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Elisa Chang: Think, Pair, Share

2015-16
Matsuno
San Luis
Visual Thinking

Elisa Chang:  Think, Pair, Share
By Dylan Matsuno and Koa San Luis

They are not posing in their photos. These are unedited photos. It is so real. These are the photos you usually wouldn’t find on Instagram. These photos are all based in Waikiki. From this photo, I can see that he is a good looking guy. We were attracted to this photo because it looks like Yeezy! We love Yeezy!

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Chang, Elisa. Untitled. 2014. Instagram, Honolulu. Instagram. Photograph. 14 January 2016.

 

 

 

 

The interesting compositional framing of this photo is fascinating.  As the center subject tries to escape the clutches of her captor.  Leaving a negative space between the escapees eyes and the edge of the frame gives her a sense of hope and staring off into the distance, hoping for a better life.  Also, the hair, contrasting to the small dash of blue in the black, finally mixed with the overwhelming beige gives the photo a great value in its depth and color.  The largest benefactor, however, is the true criminal of the frame: those board shorts.  Their color, on an artistic level, breaks away from the most yellow/orange color.  But on a deeper artistic level, they’re horrifying; the reason the prey attempts to leave.

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Chang, Elia. Untitled. 2014. Instagram, Honolulu. Instagram. Photograph. 14 January 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

The fascinating thing about this portfolio is that she takes these everyday actions and turns them into ironically, placed, completely unaware artifacts.  The portfolio is an example to our human desire to document change and effort, and she is able to take both those elements and completely ignore them, creating an ease of accessibility most social network portfolios do not have.  The beauty isn’t found in the composition or the color, but what is contained in the story behind why it is there.  Sometimes it is clear; right in your face.  But sometimes, there’s a more meaningful idea, another backstory we don’t see immediately.  All the photos in this portfolio have these aspects, creating symmetry in the chaos.

Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 10.10.24 AMChang, Elisa. Untitled. 2014. Instagram, Honolulu. Instagram. Photograph. 14 January 2016.

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