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August 14, 2013

Dabbling in Photography

As I mentioned to you in my previous post, I'm just about to enter my last semester at BCC for my Associates in Digital Arts! Last semester was when I went full throttle on art classes. I was only taking art! I wanted to share some of the photography I did for my class. You can totally tell how much I learned by the end of the class! So here's some of my work! ^_^

This was the first assignment! Very bleh.

This assignment had to do with value and contrast. This is probably the one I really don't like.

This one was about textures. This one is one of my favorites.

Perspective.

Shapes.

Toys and Color. I love this one! There's also some rule of thirds going on here.

Lines. Also one of my favorites.

A self-portrait. It was totally awkward shooting myself in front of my classmates. I'm so used to taking pictures of myself by myself, which, is why I look like a total derp!

A portrait of someone else. This is my nephew Matthew.

This was an assignment on emphasis.

I love this picture. This one had to do with rhythm and repetition.

These final ones were our final project. We had to shoot around campus. I think I took pictures for about a week and it wasn't until the last two days that I actually got anything good. I also felt weird shooting people because let's face it we're all very particular about being photographed so, I just shot things I thought were pretty.

I love this one.



I love this one too!

I shot inside the new library in school. I am so absolutely in love with it.



That's all! 

I haven't really been taking any pictures lately although I think I should. I love taking pictures. I usually take them of myself and those are fun because I'm so absolutely obsessed with myself (haha) but I also like shooting different things. There's something fantastical about shooting ordinary things and making them look not so ordinary. Hope you enjoyed!

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Elba

Serendipity!



Hi guys!

In case you didn't know I am currently re-enrolled in school and am going to start my final semester in a few weeks at my community college to get my Associates Degree in Digital Arts in the Graphic Design option (what a mouthful!).  I'm very happy that last year I accidentally and almost reluctantly went back to school after a five year hiatus. I remember it like it was yesterday. 

Last February I filled out an application to be readmitted into my old college (Hunter College), I found out later that year that my request was denied. I was very disappointed and unhappy and felt like a failure. I didn't think much about it but I received an e-mail from the Bronx Community College in May to enroll and I totally ignored it because how could I, Elba Lopez, go back to a community college? How preposterous! Months went by and my work situation became worse. I was feeling burnt out, my position was taken away from me (due to relocation), and I was basically a sitting duck in my company's studio space. On August 10th, I received another e-mail from the ever persistent Bronx Community College about being able to register on August 15th and there I was, at work, frustrated because I felt like nothing was going well, I felt like I was dying creatively and that there was nothing going on in my life and so I said, what the hell? I spoke to my boss and told him that I wouldn't be able to make it on the 15th.

I went and I had all these credits towards a Liberal Arts degree and I kept thinking what the hell am I going to do with a Liberal Arts degree? Before I spoke to a counselor to register for classes, I skimmed through the degree options and found Digital Art and I thought about how much I have always wanted to get better at Photoshop and be able to do things to my blog and I thought it was a sign from the Lord!  I went in, I told the counselor that I wanted to change my major and that was that. I lost a few credits because they didn't fit into my degree but that was okay. I told myself that I would take a year and half to get out of there as quickly as possible and then go to a "real" school.

My first semester was rough. I was going to school six days a week and working full time. I managed to get all A's. I was burnt the hell out but I was proud of myself. My second semester was just as rough, I was taking seven classes, working full time, juggling my finances, had stress to deal with from the very beginning because I had to go to the hospital that first week due to a kidney infection and the week after that my sister got into a very bad car accident. I was able to pull through. I got all A's except for one B+ but I have already forgiven myself for that one. I'm ready to face next semester and go into it head on.

After two semesters and now at the brink of entering my last semester at BCC, I realize that I have been going to a real school. I am so grateful to my professors, they are absolutely amazing and understanding and best of all they believe in me and that gives me air, it gives me life, and it makes me believe in myself. I am so happy and lucky to have had all this accidentally fall into my lap. It was and has been absolutely serendipitous. 

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Elba
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