We have looked at the lives of several world famous photographers. All of them have one thing in common: They tell stories. They spend time listening and getting to know people, and they spend time looking… looking at their faces, their surroundings, what is important to them.
Your final course project will be worth 40% of your term 3 grade. Here is the challenge:
Find a compelling, interesting, unique story to tell. The story can include a person (grand parent), group of people (friends family, workers at the local 7-11) or subject that is influenced by people (impacted nature, industrial landscape). Get to know these people/places by spending time with them where they live or work. Go with them to a place where they feel comfortable. You must spend at least 24 hours with them in total.
After each time you spend with them write down as much as you can remember about them. Write down your impressions of them and their life. Make up your own questions and interview them. It would be a good idea to use your phone/video device to record their responses instead of writing them while you interview, although the recording is not mandatory. Then listen to the recording and type out the interview.
Only after spending 4 hours with them, are you allowed to compose any images of them or their surroundings.
Photograph whatever about them and their surroundings you find visually interesting. Tell their story through the images. Look at and read example articles in National Geographic. Use the advice on p182 of your textbook.
Done in a photojournalism style similar to National Geographic, your final project must include 8 - 10 strong compositions. You must fill 4 double page spreads with text and images, images taking about 75% of the space overall. Include typed paragraphs with interview content, photo-journalist’s impressions and photo captions. Page layout is up to you. We will use InDesign to do this just like your magazine cover design.
Include at least one of the special photo techniques you recently learned your self or from classmates
All images will be marked based on the composition methods and technical skills taught through out the course.
You will check your work with me on a regular basis to make sure you are on the right track.
DUE Monday, May 27 work will be included in a big art show for Grades 9 – 12
Here is some advice paraphrased from National Geographic
Emulate how our mind freezes significant moments in time and remembers that moment and our emotional connection to that moment.
Reminds people of something from their own experience
Unique composition / angle
Shows connections between people and subjects
Tells a big story in a focused way
You have to get to know your subject, spend time with them.
Can challenge the viewer and photographer to confront controversial issues
Makes a personal connection with viewers.
Can be a tool for positive change.