Task 4: Final Project Proposal

Semester and Year: Fall 2016

Course: ARS281

Student Name: Antonia Brogna

Date: November 22, 2016


PROJECT TITLE (Project 6: Final Projects Series): Arrow



(250 word description of the project you are proposing)

Describe the theme and subject of your project in depth. Describe what your project will be about.

You may give some insight into the background of your work in relation to this proposed project.

Some of my favorite photographs to take are up-close, zoomed in shots. For this project, I would like to focus on zoom shots of leaves and nature as they are undergoing the transition from season to season. I find this transition to be fascinating, as the human race tends to find changing leaves so beautiful even though they are technically dying. The colors and textures can be extremely rich, and it can be visually interesting when most of an area is dead but one bright, living thing has survived. The idea behind this project is to explore the idea of transition, and how it does not always occur all at once or in the same manner for everything. Transition can manifest itself in different ways, and I’d like to demonstrate this using close-up images of various leaves, branches, flowers and other flora as they are going through the transition process.I plan on focusing especially on light, texture and color in relation to the subject, as well as keeping the subject in their natural position to accurately portray the transition.


What are the practical outcomes; produced artifacts? (bullet points, or listed items)

Describe exactly what you will produce; what are the physical outcomes to your work? Be concrete and literal. How many images? How big? Where?

  • about 20 (maybe more) photographs professionally printed on photo paper, to be displayed on the wall — want the leaves/flora to look life-sized
  • about 20 (maybe more) photographs printed on computer paper and crumpled, displayed on floor or on water to mimic what leaves look like when they fall off of trees
  • or maybe just some real leaves instead



Identify and describe the production methods, media, materials and the process involved in making your project; specify special equipment, printing, lighting and relevant tools. (bullet points, or listed items)

  • camera with zoom lens
  • water somewhere, maybe
  • computer paper
  • photo paper



Identify and list the relevant study references for your research: artists, artworks, exhibitions; art historical precedence and contemporary works; books, essays and publications.

  • autumn_leaves_07
  • 6979457-autumn-leaves-photography
  • fall-leaves_sample
  • autumn-fall-leaf-nature-orange-photography-favim-com-105094
  • fall-leaf-photography



To accompany this form and your practical work: a journal of research, including documentation of your work process, such as the references above, sketches, ideas, documentation, notes, samples etc. to be posted on your Research Journal Blog Website.




Project Three: Composite Image


I just got back from a trip to Washington, D.C. so I decided to use photos from an impromptu photoshoot with my friends in Georgetown for this composite image. I combined three photos of my friend Anastacia to make this image.


This photo served as the base of the image. I used Photoshop to get rid of that white thing (probably a painting accessory) in the bottom right hand corner so it wouldn’t be distracting. I also cropped it to remove most of the window on the left.

washington-1Next, I cut Anastacia out of this photo and moved the layer onto the original horizontal image. I decreased her opacity to make her look kind of ghostly, something like a memory of where she had been previously. I was going to add only this image, but then I decided that the canvas seemed to empty.

washington-2I repeated the same steps on this photo to move it onto the composite image. I changed the opacity on this one as well, though on the composite image, this one is slightly less see-through.

I ended up also using Photoshop to add filters to the image to make it appear more sepia-toned and grungy. There is some noise in the photo, but I feel like it adds to the memory symbolism of the photo. The composite image also goes in reverse order to represent where Anastacia started in our shoot and ended. The image on the right hand side was one of the first pictures I took of her, and the one where she is seated is one of the last. This is why the image on the right is the faintest, the one of the left is at full opacity, and the one in the middle is at a median opacity.