I’ve been lucky enough to spend the past five weeks with amazing people. I came into this not knowing anyone or anything about photography. I am lucky enough to have met these people and truly become good friends. Howard and Darcy taught us so much about how to take a good picture. The speakers we met were so interesting and enjoyable. It’s amazing to see what it takes to be successful in photography. A wonderful aspect of our study abroad was having Jim and Kathy join us. For our last luncheon today we went to a lovely Italian restaurant. The pizza was delectable and the company was wonderful. Dylan, Katie, Olivia, Erin and I are leaving for the airport in approximately 2 hours. We have to take a train from London to Gatwick which is about an hour away. Then we wait for our flight to Rome! This experience was the most amazing thing I have ever done. The past 5 weeks have been the best I have ever had. I can’t fathom leaving yet but it’s time to pack up and go. I will miss everyone dearly and it will be weird to only have 5 of us in Rome instead of 14. It’s been an interesting ride, can’t wait to see everyone in the states! Toodles!
At this moment we’re sitting in Regents University getting ready to start our last critique. The past 5 weeks flew by and I can’t believe we won’t be seeing each other everyday. We have a luncheon after critique then it’s time to pack and say our goodbyes to London. I can’t fathom leaving London yet, but a few of us will be in Rome tomorrow! I’m just going to pretend this trip isn’t over yet. I’m not leaving.
Today started off with a lovely 3 am wake up time for our Stonehenge day trip. We were all to meet in our lobby of the hostel at 3:45 am to wait for the coach which was to come at precisely 4 am. After a miscommunication in meeting places we were on our way to Stonehenge, only a two hour drive from London. After nothing but cows, goats and grass we got our first glimpse of Stonehenge right off the highway. The temperature was chilly and blissful compared to our hot days in Paris. After arriving and having the security guard explain what we can do (which is nothing) we were able head up to the stones. Our time in the stones was from 6:15-7:15, the lighting was perfect. 1200 pictures later it was time to say our goodbyes and head to Salisbury. Salisbury is a quaint little town which has a lot of shopping and one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world. Originally we thought we wouldn’t be able to enter in the cathedral due to Sunday mass, but it was open to visitors. The first thing you notice when entering the cathedral is there are tombs within the floors and tombs along the isles. Also one of the oldest clocks in the world is available for viewing to all. The church left a few of us with an erie feeling and we left to explore some of the town. We only had an hour to explore, which allowed us to find tons of cute homes. Our next stop of the day was Lacock Village, about an hour away from Salisbury. There are many small shops and the main building in the village is the Abbey. Inside the Abbey there were spots where two of the Harry Potter movies had scenes shot. Once we were done with the Abbey tour we went to a local restaurant and had a Sunday British meal that was amazing. We were all hobbling back to the bus and pretty much everyone passed out from exhaustion. A quick hour drive later and we were back in London. Everyone was exhausted from the day’s activities, some of us napped and others powered through. The day ended with a trip to Nando’s (my new favorite restaurant) for a few of us and a date with our pillows.
Stephane Couturier and Frederic Nauczyciel #21
This exhibit was called Festival D’Avignon and was done by two photographers. Photography and the Festival of d’Avignon began in the beginning years of the festival using the work of Agnes Varda. Using her ability to create, the images gave life to theatre. We were able to see the artist’s vision but also the progression of the festival and what work went into it. During the festival in modern times, artists are more inclined to let their creativity flow with new kinds of work. Over four consecutive years (2007-2010) the Festival d’Avignon was transformed into a subject. Over time we are able to see the different visions of each artist on the festival. Each year the festival was revealed in a different way and as a subject changed. The presence of spectators added the dramatic effect the pictures gave. The festival was a melting pot of people, culture and different works of art. I thought this exhibition allowed a change to be seen that signified different artistic visions. I liked how in different photographs there would be spectators and in others there would be none. One particular photo that caught my eye had many different people in it and they were all doing something different because of the different times in each square. I believe the statement the photographers were trying to make in this show was that art, even something as simple as sating up a festival or watching a festival is subjective to the person analyzing it.
Cristina De Middel #21
The name of the exhibit is The Astronauts, based on the African country Zambia. In 1964 Zambia entered a space race to be the first African country to put a man/woman on the moon. This was just after Zambia had gained it’s independence, they were hopping to catch up to USA and the Soviet Union in the space race. There were few people who actually supported Zambia’s trek to the moon, it was a school teacher named Edward Makuka who attained the funding. Yet the funding never came through and the United Nations retracted their support, and the astronaut got pregnant. Surrounded by war, violence, hunger and natural disasters, Zambia was able to prevail. The Astronaut is based on the documentation of an impossible dream through photographs. Middel took all the documentation of the event and adapted it to her own imagery. The photographs showcase the struggle for Zambia to get to the moon using beautiful imagery and color. Each photograph shows culture and what Zambia was like in that time period and the struggle of the people. My favorite photograph in this exhibit was of an African man gazing strongly into the distance while wearing an astronaut helmet. His surroundings look dry and scary as if what lies ahead is unknown and vast. I loved how the plight of the people was shows through astounding color and each picture was accompanied by another. The story telling of the exhibit was wonderful and by far my favorite from the Arles photography festival.
Sergio Larrain #01
The first exhibit I chose to review was Sergio Larrain. Larrain was born in Santiago, Chile in 1931 and died in Chile in 2012. He concentrated on people and purity. The Sergio Larrain spent years in the Chilean countryside teaching yoga and focusing on meditation. Larrain spent a lot of time creating books about the state of humanity and what people could do to improve it. Sergio did not exhibit any of his work for a long time due to not wanting to leave social isolation. Towards the end of his life he finally chose to have his work shown. The exhibit took place in Paris and it showcased his entire career. From the his beginning of an apprenticeship to his documentary images. In my opinion I thought the exhibit was about wandering to find fulfillment. In each photograph there were different subjects and it seemed as if the person looking at the photo didn’t quite belong. There were many images of poor people in Santiago and many delinquent children. The photographs showed the social castes of Santiago and how different people in the same city are. The photos ranged from homeless people to middle class people, showing different expressions and different lives. Larrain also displayed the system of Peru and how different it has become since the Inca Empire ended. My favorite photographs were the set that showed men dressed as women and how glamorous they looked even in poverty. I think the exhibition was showing that your means do not dictate your happiness in life.