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.
For this task, we set up two lights shining onto the model. One light (the fill light) was kept at a steady reading of 4, while the other was (the key light) decreased in between shots to create the ratios.
This photo had a 1:1 ratio, with each light set at 4.
For this photo, the key light was decreased to 3 while the fill light stayed at 4.
For this photo, the key light was decreased to 2 while the fill light stayed at 4.
For this photo, the key light was decreased to 1 while the fill light stayed at 4.
For this photo, the fill light stayed at 4, but the key light was completely off.