Junior Conceptual: A Junior Conceptual Project by Shivam Kumar (2016)
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We have all grown out of old ways and habits. Some of them bad and some of them good. I don't think of habits as ''bad'', but things we can grow and develop as we learn more about the world around us. As we grow, we try to fit in instead of being ourselves. You’re custom made, different from others, because you have something unique. My parents had a different mindset, instead they thought you had to get a job, go to work, pay rent and take care of your family. I don’t think that way. I think I can be my childish self and still please my parents, through doing what I want and being really good at it. Childhood was the best years for me and probably everyone. You didn't worry about grades or looks or anything. Those years faded away as I displayed in my Image.
The first thing that came up to me when I thought of childhood was crayons because I loved to draw and use colors in a unique way. So I put a crayon in the background to display childhood fading away as being demonstrated by the blurriness of the crayon. Next came teenage years where be go through most of our depression and anxiety. I showed this by using a pencil because it's the most common tool used as a teenager. One pencil is complete, one pencil is broken showing the transition of being depressed. I put most of the camera’s focus on to the pencils because it’s the current age group I am in right now. Finally came the pen where I represented adulthood because adults use it a lot. It’s barely fading which describes growing up. Overall I didn’t want to be too obvious or to absurd. I did this by giving each age group a representative in the photo. The lighting is suppose to give u a feel of when you come back home and do your homework under a lamp. Not to dim not to light but just the right adjustment to light up the image.