Viewfinder Preview.

Last class we were told to basically post a summary of our project and some questions (or something of the like) to get the class involved. Since Jack and myself have been posting ‘teasers’ of our project for each location, we are going to use those as our summary. Other wise we would have almost all of our presentation alread on here, and who really wants to sit through something you have already seen several times? We were planning on using SlideRocket to create our presentation, but the slides do not all need the same amount of time so we just went with a basic powerpoint. As a reminder, our project focuses on comparing and contrasting the way nature is viewed when seen naturally, through a man-made device, and how turning your back to the subject changes how it is precieved and their invididual pro and cons. The following is an example of the types of things our presentation will contain. Continue reading


Final teaser.

Since Moss Rock was such a bust and did not get to go where all we wanted to in  Tannehill State Park we decided to go back to see if it would be more productive this trip. Heres more images.

We found a storm weathered tree!

No bears, just ducks.

More teasers.

For our third round of gathering images we went to Moss Rock. We did not run across much that we liked enough to take a photograph of and the weather was rather crummy. We left with only one image that was worth a snuff. It was a rather dissapointing trip over all.

Spiderwebs and dancing leaves.

Out of all the topics we have covered in this class the sublime is the one that interest me the most. Several topics have been interesting but nothing has entertained me for weeks later like this discussion did. Nothing was said that was too far from the norm but the way each of us looked at things made me reexamine the way I see things. Most people are fascinated by the big things in life. (National parks are entirely one of those such things.) Tinny everyday things people overlook capture my attention with their common beauty. The haze of a horribly over packed term had made me forget to stop and admire them. Having the lecture on the sublime reminded me to take the time to enjoy tinny things again.

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Reclaimed Cars and Caged Birds.

The other day I was killing time on tumblr like normal when ran across an image that found strikingly beautiful and slightly interesting but kept scrolling. For some reason was still thinking about it several hours later enough to go back and try to find it again. (If you are familiar with tumblr, then you know just how easy it is to forget an image since so many can be viewed in such a short span of time.) Once realized it was not going to be easily forgotten, it got me to wondering why it struck such a strong cord. It was because the image had reminded me about the things was pondering while the class was discussing Durand’s work,  Progress The Advance of Civilization (see below).

When we were discussing the image, the part in the lower left corner where the ‘savages’ are was the most beautiful. Not for the talent behind the painting or anything art related but because it showcased how nature does not want to be tamed. It wants to be free to reclaim what originally was its property before humans took hold. I feel that part of the reason behind human development of the land to the point of making it a necessity for National parks to be required, is our fear of not knowing exactly what is out there. The wilderness is nothing but a huge mass of scary unknown whereas we want it to fit in this pretty little box and play nice when we venture into it. The National parks give us a sense of that in a way.  Continue reading