ARTIST STATEMENT: 206 bones. 640 muscles. A million ways to move the human body, all thanks to those individual body parts. Yet, we focus on what the body on a whole can do, not what the individual bones and muscles can accomplish on their own. Much like jazz dancers with their body isolations, ISOLATE focuses on specific body parts and regions and how they interact within themselves to create minute forms, movements, motions and shapes. These images capture what makes these body parts individually vital to the human being, instead of outlining the entire human form as a whole.
ARTIST BIO: Antonia Brogna is a sophomore journalism major and business management minor at Stony Brook University in New York. She hopes to use her impending degree to someday reach, motivate and inspire teenagers and young adults through the power of the written word. Though it is words that run through her brain, it is art that runs through her heart. She has recently started chasing her longtime love of photography through formal education. Her exploration focuses especially on high-contrast, eye-catching images and bold colors. She is also interested in exploring the realm of photojournalism in order to combine both of her passions. When she is not writing or photographing, she is usually deep in thought about nothing in particular, just waiting for inspiration to strike.
For this project, I knew I wanted to use color gels to cast color onto my model, but I also chose to use the pink seamless in the studio to see how the two colors would interact with and play off each other. I also layered two color gels over each other to create a richer, deeper reddish-purple shade. The most successful images, in my opinion, were the ones where the seamless reflects multiple shades of colors. I really like the high contrast between the shadows and highlights as well.
For this project, I wanted to make a statement about how an object can start off as something nostalgic, but over time, begins to lose its meaning. I photographed a pair of shoes, the shoes that I wore to junior prom. I tried to photograph them in a way that made them appear precious, almost like a product ad, but if you look closely, you can see the scuffs and dirt marks on the shoes that have come from carelessness.
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.
Next, 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.
I 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.
For this project, we explored the differences in taking color and black and white photos. I decided to focus on food, because it can often be very colorful and textured, and gave me some different things to play with.