Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Project 1: Scavenger Hunt

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” - Henri Cartier-Bresson

'it takes 10,000 hours of deliberate practice at something to be good at it" - Malcolm Gladwell

For our first project, you will be given a list of 25 words or phrases. You must create a photograph for EACH word/phrase. You will be graded on concept and completion, composition/technique, and creative approaches to each response. 

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. 

What is due? 250 exposures due in class Wednesday Jan 23rd.  Bring your camera with the images on them

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:

1. Unexpected
2. Lines
3. Sharp
4. Blue
5. Hard
6. Round
7. Fabric
8. Busy
9. Smelly
10. Beautiful
11. Translucent
12. Wrong
13. Monochromatic (but not black and white)
14. Tiny
15. Something that you love
16. Veins
17. Framed
18. Wet
19. Young
20. Old
21. Tilted
22. Silhouette
23. Cold
24. Giant
        25.   Something that you Fear

You may immediately have an idea for each word....I want you to avoid that one and consider your second or third ideas. Most of us will have the same initial idea when approaching a theme or idea for a photograph. this idea will likely end up being cliche and unoriginal. 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.

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.

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