(Adapted from an assignment by David Rees, chair of the Photojournalism faculty)
Think about your personal background and where you will find people who will be like you. Also think about those who would be different from you in age, gender, ethnicity, race, etc., and where you would go to meet them.
Determine a plan to introduce yourself to six people you’ve never met before. Some should be “similar” to you, but more of them should be, on the surface at least, very different from you.
Now go out into Columbia, the countryside or any other Boone County town. Interview the six people (and take notes), and make a picture of each (you should take multiple frames of each person). For your caption information be sure to spell her/his name correctly, record direct quotes and gather other relevant information, including the person’s age (which should be included in the caption; set off by commas after the name, e.g.: Jane Doe, 22, ….). Also, be sure to get phone number or email address in case you want to verify information or ask additional questions.
Take two kinds of photos: medium shots, where your subject is the primary focus set against a distinct backdrop that (ideally) tells us something about her/him; and tight shots, where you fill the frame with only the head and shoulders of a person (composed vertically, i.e., turn the camera sideways).
Choose three of your best shots of three different people — including at least one tight shot — to submit.
Next, write a brief paragraph about each subject.
Once you have everything ready go…
Also, you will need to write a self-critique about the assignment discussing what you learned about photography and about how you interact with people who are different from you. (You can either post this critique to your blog, or email it to your instructor. This is due at the same time as the assignment, and it only applies to Seeing Color A.)----------Posted on August 25, 2011 by admin in 7802