Border Cantos

On this week our class was canceled so in lieu of having class that day, we got to see a couple of films. One of the films is a presentation called Border Cantos by Richard Misrach and Guillermo Galindo. In this current political climate, this film is very significant as you can see that people can easily adapt and can still get through our border. Though this is going to eventually change once our president decides to build a new wall. This is seen with the various art and things that were left out. What is the difference between a landscape and a cultural landscape? I think the difference between a cultural landscape and a landscape is that a landscape is just a traditional photograph, but it can also be cultural. A cultural landscape is a landscape in this film where it shows the landscape but also the culture like the wall for example being artistically done or whatever is left behind in the border. As far as my reaction to the work? I did like the work as it was very good, as the photographs were well made on a large camera and I could hardly tell which ones were done on each camera. It does beg the question that should we allow migrants or should we not allow migrants. On one hand, they could provide benefits for our economy, but on the other hand, some say they could cause problems with our country and eventually want to take over.I do find it fascinating that the Rio Grande border is on land that borders really do divide our nation.

As far as what is different about the goals of the photographer? Landscape as hero, or landscape as actor in a relationship? Or acted upon? I think it is a more acted upon relationship. Though I think I like the fact that he did decided to photograph areas that are not really photographed like the border to show how and why our borders are messed up from the get go. I think it is acted upon as he just simply goes around the borders and just photograph images.

Hour of Magic

Yesterday, I went to Kit Carson park a little after 5 PM and took some nice photos and left until 6PM. I did try to shoot in the morning, but the rain made it hard to shoot. I did not have my tripod, which was probably a bad idea as I had to really crank up the ISO on my old 50D, which shows its age when enhancing the photos and looking up close. I really enjoyed this photo shoot and some are in Black and white. The sunset was really nice, but I think I should have focused on the other side of the mall as I think I would have gotten a better view or just focus on the neighborhood. It had some pretty places to photograph and I would love to photograph at Kit Carson park again.

If I had to do it differently, I would probably go when it is not very rainy and the weather is really nice and sunny for that really nice shot and I want to reshoot again! 🙂 I would also bring a tripod so I do not need to use ISO 3200. Other than that, this is my photoshoot for this assignment.


This has been the 2nd time, I have been to MOPA and I have finally got to go again, as the 13th (day before I went) was closed due to issues. I have already posted my inspirational photo shoot, but this time, it was very interesting to see the actual exhibit. I went on the 14th, which was free for those who are SD county residents. This was a nice thing, as I did not have to spend anything to get there. I still standy by my decision to choose Gossage.I find that his black and white images convey the meaning of Disorder by Prix pictet. His black and white landscapes have a very dark feeling in that the actual landscapes can be transformed as if it were color, it would be rather, boring but black and white makes it more interesting. I could compare these to something like an Ansel Adams, but rather more modern and fun. The scenery reminds me a lot of  San Diego, which is probably why I chose that. I think he tries to be like Art Wolfe and try to tie in everything together as a disordered photo of a leading trail not being in the middle, but also the leaves try to get your eyes into that one shot. I wish I could find the name of that shot, but that was probably my favorite photograph at MOPA. There were a lot of good photographers there, and I wonder if anybody liked the Indian photo exhibit which had a lot of interesting photos!

Discovery Lake

Today, I went to Discovery lake, where I took a bunch of landscape and close up shots of the scenery. I went to Discovery lake, as it was close to the school, but I also went there, as I also enjoy the scenery there. The ducks and the plants provide a nice backdrop to the landscapes. I decided to do a whole mix of shots including both plants and man’s best friend! I hope you enjoy these shots!

Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams, is a really fascinating photographer. In this film, I actually learned some things about him that I have never learned before as he was some type of Musician, which I do think is an interesting comparison. His life is really fascinating and this film makes me want to learn more about his art work. His photography is what you could consider as art, even if it is a functional piece designed for the environment. I really want to see more of this film and his work.

Though he had a long career and he used musical terms to compare the process of him developing and editing the photos in the darkroom. The darkroom is probably his sanctuary. I really enjoyed this film and my grandpa used to have a big poster of Adams which had one of his famous photographs. My other favorite is that Roswell photograph where he got the perfect light.

Double Peak Park

For last weeks class, I and the Class went to Double Peak Park. We went there to sort of practice our camera skills and to have fun! I did however, have a “learning lesson” when I dropped a nice school lens as it fell out of its unzippered bag. I really should take better care of it, but it only damaged the lens filter and lens cap, so all I had to do was to buy those.  Here are my 10 photos from this shoot!