For this project, you will be given a list of 12 words or phrases. You must create a photograph for EACH word/phrase. You will be graded on concept and completion, composition/technique, creativity, critique/participation, and your homework progress through in-class checkpoints.
Please resist the urge to photograph the first idea that comes to mind. Most of us will have the same initial idea when approaching a theme or idea for a photograph. Think hard about how to approach your word/phrase creatively. Think of your idea as an onion. Your first idea is the outer layer. I want you to peel back the layers to get to the center—your unique, considered idea. If you are feeling stuck, try making a “word map” for each word or phrase. I always start with the definition of a word/phrase first. We will draw one together in class. Here are your words:
Monochromatic (but not black and white)
Shoot a MINIMUM of 10 exposures for EACH WORD. This doesn’t mean that all 10 exposures have to be masterpieces, or 10 unique and different images. The point of asking you to do this is to get you used to making lots of photographs, and to encourage you to try many things when brainstorming how to photograph your idea. Try a couple of different ideas; don’t just make one photograph for your word and move on.
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson
This means that it takes a lot of practice and perseverance to develop your own eye as a photographer and artist. Don’t cheat yourself by not allowing enough time to try new things and experiment.
Tuesday, 9/8/20: 60 images due (6 words). Import your homework images. Label your images like this:
Create a contact sheet labeled lastname_firstname_p1_cs_1 and turn into Google Drive under your Projects folder. Within your Projects folder, create a Project 1 folder and save your contact sheet there.
Monday 9/14/20: 60 images due (6 words). Import your homework images. Label your images like this:
Create a contact sheet labeled lastname_firstname_p1_cs_2 and turn into Google Drive under Projects>Project 1.
All 12 final files due midnight.
These should be processed PSD OR DNG files labeled lastname_firstname_p1_final_unexpected, lastname_firstname_p1_final_web, etc. Turn these into your Google Drive class folder under Projects>Project 1>Final.
Final Critique will take place the second week of 9/28. (This critique will be soft, meaning we will view your images on the projector. You will learn to print for your next project.)