Education Outside of Photography

Hello Therese Lawlor here so my quote of the day is, “Education is an endless journey through knowledge and enlightenment.” I wanted to talk about how that relates to photography. Like I’ve said before in my other videos is that you just have to keep learning and trying to get as much information about photography as you can online or through books or going to school for photography. I also wanted to talk about how education for photography does not necessarily mean reading and watching videos and getting classroom education that is only specifically for the subject of photography. I personally have found that other types of art and other types of subjects have helped me learn more about photography. There are many movies, books, and artworks that I have learned about that I was then able to apply my knowledge to photography.

In the past blog post, I have made a video about how I was prepared to go to college for photography because I had taken some classes that were drawing classes through Rochester Institute of Technology when I was in high school. Also, my parents had taken me to the Metropolitan Museum and the Guggenheim to see all sorts of famous artworks. I had read up on famous painters like Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, and many other famous fine artists. I had also worked at the Brighton Memorial Library when I was a sophomore in high school and I read a lot about the different masters of art like Monet, Escher, Bosch and many more artists. All of these fine art studies later helped me when I was a photography major because many of the principles that I learned about fine art I could apply to creating a good photograph.

During high school, I had found all of these amazing books about all sorts of artists and I read them all. I also watched movies about art. They weren’t about photography, but it helped me form a better sense of how photographs should be formed, with the use light and dark, shadows and highlights. After I graduated from undergrad at Rochester Institute of Technology I have also watched many videos that sparked my imagination and heightened my curiosity for art in general.

These movies helped me become more creative and inspired for my photography projects. One of the movies I had watched that really made an impression on me was Brush with a Genius which was a movie about Van Gogh. I saw a movie called Helvetica, which was a movie about the font Helvetica. I also watched many Youtube videos that were useful to me for getting new ideas from. Even music videos have inspired me like the Mi Gente music video. Watching movies, reading books, and learning about other subjects besides photography helps you think better because you become a more rounded individual. You can think differently and create photographs that are out of the box.

Education is not about learning only one subject. You have to learn about many subjects in order to do well in photography and that is why when you’re a photography major you learn other subjects like 2D design and fine art history. You even have to take liberal arts because those classes help you learn. The information you gain from your non-photography classes help you bridge information that you learn from one another. Many of the things you learn that are not related to photography can often be connected to photography. For example, a European history class in college will teach you about European art and that knowledge could perhaps help you when you have to do fashion photography in Europe. Perhaps you can use European historical sites in your photographs.

The decisions you make when you are taking a picture today are formed by the knowledge you have learned in the past. The way you frame a picture might be because of something you learned about cropping in a drawing class. The lighting that you choose to use might be because of an oil painting class. All of your knowledge are connected to each other and they help you at the moment you have to press the button down to take that perfect image for an ad campaign.

When you have all of this knowledge that you have learned from fine art history class you sometimes do not even really realize that you were learning all sorts of important topics like shadows and highlights and arranging the image that you have to take. You reach a point in your photography that you take photographs that are lit in such a way that may have been inspired by the painter Rembrandt. Rembrandt’s paintings are so captivating because of the lighting he chooses.

Knowledge all connect to each other and fit together to form you as an artist and photographer. Education is a journey and it should never end. You gain knowledge. You become enlightened. Another quote I really like that applies to this blog post is, “With our thoughts we make the world.”

That quote is by Buddha and in art with your thoughts you create an image or a photograph. Often times movies I have watched just for fun helped me with my photography and even graphic design. I found Brush with a Genius, the movie about Van Gogh on Netflix and I absolutely loved that. I learned from that movie that Van Gogh used complimentary colors to make the colors in his paintings pop. Another movie I watched was Helvetica. From that movie, I learned about the font Helvetica and I now often use Helvetica as my go-to font. I especially love how organic it is. What you end up creating is from all of these thoughts that you have that you’ve gained from all of this research that you’ve been doing without it really being research or work. It was just something that you felt like doing at that time.

Another quote that I absolutely love is, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” It is a quote by Aristotle. When you are learning you want to be very passionate about it and the best way to be very passionate about your education is by watching things that you love to watch. For me, it was Cracking the Mayan Code. I had watched that and it really grabbed my attention.

It was something that I was in awe about. They had created a written language many years ago that looks very pictographic. It looks very artistic and beautiful. My favorite part about the movie was how they had learned how to finally figure out what the written language meant. That movie just really lit a flame in my heart and it ended up and becoming something that I always just kind of think about daily and have applied here and there into my art. I had taken some Mayan hieroglyphs and made graphic translations out of them and collaged them with photographs.

The last quote I will leave you with that applies to this post is “Learning is the eye of the mind.” When you learn you create you know an ability to see things better and the more you learn the better your eye is for photography. Your mind can see clearly what your vision is and what you want your image to be about. Try watching some inspiring movies, visit a museum, read some fun books and you will see that your photography changes for the better because you are excited to make that new photograph.

