the unrecognizable face

There is a part in the human brain that is specifically made for recognizing faces. My idea behind these photos was to deconstruct the conventional aspects of the face to a point where they become almost unrecognizable. I began with the more detectable features of the face, and then worked my way down to the more indistinct features. By doing this, I have broken the barrier between what we know and what we think we know about the human face. I reorganized the automatic cognitive response that comes with recognizing faces. By doing this I created images that look like something other than what they are. Is it a nose? An ear? A crease? Your mind can decide. Despite them being abstracted versions of facial features, they still maintain their humane qualities.

Museum of Modern Art

The composition of this photo is so well done. I really love the way the two boys are dressed in white, and the girl in black. And the fact that it is done in black and white shows the contrast between the relationship of the three people. Is it a love triangle? Are they siblings? What is the pull between the two boys that there is such a heavy contrast in color from the girl between the two boys? The way they are positioned suggests that the girl is reliant on the boy on the bottom, but the boy on top can’t let go of her or wants to push her down.

This was such a cool photo series. The picture was taken of a bunch of different people all lined up and staged sitting, standing, etc. The photo was cut up so that each person had their own frame, but it was lined up all next to each other in the same order that the photo was taken in. The photo, the people are all at different levels and when they cut it up, they lined them up so that all the faces were at the same level. This photo was also taken in black and white. I feel like when a photo is taken in black and white it is more honest. It separates boundaries and creates more of a collective aesthetic. I think the photographers concept was to show how each individual is different, but that we all deserve to be seen at the same equal level.

This photo is the only one that is not in black and white. I think the way this is set up is so compositionally interesting: he is laying in a field on a super sunny day in a thick denim dress with pants and tennis shoes. It is almost like he is in some sort of ecstasy. It makes you question what is really going on. I think this photo is successful just from the way the arms are positioned. It could mean so many things, and it makes you question what is really going on. The way the hand is covering their face in a way that you can’t really see what they are expressing leaves room for so much questioning.

Walker Evans

Born: November 3, 1903

Died: April 10, 1975

Walker Evans is  known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) during the Great Depression.

While working for the FSA, he used a large-format 8×10 inch (200 x 250 mm) view camera.

His goal as a photographer was to “make pictures that are literate, authoritative, transcendent.” He is one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Considered the progenitor of the ‘documentary tradition’ in American photography, Evans had the ability to see the present already as the past. He put that knowledge and vision into his art that has made an everlasting impression on our country today. Almost all of his work is shot in black and white. He is best known for his documentary and portrait work throughout the Great Depression. 

Work Samples:




coney island


“I was born in the South of Italy, but I live in the Netherlands. Enjoy the day! Ciao bella!”


“Tell your teacher to look at the books! I’ve been here twenty years already!” (Italy)


“I’m from Portugal. I am a model; I’m shooting for a brand called proper clothes–right now actually!”


“I’m from Cuba. Would you like to play chess? I’ve been in New York since 1980. I like it here because it is the capital of the world…. what do I get out of this? can you buy me a coffee or give me a few dollars?”

A rainbow lollipop? On Coney Island? Never heard of her.

Finding Nemo on the boardwalk.


“I am from Israel. I speak English little! What you say?”

Seren and Milan take on the unexpectedly breezy Coney Island.

“You want to use a camera to take a picture of a camera?”

Today was very interesting and fun. First, it was my first time in Coney Island. I didn’t really know what to expect but I can’t say I was let down. There was such a diverse pool of people there. I had so much fun going up to people of and asking to take their photo. Having conversations with them was very interesting. Everyone had a different story and place and reason. I didn’t meet one person who was originally from the United States. This is something I have never experienced before where I am from, so having that today was very cool.

I don’t really know if there is a theme. I wanted to kind of do different things. I feel like it is hard to develop a theme when photographing strangers because you never know what you’re going to get. Unlike a planned shoot, strangers can be unpredictable–especially when you want to capture candid pictures. When you say “act normal” or “just keep doing what you’re doing” they freeze up and act in a completely different way. I didn’t tell them what I was looking for today, all I asked was if I could take their picture, and whatever they gave me I took. I guess the theme to these photos is unpredictability. You take what you get and you don’t throw a fit.

5 pictures for july 11


I used a low ISO (125). I tried to use 100 but it just kept coming out too dark. I used a low shutter speed (1/60). I also used an f-stop of 3.2 (I am almost positive). I took this picture outside of the market across from my dorm.


I put my camera in monochrome and took the picture over one second. I zoomed out on her face, then zoomed in a half a second later.


I stood outside of the subway steps in union square near 16th and took a few photos of people walking down and onto the steps. I used a higher ISO (500) and set my camera to monochrome. My f-stop was at 3.5 and my shutter speed was at 1/500 (I believe).

I took a picture of my friend Nick in my dorm room with the flash on his phone. I used the bulb setting and held it down for maybe five seconds and then let it up.


I walked into a store and a man was painting portraits for $30. I asked to take a photo of him and he said yes. The settings were the same as the subway.


To be an artist: ah, what a wonderful concept. I would compare artists to children in a sense that their imaginations are everlasting. Artists would be nothing without their imaginations. What a crazy and sad world it would be without imagination. The term introduced in the article known as “deep travel” is such an interesting concept. An effort to push past societal norms, dig deeper than before, and learn all there is to learn. The concept is creates change, sometimes needed and sometimes unneeded. Regular travel is such a blessing on its own. Without regular travel, I would not be on this earth. My grandparents would never have come to this country, my parents never would have met, and I would most definitely not be here.

This reading really made me think. What would the world be like today without deep travel or imagination or sight or wonder? Bland and overly original, and the thought alone scares me. I can’t fathom a world without creativity. I think this reading was assigned to do what I did: think–to give us a different view on things like wonder and how it dies out eventually and how there is really nothing we can do about it. As we grow, we learn things. And as we learn things our innocence slowly dies. This is inevitable. It’s not like you can go through your life without learning. With no learning, there would be no creativity. And as I stated, without creativity, the world would be an unsalted cracker.

I think deep travel can be triggered anytime you want to trigger it. As long as there is a push to exceed the norm, you should have no problem access the concept of deep travel. This is a broad concept, and I think that everyone has their own unique way of reaching it. I think I trigger this by doing things that I love: reading, writing, photographing, hanging out with people that I love. By accessing things that I enjoy, I can create a portal for deep travel and delve into the far corners of my brain easily.

About Me


Hi all! I’m Gabriella (Gabby) Ceritano & welcome to my Parson’s Blog for Digital Photography & Video. I was born and raised in Rochester, Michigan, and I am 17 years old. I enjoy anything and everything that has to do with cameras. I love taking pictures of people, places, and things. I love videoing my life and things that I do in  my free time. I have decided to create a video of all of the exciting things I do in 2018.

I first got my hands on a real DSLR camera when I was 16. I received my Nikon for my 16th birthday, and to this day it is my favorite gift I have ever gotten. I started by photographing books on the bookshelf in my basement for my “bookstagram”. The act combined my two favorite things: books and photography. Photography was something that helped me through my darkest periods, and I don’t really know what I would have done without it.

Once I was able to go out and be normal again, I began photographing my friends. I got into portraiture this way, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. I have now created my own little business, and I have a bunch of shoots booked for the rest of the summer and fall. I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity, and I can’t wait to learn everything I can.