Katie Cooney

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Katie Cooney
ART 476: Intermediate Photography
Digital Prints; Series of 8

This semester, I am working on telling the stories of songs through photographs.These images are from a series based around the Bon Iver song “Woods.” The only lyric is “I’m up in the woods, I’m down on my mind / I’m building a sill to slow down the time.” This shoot focused on the peaceful melancholy that the singer experiences when he finds himself lost in the woods.

11 thoughts on “Katie Cooney

  1. I think you did a good job on telling the story and expressing the feeling of this lyric. The short depth of field in both photos works well and somehow gives me a peaceful melancholy feeling. The facial expression and the composition of the girl in the second photo looked very natural and calm which I think interpreted the lyric “I’m down on my mind/I’m building a sill to slow down the time.”

  2. Great job with these photos (and I love your choice of song, as well). There is something very serene about these photos, both singular and together. I wish I could see the rest of the series because I am curious what else you chose to do with these lyrics. The lighting in both photos is very nicely captured– the creaminess of the tones, even though they are cool tones, renders very nicely with the subjects. Nice job.

  3. I think you did a very successful job of capturing the lyrics of that song in these photos. I love the still life of the mason jars as a break in the series of portraits. I think you did a great job giving the color real vibrance. I would be interested to see a mix of horizontal and vertical images to see if that changes the way the eye moves across the storyline of your images.

  4. Hey it’s AMY!!!!! Cool. I love these photos (not just because they’re of Amy). They are so serene and majestic; they feel poetic or lyrical. Your selective focus adds a dreamy touch by blurring out the unnecessary information. Nice work!

  5. The depth of field you chose definitely add to the dreamlike quality of these images. I think that limiting your focus also adds a sense of introspection that works with the theme you were trying to achieve.

  6. These photos have a sort of magical sensation about them. I don’t know if it’s the content of the photos or the hazy, low contrast effect you’ve given them, but there’s something serene about them. Beautiful, really.

  7. These images are great. They capture the concept of “peaceful melancholy” so well. I’m a little distracted by the Bell jars in the top image (why are they there? What is the purpose?) They offer a little more narrative to the scenario then your self portrait; I wish I could see the two images relate. Possibly if you were interacting with the jars in your portrait? Regardless, these captured moments are wonderful.

  8. These images are great. They capture the concept of “peaceful melancholy” so well. I’m a little distracted by the Bell jars in the top image (why are they there? What is the purpose?) They offer a little more narrative to the scenario then your self portrait; I wish I could see the two images relate. Possibly if you were interacting with the jars in your portrait? Regardless, these captured moments are wonderful.

  9. These images are great. They capture the concept of “peaceful melancholy” so well. I’m a little distracted by the Bell jars in the top image (why are they there? What is the purpose?) They offer a little more narrative to the scenario then your self portrait; I wish I could see the two images relate. Possibly if you were interacting with the jars in your portrait? Regardless, these captured moments are wonderful.

  10. These are beautiful. They have a sense of fantasy to them also. I totally get the “lost in the woods” feel to it. Not the bad lost, but the good lost. Compositionally they are pretty good. The colors are great. The lighting is beautiful. And I enjoy your use of great depth of field. Good job! You obviously had a vision in mind when doing this shoot.

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