Saturday, March 12, 2011

Final Presentation and New Discoveries

  All too soon  the term has ended with lots of  wonderful and creative projects. Looking back to all the work and progress made this term, I  would say I have learnt a lot. My project plan for the term was ;to produce a photobook  with photos taken from  two countries Ghana and USA comparing the visual  culture consumerism through display.  Using a cellphone I have created a series of photographs from Ghana and USA.

   One of the requirement for my digital class was to produce a product from our project idea that would actually could generate some revenue or simple compensate our ideas best. With this requirement my final product ended  up being  a ''11x17''  calender which turned out to best describe my idea of display. The most amazing thing is that the can be customized. That is you can order this calender and have all your special dates and event you don't want to miss. !n this case you get the ART( photos from Ghana ans USA) as well you taking the place of the artist by adding your own special dates and event names.
Personally, am thinking of expanding more on this calender idea to see what I can come up with.

On the other hand, my mates from this class presented lots of interesting products as well. Ranging form books, prints, films and music videos my colleagues portrayed an array of talents some of which i hope they would explore because they all full of potentials. The whole process was a learning experience and as I work each  time, I learn new things and my creativity expands.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Henri-Cartier Bresson

    Born in 1908, Henri-Cartier Bresson lived his entire life capturing moments and exploring the world near and far. We can understand his life  better by how much work he produced. Just like Ray Johnson who lived his leave as a performance art till his death, Cartier Bresson spent his entire life capturing and documenting profound moments from around the globe.  One quote that I relate to mostly when thinking of my project is one said by Cartier Bresson and I qoute

 "To take a photograph means to recognize – simultaneously and within a fraction of a second– both the fact itself and the rigorous organisation of visually perceived forms that give it meaning...."

This to me makes perfect sense. It is with this same idea that I decided  to expand more on my visual display project to see how visually people are made to engage actively in consumerism . It is very difficult to remember events long past the happening time but having and image in a print form helps to remember and to bring to life moments long lived especially those that are specific  to specific time and place. Below are some photos by Henri-Cartier Bresson that I can relate to my own work even though I acknowledge that  meanings varies among audiences.

     These photographs carry strong visual messages and also shows the documentation of time even when it passes. The composition of each image may or may not have been intentionally positioned but one thing is obvious. That is it get the viewer thinking about the action or event, time and place, and lastly the reanson(s) for such profound images. Comparing these and other photographs by Cartier Bresson, I realized that even though my project  All Displayed which is about comparing a visual culture of two countries Ghana and the USA on how things are strategically displayed to promote consumerism, the idea of visually appealing to viewer to stop and interact with whatever it is before them.
Henri-Cartier Bresson has created a library of history through his art work which is serving not only to his fame but also as a resource len through which the world an dthings around us can be viewed.