AP Photo Concentration – City Lights

For my Advanced Placement Photo exam in High School (2007)

1. What is the central idea of your concentration?

For my concentration I explored the often unseen beauty of lights produced from a man-made source.  I chose neon signs for their vibrant colors, interesting shapes, and surreal atmosphere.  The project grew from simple macro photography to in camera image manipulation.

2. How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea?

I started my concentration focusing merely on photographing neon signs from uncommon angles and macro distances.  By cropping in close on small sections of neon signs I was able to achieve an unrecognizable and surreal composition of shapes and colors..  I soon began experimenting with moving, rotating, and/or zooming the camera during the exposure; in a sense painting with the flickering neon lights.  This technique provides movement and emotion to otherwise plain photos of signs.

AP Photo Concentration
AP Photo Concentration
AP Photo Concentration
AP Photo Concentration
AP Photo Concentration
AP Photo Concentration
AP Photo Concentration
AP Photo Concentration
AP Photo Concentration
AP Photo Concentration
AP Photo Concentration
AP Photo Concentration
AP Photo Concentration
AP Photo Concentration
AP Photo Concentration
AP Photo Concentration
AP Photo Concentration
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