In reading this article the first thing I could relate to was how some critics don’t like to be called critics or actually critique. A few of them claim the word itself sounds negative and dislike it. I can relate to it because I am a vey positive person but I also think its good to receive the negative criticism because that will only correct you, help you improve, and grow. Morris Weitz was an individual interested in art criticism. When he researched what was involved he discovered it be the description, interpretation, evaluation and theory of the art they were looking at. Something I think important to realize as a critic, it is not only about expressing your likes, dislikes, approvals or disapproval. There is much more behind criticizing. Weitz describes it as a use of language designed to facilitate and enrich the understanding of art. Harry Broudy says that both feeling and thought are necessary components that need to be combined to achieve understanding and appreciation. I agree and will keep this in mind for our next critique in class. Criticism can be found everywhere from lecture halls to books. They are different kinds of criticism and different ways to approach them as well as different audiences. These are factors you want to consider before addressing with your critique. Critics have different backgrounds but for the most part they all have gone through some type of art exposure to be able to criticize others work. I found the very last paragraph helpful in how I can become a better critic. It states that the value of good criticism is increased knowledge and appreciation of art. One recommendation I will take from this assignment is to read about art that I am unfamiliar with to increase my knowledge. Also writing helps because it is an instrument of thinking. I will try to write notes next time during our critiques and maybe even on my own time when I look at work. My goal is to become a better critic to improve my work and to better understand others art as well.
The field trip to the Tampa Museum of Art was exciting to me. It was exciting because it was my first time going to this one and it was something different from the regular routine of class. There were a few pieces that I loved and some that I disliked. William Beckman- Crossing 1983-85 was one that caught my attention from far. the cows and the road looked realistic and something you would meet in real life. The sky almost gave the feeling like one of the twister movies. Also Davis Cone-Greenwich Theater 1979 was another of my favorites. I loved this one because it depicted an exact moment in time with the car moving in the background. It almost looks like a photograph as opposed to a painting. The way the lights reflect on the rain puddles on the pavement was perfect. William Pachner collection of paintings made me mad. It was just colors splat everywhere. Maybe its not my type of art because I couldn’t relate to it or understand it. David Ellis and Roberto Carlos Lange- 8 million stories boggled my mind. All the garbage fixed in a can produced music. I wanted to take it apart to figure out the mechanics behind it. It was really interesting. The one piece of art displayed that I disliked the most was the Tony Oursler- Coo 2003. It annoyed me because it was this giant blob just pronouncing words. It was creepy. Last but not least I enjoyed the area with record players it was interactive and music was neat. Overall I had a good time at the Tampa Museum of Art.
Steve McCurry: My favorite contemporary photographer
One of my favorite Contemporary Photographer Steve McCurry
Simple equipment, simple technique and simple humanity are the foundation of McCurry’s work in entirety. People that know of his name, think of “Afghan Girl”’, his most famous photograph that was printed on the front page of the magazine National Geographic in 1984.
Steve’s subjects are usually people, places and culture. He likes to narrate stories through his images. He shoots in areas of conflict and has traveled to many places. Through his images he likes to show people worldwide things that are happening and make it aware to society.
Most of his captured images have been unplanned. He just wanders and looks for these situations or subjects to shoot.
Steve now uses a Nikon D700 DSLR 28-70 zoom lens and a Hasselblad medium format camera. Previously though he primarily used lenses like 28mm, 35mm and a 50mm. He used to print at photo labs but now he uses his own Epson printers. Which saves him time from having to print proofs and going back to do final prints. He prefers Epson because he has found by comparing to others that it prints the best quality.
For 30 years he shot pictures using film before switching over to digital. He likes digital because he can change the ISO settings and go into a drak environment and still capture action. He misses the fact that films had negatives, which were easier to retrieve.
His work has improved over the spam of 30 years. In his opinion he now has a better sense of lighting.
“Some photographers can make a great portrait of someone looking away from the camera,” Steve McCurry says, “but, for me, it all comes down to the eyes. I always want my subjects to be looking directly into my lens. That has become a kind of style, I guess; a way of shooting and a way of seeing.”
I, myself like his work because through this class I have found that I enjoy taking portrait pictures. I look at things such as the environment, faces and attire. Being an international business major with a concentration of study in the area of China, I will study abroad this summer in China. I plan to take great images like he has in the Asian region and try to emulate his work.
I was a little nervous for class today. We had our critique for our first assignment. I am happy now because I feel like my pictures were success. There is always room for improvement so I know what to work on now. :)