Contemporary Art Photography Assignment 2

This assignment is a little broader than the first assignment. It was to emulate the style of one of the photographers we studied in street photography. At first I tried out street photography at night. Since I was in Gatlinburg for Winterfest, during the Kutless concert, Jon and I went to take some pictures around Gatlinburg. Although I got some pictures I was happy with, I didn’t really get the sense that they accomplished the assignment. To finish the assignment, I decided to pick Cindy Bernard and her “Ask the Dust” series. What she did was photograph movie locations. I didn’t have a whole lot of time (nor the funds) to do extensive traveling to locate different locations, so I checked to see what movies might have been filmed around Knoxville.

I queued up Road Trip, October Sky, and Box of Moon Light in my Netflix account and waited for them to come. As they came, I tried to locate the scenes that were filmed in and around Knoxville. Road Trip was the easiest. It says they come to The University of Tennessee. In it, they visit a fraternity house which I think is the Sigma Chi house. The next movie I watched was October Sky. The only scene I photographed was the Jacob Building in Chilhowee Park. The science fair scene was filmed there. The Tennessee Theater was also used in the film, but since I did that in assignment 1, I decided to skip that.

The final movie was Box of Moon Light. I really recognized a lot of the scenes from that movie, but just decided to focus on 4. The first was a random burning couch. I immediately recognized that as being on Central Ave. The second scene had Knox Jewelry and Loan. I wasn’t quite sure about this one, so I googled it. Based on its exterior, the only results that would seem to fit were Broadway and Magnolia. Since the one on Broadway was also really close to my old house, I knew it wasn’t the one on Broadway. Since I was going to go to the Jacob Building, I figured I would look out for it on Magnolia. Sure enough, it was on Magnolia. The next scene was a little tricky. It had the obvious Quality Inn sign, but none of the locations seemed to have that antenna tower you could see in the background. I used Google Earth to verify before traveling out. Then I remembered, there used to be a Quality Inn over by West Town Mall. Sure enough, the Quality Inn is now a Howard Johnson Inn. The last scene, was just a little bit further than the rest. The 411 Motel is on Highway 411 just south of Maryville. To get the shot I needed, I really need to be there an hour and a half later, but I just couldn’t stay that long.

Assignment 2

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