Final Project, Open-ended; Use six rolls of film and show at least 8 prints. The concept is of your choosing.
Earlier in the year, Dannielle gave us the assignment to go out on our commute and
shoot. I instantly didn’t like the assignment because it was hard to capture something that felt
like me. At this point, I came to realize that I didn’t know what exactly I was interested in or
fully understand my style of photography so I decided to take this as a challenge in order to see
what I am drawn to in an environment that I can’t control and without a concept or story being
told through the images. I decided to challenge myself to just go out in the world and find what
spoke to me. This style of practice is a technique that is called the “Theory of Derive” (Derive
being french for drifting). The theory is one or more persons during a certain period drops their
relations, their work, leisure activities, and all other usual motives for movement and action, and
let them be drawn by the attractions of the terrain and the encounters they find there. After
finishing shooting I assessed the photos I took and realized I gravitated towards nature, glowing
lights, detailed architecture, glimmers of light. This led me to look at what elements overlapped
in my photography and what others in class had said they saw and it hit me that unknowingly I
have been gravitating to an art nouveau style.