Create a series of photographs where pictorial narrative is concentrated in to a single, stand-alone image. You can either create your own, or draw from an existing narrative -any fairy tale, fable, folk tale, myth, etc.
The purpose of this assignment is for you to learn about the use of storytelling in contemporary art photography, and help you begin thinking of your photographs as created works.
For this project, you will focus on creating a photographic tableaux imagery, or a series of images where each tells a story related to an overall narrative.
We will look at many narrative photographers in class throughout the project to help inspire you. A tableau series of images does not have to be linear, meaning that each image shows a story unfolding in order. They can be nonlinear, as well as open ended, where each image tells its own chapter of an overall story. This type of photography is often described to as tableau or tableau-vivant photography, where pictorial narrative is concentrated into a single image: a stand-alone picture. Bear in mind that oftentimes the best images leave room for the viewer’s imagination by withholding some information.
Some of the photographs we will look at make obvious reference to fables, fairy tales, apocryphal events and modern myths that are already part of our collective consciousness. Others offer a much more oblique and open ended description of something that we know is significant because of the way it is set up in the photograph, but whose meaning is reliant on our investing the image with our own trains of narrative and psychological thought.
Mystery is the catalyst for imagination. -JJ Abrams
You will be creating all of your images for this project outside of class, so you will need to budget enough time for yourself to make photographs. We will have at least one check in and one soft critique of this work during class, in order to provide you with feedback so that you can go back home and reshoot images or create more. By the end of this project you will have a series of TEN finalized, processed photographs in your series and FIVE of those as prints. Additionally, you will make a page on your class website to show these images. This will be the start of your printed portfolio for this year.
PROJECT SCHEDULE/DUE DATES:
Friday 9/28/18: We will go over your proposals in class. Over the weekend, shoot 100 images minimum towards your project.
Monday 10/1/18: First contact sheet due. Use class time to import homework images and create a contact sheet.
Each time you import your homework images, create a folder for each weekend you shot.
Batch rename your images like this: lastname_firstname_p2_weekend1_1, lastname_firstname_p2_weekend1_2, etc
Label your contact sheet lastname_firstname_p2_cs_1 and turn into your shared Google Drive folder under Projects>Project 2. This is due by midnight.
Wednesday/Tuesday 10/2-10/3/18: Go over more examples of narrative photographers, prep images for soft critique on Thursday and Friday
Thursday 10/4 - Friday 10/5: Soft critique. Weekend homework: Take the feedback you were given and shoot 150 more images towards your project.
Tuesday 10/9/18: Second contact sheet due. Use class time to import homework images and create a contact sheet.
Batch rename your images like this: lastname_firstname_p2_weekend2_1, lastname_firstname_p2_weekend2_2, etc
Label your contact sheet lastname_firstname_p2_cs_2 and turn into your shared Google Drive folder under Projects>Project 2. Due by 4PM.
Wednesday 10/10/18: Demo: Basic editing of your images in Photoshop.
Thursday 10/11/18: Work day. Edit your images in Photoshop. I will have individual check-ins with each student to give feedback and check your progress.
Friday 10/12/18: Printing Demo: How to prep your image files for print. Your weekend homework is to shoot 150 more images towards your project.
Monday 10/15/18: Import your homework images. Contact sheet #3 due by 4PM.
Batch rename your images like this: lastname_firstname_p2_weekend3_1, lastname_firstname_p2_weekend3_2, etc
Label your contact sheet lastname_firstname_p2_cs_3 and turn into your shared Google Drive folder under Projects>Project 2. Due by 4PM.
Tuesday/Wednesday 10/16-10/17: Printing demo. YOU MUST HAVE YOUR LETTER SIZED PAPER BY TODAY. Thursday/Friday 10/18-10-19: Work day: print and edit your images.
Monday 10/22/18: FINAL FILES DUE
You must turn in your 10 final, processed PSD files via Google Drive by midnight.
Label your files lastname_firstname_p2_narrative_final_1, lastname_firstname_p2_narrative_final_2, etc. Place in your Project 2 folder on Google Drive.
Tuesday/Wednesday 10/21-10/22: FINAL CRITIQUE/PRINTS DUE
Final critique for Project 2. You will turn in your 5 prints for critique and your final grade.