16 May 2007

final project. finally.

just wanted to share the final version of one of my final projects. i'm actually really happy with the way it turned out...surprisingly. so here it is. in all of its glory.

here's the text that went along with it...an explanation of sorts...

to clarify a little bit. instead of shooting the entire jewel song ("innocence maintained" from her "spirit" album, my original idea), i just took three of the lines and let them mull around in my head for awhile. these are images that emerged. at first glance, they might not look like a cohesive set but there was a reason for everything that i did. here are the lines i used:

"...i want to live bravely and love without fear
i want always to feel the wings of grace near...

...innocence can't be lost, it just needs to be maintained."

the first set of images depicts the "wings of grace" while the following sets show "innocence" "living bravely"...at least my version of that. i purposely chose to make them a little darker with vigetteing simply because these "innocents" are growing up in a very non-innocent time. someday i'd like to revisit this series and shoot some images of what happens when innocence is NOT maintained: foster/homeless kids, kids using drugs/smoking, etc. kinda mary ellen mark meets lauren greenfield. but that's for another time and place. for now...we get the sugar coated version...with a little bit of bitterness on the side...

artist statement: (a requirement for the assignment)

show childlike innocence through my photographs. splash beauty throughout my images. see the world beyond the day to day and find the beauty in those moments. trusty camera in hand, one eye closed, one eye opened to the world and its possibilities, peering through the viewfinder.
i am an artist. even when i don't feel like it.
(something i've really learned this semester)

the set up shot:

"wings of grace near..."

"...innocence can't be lost...it just needs to be maintained..."

and a couple extras...just because they're cute.

self portrait. it was part of the assignment. but i actually like how it turned out.

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