Student's Commentary

 What is the central idea of your concentration?

The central idea of my concentration is justice. How people define justice, where it can be found, and how different sides of a conflict view justice.

 How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples. When referencing specific images, please indicate the image numbers.

 In my concentration, I have linked my pieces together by using cultural aspects to portray justice. The idea of justice formed with the dawn of civilization in Babylonian times. Hamurabi's Code is one of the types of rules that came about in this era. In image 1, Hamurabi script is written across an image of an eye and within the eye two figures are seen. These figures appear at the top of the statute upon which Hamurabi's Code is written. When it comes to conflict, there are at least two sides. Justice can differ depending on what perspective one takes. This can be seen in image 3. Justice or injustice can also be seen in the courtroom (image 10), during the Great Depression (image 6), during various wars (image 3), and in politics (image 11). Yet what is most interesting to me, is that the things I have previously listed can also be seen as unjust. In image 9, North Korea plays the card game "War" with the United States. In this game only one winner is chosen. The wars our world participates in today are often unjust without a clear winner. But to me the most powerful example of injustice is seen image 12. The Holocaust was one the most unjust events in history, and [in]image 12 Anne Frank is shown in as a broken picture representing Krystal Nocht [sic].


What is the central idea of your concentration?

The central idea for my concentration is my personal vision of following surfers during a typical day at San Clemente Beach Pier. I can not  remember a time when surfing was not apart of my life. My father has actively surfed every day since he was my age. I wanted to capture through my lens my memories as a child of watching the surfers as I waited for my father on the sand.

 How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples. When referencing specific images, please indicate the image numbers.

Before I stepped foot on the sand, I set my camera to shoot in black and white. My goal was to show that surfing has a timeless feel, which is reminiscent of memories I have of going to the beach as a child. Images 1 [through] 4 I showed a surfboard from multiple angles. The boards are the essence of surfing and I wanted to start my concentration with them. In images 5 [through] 10 I sat down and used my zoom lens to photograph the surfers. This is how I remember my father and all the other surfers looking when I was a small child. Every time I think back to those years I see them in black and white in my head and the figures seem small. It is with those memories that I based my images. The last two images are shot surfers leaving the beach. I photographed them from behind to illustrate the idea of leaving the waves behind. When I was a child, I always walked behind my father. It is this memory that I wanted to bring to life with my camera.


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