ART1011 FINAL PROJECT
As your final assignment for ART1011, you will tell a story using sequential images. A minimum of five images must be used, and no more than seven are allowed. Images must be mounted and presented at Final Crit.
Working With Photography Themes
Working with themes is a great way to practice your photographic skills. When choosing a theme you can choose:
- Similar subject matter (war, poverty, sports, doors etc)
- Similar technical composition (all black and white photographs, all negative space photographs)
- Similar mood or feeling (representation of love, anger, fear etc).
It’s good to learn how to work within themes because if you ever want to create a photography portfolio, most art directors and curators want to see them organized by a particular theme. Likewise, if you’ll ever have your work shown in a gallery a theme is a must. Galleries will never just place a mishmash of photos up on their walls. They need to be organized in some type of thematic grouping.
Urban Exploration; Street Portraits; Letters or Numbers; Vintage Signs; Set-up Scenes; Social Issues; Abstraction/Conceptual; Textures; Music; Emotions; Reflections; Shadows; Self Portraits; Perspective; Night; Specific Objects (tattoos, couches, whatever!)
Making Photo Essays
Taking a thematic approach in photography is like writing an essay. You want it to tell a story, take a stand, give examples, allow for debate and have your work organized in such a way that it’s understandable to the general public.
Like a writer, a photographer is a story teller. However, instead of using words you’ll use pictures. Although a series of pictures that make up a photo essay can be taken in a single day, they more often are taken over a longer period of time as photographers spend more time with his or her subjects. When telling stories about a specific neighborhood, for example, the photographer may return to the neighborhood for months or even years.
Photographers gain a special understanding of their photo essay subject because they are around the subject for a period of time. As a result, the photographer learns where and when he or she is most likely to capture the best pictures as the photo essay develops.
Final critique date is Thursday Dec 15 at 10AM – (NOTE THE TIME!)
Attendance is required – no excuses accepted. If you are late or leave early, you will receive an “F” for the final critique (150 points). If you miss the final critique entirely, you will receive an “F” for the course.
Bring your final assignment, any past assignments overdue, and your binder of negatives, contacts and prints.
The grade you earn is based on the following point accumulation: Critiques 1, 2, 3a, 3b (50 points each) Critique 4 (100 points); quizzes and essays (150 points total); term paper (100 points); your final critique (150 points); your binder (50 points); your class participation (250 points).