So, I wanted to wait until I had this class project complete to post it. The class was named "The Idiosyncratic Photographer." WTF does that mean? Hmm I didn't know either, so I looked it up:
n. pl. id·i·o·syn·cra·sies
1. A structural or behavioral characteristic peculiar to an individual or group.
2. A physiological or temperamental peculiarity.
3. An unusual individual reaction to food or a drug.
Well, I think we can rule out #3! However, a "characteristic peculiar to an individual." The class was about taking those personal peculiarities, and making a photography project around it. So, for me, as a photojournalist, I am always looking outwards to my subjects. Everything is about my subjects: an athlete, a local business, etc. Fall quarter of this past school year, I took some time to relax and shoot in the studio. The first thing I photographed was fruit splashes. Since most of my photography revolves around sports, and action, and motion, I realized that even when I'm in the studio, I can't get away from ACTION. So, this project was about my peculiar need for action, and motion.
This particular idea came from a commercial for a Canon Pixma printer, where they did the same type of motions, but with a high-speed camera. So, how are these abstract paint sculptures created? Take a black rubber balloon, and stretch it across a speaker. Then, place dots of paint on the rubber, and blast sound through the speaker. When timed correctly, the results show very abstract forms that are invisible to the naked eye.
Shawty Lo Expressionism was a title thought up by my friend Michael Conti when I told him that the song I had been using was Dunn Dunn by the rapper Shawty Lo (I was looking for strong, fast bass.....and obviously quality music haha).
All in all it was a very fun project to work on, and I actually have a number of ideas on how to take it further. I am excited for the fall to roll around so I can get back to RIT and continue the project.