Ross School - Senior Project 2013

 

Student: Andrew Davis

Mentor: Alexis Martino

Domains: Media

Faculty Grader: Therese Licthenstein

 

Documentation of Product

 

 

Title: Iceland

 

Description: Iceland is home to some of the most primordial landscape in the world. With my camera, I documented these alien expanses to express an alternate view of nature through line and color. My photos explore details and shapes throughout this lunar terrain in order to capture Icelandic landscape in an innovative twist on traditional landscape photography.  It is my hope to lead the viewer through an exotic detail of Iceland.

 

Artist Statement: Iceland is home to some of the most primordial landscape in the world. In experiencing the billowing steam of the geysers, the endless mountains, and the flowing waterfalls, I was overwhelmed by natureÕs unique presence throughout the terrain of this country. As landscape can easily fall into a predictable pattern and become indistinguishable, I was inclined to bring new meaning to the scenery with juxtaposition and texture. Along with sweeping impressions of the land, I also focus on details as if they were imprinted onto the body of Iceland. This presents a dichotomy between shape and texture in the context of the landscape. With my camera, I documented these alien expanses to express an alternate view of nature through line and color. My photos explore details and shapes throughout this lunar terrain in order to capture Icelandic landscape in an innovative twist on traditional landscape photography. It is my hope to lead the viewer through an exotic detail of Iceland.

 

Some images from my show:

 

Exhibition & Presentation Summary

January 17th 2013: Exhibition day was a success! I was so nervous for people to look at my photos and I was afraid that they werenÕt going to like them. Once the clock stroke 5pm people poured into the doors to look at everyoneÕs projects. Once people started to come upstairs adrenaline raced through my system. I got such amazing feedback from everyone that looked at my photos! People even asked me if they could buy my photos! It is so amazing to know that people like my work so much that they want to put them.

 

Presentation: They day I picked to present was Tuesday January 22nd at 10:25am.  I was so nervous because public speaking scares me. I also didnÕt practice a lot because I finished my PowerPoint the day before. Watching Victoria and JulianaÕs presentations before mine calmed be down because I knew what I should and should not do while presenting. Once it finally hit 10:25 my heart started racing because I was nervous about presenting and I was also nervous about nobody showing up. Once everyone finally sat down in the lecture hall it was time to begin. As soon as I started off my presentation I wasnÕt scared anymore and it was actually a lot of fun talking about your project for a good 20 minutes. Once I finally finished so much stressed lifted off of my shoulders. It was a success but I am really sad that itÕs over.

 

Excerpt from my speech:

Slide 1: Hi IÕm Andrew Davis and I want to thank you all for coming to my presentation

Slide 2: For my senior project I traveled to Iceland for 10 days on an intensive photographic trip. My photos explore details and shapes throughout IcelandÕs ÒlunarlikeÓ terrain in order to capture Icelandic landscape in an innovative twist on traditional landscape photography.

Slide 3: At the end of junior year I met with Alexis to discuss my senior project because I knew I wanted to do something with photography. She informed me that she wanted to do a summer trip to Iceland for 10 days. I immediately began my research in preparation of our trip; I noticed that the people of Iceland had a unique so I decided to find out their stories and take their photographs. I then came to the conclusion that I do my best work in documentary photography. Since IcelandÕs terrain is such juxtaposition of glaciers and volcanoes I decided to focus on the concept of Fire and Ice, comparing and contrasting these two forces of nature. I then started to look deeply into ancient Iceland and I got this idea of interpreting an Icelandic folk tale in my own way. I quickly realized that this wasnÕt possible because I had to work with models and I find it difficult to shoot with them. I then came to the conclusion to shoot the natural landscapes of Iceland. Iceland is home to some of the most incredible landscapes; as a matter of fact, many movies that supposedly take place in outer space are shot in Iceland because of its Òout of this worldÓ terrain. I knew that I had to show people what Icelandic landscapes are like.

 

Powerpoint

Works Consulted

 

Inspirational Artist: Ansel Adams, Henri Carier Brensson, David Muench, Harry Calahan, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Karl Blossfeldt, and Caspar David Friedrich