Blog #7 – Post Modern

The theme I chose for this blog was “Disaster Photography”. It seems like an odd theme, but I feel like it fits because as the world progresses in technology, this allows photographers to capture more insight into the world and all of its mesmerizing qualities, good and bad. Disaster photography in specific helps spread the devastation across the globe and build awareness to disasters that have the ability to happen every single day. I pinpointed on 6 specific disasters, but as you all know, there are thousands more to choose from.

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1. This photograph is of the Mount Pinatubo Eruption that happened in 1991 in the Philippines. It was taken by Alberto Garcia There were 800+ casualties as a result of the eruption, and the devastation was vast. This photo is of a vehicle trying to outrace the cloud of ash behind them.

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2. This photograph is of a house in Kalapana Hawaii, catching on fire from the lava that free flows from the many volcanoes in the Hawaiian Islands. The lava has been steadily flowing for years, but this particular photo was taken in 2010 by Bruce Omori.

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3. This photograph is of an animal, presumably a dog, covered in the toxic red sludge that emerged when a resevoir burst in Hungaray in 2010. 10 people died, but many people and animals included were badly burnt by the chemicals in the sludge. This photograph was capture by AP/Bela Szandelsky.

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4. This photograph is of millions of spiders that were forced upward into trees when Sindh, Pakistan flooded in 2011. The trees appear the way they do because of all the webs the spiders made to protect themselves. Russell Watkins captured this image.

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5. This photograph captured by M.L Tuttle is of Lake Nyos in Cameroon after its clear blue appearance had become murky and dangerous in 1986. The change came because the lake began to leak gas that had built up from an unknown volcano below it. The gas was toxic, and over 1,700 people died as a result of breathing in this gas.

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6. This last photograph was captured by Simon Gray in Bangor, United Kingdom in 2008. It is of a fire tornado, which is a very rare type of tornado but is extremely dangerous. So dangerous in fact, that they are rarely caught on film.

My reaction to each and every single one of those works is just complete awestruck. Whether it be a lake leaking fatal gas, a fire tornado, a flood, or any other type of natural disaster, there are images to be captured everywhere that can help spread awareness and safety precautions. I feel like the best form of art is the kind that teaches us something, and I feel like disaster photography helps raise awareness to the unexpected that can happen in our lives, and they may ultimately save some lives in the future.

http://www.complex.com/art-design/2012/06/the-50-most-famous-disaster-photographs/

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Early Modern

The three works of art I chose for this assignment are all visual. The three of them were all taken by the same photographer, on the same day, in the same place, and the same sitting. I feel the three of them together really encompass just how hard the struggle was for many families, not just the one in the photographs to survive during The Great Depression. The photographer is Dorothea Lange, and the photos are Migrant Mother,  and the other two don’t have names, but the captions found beneat them on http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/migrantmother.htm are, Migrant agricultural worker’s family. Seven hungry children and their mother,aged 32. The father is a native Californian, and the last photograph doesn’t have a caption that I could find., and they were all taken in March of 1936.

The story behind these pictures caught my eye because they were essentially stumbled upon. Dorothea Lange was trying to get home from a long trip of taking pictures for the Farm Security Administration when she saw a sign that read “Pea Pickers Camp”. She drove past it but something in her gut told her to turn around and see what was there. When she got there she cam across a mother, 32 years of age, with seven children who were living off of frozen vegetables and any birds her children could kill themselves. She took a total of 6 pictures that day. The first one being of the mother with two of her children slung over her shoulders, the second being the family in the tent they were sharing as their home, and the third that I have chosen to present is the mother simply holding what appears to be her youngest, as if to try to shield the child from the current hell they were living in.

When Dorothea Lange returned home, she brought the photos in to be published, and little did she know the photographs would do so much to help the families. After the publication of the photos, the government brought in 20,000 pounds of food for the families living in the camp, and the first photo Migrant Mother became a huge photograph in depicting in the struggle, as well as the emotional burden mothers bear for their children. I feel that these three photographs together are a very good depiction of how The Great Depression effected families all across America during this time period.

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Blog #5

I personally really do love the Impressionistic style of painting.  The free-ness and the large brush stokes is something so different from artists in the past that were so detailed, and were almost always religious or poiltically related. There is one artist in particular I really love and that is Claude Monet. The way his paintings look almost blurred to me due to the thick and quick brush stokes he used leaves the fine details of paintings to my imagination to really finish it the way I see fit, and I like that every single little piece of the painting isn’t there so I can take his impression of a scene and add my impression to it in my mind. His style falls in line with other impressionistic artists during this time period, but something about him stands out to me.

The painting titled Impression Sunrise painted in 1872/1873 in Paris, France is one that I especially love for this reason. The deep yellow in the sky happens only when the sun is first starting to show its light in the morning, which to me is the most peaceful part of the day. Since he painted this work from a window, it tells me that he was up very early in the morning inspired by what he saw. There is also a haze showing only shadows of what is in the distance of the water and that lets myself imagine really what I want those shapes and shadows to be. It is one of my favorites, and oddly enough, it is a very staple piece of work in the impressionist style.

