photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

Kate Douma



Kate Douma
Art 376 Introduction to Photography
Silver Prints, 6″ x 9″
Series: 15 images

Statement: These images are part of a series entitled “So Many Bad Signs.” Images in the series are real signs found in everyday life that have an unnerving quality and/or are often humorous in a “is this for real/a joke?” sort of way.

6 thoughts on “Kate Douma”

  1. right off the bat, the strong framing stands out. It really works to intrigue the viewer initially, and different methods and distances are used in each image to highlight the subject effectively. The centralized placement of “Childcare” mimics its placement on the pole, and the inclusion of more surrounding space in the “Nice Day” image help to balance out the brightness of that sign. The viewer’s eye is kept on the page and thus is able to discover and appreciate details in the photos, such as the repetition of the tree in the background of the first image, and how the soft pattern of branches echoes the sign’s lovely multi-tonal typography.

  2. Have a nice day! I like the second one cause its frame its lines. But I think it would be better if it was taken in a sunny day. The reflect of sunlight on the wall would make it really looks like a nice day.:)

  3. The irony in each picture is what gets me. These ‘subjects’ give information that is contradictory to the setting you have created. I feel uneasy and lost when looking at the bottom picture because there is no sense of where I am or should be – however the sign assumes you should be having a pleasurable day. This interplay of suspicion and confusion created by the signs blend fabulously.

  4. What a great series! I’d love to see more of these. I always appreciate a little humor or underlying uneasiness in art. I also find it interesting that after I glanced at these photos, I could have sworn they were in color. It is funny to know that even though they are black and white, you know from life experience that these signs are brightly colored. The choice to display them in black and white lends itself to the message of your series. Love it!

  5. It’s interesting how eerie this series of images is. It’s as if the text is mocking the viewer and is meant to be a joke. It would definitely be interesting to see the photos in color, which would remove the harshness from them. I also can’t help but wonder how much creepier they would be if a subject such as a child was in the image as well. However, the absence of subject makes the space seem isolated and empty.

  6. What a great idea for a series! I love the uncomfortably-ironic vibe the juxtaposition of your images gives off. The simple composition and strong framing really work to emphasize your story. I would love to see more from this series

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