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A Video About the Suited Racer

The script to the video:

I wanted to talk about this on Ciao Means Hello Art Gallery so that if anybody who wanted to find out more about me and my Ciao Means Hello Art Gallery they could find this awesome quote and learn more about a new artist that I will be posting screenshots of. Lots and lots of screenshots of and it is the Suited Racer. How does this Suited Racer artist relate to the quote of the day? The quote of the day is, “You could rattle the stars. You could do anything if you only dared.” The Suited Racer is Lando Griffin, vigilante journalist.

The Suited Racer is this guy who wears a suit. He’s a motorcycle rider. He has a motorcycle helmet. He always poses with his helmet on his face covered by sunglasses and a mask so as a viewer we sometimes question who is really under the mask especially when he is kissing a beautiful model like Greta Jimenez because Greta Jimenez is the fiancé of a well known Miami artist named Alexander Mijares.

The Suited Racer reviews a motorcycle each week and a suit and the reason is for our mental breaks is what he said on Facebook. If you type in the Suited Racer and find him on Facebook then that’s what it says in the description. I think it’s hilarious, but what it has become also is this guy who is a mysterious artist. He has created some art pieces and he is currently working on a sculpture. He has done a collaboration with Alexander Mijares, my favorite artist. I actually first learned about the Suited Racer on Alexander Mijares’s Instagram account many months ago. I saw a comic book type art.

Because I follow Alexander Mijares I’ve been following Greta Jimenez, his fiance on Instagram. She has a photo posted of her with the Suited Racer kissing which implies that it’s Alexander Mijares under the mask, but I don’t think it’s just Alexander Mijares. I think the Suited Racer is a bunch of artists who have collaborated to be the Suited Racer, which is super smart because the art pieces of the Suited Racer has been selling out and it’s going to increase more in value with Alexander Mijares’s fiance featured on his Instagram and Facebook because Alexander Mijares’s paintings go for a lot.

If you look at the Suited Racer’s Instagram you will see 500-plus posts. It started in October 12th 2015. The Suited Racer probably just had a few followers and then now it has 96.4 k followers so 96,400 plus people follow this now. Because the Suited Racer remains a mystery it now has many people intrigued and it has become a more popular character than if the Suited Racer posed without a mask. I think the Suited Racer was just an idea and then it was created. All of these photographs were taken. All of these people may have collaborated with Lando Griffin to pose for images, different motorcycles were gathered up, the suits were chosen, and the models contacted to pose with the Suited Racer. This is a great example of someone daring to rattle the stars and coming out very successful because of acting upon a very creative yet ambitious idea.

Dare to Be Different in Photography Video

The photos I used in the video that are my own photographs that I took:

The script to the video:

Hello Therese Lawlor here. I found a quote on Google. The quote is, “Dare to be different. The world is full of ordinary.” Photography is one of those majors or jobs where you have to be different because you can’t be ordinary. It’s art. It is something that people will look at and be like, “Okay is this something that’s grabbing my attention or is this boring because it’s ordinary. I’ve seen it a million times.” You really have to be thinking outside of the box constantly. You have to view your subject matter in a different light.

It’s easy take the standard photograph and find a photograph that you like online and copying that. It’s one thing to be inspired by a photograph that you find online and emulate that, but you don’t want to copy the same thing, especially shots that have been done over and over again. Try to look at your subject matter in different angles. Take lots and lots of pictures. The more pictures you take the better you’ll be able to pick out the right one. When you first take a photo of let’s say a flower your instant thing that you want to do is to take that picture that’s like this flower looks pretty. It looks fresh and beautiful and it’s awesome.

Yes, that’s you know your main thing that you want to do first. Then after a while of taking the same pictures over and over where it’s just pretty you decide maybe I need it in a different angle and would this angle look beautiful? Then you turn your flower at a different angle and you take unique photographs because it’s a different angle and it’s not like an ordinary photo where everything is so perfect. You kind of have lines working with each other. The focal point is not in the center. It could be a little bit to the right or a little bit to the left or it’s cropped so close that it’s not like oh this is calla lily. It’s like oh it’s lines and it’s beautiful and it’s elegant and graceful, but it is still a calla lily. It isn’t like right in your face this a calla lily. It’s more abstract and it’s more shapes. That’s what I’ve done with my calla lily photographs. I’ve gotten really close up to them. The same with the rose.

The other thing too is if you’re working with models like with people you want to try to get you know like a photograph of them where you are getting more of their emotions and it’s not just this person look she’s posing for me. She’s pretty. It’s not that. You want to get your model in like a look that is more natural for them and it really says a lot.

One thing that you want to do is try to put your model at ease and have them be more themselves. Yes pose them a little bit, but have them get into the zone of posing on their own and having them act different and capturing their side that’s a little bit different from other people. You want to show the people as how they are and what makes them unique is them being them. Yes, “Dare to be different the world is full of ordinary.” Thanks for watching bye.

