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Samantha’s Final Presentation: Cyanotypes, Salt Prints on miniature small papers and cardstock–larger work in progress

3 thoughts on “Samantha

  1. Sam, my favorite image from you is the one of Noel that you embellished. It’s kind of a trippy photo, anyway, since it’s got that green cast to it, and the embellishment makes it look like an album cover. Really cool.

    I also love the combination salt print/photograms. The branches and other little things add just enough to the photo to make it interesting and beautiful, without overpowering it or making it look cheesy.


  2. Sam

    I love the fact that you used different types of paper. The lavender you used for the business cards was a good choice, it gives off a soft dreamy feel. I agree with Pearl, the one with Noel is so good. It kinda looks an album cover. The colors you used work well with his green face.


  3. Samantha, I think the papers you experimented with have a lot of promise, especially the tissue like japanese paper–and colored stock– and think you should continue this exploration. Interesting to see how the digital scan images completely changed the scale perception of the photos since you are working miniature-that is not possible to tell the way they were scanned or appear now on the monitor and in the gallery mosaic. When seeing these images in person they are quite tiny and intimate–their scale makes you look intensely at them–to want to magnify them with your eyes–to examine them as a specimen–at this small size- I wanted to see them as a very large grid–with many of them comprising sections filling up a large area. Seeing them now appearing as “larger” in digital scale–I’m liking them bigger with less of them together but still arranged in some way but more in a shape (large square) or a linear stripe. This is why presentation and perception -scale and subject matter are critical considerations as a photographer. They deeply influence the way we interpret the images and our pleasure of viewing them.

    Seeing them small they have almost a perfumed essence to them –like a sample scent keepsake card tucked inside a magazine or piece of mail. There is something mysterious-hidden and quite feminine about them. They feel fragile yet strong–in meaning-in appearance-and in materials–as if the tiny cards are not strong enough to hold them yet they are–and I like when this type of contradiction turns into cohesion. The images themselves remind me a bit of Francesca Woodman (if you aren’t familar with her work–google her ASAP). I like the organic nature in unision with the ethereal female portraits–reinforces the evocative quality they both exude and the sense of being covered up-and uncovered–like the peel of a fruit to reveal what is underneath. I think they are functioning in this way-which I find very effective. The embroidered portrait of the guy is direct yet retains its lyrical quality–it’s all in the gesture–it can be one small move which sets everything in a different motion. I think there is much here to build upon–I hope you will keep at it seriously–and devote the necessary time because I think pursuing this work will refine your vision.


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