Monday, October 6, 2008

1. idolatry

i·dol·a·try (ī-dŏl'ə-trē)
-noun, plural -tries
1. the religious worship of idols.
2. excessive or blind adoration, reverence, devotion, etc

idolatry of ideas, change, an idealized future, a figure.

idolatry of image, style, self, trends.

idolatry of unlimited information, facebook, technology.

1. idolatry

Friday, October 3, 2008


McClaran photographs in such an unbiased way that his subjects speak for themselves, he does not impose new ideology or identity onto his subjects. He has successfully documented many variations of the American way of life: from the unlawful racism of the Ku Klux Klan, the heart and soul of the blues in the south, to the peaceful landscape of eastern Oregon.
In his project “Angry White Men”, McClaran proceeded to explore the shifting of the political center point as well as a look into the darker side of extremists and their motivations. The series documented a group of people that included radical right American politicians, environmental extremists, Ku Klux Klansmen, anti-gay activists, and other fanatics who strive to push their own beliefs onto others.
Robbie McClaran’s photography makes a statement about the beautiful diversity of this country, and how some ought to embrace it more than they do. McClaran views each person as equal through the lens of his camera(s), and I think he makes a wonderfully artistic example for the rest of us.
In a similar fashion, I want my art to be an accurate representation of our world. Better yet, I want to obtain an accurate concept of our world for myself, and express that notion with my photography. I think McClaran does a great job of this, and that is why I chose him as my inspiration. I hope that my photography will present imagery that could change someone’s perspective from false to true, from biased to compassionate. I think that even as we observe things around us that are depraved, we must have a clear understanding that is saturated with love. We must seek the highest good of everything around us.


Robbie McClaran...

Pete Dexter (Author)

Rev. Michael Bray (Angry White Men)

Rosie Smith & Kimberlee Reed, McGhee Arkansas (Delta Project)

New York City, 1988 (Free Drinks)

Shepard Montana, 1995 (Free Drinks)


1. Name: Erin Wegner
Year in school: 3rd year/ Senior
Major area of study: Art: photography, minor: Italian

2. How do you pre-visualize your use of digital photography in your art?
I see digital photography as a wonderful means of continuing my work as an artist after I graduate, as I don’t foresee easy or cheap access to analog materials and equipment.

3. Describe your familiarity with digital photography:
I’ve been using digital photography for about five years, but haven’t put much effort into it as an art form; I’ve only used it for professional gigs such as sports pictures and weddings.

4. Do you have your own Mac? If yes, does this computer have Photoshop CS3 installed
on it? If you have a laptop, will you be bringing it into class?
Yes, yes, yes.

5. Honestly rate your ability to use Photoshop, (i.e. 0 = “I’ve never heard of this
photo shop” 10 = “I am a programmer at Adobe”) and briefly describe your familiarity
with/use of the software, if applicable:
(5): I’ve used Photoshop quite a bit, but only for basic touching-up of images. This summer I’ve spent a little more time with the program exploring more of its capabilities.

6. What is your greatest strength as an artist?
When I do spend time developing my ideas, I think I can successfully portray my thoughts with visual simplicity.

7. What is your greatest weakness as an artist?
I tend to run with the first thought that comes to me instead of spending time forming it into a good idea. Generally what happens next is that I do projects twice.

8. Name one goal you would like to accomplish while enrolled in this class:
I want to increase my appreciation and understanding of digital photography. I want to create a connection between myself and digital photography that enables me to create art that expresses myself, my thoughts and my emotions better than words can.

9. Name one lifetime goal:
I would like to gain a better understanding of our world, the people in it, and how I am influenced by both.

10. Complete the following sentence until you run out of things to write:
“If I could make any group of images in the world, without any restrictions,
they would…”
…speak truth.