Back in 2001, I took a series of photography classes through Queen’s University. Kristen St. Martin was our teacher and she was great to work with. She covered everything, from the technical side to the aesthetic. Anything I may do good with a camera, I have to give a nod to her. One task was to take some pictures on slides. I recently dug all this out and have started to get them scanned. I was pretty happy with the aesthetic of quite a few of these.
I think some color saturation is lost in the scanning process here. That might just be the nature of the developing process with slides, or perhaps they’ve deteriorated some with age.. I’m not sure. In some scans, there are some noticeable artifacts as well. No doubt that came from displaying these for class, the only other time these were out of their sleeves. Another thing you’ll notice is a strong grainy quality in all of these. I’m certain I used a higher ISO film than I should have, but I think it gives some of these a little different aesthetic that’s interesting, even if it makes the quality look a little lower than I’d like on some. I suppose that’s how the digital age has changed our perceptions about how pictures should be captured. Photoshop has given us extraordinary capability to alter images to look like they were captured differently. It’s turned photography from a medium of captured art to one of process. That’s not a bad thing but it’s created a new set of expectations by the viewer, in my opinion. I still find a lot of things I love about looking at unaltered images, and it’s what I like about photography, real images that aren’t altered.. at least not beyond what could be accomplished with film.
All are from September 2001.
Charlotte Center City
Downtown Charlotte has a lot of great architecture, so it’s fun to shoot. Compositionally, I was trying to capture ‘vignettes’ as opposed to whole buildings. I can’t recall if that was something that came out of the class instruction, or just something I set for myself personally. Either way, I’m probably most pleased with composition on most of these.
The dark spaces in this photo could really benefit from capturing digitally. The dark areas are a little too dark. Either way I think it’s a neat composition.
As mentioned in a previous post. , depth of field really makes this work for me.
This photo makes it look like this could be a large waterfall or a small fountain. It’s the latter, just a nice close up of a small portion of it.
What I loved about this was the color differences. The red dirt, the green trees and the blue sky. I’d love to recapture this with more color vibrancy. Mooresville, NC
Compositionally, this was difficult to capture, and I don’t think I really captured what I wanted. The top of this tree had broken and fell to one side. In the winter with no leaves, you could see it. But in the summer, it looked a little surreal as if branches were sticking out the side. I’d love to have this one back to redo.
Again, I love differing depths of field in an image. This was taken from in front of my apartment in 2001.
Lake James, NC
I used to travel to this area for work, and it’s a very scenic and lovely area, so shooting there just makes sense.