entering this class. During the first field trip, I was just wondering around. I wasn’t really sure what to do, so I saw that there were lots of holes in the trees and ground. I made it like a game for only me to play. That made it more interesting.
            As the semester went on I had to start putting together an overall theme. It wasn’t until one Saturday morning when it was snowing and I was walking through the woods almost by myself. It reminded me of Lucy Pevensie, from the Chronicles of Narnia, walking into Narnia for the first time. She was so innocent and everything was so magical. I felt exactly like her, that scene would not get out of my head. And as I continued on my walk through the woods, other areas put images from films in my head. I was so excited when I got back from my trip that I went through and looked through my past images. I noticed an ongoing theme of my favorite topic, Disney.
            I found Disney in every turn from then on. Sometimes it was difficult to see because I was thinking too much but when I would sit down at my computer and let my roommates have a look, they would help me see what I saw.
            When I am lost, I like to relate my situations to things I am familiar to. I am very familiar to Disney. It has made a huge impact on my life and I quite enjoyed finding it in my travels through the woods.
            I really admire the magic found in the world of Disney and I believe that same magic can be found in the miracles of nature. I viewed my portfolio as an opportunity to showcase that magic.
            Disney has a major theme of nature. Nature can be found in all of the original animated features. Snow White has to abandon herself in the woods for sometime because the Queen was jealous. Edward discovers knowledge in the woods in the Sword in the Stone. Sleeping beauty discovers true love while living in the woods. Pocahontas taught the settlers that you couldn’t abuse nature but rather respect the world we live in.
            All of these ideas brought forth the images I found during my travels. I pictured all of my favorite films and tried my best to photograph natures beauty.
            This whole semester has been a wonderful experience that has taught me how to open my mind.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Abandoned Turnpike

Apocalypse - 4/21/12
Starry Sky - 4/21/12
Abandoned - 4/21/12

 - Abandoned Turnpike -

            The Abandoned Turnpike was the one trip I was most looking forward to this entire semester. It just sounded so different than all the other trips we took and it very much was different. It was just the adventure I was looking for. This idea of being the only surviving population just kept circulating in my brain.
            All along we had been traveling to a multitude of different mountainsides and forests. To me, every wooded area looked just like the other. It was hard to differentiate from trip to trip. That’s why the whole semester I just let the areas play through my head like my favorite films.
            Since this was our last trip and I had basically picked out all of my images for my final project, I had decided to just treat this trip as a reward for making it through the whole semester alive. I just walked around and explored without really taking a whole lot of images.
            It was a very strange sensation to walk through a pitch-black tunnel. It was a combination of being hot and cold at the same time. You could always see the end of the tunnel either way but for some reason it never looked like you were ever going to make it completely through. I am proud to say that I walked completely through said tunnel twice!
            The moment we left I knew I had to show my brother this location so maybe someday I could bring him there so he can experience it all himself.

All in all it was a GREAT semester! :)