Task 4. Looking at looking. #mates #party #goodtimes

 

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For this assignment i decided to shoot a gif. Nowardays with all these iphones, social media and instagram i’ve noticed that people became addicted to their phones and taking selfies and posting them on instagram and then obsessively waiting for likes and comments. It became some sort of modern desease, because people are drawn to their phones and are not living in the present. They live in the cyberworld. They’re addicted to their cameras and constantly making selfies, snapchating all around and forget to live the moment. And that’s what modern catching up with friends look like.

For this gif I got inspired by my own observation of how people behave in social places, I admit that I behave the same and now I’m convinced that I would rather live in those times when there was no any social media, instagram and iPhones. Can we go back to the 60s? or 90s?

Task 3. Making Loop. “Everyday I get in the queue/To get on the train that takes me to you.”

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For my loop assignment I decided to make a Gif of our every day commute. I shot this video while I was living in Brooklyn, New York and used to take a subway to Manhattan every day. I loved looking at the windows while on my trip because Brooklyn is so cool and urban. And this kind of movie my eyes saw every day and I was always thinking “Isn’t it me, living in New York?”

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Task 2. Personal space. Hipster Cats.

I’m a music lover and I love going to record shops and look for some rare vinyls. When I first came to New York, records shops were one of my favorite places to visit. And there is this record shop in west village, that is really interesting because there are two big fat cats living there. And record shop is their’s personal space. I found it really fascinating because i love cats and going to record shop where you can not only look for records but also careess these wonderful creatures is really nice! I’ve been coming to this shop for years and always say hello to my cute little music friends. They’re totally hipster cats. They sleep on the piles of vintage vinyls, listen to the best music all day and hang out with the coolest New York crowd.

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Nan Goldin

While doing this module I’m very glad that I discovered Nan Goldin. She is a New York photographer and most famous for her confessional images she made while living in Lower East Side, New York.

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“I’ll be your mirror” is one of the series that captured her self portraits which are far from being glamourous, but being real. (She used tonlive in Lower East side in new your in the ninties. )To me LES is the most vibrant and exciting neighborhood in manhattan. Even now it’s very, very cool. I just can’t imagine what it was like in the 80s. I know it was quite dangerous and rough, but there were so many artists living there. I remember I watched Downtown 80, a film with Basquite and it was all about Lower East side. Famous music venue CBGB was here and with all the New York punk scene. Well, Nancy lived in the heart of it all where she created her wonderful series of photographs capturing her and her neighborhood friends.

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What I really love about her photographs is that they’re not professional looking, instead she just used cheap camera and printed her picrures at the local drugstore. These made them so appealing to the time and the scene she was in. Another thing is that she appeal very open and real in those photographs and they tell us a story of her life. The images that speak to us in a very confessional way. We see the way she lived, her relationship, her home, hang abouts. Everything seems so enduaring to me.

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The images have this kind of beautiful colour tones which reminds me of impressionists paintings like Monet. She really touched my heart with her work and I wish I can one day create these kind of beautiful photographs. Nan Goldin is definetely my inspiration.

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Task 1. Self-Portrait project. When I grow up, I’m going to be a movie star.

For our Image Making session we have to create a set of Self Portrait images. After researching and lectures given buy our tutor I got inspired by work of American photographer Cindy Sherman who is famous for creating a set of self-portraits which looks like stills from Alfred Hitchcock movies

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I’m fascinated by films of the 50s and the 60s. My favorite actresses are Marilyn Monroe and Brigitte Bardot and I decided to recreate cinematic stills inspired by the stills taken from their films. I used Tripod to create these images and I think they went quite well.

These series of images are called: “When I grow up, I’m going to be a movie star.”

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this one is inspired by Brigitte Bardot.

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This one is inspired by Marilyn Monroe

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and this one is inspired by Catherine Deneuve in Roman Polanski “Repulsion”.

And here are the images that I used for my inspiration.

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