Art Creation & Reflection Photography/Cinema
This week you will use your readings from the past week as a point of departure to create your own artistic production and a reflection paper.
Part 1: Art Creation
Select a photograph art piece to use as a point of inspiration. Create an art piece of photography inspired by your selected art piece.
Part 2: Reflection
Write a reflection about the relationship between your art production and the inspiration piece. Include the following in the reflection paper:
Include the inspiration photograph within the document
Record the title, artist/director, year, and place of origin.
Briefly explain the background of the inspiration piece.
Your Art Piece
Include your original photograph within the document. If you selected cinematography, submit as a separate file in the Art Creation Submission (Recordings) area following this assignment.
Provide a title.
Explain the background of your piece.
Explain the thematic connection between the two pieces.
How are they similar and different?
Are they the same medium? How does the medium impact what the viewer experiences?
For photography, how do the formal elements of design compare to one another?
Original Artwork Requirements
No computer-generated pieces
The original photograph was produced by Moses Sawasawa for the Carmignac Foundation. He was exploring the Democratic Republic of Congo and how the pandemic has affected the people. The photo shows a member of the Covid-19 response team wearing full protective gear at the entrance of a building in the Gombe commune of Kinshasa, DR Congo’s capital. The picture shows the measures being taken by the health department to combat the spread of the novel virus. The responders at the main entrance of the health facility raised awareness among the Gombe residents about social distancing, proper hygiene, as well as recording the temperature of individuals entering and leaving the building, which was occupied by around 75 families and offices (BBC NEWS, 2020). A series of photos by the photographer were used by the BBC in their website New Website. The title of the page was Coronavirus in DR Congo, captured on camera and was published in June 2020.
My art piece- “The Red Cross Society and Covid-19 Prevention”-was a photograph of a random Red Cross responder placing a sticker with Covid-19 preventive measures on a tank. This is aimed at raising awareness regarding the safe practices aimed at preventing the further spread of the coronavirus. The responder is wearing a mask while observing a safe social distance from the other responder. The photographs are similar in a number of ways. First, they depict the necessary precautions necessary for fighting Covid-19. This is done through portraying posters with practices of preventing the spread of the virus. Some of the precautions listed in the two posters include maintaining social distance, covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing, washing hands with soap and water, and avoiding hand touching. In both photographs, the respondents are wearing protective masks.
Coronavirus in DR Congo
The two pieces of art are the same medium. Both of them are photographs. Despite being the same medium, the two photographs portray a number of variations. In the two photographs, the formal elements of design differentiate in terms of space and form. Other differences in the photographs include the theme, setting, and subjects. Moses’ photograph is black and white, while my creation has a vibrant and colored theme. My inspiration photograph was taken at the entrance of a health facility, while my piece was taken in a community setting. The responder in Moses’ picture is wearing full protective equipment, including gloves and goggles. In my creation, the Red Cross responder is only wearing a mask. The two photographs positively impact the viewer’s experience by educating community members on the various measures they can take to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
The Red Cross Society and Covid-19 Prevention
The pictures impact the viewers’ experiences by portraying the current state of the pandemic and what is needed of them in order to prevent the further spread of the virus. They are a significant pointer to the key issues facing the globe at the moment. The pandemic has impacted key economic aspects, which have limited access to primary services such as healthcare. This has stretched the healthcare system to its core, affecting service delivery. As a result, responders worldwide have been working day and night to ensure that the spread of the virus is limited through awareness and public education. There is a need for psychological preparedness during the pandemic by enhancing public understanding of the economic impacts and realizing the implications that they pose to the development of individual states and the globe at large. The purpose of the two pieces is to inform the general population of the economic crisis brought about by the current pandemic and apprise them on the need to come up with a sustainable solution to address the issue. Lastly, it is imperative to note that safety starts with you. Our responsibility is to engage in safe social and hygiene practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infections.