My name is Hannah Warren and I am a senior at Cedar Ridge High School. In the fall, I will be attending the University of Georgia’s Franklin College of Arts and Science to begin working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Studies.
I have always been interested in all varieties of digital media, such as digital photography and videography. When I was 12 years old, I saved up around $300 to purchase my first “professional” camera, a Nikon D3300 DSLR. Although I love digital photography, the idea of film photography greatly intrigued me, so when the opportunity for me to acquire that skill arose through Mrs. DeGette and the Cedar Ridge darkroom program, I couldn’t pass it up.
For me, the film photography process is so much more involved and creative than anything digital photography could ever offer. Every last step in the extensive process allows the expression of a photographer’s creative style to shine through. As a photographer and an artist, it is incredibly rewarding to spend hours in the darkroom and to emerge with tangible pieces of art that you have specially crafted.
My prints that you see here in today’s exhibit are centered around one central theme: skin. Personally I find that photographing people is much more raw and enticing than still-life objects. Instead of focusing on full body shots or portraits, I became captivated with capturing smaller details of the human body. You’ll notice a strong feature of hands and, as our mentor Bill mentioned to me, this is because “next to the face, the hands are the most expressive part of a person’s body” and I wholeheartedly agree. As I began to explore the concept of skin and all it’s meanings, I expanded my definition of the word. Our skin is defined and individualized by wrinkles and lines and spots and marks. Skin keeps us sheathed and protected. I began to notice the imperfections of skin in other places: along cracks in the road, blemishes on a wooden fence, dew drops on leaves in the morning.
Another thing I enjoyed exploring was the way shadows and lighting could influence the interest of an image. My personal style tends to favor higher contrasted images because I love the look of dark and moody images and the emotions they ignite. Shots of hands, shoulders, wrinkles, marks on the skin, muscles, etc. are much more eye-catching when there is strong use of shadows and contrast in the shot.
I hope you enjoy my exploration and interpretation of the human body and the concept of “skin” through these fragmental images.
- Hannah Warren
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