Over the weekend I found myself baking Strawberry Shortcake, so I decided to shoot some photos of the processes.












Strawberry Shortcake Forever

//Tuesday, June 23, 2015
//Posted by Logan Runyon
Hello readers.  My most recent completed assignment was to shoot 'Sense of Place'.  I chose to explore my own home a little bit.  Many of you don't know my environment and I didn't either until I explored the place trying to find an interesting way to tell a story about the place.  I don't know if it tells so much of a story but to those of you interested in where I call home these days, these photos are for you.
I apologize for the distortion in many of the images.  My Japanese friends will appreciate the scale of my living are to be normal in their eyes.  My place in Japan wasn't so small but many places the entire apartment is the size of my room.  So I'm happy I have a little more room in the rest of the house other than my room.
Again these pictures aren't anything I consider special but I do think many of you will enjoy them.







Sense Of Place

//Posted by Logan Runyon
Hello Friends, family, classmates, and strangers reading this.  I found some time today to write a little bit about Logan the person rather than Logan and his photos.  Today I wanted to just share a little about my most recent thing I've been obsessing over.  Going to the moon.  Now I must say I've never really had any desire until recently to be an astronaut.  In fact not too long ago I couldn't see how anyone would want to actually venture into the vastness of the vacuum of space. But in the last 2 months I'd say my view on space has changed to strong intrigue.  I had been thinking how great the past must have been for explorers and adventurers.  The ocean is that way and beyond in unknown, or and area was known but un-mapped or unstudied. But now there are few secrets of exploration still left in the world and none that interest me.  But space! only a handful of people have been and have not ventured very far. There is a rarity to space because of this.  I find it interesting metal is floating around out there and it may not be anything that exists here on Earth.  I'm finding myself really wanting to poses, touch, document something rare like that.  I have contemplated buying small meteorites, moon rocks brought back by NASA, and special interests in the film from the cameras astronauts used.  Alas I am not working while in school so these objects are out of reach but it is still something i think about a lot.

One of the reasons I got into photography is I wanted to show people who could go to the places I've been what I saw and how I felt being there.  Maybe inspire others to travel as well.  Now there are no thriving cultures to photograph on the moon or even Mars that we are aware of.  But as a photographer I want to do something rare.  But there are photographs shot on the moon but so few.  And what about Mars.  It takes so long to get there and the only images we have are sent back by machines.  lol I'm not saying exactly that I want to drop what i'm doing and become an astronaut or that this is what I want to specialize in.  But it wouldn't be something I would turn down if our paths crossed.

Another thing that interests me is photographs of the undeveloped America.  So i think when I see photos on the moon, "will this view be full of buildings and people inhabiting it at some time? What kind people people would live on this moon city?  How would they make a living?".  I also wonder if all it will take is some photographers and storytellers bringing back images and dreams that will make people take serious steps out of the planet.  Of course there is a lot of science in the way so it isn't so simple.  But I think it will happen at some point and I want to be there before it happens to show what the frontier looked like.


Because in a way this is impossible, I like the Idea of owning something that has been in space.  Specifically something from the Apollo 11 mission that has gone and come back with the history of the first men on the moon. there are Pens, and Mylar, and really expensive things that cost the same as a house, but what interests me is a film cell. Proof Man went, and captured the surface.  Proof of history.  Of course, film is up my ally as a photographer.  So for now maybe I'll do that and just dream until the end of my days about going to the moon.


To the Moon.

//Saturday, June 20, 2015
//Posted by Logan Runyon
Monday the class was given the assignment of shooting plain white paper.  those were the only rules.  Well this and of course if we want to do a good job it better be interesting.  I was a little frustrated at first with this assignment because although I am use to these kinds of "think out of the box" assignments from past art and design classes, I didn't like having one this early in the class.  So of use in the class still struggle in making a good image based on seeing and maneuvering the less familiar pro cameras. I want to learn as much as i can about making a simple image good before moving on to being "creative".  But being creative was the assignment so be creative I was.  I only had 5 hours to shoot these so please forgive me, they are more conceptual rather than final images. Again I haven't learned how to make these kinds of images well.   So this is what I have.  And on comment back to the previous blog post, this does better represent my interests and style. I didn't go out and find this sitting in the woods.  I had to fabricate it from concept to delivery.  Enjoy.

P.S. Interesting bit. None of these images are actually black and white.  They are full color.  just amazing what you can do when you can control everything in a studio.








Photography of White Paper

//Wednesday, June 17, 2015
//Posted by Logan Runyon
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This past weekend the class was given the assignment to go out and shoot freely.  In many ways open assignments like this are difficult because it is too broad.  Kind of like "Where would you like to go eat tonight".  Unless you have something specific in mind it is impossible to choose.  On top of it, this assignment was given by a our new teacher.  We swapped teachers about two weeks in and this assignment was given so she could get to know our interests and style.  Well this is a bit annoying because my interests in photography I can't just go out and shoot over a weekend. And even if I could the shoot if outdoors is often dictated by weather.  All together the assignment was aimless.  I'm not particularly happy with any of these photos and if it weren't for an assignment I would haven't even gone out of my way for these photos.  FYI  It isn't really all that good in reflecting my taste and style.  I actually hate these kind of "go out and capture something for the sake of art" photos. My point is it isn't my style.  But that is what i have and have been doing and am going to be doing a while it seems.











In 1966 John Szarkowski - the curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York - published the book The Photographer's Eye. In it, Szarkowski introduced 5 topics or issues he felt were particularly unique to photography.

Nearly fifty years later these issues are my third assignment.
The Frame
Time
The Thing Itself
The Detail
Vantage Point

In total I was to create 60 final images, 12 for each topic.  Here are just a few from each topic that I will be turning in Friday for evaluation.

The Frame









TIME







The Thing Itself





The Detail







Vantage Point






The Photographers Eye

//Wednesday, June 10, 2015
//Posted by Logan Runyon