EXERCISE 2:1 CONTACT SHEET
This exercise will force you to think about all 36 frames at once. Create a contact sheet where all the image have some type of relationship or interaction with each other. Consider the contact sheet as 1 entire photo.
“To see the entire contact sheet from a photo shoot is a rare and strangely intimate experience, almost like reading a photographer's diary. It's fascinating to see how the artist's eye wanders, how the mind works, how a scene evolves.”
-Claire O’Neill, The Art of the Contact Sheet
WHAT YOU TURN IN
1 - Excellent Contact Sheet
1 roll 35mm Film
Photo Paper 8x10 RC or FB
THE CONTACT SHEET
A contact sheet is a positive print of all the negative images from one film roll, made by a contact printing process so that all the images are the same size as the negative. A contact sheet is a useful way of seeing which are the best images on a film so you can decide which ones to make enlargements from.
Contact sheets, which used to be indispensable to the process of photography, are now a part of its archaeology. Before the arrival of the digital camera, which instantly made them obsolete, they were at once "a record of one's shooting, a tool for editing, and an index to an archive of negatives".
THE CONTACT SHEET AS ART
As the digital age grows more popular, and the use for Contact Sheets becomes more obsolete, a creative use of this form as emerged. Photographers are playing with the form of the Contact Sheet and have taken on the challenge of how to organize and pre-visualize these images in-camera. Like a puzzle, these photographers create interesting compositions, that tell a story with the support of all its surrounding frames.
TYPES OF CONTACT SHEET ART
There are several solutions to this Exercise, but here are some points of interest to jump off from:
A Contact Sheet that essentially looks like a puzzle, all the different frames line up perfectly to make a complete scene or portrait. This requires very careful in-camera composition and precision measuring.
ABSTRACTION + STYLIZED
This can be done in both a pre-planned or unplanned fashion. An abstract form can be created with the careful placement of various objects. Or you can shoot at random and organize your frames after the film has been developed. You may want to consider if the numbers on the film play an important roll.
NARRATIVE + CONCEPTUAL
Tell a story that reveals a relationship between the subject matter and the form of the Contact Sheet. How does the structure of the Contact Sheet make an impact on the understanding of the content? What type of mood or feelings are you trying to reveal? Don’t forget that you can apply techniques like dodging and burning to your Contact Sheets- treat them just like normal prints!
1:2 CONTRAST FILTERS
1:3 DODGE + BURN