Each week will have a theme or a question that relates to the course content.
Every student will contribute one blog post per week, due by 11:59 pm on the Monday night before class.

Your posts should include images, a short text, and your name.

Friday, April 13, 2012

My picture

This is a picture I took in central park 2 years ago in the summer. I think it was either in or right near the Shakespeare garden. I was surprised at how it came out because I wasn't really paying attention when I took it but I think it looks really cool with the light shining on the top half. I think it captures nature in a really beautiful way and it was a nice thing to document my day I spent in the park.


A View From the 18th Floor of the Borgota

I took this picture to capture a moment of my trip.  I saw it when I looked outside the window from the room I was staying in, and just had to take advantage.  I did not think I would see such a sight in a city that does not get a lot of positive publicity.  This picture was taken in August and when I went back in January the marsh was not as lively.  Unfortunately, i did not take a picture during the January trip.

M Rizzi

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Beach Sunrise...

This is a beach sunrise picture that I took walking back to my apartment here at Monmouth at about 6:30am one morning a couple of weeks back. This is a really memorable picture to me because as a kid growing up in a urban environment, the beach was and still is one of my favorite places to go to have fun, relax, and clear my mind. So this picture reminds me that not everyone gets to experience things like watching the sun rise at a beach, in other words it reminds me to appreciate and  enjoy the little things in life.

-Alfonso Robles

Capturing a moment

Your pictures are all so great! I love this week's blog topic.

I took this picture yesterday when there was wildfire in the meadowlands. I didn't have time to compose anything since I was in a car (not driving!! just stuck in traffic- don't play with your phone while driving!) I couldn't believe how big the smoke cloud was.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

My Picture

This is a picture that I took out at a restaurant to show my cousin the yummy food that he was missing out on.  The picture captures a moment when I went out with my cousins and had a great meal.  It is also capturing a piece of ephemeral art.  That was not going to stay on my plate for very long, but the plate was made so beautifully.  Taking a picture ensures that the “art” will last forever.

My Photo

This picture my seem boring for anyone looking at it, but to my best friends and I, it represents a weekend that we will never forget. I took this picture during prom weekend, in 2009. I took it because i wanted capture one of the many moments during that weekend. It may seem like a minor detail, but it means a lot to me. That weekend seriously can't be summed up in a picture, but if i had to choose one, it would be this one. Between the private beach we had, convertible trips, safari ride, and scavenger hunt it will surely not be forgotten. This picture is also shows ephemeral, short duration art because the saying, "Prom 2009" won't stay in the sand forever.
- John Marchetti

My Photo

I took this picture two years ago while I was staying at my grandma's beach house in Lavallette, NJ with my best friends. This photo captures a moment when we were all being crazy and throwing water balloons at each other. It  also captures the amazing sunset in the background. We were so happy to be there because we love the beach. I'll always love this picture because it brings back great memories from that weekend. Also, Lavallette is special to me because it's like my second home. I spend a lot of my summer there going to the beach and seeing my family. Everytime I look at this picture I smile.

My Photo

This photo that was taken by me was taken to capture a specific moment in history.  It was one of the first times I visited the beach here at Monmouth.  I took this  photo because I wanted to be able to capture not only my first visit to Monmouth beach but also because I took this photo in early February.  I had never been on a beach that early in a year and wanted to make sure that I had something to remind me of the day that I went to the beach in the middle of winter.

My Photo

This picture is one I took to capture one of the most beautiful sunsets I have seen. It was taken to capture this moment because I had never seen the sun and clouds look like this. It was taken in Sandy Hook a few weeks ago. The image is not posed, since there is no real person or objects to move, but I did make sure everything I wanted was in frame. This sunset caught my eye and I just had to get a picture of it. It reminded me of summer time and the beautiful weather that is so close to being here. It is full of many colors, but is balanced with the almost completely black bottom, where the land is. I love this picture and it brings back so many memories of good times here at Monmouth on that day.

my photo

I took this picture to capture a specific moment while I was sitting on a dock in my hometown after being out on a boat all day. The sun was setting just right and the view seemed incredible. This is a subject picture since it does not tell a story or relate to photojournalism that much. I took this in a specific way where a couple of the pilings could be seen. In the far distance there is a tower which is part of the electric plant on the other side of the bridge. This has atmospheric perspective the way the pilings can be seen clear where as the water tower cannot. This photo was taken to point out just how beautiful nature can be.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

