This year our classes at HSFI had the pleasure of welcoming photographer Laurel Golio as a Guest Artist in both our Photo I and Photo II classes. Laurel shared her experience as a young photographer started out, and how she continues to balance personal and professional work in her life. We looked closely at her project with collaborator Diana Scholl called We Are the Youth, which is an ongoing photojournalism project that shares the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth in the United States. After Laurel presented her own work, she took time to view the students’ work and give feedback on their personal projects.
Below are responses from some of our students and images from the visit:
“I found Laurel’s visit very informative and inspirational because she took stories from her life and put them into her presentation to show us what inspires her to make her work.” – Taliyah
“I liked Laurel’s presentation because it was different and not cliché. I appreciated her activism and project, We Are the Youth.” -Lauryn
“During our critique, Laurel shared Sasha Arutyunova’s work with me. I was able to use her photography as inspiration for my Personal Vision project about the different perspectives of photographing dance.” -Kyara
“Laurel was very honest, open and invited us into her mind. She shared her process of balancing commercial and personal work and the realities of being a photographer. I appreciate how open she was about talking about her sexual orientation and life experiences.” -Andzelika
“It was really great she came to our class. I liked how she took pictures of people and told their stories. I like how she said it was okay to make mistakes and was honest about who she is and who she takes photographs of.” -Remy
All photo credits: Richard Burrowes, ICP Teaching Assistant
This week’s post from HSFI comes from Photo II student Nikisha Roberts:
One of my favorite photographers is Anthony M. Davis, who is a fine arts photographer. He takes photos of different things, from animals to places he’s traveled to. The photos colors are vivid and he uses many bright colors. His work has inspired me to travel more and discover beautiful moments that you can find anywhere and capture them in my photos. I have a similar style and admire the details in his photographs. My favorite set of photos for his work is “Plant Life”. The close ups of the flowers allows the viewers see how intricate a flower can be. –Nikisha Roberts
This week’s post from HSFI comes from Photo II student Shelby Disla:
In 2015, photographer DL Cade published an article on the website 500px ISO about the #PictureIt Contest. The contest was motivated to “create empowering photographs of women and continue toppling the stock photography stereotypes of women we all loathe.” To enter the contest you’d have to take an empowering photo in honor of International Women’s Day, or pick your favorite empowering image from your archives, and tag it with #pictureit500px.
Here are a couple of my favorites from the website’s launch of the contest:
Siblings are doing his homework for elementary school.
Pretty muslim girl in library
I believe it’s extremely important to honor March 8th, International Women’s Day, to celebrate everything we’ve accomplished and our strength. To remember and thank those who’ve fought for us to be able to do what we can to today. To remind each other that we are capable of many things, to dream big. In this generation many things are spread online, and this contest allowed us to spread the importance and accomplishments of women. When you capture the moment of a woman’s strength and determination, many will feel motivated and [this can] spread worldwide. –Shelby Disla
Our latest HSFI student post comes from Amari Jones, who has been taking classes with ICP for years!
My mother is very supportive in my creative process and development. She has influenced my artwork, as she tries to expose me to different artists and experiences. Besides providing with the means to create art, she finds sources to share such as tips and advice to improve my techniques. Every so often, she’ll share a link or a picture to me. Sometimes I may not end up viewing everything she sends. However, when I do, it’s always beneficial to me. I’d like to share a link she recently sent me relating to photography, as well as two I’ve found on my own and enjoyed.
Our latest post from HSFI comes from Photo II student Kyara Moran, who highlights a local photographer she admires:
The artist Sophie Gamand is a photographer and animal advocate who lives and works in New York. Since 2010, Sophie has been focusing on animals in shelters to help bring awareness to their fate and help them get adopted. My personal favorite series is Flower Power because it focuses on Pitbulls and brings light on the negative stereotypes and prejudice assumptions that have surrounded the breed. I enjoy the sense of surrealism present on the image, [which] creates a painted effect rather than a photograph. The shadows that are located on the dogs bodies and outer edges of the portrait combined with their expressions depict soft and innocent images and representations of pit bulls, challenging the view of the overall breed. –Kyara Moran
All portraits by Sophie Gamand, Flower Power: Pit Bulls of the Revolution, 2014-ongoing
For our second HSFI Photo II post, student Andzelika Berestko chose to highlight the painter Francis Bacon and examine his use of photographs in inspiring his own work:
‘Remember, I look at everything,’ was a common saying of Francis Bacon, born in the time when photography was becoming [a documentary tool] of life. What really interests me is that he was often combining photography with painting in his thought process. He never painted from observation. Instead, he using photographs, pieces of newspaper and books [he found] anywhere. Folded images with stains on them, with drips of paint could be found in his messy studio. Francis created multitudes of paintings based on Eadweard Muybridge’s photographs. He was recreating represented scenes, analyzing the movement of humans and [their] basic needs. Bacon was deeply questioning the connection between the passage [of time] and pulsation of the person through paint, which he tried to show as alive as possible. What’s truly inspiring is that he felt the connection between himself, the creative process, and images found anywhere, which he was constantly collecting. There is no such a thing as plagiarism mentioned here- he was rethinking the images, creating them from different bases, showing its pulse, separating them from their original form, and adjusting it to his own situations. They all look bloody, and the movement drips down from the composition. –Andzelika Berestko
Francis Bacon on Primrose Hill, London by Bill Brandt, 1963
Eadweard Muybridge, Men Boxing, from Human Locomotion, 1887
Eadweard Muybridge, Two Men Wrestling, from Human Locomotion, 1887
Francis Bacon, Triptych Studies from the Human Body, 1970
Francis Bacon, Two Figures, 1953