Monday, February 14, 2011

Body Parts

Week of February 7-13, 2011     Theme:  Body Parts

"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance."  ~Aristotle

NCIS, Law & Order and CSI are my choices for television viewing, along with Big Bang Theory, but that doesn't really fit this week's Photo Theme Project topic.  James Patterson, Steve Berry, Steve Hamilton, William Kent Krueger are a few favorite authors.  What do all of these shows and books have in common?  Body parts!

Before I started taking photos of real body parts, I wanted to think about other types of body parts.  Of course, I had to work in some books.

"Part" of J.K. Rowling's "Body" of work.  I probably should have straightened out the shelf a little.  I like how the books go diagonally through the photo.

How about this body part...

With this photograph, I was trying to demonstrate that things are not always as the appear.  This image was cropped and rotated from this one.

Did I fool anyone?

Working at Elk River High School gave me several opportunities to photography body parts.

I like the composition of this photo and that the student is multi-tasking.  If you look at his eye, you will see that he is looking at a computer screen while talking on his cell phone.  Just to be clear, students are not to use cell phones during the school day.  This was taken after dismissal.

This student was reading an Economics textbook in the library.  No, he is not sleeping!  I was hoping to capture the intensity of his study.

"Part" of the student "body's" "body" "parts."  It's a two-fer themed photo!

Everybody sing now...the foot bone connected to the leg bone...the leg bone connected to the knee bone...

Who knew there are so many songs about body parts!  I feel another sing-a-long coming on...head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes...  You can thank me later when you are still humming these little ditties at 3am!

I would have loved this shot if I would have got the focus right.  It really did look great on my camera's little screen.  Bummer!

DISCLAIMER: For the squeamish, faint of heart, and queasy...close your eyes and quickly scroll down to the bottom of the post.  You've been WARNED!

When it comes to body parts, my friend Carolyn is an expert.  She teaches Anatomy and Physiology at ERHS.  She invited me to take pictures of her class dissecting a "body part."  How cool is that!  I bet no one else will submit this body part for our photo theme project!  This also gave me a little practice taking photographs under fluorescent lighting.

This is your last chance to close your eyes and scroll to the bottom of this post...YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Carolyn was downright giddy when I told her about this week's theme.  She exclaimed, "I have a whole bucket-full of cow's eyes!"  She's the one who posed the eyes for me.  You didn't think I would touch them, did you?

The dissection begins.  The students are going to find the cow eye lens.

That gelatinous goo...that's collagen.  I asked if they would put it in a syringe and inject into certain "body parts" of mine, but that can only be done in an honors class.  Drats!

That's the cow eye lens.  It was rather round.  I expected a bit more of a contact lens shape.  Again, I had focusing issues with this photo.

Reminds me of oysters...kind of.

Are you nauseous yet?

I have heard that looking through a camera lens allows you to remove yourself from a situation.  After photographing this dissection, I would have to agree.  The thought of dissecting, or even touching, a cow's eye gives me the willies.  Looking through my camera's eye, I didn't feel queasy at all.  I'm not saying that this would be true in every situation, but it did work for me during this one.

A special "thanks" goes to Ms. Mitzuk's 2nd hour Anatomy class for allowing me to photograph their dissection adventure.  It was fascinating!

One of the students brought in his grandfather's artificial eye.  These eyes were hand-painted.

Carolyn's classroom is brimming with body parts...


And, just in time for Valentine's Day...a heart!

I chose the photograph at the top of this post as my entry into this week's "Body Parts" theme.  I like the comparison of the bone structure to my hand.  It was a little tricky to get the hands lined up, background checked and then take the picture.  I like the end result.

Next theme:  Romance

Related links:
Dem Bones Song
Head, Shoulder, Knees, Toes Song
Anatomical Sleeping Bag
Cow's Eye Dissection - DIY
Google Body - You may need to download a compatible browser, but it's worth it.  Very cool!


Mary said...

I don't usually leave comments on blogs--what am I saying?--I have never left a comment on a blog before!--but this really interested me. I think your photos are really interesting---yes, even the cows' eyes--and, of course, I loved the collagen reference! The photos are really cool and very well done--a very unique and creative perspective on this theme. I actually think that the picture of the single cow's eye is beautiful. Who would think that a cow's eye could be so photogenic? Thanks for sharing this, Zoma. I really enjoyed reading your comments and hearing what your thought process was. Very nice!

Zoma said...

Mary, congratulations on your very first blog post. I'm honored your maiden voyage into posting-hood was on my blog! I thought you would appreciate the collagen reference. I thought about cropping the cows eye a little closer, but I chose to leave in the whole eye to give it perspective. I might play around with it a little more. Probably my favorite photo is of the student's feet. I like that I captured a tiny bit of action. By the way, we shared our most recent wine-of-the-month last night and it was yummy! Thanks!