Carlo Raimondo

Carlo

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Carlo is finishing his junior year at Bard HS Early College in Manhattan. Carlo has had an interest in the arts because it has been integrated into his life. He was introduced to photography by his mother who is an artist at a young age and took his first photography course fall 2013 at school. Other subjects that interest him are English and the histories. He has been participating in martial arts for 13 years, and received his black belt in 2009.

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In my project I was interested in the capturing of motion, and motion blur was something that I wanted to be able to explore more extensively. The ability to capture a progression of moments intrigued me because I originally  believed that photography was something that could only capture one set moment. Because of my previous misconception, I wanted to demonstrate the opposite. I also chose this topic because of the difficulty I had in understanding photography by means of what cameras perceive versus what people perceive. For example, a camera has the ability to capture an action in transition, almost as if in slow motion. In contrast, people experience motion as it happens. The contradictory nature in capturing motion in a still image intrigued me because the integrity of that motion comes into question. In a sense, a photograph’s potential to defy what is physically impossible, both appealed to me and disconcerned me at the same time.

The reason I chose to take portraits was because of the personal relationship that was established between the subject and myself. More specifically, coupled with the motion in the photos, I feel that the mannerisms displayed both in their their facial expression and body language allowed for a more descriptive glimpse of their character. I hope to demonstrate not only the technical abilities of the camera but also the insight gained from incorporating motion into portraiture.

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