Junior Conceptual: A Junior Conceptual Project by Sarah Chiu (2016)
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My photo expresses the lines from my ekphrastic poem, ''Looking closer the answers become distant. Further. Eyes so desperate for meaning, they become the size of a pinhole'' These poems represent feeling incapable while trying to find answers. The speaker in the poem is looking at a piece of abstract art and is struggling to find the meaning behind it, similar to the subject in my photo. On a deeper level, this represents the struggle to find the meaning of life and life’s purpose.
For this photo I used a poster board as a background that was just meant to be a blank background to keep the focus on the foreground. I also used three similar abstract drawings I’ve made in the past, though one was made the night the photo was taken to provide a third. I had my dad hold a worn out magnifying glass up to the drawings. Using Photoshop, I got rid of the grid on the poster board. My biggest challenge was making the photo brighter and cancelling out the warmness of the photo by applying a more cooling effect to make the photo whiter and more neutral so the lighting and colors of the photo wouldn’t distract from the photo itself.