TMI PHOTOGRAPHY I Project 7: Final Project - Open Theme
“The things that are close to you are the things you can photograph the best. And unless you photograph what you love, you are not going to make good art.” – Sally Mann
Goal: Create and print a series of 10 strong, cohesive photographs towards a series you will work on throughout the months of April and May. Your choice of subject matter is open—you get to choose what you want to make photographs about, upon receiving approval toward your submitted proposal.
For this project, You will work towards a long form project based on an approved proposal. The goal of this is to get you acclimated to the idea of working toward a project over time. You will research different artists whose work lines up with your interests. You will then write a detailed proposal describing the details of what you want to photograph, how you want to photograph it, and why. Once approved, you will begin shooting towards your project. This will be a long form project—you will spend several weeks shooting towards your project, so be sure to pick an idea that you want to stick with. Be prepared to reshoot and rework your ideas—practice is one of the best way to improve your skills as a photographer.
For your final critique, you will turn in 10 cohesive, strong prints, with at least 6 of these printed on your large sized paper.
Friday, 4/16/21: You will use class time to research artists whose work you are interested in. You will then write a 1 page minimum (single space, size 12 font) proposal for the project you want to work on. Be sure to include these things in the proposal:
What subject matter you want to shoot and WHY.
What you hope to accomplish by undergoing this project. (Examples: I want to become a better photographer, I want to use photography as a tool for social justice, I want to use photography to document and explore my relationship with my sibling, etc.)
What you hope your audience will get out of your project—You should care about how others react to your work. Think hard about this.
How you plan to shoot. Will you use a specific lens/focal length? Will you shoot at a certain time of day or in a certain location? Will your final output be in color or black and white?
Where and when you plan to shoot. You might find it helpful to draw up a timeline for yourself.
How do you envision the final presentation of this project? (Example: a series of large, black and white prints that will hang in the refectory.)
Be sure to include the works of at least 3 artists you are researching for inspiration. You may choose to talk about a specific series an artist shot, or maybe their general style across several bodies of work. You may also talk about how an artist shows/hangs their work for exhibition. Think about the artists we have discussed in class or that you have seen in museums or galleries—they do not all have to photographers. Include an example of each artists' work in your proposal.
You will type your proposal in the word processing application of your choice. Your proposal must be 1 page long, size 12 point font, single spaced. Turn in a digital copy of your proposal to your Project 7 folder in Google Drive labeled lastnme_firstname_p7_proposal. This is due by 8 AM on Monday, 4/19/21. Failure to turn this in on time will result in no credit for the assignment.
Monday, 4/19/21:We will discuss your proposals together as a class—your peers will give you feedback. I will give you final approval before class is over so you can begin shooting. Over the weekend, you will shoot 200 images towards your approved proposal.
Monday, 4/26/21: You will use class time to import your homework images and create a contact sheet. Label your contact sheet lastname_firstname_p7_cs_1 and turn it into your Project 7 folder in Google Drive. This is due by midnight for a grade. During class time, I will also demo how to use the clone stamp and healing brush tools in Photoshop.
Friday, 4/30/21: Work day to prep for your weekend homework. You may use this time to check out equipment, work on a shot list, etc. You will shoot 200 images towards your project over the long weekend.
Monday, 5/3/21: You will use class time to import your homework images and create a contact sheet. Label your contact sheet lastname_firstname_p7_cs_2 and turn it into your Project 7 folder in Google Drive. This is due by midnight for a grade.
Friday, 5/7/21: Work day to process your images and prep for your final weekend shooting homework. Over the weekend, you will shoot 200 images towards your project.
Monday, 5/10/21: You will use class time to import your homework images and create a contact sheet. Label your contact sheet lastname_firstname_p7_cs_3 and turn it into your Project 7 folder in Google Drive. This is due by midnight for a grade.
Monday-Wednesday, 5/17-19 Final Critique! On this day, you will turn in for a grade:
10 final prints, with at least 6 of those printed on paper larger than letter size
10 final high res digital files (PSD) to your Project 7 folder in Google Drive. Label your files lastname_firstname_p7_final_1, lastname_firstname_p7_final_2, etc.