Hailey Walleck Warren 8:00-‐8:50 12 November 2010 Midterm My original idea was to use the song Mrs. Potter by the Counting Crows, I especially wanted to focus on the lines “If you have never stared off into the distance, then your life is a shame,” however I had trouble with this because in order for this to work I wanted to have several pictures of wide open scenery, which at the time I didn’t have. (IU is beautiful, but lacking in wide expanses of nature). I then found out that a trip for my dorm was coming up, rock-‐climbing and hiking and I came up with the idea to use the song The Taste of Ink by the Used. I was going to play with color and light to create a black and single color image with the silhouettes of climbers and pair it with the lyrics “And here I am, it’s in my hands. And I’ll savor every moment of this. And here I am, alive at last. “ I had a couple of pictures turn out really cool, but it was very difficult to get the lighting and positions of the climbers correct (you can’t really direct climbers how to pose, they’re more worried about falling than if your picture has the correct composition). While on the climbing/hiking trip I did find lots of scenery, both of nature and of long stretches of the highway by where we climbed. I also had several close-‐ ups of rock formations. I decided to emulate Ansel Adams and through Photoshop turn the images into black and white and increase the contrast to more closely mimic his style. I decided to use my pictures of the lake and the highway because while he is most well know for his pictures of nature he also took pictures of more industrial things, such as highways. The lyrics I decided to use were from the song Steven and Melissa by Jason Eady. “And it's wide open out here where the wind don't know your name. And it's wide open when you're trying to get away from those same old ways. Everybody needs a little change” I love this song because it is about freeing yourself from unhappiness and seeking new happiness by moving to a new place where no one knows you, and when no one knows you, you can completely reinvent yourself.