Photo Safari Blog Post

The place I chose to do my Photo Safari was my family home and land in the countryside of Virginia. We have a tall, white house that sits on five acres of land. Additionally, this land holds two barns built by my parents, two horse fields, a paddock, a front yard, and my grandfather’s home next door. Our home and land host a total of 17 animals, including four baby chicks, three fully grown hens, four dogs, three cats, and three horses. I chose to do my Photo Safari here because of the beautiful, expansive nature surrounding my house. I felt that there would most likely be numerous unusual, yet fascinating photo opportunities given the amount of space and life around my home. I also chose this location because I was given the chance to go outside for a few minutes and truly experience the pleasant, sunny weather surrounding me after a week of rain that I knew would only add to the ambiance of my images. There are many bright colors on my land by way of various plants which I also thought could prove useful for pictures. The experience of taking these pictures was quite honestly more engaging than I had previously expected. I was able to truly view and take in my surroundings in a way that I might have taken for granted previously because I have lived here for my entire life. I was able to take in the views and scenery from different perspectives, angles, and viewpoints, especially when I was taking photos such as “Perspective of an Ant” as shown below.

I greatly enjoyed actively setting the scene for some of my pictures as well, such as giving my dog a treat after he sat down to capture his reaction, moving my camera to get the blurry shot of the stream outside of my house, and crouching down to capture the stream as if I was an ant. I also liked how I began to look for different aspects of objects or scene than I typically do in my day-to-day life, such as which areas of my land are dominated by one color, what could truly show joy, or how technology could be interpreted as futuristic. I began to see the objects especially that were around me as interpretative art that I could caption in such a way that I could convince my audience they carried a certain meaning; this was incredibly empowering and special to me. The photos that worked best for me were probably the “Interesting Shadow,” “Perspective of an Ant,” and “Joy,” as shown below. This is because I believe that I was able to show a different take on what the prompt was asking for using blurring techniques, evoking emotional responses through an admittedly adorable animal, and asking the viewer to decode the meaning of a seemingly shape-shifting shadow created by a rose bush. Lastly, the most inventive photo I took was probably the photo of my car’s screen. I was asking the audience to use their imagination by transforming this car screen into the controlling hub for a self-driving car, a spaceship, self-driving public transportation buses, or anything that they believed in their own minds to be futuristic. This is inventive because I am putting the pressure on the viewer to use what I have given them as a base to develop their personally tailored futuristic vision. Therefore, I find the image titled “Futuristic” to be most inventive.

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