Monday, December 17, 2012

Summing up everything

From Postcards to Reality
Throughout middle school, high school, and even my first year of college I only saw the Eiffel Tower on postcards, history books, and movies. I never thought that I would be there and be taking this photograph during my life. However, when I first heard about the interterm opportunity I had to take the class and experience Europe before I expire from this Earth. Seeing the Eiffel Tower was definitely a huge accomplishment for me especially because I am the first in my family to ever see it in person. Walking around the Eiffel Tower was the highlight of my trip, I always dreamed of seeing it one day and that dream was realized 3 weeks ago--I learned a lot in Paris and London and I now know that I want to work in London after graduating college for a few years. Overall, I don't regret taking this trip whatsoever, I met new friends, experienced new things, and most importantly a dream of mine was lived...

Experience in London

Street Business

In London, I noticed that there were fewer homeless people than in Paris. I automatically found the reason for that. I noticed that a lot of people would act, play musical instruments, but they would not ask for money. Is it because people in London are cheap and they don't give them money? I didn't think so. I found this very respectable. I respect someone who is out there entertaining people instead of bothering people for money. In France, I saw a lot of this however I did see more homeless people; people that seemed as if they gave up. In London, I saw a lot of "street entertainment" and I am sure that they make more money entertaining than just giving up and asking for the money. 

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Street Art in Paris
In Paris, I thought I was going to see a lot of fancy cars driving around everywhere. However, I was wrong, I saw a lot of these trucks (picture above) that had a lot of art on them...This graffiti or art, whatever you want to call it, really adds a lot of aesthetic to a city and shows the creativity of their people. The truck above was full of art all around, the other side was also spray painted with beautiful shiny colors. When we arrived to London, I expected the same welcoming, but I noticed that London was a lot more clean. I literally did not see any art anywhere! When I was on my way to the airport in the Tube I saw a sign; the sign basically said that it is illegal to vandalize or in other words to express your creativity...The sign asked the citizens of London to contact the police if they witnessed anyone doing this--there was also a reward to the whistleblowers. There was little to no incentive to go out and show your creativity...

Monday, December 10, 2012

My Relationship with Photography



Dear Henry Fox Talbot,

I appreciate your contribution to photography. I just started my interest in photography and I took an interterm in Paris and London and I sure did learn a lot. Initially, I thought that a quality photograph was one with the highest quality, showed one side of the object completely, and removed all other objects around it. After taking this class I learned how to keep the quality of a picture, use the best angle from the object to make the photograph creative and fun to look at, and also through the change in shutter speed and/or the aperture one can keep everything behind the main object but blur or darken it so the person looking at the photograph knows what to focus on. For example, the picture above I would normally take it with the man walking but after taking a few lessons from Roddy, I thought I'd get a little creative and capture his reflection on the doing that I thought the picture would be more attractive to look at and also make the picture look different. In the future, I see myself taking a lot more photographs and making photography a hobby of mine. 


Sense of Self

"Jesus Hernandez"

While in Europe, I learned a lot about myself. I learned that sometimes I need to figure stuff out by myself, usually I sit back and let other people direct me. I also learned a lot about photography and found that there's a lot of attractions in Europe to take pictures of. Not only that but I learned that the US always wants to buy the cheapest product and squeeze out every penny out of it. This is why I think the USD sucks! there's not a lot of beautiful architecture (lack of beautiful attractions) and there is a huge wealth disparity. I really despised the strong pound, every time I spent a lot of pounds I always converted it to USDs and it made me not want to spend that much money. For example, Assael and I went to Chipotle and we paid 10 pounds for a burrito which is around 17 USDs, it was not exciting paying that much for a burrito but then again every other option was around the same price...Since I am a business major, I also quickly thought that I want to work in London and make modest money and bring it back to the US and have a lot more USDs. All in all, I learned that life continues and that one learns a lot of new things (good or bad) as life proceeds.

Vandalism or Art?


In the United States, it appears that any type of public creativity is considered vandalism. The art above is a piece next to the Eiffel Tower and if you look closely you see that the woman has a red clown nose. If this happened to an attraction anywhere in the US it would've been removed immediately. I passed by this structure a couple times and I still saw the red nose on it. Personally, I like this! I really like that the person who did this has a sense of humor. Also many other tourist appeared to like this "vandalism". After seeing this, I realized that most of the vandalism in the US inner cities is not creative so that's why many people find it disgusting. While in France and Britain, I saw a lot of creative graffiti, signs, and additions to statues that were very creative and enjoyable. Ultimately, I learned that art in the US needs to become more of a priority so we can create alluring and amusing cities!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

"Photography and Death"

The picture above looks like a neighborhood of full of people. I captured this picture because these tombs actually look like homes, we also have a typical European street sing on the bottom right, and even doors to these "homes"...I think this picture is perfect because it shows a community full of dead people and all through a photograph. I also chose to edit this by adding the Sepia theme and I also darkened it a little more to make it more evil looking. I think this effect makes the community look a little more scary like a funeral is supposed to be. This picture not only captures a community of tombs but also trees that are losing leaves which makes this picture even better. Overall, photography and death are both associated by dark colors, crosses, and tombs which is all shown on the picture above.

