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Wendy Drexler
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Travels through Absence.  This was difficult.  I was looking for something in the city that represented absence or the idea of being alone.  It needed to be any city, rather than an identifiable city.  That's why I left the buildings a little underexposed.  There were originally two swans together, then there was only one.
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The struggle to master this composition frames my vision. The need to free myself from order without completely giving in limits my view. #picbodlegacy  Task #1.
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It's so interesting the ways in which we see ourselves versus the way others see us.  In this shoot, we had to work first through the lighting.  Once that was figured out, he was concerned with whether his collar was up or down.  He then selected a favorite that was different than the one I would have selected.  Another insightful assignment.
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I went to the local pub with some friends after work.  I walked up to this guy sitting alone at the bar and asked if I could take his picture.  He said sure, even before I explained it was for my class.  In the first shot (that didn't turn out as well as I had hoped, he had a big fake smile and thumbs up.  I showed him that picture, then took this one.  This is actually less posed, but he looks a little skeptical.  I think it's very interested to look at the other posts.  I feel like many of the subjects have a similar look on their face.  Is it skepticism?  Distrust? Putting up with us?  Cheers!
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After looking over the lecture notes, I noted the comments about mens' general feelings about being photographed and my own aging body.  I knew I wanted the male body in water.  I like the falling droplets from the shower and he seemed more comfortable there.  It was much more difficult to decide on my shot until I glanced myself through the bathroom mirror when getting ready one morning.  It represents the true body - not posed, not even noticed, but by accident out of the corner of my eye.  I wasn't as nervous about taking the picture or sharing with this class as I am about posting it on the Internet.
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I selected this photo from a number of shots taken during the day.  It captures family time when we get comfortable in ways we wouldn't consider with outsiders. This is my son and step-daughter during the 2013 Superbowl playoffs (Pats/Colts).  We were on a ski vacation and wiped out from the day. The game wasn't headed in our favor.  Garlic knots, beer, wine, soda, and four pizzas later, Alex was disgusted with the score.  Amy just gave up and nodded off. 
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Like Humberto, I'm not yet a photographer.  This was an interesting experiment.  It was very dark with the exception of a distant street light and the lights across the bay.  I did some research on night shots and used the tripod, but it's still grainy (overexposed?).  I do like the reflection of the wine glass on the column.  This is where I often contemplate life.
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Would indoor lighting radiating to the outside count as available light?
WEEK 1: THE SELF PORTRAIT

Pre-visualize and produce a self portrait [using only available light*] unrestricted in theme and technique yet still supplying a message to the viewer. You should spend time first understanding what it is you wish to convey before then looking at the composition and mechanics of the image and finally production.

* While you are required to use only available light you can still shape and adjust this light as you see fit. Street lights, laptops, computers and televisions can all be employed. 


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