Saturday, April 4, 2009

One Door Closing to Open a New Door

Although I enjoyed taking pictures of flowers, I felt a word needed to run across the image such as "New birth", "Refresh" and "Morning Bliss". I took my first graphic design class at SMC. I was at home. I saw how I could combined both the photography and my hunger to write a word on my image. I felt complete.

The first image of the bouquet flowers that I got a positive response from my instructor represents the closing of one door to open a new door. The flowers were given to me as a gift as I left my job at UCLA as a preschool teacher assistant.

While taking Mr. Larry Jones color photo class at SMC, I began to sense that I landed on something good with my image of my flowers. When I went up to him for critique, the expression of approval that I saw in his eyes said that he like the picture even though it was overexpose. It was impossible to correct the overexpose image but the composition was nice. I had a talent with flowers.

Every so often I may go for a walk and take pictures of flowers in my community. The white rose is a sample of my neighborhood walk. I hope to go to walk in a nice garden such as the Hunting Library. I am attending Cal State Los Angeles, I hope to go to the Hunting Library during a break and focus my images on the flower garden. Some day I hope to go and shoot my heart out.

Some folks told me that I was confused that I did not know what I wanted to do. But, I see how both photography and graphic design can come the two elements coming together.


  1. First of all I think it's a really nice picture. Second, I think you should definitely continue taking photographs and trying to merge graphic design with photography. It seems like you are passionate enough about it to want to study it and devote your time and effort to it. The best thing to remember is that you can never stop learning :)

  2. I couldn't figure out how to read your whole blog because the sentences were cut off on my screen for some reason, but I think that I got the gist of it. I think that it's great that you take walks in your neighborhood to find art and inspiration. I still need to find my "flower" that gets me really motivated. I absolutely love your photograph because for me it is the embodiment of romance. There is an ethereal quality about the rose created by the soft edges that is so romantic and beautiful. I really like the composition as well. In a way it sort of reminds me of a Toulouse Lautrec poster because there is a rather large element in the foreground but you don't focus on it. The foreground element actually helps draw attention to the focal point that is further back. I think that you could sell love with this photograph, at least to saps like me.

  3. Hi Michelle, Your pics are really nice, the roses and lily look very classy and elegant.