My Photo

This a photograph of my little sister outside my house was taken this past Easter sunday. This picture does capture a specific moment where my sister was trying to find flowers but it also was composed to look the way it does. I specifically told her to sit there so that I could take the picture because I thought the view looked good. The view of the stairs, how close up she is, how everything got smaller the farther into the picture were all things I thought about when I was about to actually take the picture. The sun was also shining brightly and in my opinion in the perfect position for a decent looking photo.

my photo

 I took this picture of my dad and sister two summers ago.  The three of us went to Myrtle Beach for a short vacation before everyone went back to school.  It was early in the evening and the sun was still up so we went to the beach.  My  dad and sister walked out to the water and I saw this moment of them just standing close so I thought it was a good moment.  They get on each others nerves a lot so this was a moment I wanted to remember to see that it could exist.  That is why this picture is meaningful to me. It is capturing a moment in a simple but precious way.


I took these pictures this past summer.  It is the coliseum in Rome, Italy.  The photo's are capturing history. It is the greatest architecture by the Roman Empire, constructed from 72AD-80AD.  My trip to Italy was the most amazing trip I have ever been on. There is so much history everywhere you look.  All of my pictures are filled with stories, vibrant color, and endless amount of history!  The coliseum was used for contests, battles, and executions.  It is now one of Rome's biggest attractions and is left with a ruined look after centuries of use and natural damage.  The walls of the coliseum are filled with stories and it shows through its crumbling walls.



I'm not exactly a photographer, but this picture was the first one I thought of when given the assignment. There's a park in my hometown that I have gone to since I was 3 years old; playing on playgrounds, practicing soccer and softball, even working in the concession stands. This past summer me and my two friends went to the park, and I took a picture of them sitting under my favorite tree. My first soccer coach planted this tree when I was young, and years later we still go back here and sit under it. Although I'm not in it, this picture means a lot to me. It reminds me of my entire childhood, leading up to the point where I met my two best friends from high school. For me, it marks both my teenage and childhood years.

--Alexis Swoyer

I definitely would have to say this picture is capturing the moment because I took it in Central Park a few weeks ago because the view was so pretty and I wanted to take a picture that would show exactly what I saw at that moment. I don't think this picture is subjective or composed because I did not take a picture of a person or thing that I had to position it correctly to capture the image. This image could be taken again, showing the same exact view, but it would not be the same because it would be a different day, different people, and probably a different sky.
-Rose Migliara

Monotype prints

 With the monotype print there can only be one finished product. As you can see once the surface of the plate is painted the paper can be pressed onto the plate then pealed away giving you one print. This print is more of an abstract print with symmetry. If you didn't know it was a print it seems to look like it was actually painted on the paper. But the draw backs to this style of print is that each print will be different from the next no mater how hard you may try to recreate it, and pealing the paper from the plate may make the paint smear and change the finish product.
Since we are talking about the history of photography, here's a look at  how funny pictures of kittens existed before the internet.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Bird on perch

The type of print that I chose for this weeks blog is a relief print made from a wood carving. The relief print is from a carving of a cedar waxwing perched on top of a dead birch tree stump. In the first picture, you are able to see how the artist made the carving. The second photo is the final print that was created using the ink on the carving.  In my opinion, this is a very fascinating picture that could makes lots of money. Yet, this unknown artist does not want to accept money.

M.C. Escher "Reptiles"

This is a piece by M.C. Escher. It's called "Reptiles" and is a lithograph made in 1943. A lithograph is the method of printing when the work is etched onto a coating of wax that has been applied to a plate of lithographic stone. Only the etched piece will take up the ink, and the area that isn't supposed to be printed is treated to repel the ink. Escher is well known for doing most if not all of his works in a print form. When I first saw this, I thought it was a drawing because of all the shading and details. 

