In my online class, "The History of Photography", I did some research on famous street photographers and their work.
While looking at women photography, I realized that there is not one singular definition that fits. Women photography fits under the general category of photography, right along side men photography. Every women artist takes pictures a different way, expressing their own unique thoughts. Judith Golden and Lalla Essaydi are two women photographers that have very different styles of photography.
Lalla Essaydi is a woman photographer that examines the role of Muslim women through her photographs. Essaydi often plays around with the background of the Moroccan palace Dar al Basha. The walls of the Moroccan palace create a camouflage for the Muslim women. As you can see in the photograph “Harem #14”, the women’s apparel matches perfectly with the walls of the palace, even the trim! Essaydi is trying to capture people’s attention with this photograph and interest them in Islamic femininity. This type of photography seems very structural and organized. There are hard lines, and distinguished patterns. The subjects in this picture are also quite emotionless and serious.
Judith Golden is a woman photographer whose fantasy picture has a sense of magic. Her photographs also include Earth’s natural elements such as air, fire, and water. Golden’s work shows creativity and passion. She incorporates figments of her own life in her photographs such as her granddaughter, Julia. This personal connection to her photographs makes Golden’s photographs relatable and touching. Golden mixes painting and photography together to create a masterpiece. These two art forms blend seamlessly and create a really unique product.
Golden’s work is much more creative and whimsical than the work of Essaydi. In Essaydi’s photographs, the subjects show no emotion or personality, which is the style of them… however in Golden’s work, the subjects are full of life and personality. Essaydi’s work is meant to be very detached because of the culture of the people, however Holden captures the beauty of youth in her pictures. In addition, Essaydi’s work has very distinct patterns, which makes the whole photograph a puzzle, while Golden’s work seems spontaneous and seems to stick random objects in the most odd places. For example, Saturn, in the photograph “Van Gough’s Sky” is randomly placed in the sky. If you looked up into the sky, you would not see Saturn in this much detail with your bare eyes. This brings me to the comparison of reality vs. fantasy. Golden’s work is fantasy because of the elements of magic in her pictures. Essaydi’s work is reality because nothing in her pictures are distorted like Golden. Essaydi takes the picture for how it is, leaving everything in plain sight and not covering anything up.
In conclusion, both of these women photographers go about photography in different directions, but they both excel in what they do. Judith Golden takes a more creative approach to photography, while Lalla Essaydi gears more towards truth, order, and showing things for how they really are.
Why do we live? What is the point of life? So many people live their lives with the object being to just get by. Let me ask you this: What is the point of life if you are not happy? At the end of your years, you lay on your death bed, and you think; did I live a good life? You only get one life. One chance to experience all the world has to offer. If you are not happy with how you are living, why continue to love the same routine? Go somewhere, do something, love someone. Do something you truly enjoy. Wake up every day with the thought: Let's have some fun today.
- Emma Lopez
The main thing that scares many people off when wanting to start taking pictures is what camera they should use. When choosing a camera, it's important to consider price, effort, and preference. Prices vary from different kinds of cameras. You can get some perefectly operatable cameras for a low price, it's just all about what functions you want in your camera.
There are MANY different digital cameras to choose from, which can overwhelm some people. There are also MANY different brands of cameras to choose from, a few including Cannon, Nikon, Sony, Samsung, and so many others. I use only Cannon digital cameras, that's just because it's what i'm used to and I know the functions pretty well. It is a good idea to go to a store that lets you fool around with all the different kind of cameras before you decide on which kind to get! Cannon prices can varry... some of the cannon powershots are less money, (generally $100- $200), then some cannons such as the cameras in the Rebel series can get a little more pricy, (can be around $700). My advice is to start off with a camera that is a GOOD camera. If you know you are really into photography, then I would just get a good quality camera that has everything you need, because "upgrading" in the camera world is buying a whole different camera with no "trading in" like you would with a phone. You can ceratinly sell your camera, but instead of buying a mediocre camera that you will soon have to replace with a more expensive camera. In the end you will just wind up paying more money! My first camera was a Cannon Rebel t3i, which is a great camera that has all your basic functions, and it is the camera I still primarily use to this day. Effort wise, digital cameras are much easier to operate, (in my opinion) then film cameras. All you have to do is read the step by step instructions, and your set.
Film Cameras are classic. Something about them is so much more valuable than digital cameras. I think it is the idea that you cannot edit the pictures, and once you take the picture, there is no deleting it. Also it is the old film charmed look, and the unique light leaks in some cameras. Film cameras offer an element of mystery, and taking pictures with a film camera is like a ritual. Film cameras WILL take a lot of work. You will need to find the right film for it, learn how to load the film, find a place to develop your film for you, or find out how to develop the film yourself. If you get a film camera from a thrift store or an antique store, you will need to do some research on how to work your special find. I have a collection of old vintage cameras, and i'm still in the process of trying to get a few of them to work. Purchasing used film cameras is always a gamble, you never know if it will work or if it was dammaged. Even so... the product is very rewarding if you get a orking camera. Prices of film cameras vary, but you can get used film cameras for low prices such as $10 in thrift stores, or new ones for around $50, depending on where you get it. The only thing is that the film can be pricy, and you will have to be very stingy with your photographs!
Instant cameras are one of my favorite cameras to use because they are so easy! I love the cute little square film that pops out when you click the button. I have a few old and new polaroids, and the pictures that pop out are always a surprise. Along with film cameras, polaroid film is very expensive. A film pack of around 10 can cost around $25, which I find ridiculous. That's more than a dollar per picture. With these cameras you have to be EXTREMLY choosey with what pictures you take because you can't delete them and they are extremly expensive! As for the cameras themselves, you can get them pretty cheap. I got my new polaroid camera for around $70, and compared to some digital camares for $1000... that's a pretty good price for a camera. Polaroids will always be very nostalgic and classic. You can always count on an instant camera to quickly capture a moment forever.
So... hopefully this gave you a feel for what kind of cameras are out there and which ones may be best for you! I am still learning myself about different cameras and how to work them, these are just some of my opinions and a few things that I find interesting. Whatever camera you choose, it will get the job done. There are so many different kinds, but they will all capture the moment, in whatever form it's in!