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My subject is a Davidson College student and a close friend. She is a Latin American that currently calls New York City home. She descends from indigenous Mexicans that lived in what is now New Mexico and from Jewish Germany. I chose to photograph her because of her unique history and because of my own Hispanic heritage and family ties to New Mexico.
I used this tutorial to add the red and yellow streaks to my subject’s hair. I chose these colors because they are the colors of the New Mexico flag.
“The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta: The World’s Premiere Balloon Event.” The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – Welcome to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
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This hot air balloon festival is held every year in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is currently happening right now and will continue until Oct. 9. My subject expressed great interest in returning to New Mexico to attend this festival, but her Grandmother’s health prohibits it and it “does not feel right to go without her.”
I chose this free downloadable font because it is inspired by the Art Deco, which was prominent during the 1920s when the symbol of New Mexico (read below on the symbol of the Zia) was designed.
I used the star element of the New Mexico flag as a focal point of my image. The symbol is supposed to be the red sun symbol of the Zia.
I had a lot of trouble getting my shapes to look exactly how I wanted and this was helpful.
Jeffries, Stevie. Superflat. 2016. Digital Image. N.p.
Stevie’s use of ovals and circles in her project inspired me and she helped me achieve a similar effect.
This was the camera effect I tried to speak to by adding circles op different color and opacity to my background.
“Nachrichten, Hintergründe & Reportagen | STERN.de.” Stern.de
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Stern is a popular German news magazine. Half of my subject’s family are German jews, and she is actually a German citizen herself. Her last name is also Stern, which translates to star in English and draws a connection to the New Mexican star symbol I chose to use.
“New Mexico.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 06 Oct. 2016.
The history of New Mexico greatly affected my subject’s family and heritage. “One day my ancestors were living in Mexico, and the all of a sudden they were a part of the United States. No one told them or asked them if it was okay. It just happened.” and that was the way it had to be
I shot my photography on a 55mm lens. I prefer short focal lengths in my photos, and I would’ve liked to shoot this photo at an even shallower depth, but my camera only went up to 55 mm. This article explains what these numbers and focal length mean.