Emotion

A Small Project

What do I want people to know about me? There are many things I would like to tell, and narrowing it down to just one was difficult. After browsing through my previous work for inspiration, I eventually settled on emotion. More particularly how I love to capture emotion in photos or videos, or create them in illustrations and stories. Emotions are at the core of most great works. It’s what makes people laugh or cry, it’s what brings a smile to their face, or a tear in their eye. In the end that’s what I aspire to do with any of my art. It’s to evoke emotion.

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For this project, the medium I chose was a poster, as I could use easily use my photography to its effect. While a video or animation would have also been a great idea, I chose the poster due to it’s simplicity.It’s relatively easy to create, but done right, can be a very effective medium. Various designs were experimented with and different sketches were drawn in the brainstorming process, but the final design was chosen because it was simpler and more to the point. There’s no guesswork needed to figure out what idea is being shown. There are photos of people with various expressions to help convey emotion, as well as a quote from a song. The starry sky backdrop also adds to the grand, dramatic feel of the whole piece.

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Emotion

A Short Essay

If a picture is worth a thousand words, just imagine what a video is worth! It’s thousands of photos combined into one! In my videos, I like to take simple ordinary things in life and put them on the screen. Things that we sometimes tend to take for granted, or things that simply go unnoticed because they’re “normal”, and showcase them. It could be nature, people, maybe a few toys on the shelf, or even just some empty roads. With a little creativity and imagination almost anything can work.

My favorite kinds of videos are the ones that have an extra emphasis on music. It can be a music video, or it could just be a video that has a great soundtrack. The music is really important as it helps complete the video. Great videography is nice, but combine it with great music and it has the ability to change people’s worldview, to give people new perspective – that’s what I aim for.

Videos that stir people’s feelings. Motion pictures that create passion in people. To make them laugh or make a tear roll down their cheek or put a smile on their face. Short films that people can say reminded them of a special event in their life. Movies that people can watch and say it really touched them, it lifted up their spirit even if only for a moment. And that’s the great thing – everyone can feel. Anyone from a child to a grandparent can watch a video. Age doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, that’s my hope for all my work, whether it’s a movie, or a photograph, or music – to create memories and emotions in people.

About Me

Ever since I can remember, I’ve had an interest in art and design. It started out with drawings and sketches – I would draw almost anything that I saw, although it was mostly limited to cars and animals. Later when I got my first camera my focus turned into photography. I carried the large – for 12 year old me at the time – black camera everywhere I went, clicking pictures as if my life depended on it.

Gradually, as time passed, I got into videos, music, graphics, web design, UI design and more. Eventually this led to pursuing Multimedia Design as a degree.  During this time I worked on several projects, including doing an graphics design for CanOfJuice, a company that showcases designs from various artists by selling products and home accessories with their artwork. I also recreated the Facebook app in my own way as part of UI/UX design, and later created mockups of my own app.

While I did designs and projects for all of these different areas, my main focus has always been on photography and videography. It could be because with a camera you can go out and capture real people out in the real world, as opposed to the other mediums, which are more “digital” so to speak. There’s just something about a good photograph that I simply love.

The way you’re able to capture people’s emotions in one picture is, for me, amazing. And videos are able to do even more! A video is a continuous set of photos, and combine it with great music and sound, and it has the ability to make a person cry, or laugh. In the end that’s what I aspire to do with any of my art. It’s to evoke emotion. To me that’s what makes art what it is – the way it can lift people up, encourage them. The way it makes people feel.