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The next piece of art I really love that he painted was Bridge Over a Pond of Water Lillies, painted in 1899. The colors are so soft. I love the pale pink which is huge in the color scheme found commonly in impressionistic paintings. The way that he paints with the thickness of the brush strokes not only leaves much to be impressioned like I mentioned above, but it makes everything look so majestic. Each and every lilypad really glows from the white used for the sun reflection, along with the leaves in the trees. I don’t think this kind of color flow can be found in any other style of painting or even a photograph.

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Blog Post #4

or this weeks blog assignment I chose to focus on Morality and the Art of the Classical Era. One artist in particular stuck out to me when I was reviewing the topics and artists and that artist was Jacques Louis David. His story fascinated me just in the fact that he was abandoned by his mother at the age of 9, and since his father had already passed away he was raised by his uncles. I think that affected his life tremendously and that influenced a lot the detail, and morality of his paintings. I also liked that there is a long detailed story of heroism in his paintings. He painted about stories that he was passionate about, or people he was passionate about. He influenced politics, morality, and the neo-classical style of art. He was the obvious choice to me for this assignment.

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The first work of art I chose is the Oath of the Horatii painted in 1793. The story that goes along with this painting is that there is a feud between two roman families and it can be settled by a fight between the three brothers of each family. The painting is a depiction of the perfect soldiers who despite their personal convictions and emotional ties are willing to die for their empire and do whatever needs to be done to settle the feud. As a member of the military myself, this stood out because when we take an oath to serve this country, it is for the good of everyone, despite how we may feel. The fact that these 3 brothers are willing to do this is the ultimate display of morality and heroism. It was a very successful painting.  http://www.thecaveonline.com/APEH/horatti.html

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The next work of art I chose is Belisarius painted in 1781. This painting focuses more on the heroism side of what Jacques Louis David painted, and I may be interpreting this work all wrong, but I see the morality part as well. The story in this painting is that Belisarius was a very powerful military leader at one time, but during his time as a leader, his military success brought him many enemies and he was fired. When he was fired and had nothing, he had to resort to living on the streets and begging for money. The other man in the painting is a former soldier who recognized him. To me, the military as a whole is about being noble and honest, having high morals, and doing what is right while defending our country.  There is nothing shameful about begging for money after all of the success Belisarius is said to have in the story about the painting. He is someone to be admired despite his situation, not mocked. http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/his/CoreArt/art/neocl_dav_belis.html

Lictors

The last work of art I chose is The Lictors bring to Brutus the bodies of his sons. This painting, as well as the other two follow the military theme. It hits home to me. The story of this that the father led a fight to overthrow the monarchy, and then witnessed his sons planning to restore the monarchy. Because of this, he had to rule on whether or not to sentence his sons to death for what they were trying to do. For the love and belief of what he was trying to accomplish, the father did sentence his sons to death. That would be one of the hardest decisions ever to make. It may not seem morally right to sentence your own blood to death, but if the rules are the rules, it is very moral and heroic to have the courage to make such a decision and put your duty first, over your personal convictions. This is very similar to the first work of art I portrayed. http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/cas/his/CoreArt/art/neocl_dav_brutus.html

Being in the military, we are taught that the mission comes first, no matter what we have going on in our personal lives. All three of these paintings portray that in three very different settings. To me, that is very admirable, noble, and heroic. To have the courage to put your country, state, ruler, whatever it is you serve under before your family, friends, and pride, that is something to be admired, even if it forces your hand to make some questionable decisions. The good of everyone is what matters ultimately, and no one can really understand that like a person in the military. While Jacques Louis David’s art went hand in hand with Politics during this era as well, I chose to focus on the morality part of it. It is easy to point in the finger and say someone is wrong for putting duty before family, but to have the strength to do it for your country is inspiring.

Blog Post #2

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Willow Mill by Albrecht Durer

The piece of artwork I chose is from the Northern Renaissance era. The name of the piece is Willow Mill and it is by Albrecht Durer. I was intrigued with this particular piece of artwork because when I was doing research going through Durer’s paintings, most of them are not in color, and those that are, are in very dim colors. This one is in bright colors. During the Northern Renaissance The Reformation happened and due to this, artwork took on a whole new form. Prior to The Reformation, artwork was primarily religious. During this time, it began to stray to self portraits and landscapes like the one featured here.

Introduction – 1st Assignment

Hello fellow classmates! My name is Megan. I am a member of the USAF, attending UAF because I grew up in Alaska. My mom also works at UAF so it’s easier to go here until I finish my AA, then I will transfer to a school closer to where I am stationed. I am taking this class because it’s a requirement, but I am excited about it because it’s being taught in a way I’ve never had before. It will be interesting! My long term goal is to be a lawyer, however I’m not sure my career will permit it easily, so being a paralegal might have to do.

In honor of today being the first game of the football season, the image of my choosing is the Patriots logo. Go Pats! (Even though they aren’t playing).

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I wouldn’t consider myself to have a close relationship with art, but I do enjoy it. I always look for interesting and unique paintings to hang up in my apartment. I’m most infatuated with music and literature. I sang in choir growing up, and played violin. I’ve touched the guitar, cello, and bass as well, but it never stuck. Photography seems to be my favorite of the art forms. I’m hoping this class will introduce me to a type of art I haven’t experienced before and broaden horizons a little bit.

The link of my choosing is to art.com because it’s where I like to look for paintings and pictures, and it relates to art.

I am looking forward to this class and hearing everybody’s thoughts about art!