Monday, November 26, 2012

"Fellow travelers"


Assael was born in Denver, CO and resides there too. He went to Abraham Lincoln High School and his passion is to play soccer. Assael has been playing soccer since he was in the 6th grade. His favorite soccer memory was when his high school team won second place in a state championship. One of Assael's most proud moments was when he learned he was accepted to the University of Denver; DU was his top choice. All in all, Assael loves to play soccer, hang out, and explore different countries. 


Aziz is from Kuwait. His family is successful in the real estate business. I also learned that he is very laid back and loves to joke around a lot. He and his cousin Saud also love going on adventures. I believe he told me that his parents have no idea he is in Paris; Saud and Aziz are just in a typical adventure together I would guess...Overall, I see Aziz as an outgoing guy that loves to have fun.

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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Paris Day 1

"A sense of Transition"

Before I arrived to Paris, I was thinking that men were all going to have a funny and curly mustache (like the ones we see on TV in America). However, once I got off the air plane I immediately noticed that there was a lot of diversity and also a lot of beautiful sights. The first thing that we embarked on was a trip to the Palace of Versailles. When we got there it was very prestigious and gold! I liked all the art inside and also all of the history that the palace has experienced. I also really liked all the additions that all of the Napoleons did to the palace. My favorite part in the palace was the garden and all the marble everywhere. In America, or at least where I am from; I don't see beautiful structures like the ones I see here. I also noticed that our history is not as rich as the French history which is not good!-- Overall, the first day in Paris was a success I saw a lot of beautiful women, cars, and buildings...everywhere!!! 

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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Famous photographers

Nicephore Niepce
-He was one of the fathers of photography; he was also French. In 1825 he captured the first photograph. He is also famously known for making the first internal combustion engine. Niepce also served in the military under Napolean Bonaparte. Niepce was basically a brilliant French inventor that attempted to discover a lot of things.
Louis Daguerre
-He was a French artist that is well known for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography. Daguerreotype photography is basically positive made on a silver copper plate. He is also proclaimed as one of the fathers of photography. He teamed up with Niepce but in 1833 Niepce died. Daguerra then continued experimenting with photography and that is how he came up with the daguerreotype process.
Henry Fox-Talbot
-British photographer that invented the calotype process. This process used paper that was coated with silver iodide. It was a long process, it usually took around 1 hour for the picture to be taken so there would be an acceptable negative. If these photographs were exposed to light then they would run the risk of changing. He attempted to find ink that would not fade as fast, but he didn’t complete that objective before he died.
Hippolyte Bayard
-This man claimed to be the first person to invent photography before the other French: Niepce and Daguerre. He invented his own process known as direct positive printing. His process involved exposing silver chloride paper to the light, this exposure would then turn the paper completely black. The next step was to soak it in potassium iodide before the exposure to the camera; afterwards, it was washed in a bath of hyposulfite of soda and dried. This process was pretty fast at the time, it took around 12 minutes as opposed to Henry’s process of 1 hour.
Julia Margaret Cameron
-Julia became famous when, Helmut Gernsheim wrote a book about her work. She was first interested in photography when her daughter gave her a camera for her birthday. In Julia’s photography she attempted to photograph beauty…in her book she wrote, “I longed to arrest all the beauty that came before me and at length the longing has been satisfied.”
Lady Clementina Hawarden
-Lady Clementina was a noted portrait photographer. She had ten children and turned to photography while she lived with her husband. They later moved to London and she set up a studio in her home, so she started taking it more serious. Today there is a collection of her portraits in a museum in London (Victorian and Albert Museum)
-Nadar was born in Paris, France. He was the first person to take aerial pictures. Not only that but he pioneered the use of artificial lighting in photography, he did this by working at the Catacombs in Paris. Unlike many of these other photographers, Nadar lived a long live; he lived for 89 years.
Gustave Le Gray
-Has been named the most important photographer in the 19th century. He was originally being trained to become a painter however he then crossed over to photography. He later became a famous portraitist. He also did work for Napoleon III
Diane Arbus
-Diane was Jewish and lived in New York. Her family was wealthy and they owned an apartment store on Fifth Avenue. Diane was initially hired as a photographer by her father to make advertisement for their store; this is the time when she became interested in photography. In NY she also taught photography. Furthermore, she decided to end her life by slashing her wrist she was only 48 years old.
Susan Sontag
-Susan was an American writer and filmmaker. She was often photographer and her image became popularized. One of her most famous writings was, “On Photography” where she explained her views on photography in a capitalist society. “Sontag says that the individual who seeks to record cannot intervene, and that the person who intervenes cannot then faithfully record, for the two aims contradict each other.”

Friday, November 2, 2012

The picture to the left is an Audi R8. The Audi R8 represents one of my dreams. I have plenty of dreams and owning one of these beasts is one of many. Having a car like this to me symbolizes: success, happiness, and inspiration. I don't come from a community whose people are professionals or wealthy. I think that by having this vehicle I would help inspire a lot of people to go to school to chase and capture their dreams!