Screen Prints

This piece is titled "A Shot of Marilyn Monroe" by Andy Warhol. This is one of his most famous pieces of all
 time. This specific piece has been altered countless times in all different colors and arrangements of the faces

 The amountof faces change and the colors and patterns used change all the time. The fact that so many people have taken Andy Worhols piece and changed it in so many different ways shows how truly exceptional this print really is. Also the fact that is is a print makes it that easy for every person to alter it little by little and put their own spin on the piece. 

Etching - Drypoint by Sir Francis Seymour Haden

Sir Francis Seymour Haden (1818-1910)

An etching entitled: Twickenham Church, by Sir Francis Haden.
Medium: Drypoint

The tool used is a drypoint needle. 
A great amount of "thick burring" for the ink placed emphasis on the left side of the etching in the details of the trees and the thicket of reeds in the foreground, as well as the figure in the center foreground. 
The church is depicted in the center,background, in which thinner burrs for a lighter tone of inking was used by Haden. The same technique was used for the additional landscape and trees in the background across the right side of this piece.

Relief Print

This is an example of relief printing. The artist took a block of wood and carved into it what his final image was to look like. After running ink over it, the ink would be more prominent on the higher pieces of wood. This would leave the pieces carved out to stay with no color. The final product can be mass produced by adding more ink to the block of wood. It takes longer to carve out the wood then to actually paint the image, but makes it easier to reproduce. I love this image. It reminds me of equality and justice for all. It is extremely intricate and must of taken a long time to create.

Screen Printed T-shirts

These two shirts are T-shirts which my friend and I created when we started our company We Are Martians and were screen printed. The logos are designed by us and then sent to a company who puts the design and the shirt into the screen printer and then the logos are printed on.

Dan Schneider

Monotype print

This is a monotype print done by Stuart Shils who is a mainly painter and monotype printer. To achieve this print, Shils had to first paint this image onto a surface which he then laid paper over, transferred the image, and peeled back. This particular method of printing is interesting because they have to actually paint the image and then can usually only make one print of the image because most of the paint is transferred the first time. I think it is interesting that he would chose to make this a print rather than just painting it.

Helen Aldous is an artist from  England who typically works with prints but also has dabbled in using computer generated design. One thing I found interesting is that on her website she says,  "Whilst enjoying the computer as a medium I have been drawn back to the hands on nature of printmaking for the satisfaction of texture and process." This shows that as an artist the easier way to make something will not necessarily yield the same end feeling. This particular work is a linocut. It is entitled "

What stood out to me was the use of color and line in this piece which makes it so striking. 

Prints People

This print is called "The Union" by Lynnette Shelley.  Many of her works are done with wild animals, but they are captured very graciously.  She has beautiful use of color and the blending of all of them together creates the perfect feel of "union".  Thick lines are used to determine edges and what belongs with what, but this just gives the print clear shapes, which continuously moves the viewer’s eye.  The patterns and different textures in the back ground add space to the print, but at the same time do not take away from the details of the elephants.  She really captured the beauty of these elephants.


Intaglio Art

This is a piece of intaglio artwork. The process was rather complicated. The artist carved out the picture then later applied a greasy like material on the parts that he did not want colored. He then added water and ink to the surface and the ink sunk into the areas that we of course not greased leaving the artwork to appear as it does on the left. This is a very large piece of art that when seem up close there is a tremendous amount of details. Much of hard work and thought went into this intaglio piece of art.
-Michelle Ketcham


This is a silkscreen print of Jackie Kennedy done by Andy Warhol. This print shows Warhol's trademark use of popular culture icons and bright, vibrant colors. Warhol did many silkscreens of pop culture icons. In this print, color is used effectively even though there is not a lot of variation in color. The primary colors used are black, blue, red, and beige. As seen at the tips of the hair, some of the colors bleed over. This could have been intentional or unintentional.

Linoleum Print

This is a linoleum print, titled Lupines at Night, by artist Andrea Emmons. Linoleum print (or linocut) is a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the surface with a sharp knife or chisel. The raised areas represent a mirrored image of the parts to show printed. The sheet is then inked with a roller and impressed onto paper or fabric. It can be done by hand or with a press. The good thing about linoleum is that it is much easier to cut than wood, however it is more fragile and is harder to make larger works. This work is a great example of the fine detail that goes into creating a linocut. You can see where the cuts were made by the color of the ink.