Make Changes in Your Photography Work Video

Check out my video about my quote of the day about change.

Here are the photos I used in the video that are my own photography work.

The script of the movie:

Hello everyone Therese Lawlor here. I found this quote on Google and it says, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” It is a quote by Socrates.

One of the things that I really fought when I was first starting out as a photography major at Rochester Institute of Technology was Photoshop. I really didn’t want to learn Photoshop. I started learning photography with black and white photography like most people do. I was using the darkroom to process my film and then making prints of my photographs from my negatives. That was fun for me. I loved going to the dark room. I liked making all of these prints and just hanging out there and having a lot of fun with classmates. I didn’t want to be in the computer labs doing Photoshop work with my photographs. I just thought it was so hard. I thought why do I have to edit it? It looks good.

After a while, I decided to get my own computer and learn more of Photoshop and not have to spend time at the computer labs. That’s when things really changed for me. I was able to do Photoshop work on my own, in my room and just really focus. I was too distracted at the computer labs to learn Photoshop. I really think that being at home with my computer helped my work.

Now I absolutely love Photoshop and I couldn’t do photography without Photoshop. I’ve never ever posted a photograph on social media or my blogs that I didn’t edit first. There’s always some sort of improvement I can make with any of my photographs. Photoshop has now become a strength of mine and I love building on that new strength. Photoshop has been my key to really loving my photographs because I can edit them to perfection. Now it’s so easy to turn my bad photographs into good photographs with the use of Photoshop. Having that ease of mind helps me take photographs every day.

I think that if you end up doing photography as a major the first thing you should do is get a camera, the second thing right away is get a computer and get Photoshop. I mean that’s standard now, but some people choose to not get their own stuff right away. I think they make you do that now at colleges though. Yes, it’s something to really get into.

iPhoto was also great for me. I loved using that to edit. There’s now Photos on Apple computers instead of iPhoto. I haven’t really done editing using Photos. With Photos, you can adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, etcetera. Photos is a great tool with editing photos, but it is for beginners. If you want to be able to make complicated adjustments like selecting parts of a photo and then pasting it then you would need Photoshop.

I also suggest trying out different cameras. I don’t really do that right now. I’m not a big fan of doing that because I can’t afford to get a medium format or 4 by 5 digital camera, but I would love to. When I was starting out as a photography major I took photographs with 35mm film cameras and then I went to medium format film cameras and that was very different and then to 4 by 5 film cameras. I really didn’t like changing from 35 mm to medium format or 4 by 5, but later on I ended up loving it. You really get better detail the larger the format of your camera is. It’s important to try to do that.

I was looking at Hasselblad.com. It is the Hasselblad camera site. I was looking at the photographs they were showcasing. You can go to a link that is about the winners. Masters 2018 Hasselblad—and the photos are just amazing. They are super gorgeous. Some of them are so awesome and the details are magnificent. You could see the fine details of this one image so clearly. It was of a blonde girl and you could see every single strand of her hair and the photograph really highlighted her unique haircut. It’s just really nice to see that so yes. Check it out and that is it. Thanks for watching. Bye.

Don’t Be Perfect Just Make Sure to Succeed Most of the Time

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Life is already complicated so don’t make it more complicated by striving for perfection all of the time. Just make sure to do the best that you can and make sure to succeed at least 80% to 90% of the time. This is a mantra I live by and I’ve applied it to many aspects of my life.

As a Visual Media undergrad, I had to make all sorts of drawings and paintings. I wanted all of my drawings and paintings to be perfect and to be the most awesome pieces, but what I found was that striving for perfection was driving me insane. Then I realized you know what if I just at least make 80% to 90% of my pieces excellent then that will be good enough.

Being an artist is not about making a masterpiece all of the time. Sometimes you have to experiment and make mistakes and then the important part is learning from those mistakes. You have to try new paints or new brushes to improve your art and yes you might make some mistakes, but you have to get back up. Refresh your artwork ideas and try something new or perhaps apply your new method differently in order to make a better piece.

Above is a piece I made that was a complete experiment. I like most of it. Sure it is not perfect. It is not a masterpiece, but I love this piece because I tried something new. I cut out magazine pieces, glued it onto paper, and made a collage. I then drew on top of it then scanned the entire piece, saved the image on my computer and edited it in Photoshop. I used the smudge tool to make the edges blend and I played with the brightness and color of the image.

I love how the images are structured and placed. I like the smudges blending the images. I like the right side a lot more than the left side. Some of the drawings go well with the image like the squiggles on the right side. The drawing on the left side of the image not so well, but I still really love this piece. I am happy with the image for the most part. I would say I like 80% of it. I made this a few years ago and to this day I love it.

The important lesson for me to learn about this image is that it is not perfect, but I love most of it. Of course, it is also important that I tried something new and I grew a little bit as an artist. In the future, I would like to apply this similar technique to my other pieces. I think overall creating this artwork was a great experience and now I am happy I have a piece I can share with you, my audience.