This assignment should ignite one's own creativity and spirit; however, here are some considerations in making the choice between a camera and crayon(s):
A Camera ...
- captures a moment; moreover, when that moment is taken out of its context, perspective is often altered. For instance, when a group of people are photographed without the perspective of the setting in which they are at that moment, the photo can suggest that there is a much larger crowd than in reality. Such a photo can be exploited to the advantage of a political,social group, or person that wishes to aggrandize itself (oneself) or negate, cast aspersions upon others, or even vilify individuals.
- steals something from the person or living thing at that one point in life, violating privacy. People who are physically unusual resent photos taken of them as they feel that these will be used to exploit and ridicule them. Consider also how the Amish take no photographs and do not want any taken of them:
The Amish believe that photographs in which they can be recognized violate the Biblical commandment, "Thou shalt not make unto thyself a graven image."
- fosters vanity and narcissism. ('selfies')
- records the image that elicits memories and enjoyment.
- records history
- can be instrumental to scientific advancement
- can be very instructive as a mechanism for visual presentations.
- can be used artistically, capturing moments of beauty in nature. Ansel Adams, for example, photographed the national parks. His use of his camera was for environmental purposes, and his techniques were nothing short of artistic:
In the case of Ansel Adams his technique evolved into the art of being able to reproduce on a piece of silver coated paper the scene he imagined in his mind's eye with such stunning clarity it causes the viewer to stop and contemplate his commonplace subjects.
- give color to objects, creating moods, and emotional reactions
- can alter the perspective of a real object or scene for artistic purposes (e,g, Picasso's "blue period"), or political designs
- are expressive of an individual's perspective
- are communication tools as expression of the artist
I think of myself to be more of a crayon. Crayon's have many different elements that they are made of, which is how a view myself and every human being- a complex creature that is made up not only of organs and blood and cells and such, but also of a personality, likes and dislikes, and things that make them uniquely them.
Crayons also come in many different colors. This represents two things for me:
- My moods, in which some things make me happy, where I am one color, and some things make me sad, where I am another color, and everything in between, which would represent all of the other mixed colors
- All of my interests. I am involved in many different things, and each one is important and special to me.
This is how I would compare myself to a crayon.
I like the thought of comparing myself to a crayon.
- The different crayon colors contribute to a single drawing in the end. Likewise, the different colors of my personality show at different times, but they all reflect the one me.
- I always thought that crayons were harder to use when they were cold. It can also be harder to work when I am cold because I easily tire and give up.
- In warmer weather, a crayon can settle onto asphalt and melt. When it is warm, I settle in bed and melt into a nap.
- As a crayon's edges soften with use, my negativity softens with time, as I gradually gain more wisdom.
- Sometimes, the paper covering the crayon needs peeling in order to access the crayon underneath. As with many others, it can take some peeling away from my persona in order to reach the more candid me.
I never imagined I would have things in common with an art utensil.
A camera captures what it views. In comparison with a person, he/she sees what he/she gets. In contrast, a camera can have physical evidences that a photo is captured through developing the film. On the other hand, a person can only have his/her memories as a saving place of the sights he/she viewed.
A crayon's purpose it to make a picture colorful. A person can affect another person's life by making his/her colorful. But as time goes by, a crayon loses its point so does a person. A person's affection towards another becomes pointless thus, making life dull and colorless.