Friday, November 4, 2011


From the assignment description:
"Webster defines the word ambiguous as a sense of doubtfulness or uncertainty due to obscurity or indistinctness. It is also defined as simply been inexplicable or capable of being understood in two or more public senses. Its synonym is the word obscure.

Photographs that are ambiguous tend to pose more questions at first sight than they answer. Contrary to most journalist photographic teaching, this is not always a poor idea. Ambiguity in some photographs can possess the power to draw us into an image and beyond it. Not having all the information laid out before us can be a refreshing change from those Pulitzer Prize winning photographs taken with a journalistic intent.

Ambiguity is a condition where information can be understood or interpreted in more than one way and is distinct from vagueness, which is a statement about the lack of precision contained or available in the information. Context may play a role in resolving ambiguity. For example the same piece of information may be ambiguous in one context and unambiguous in another."


best example^^ DSC_0721
I found this to be a really difficult assignment because I had a hard time thinking past the class examples and out of the box to new ideas. Missing the discussion section also didn’t help me out too much and I had a hard time grasping what was meant by the word “ambiguity.” Halfway through the assignment, I thought that black and white photos might contribute to the general ambiguity of a scene. Silly I know. Overall, this assignment caused me to think more artistically and search for unique scenes on campus. I definitely stared into more windows and looked for ways to manipulate a photo through use of motion or vantage point.



Thanks to Crawford, my preppy little model <3