PROJECT 1: WORD!

 Xyza Cruz Bacani

Xyza Cruz Bacani

PROJECT 1: WORD!

This project is designed to challenge your observation skills in relationship to photography and image-making. Learn how to use the camera, and other darkroom tools, to produce images of people, places and things that you believe go unnoticed. Use your acquired darkroom skills to produce full tonal range prints.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Understand basic 35mm camera operation
  • How to manipulate light (contrast, dodge, burn)
  • Understand and use different points of view
  • Understand and use basic design elements
  • Can process black and white film
  • Can process back and white darkroom paper
  • Can produce a Full Tonal Range Print

WHAT YOU TURN IN

4 - Excellent Prints (contrast of your choices)

TOTAL POINTS

100

MATERIALS

35mm SLR Camera

35mm Film 

Exposed Film / Contact Sheet

Photo Paper (RCVC)

WORD (wurd)
1. A unit of language, consisting of one of more spoken sounds of their written interpretation.
2. Interjection; An exclamation of agreement and appreciation, used when someone has said something important or profound.
3. Speech, talk, text or lyrics.

 Ordinary Lives, Rania Matar

Ordinary Lives, Rania Matar

UNDOCUMENTED (noun)

  1. Not recorded in or proved by documents.

  2. Not having the appropriate legal document or license.

Part of our responsibility as photographers, is to share images and perspectives that can educate our society.  What are some people, places and things that you think others should know about?  Document what you think people need to know.  Collect a group of photographs that show a unique experience and knowledge that you acquire through observation.  Use the opportunity to learn about something new, or something that you've always wanted to learn more about.  Have fun and BE SAFE.  All project ideas must be discussed with the instructor.

 Ordinary Lives, Rania Matar

Ordinary Lives, Rania Matar

DODGING is a SUBTRACTIVE process.  This will help you lighten things within the print during the initial exposure.  Here you can block the light in order to see things that may appear too dark.  You can use a dodging wand for this, make your own out of cardboard and wire.  You can also easily contort your hands to fit any pattern you want!

 
 Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier

 Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier

START HERE.

There are many di erent ways to approaches this assignment and only you know the right answer.

Some things to consider:
1. What does this word mean? Do research.
2. What does this word mean to you?
3. What types of places, objects or people can you use?
4. What thoughts, experiences or memories come to mind?
5. What type of experience do you want to create for your audience?

THINK.

Everyone comes from di erent experiences, which influences our way of thinking and seeing the world around us. So much of what we understand is dictated by what we allow ourselves to see. I will not be specif- ic in telling you what to shoot for this assignment. I am interested in seeing how you understand these words. Remember that your challenge this semester is to learn about how you see and what you feel is relevant in the world. Take the time to SLOW DOWN. You will be surprised by what you see when you give yourself the time to see it. I am interested in what the word means to you- not necessary how others understand it.

What do you visualize when you think of this word? Use your camera to bring these thoughts to life! What is the quality of light on your subject? How does this light e ect your relationship to this word? What values do you see? Why are you thinking about what you are thinking about when this word crosses your mind? Answer these questions and use the answers to help guide your design choices.

 
 

STUDENT WORK

 
 Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier

 Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier

PRINTING WITH PURPOSE.

Remember shooting the film is only half the battle! Be flexible with your ideas and know that they may change and evolve during the printing process. In the darkroom, you will have control of the language of your image. You will learn to manipulate light to enhance the purpose and meaning to your print. Your image may change as you learn to operate the tools in the darkroom, consider the value of your print and what type of mood you want to create in your photograph. How will these values shift the meaning of the word?

 

Line - vertical v. diagonal
Value - love contrast v. high contrast Shape - geometric v. organic Texture - actual v. simulated
Color - pre v. post color

Balance - symmetry v. asymmetry Unity - object or shape relationships Rhythm - movement and pattern Emphasis - point of focus

Continuity - frame direction / relation

 Taryn Simon

Taryn Simon

 Taryn Simon

Taryn Simon

UNDOCUMENTED ARTISTS

  • Vivian Maier
  • Richard Avedon
  • Taryn Simon
  • Rania Matar
 
 The American West, Richard Avedon

The American West, Richard Avedon

 The American West, Richard Avedon

The American West, Richard Avedon

The project images can vary in content but should all come from the same source or idea.  Think of the individual images and how they communicate with each other in a group.  Consider what you want the viewer to learn and what images you need to share your story.  What people, places and objects do you need to give someone an authentic experience?

 Cathy Galusha, 2011

Cathy Galusha, 2011

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 Santi Arriaga, 2012

Santi Arriaga, 2012

 Santi Arriaga, 2012

Santi Arriaga, 2012

EXERCISES

2:1 CONTACT SHEET

2:2 SPLIT FILTER

2:3 PUSH PROCESSING

PROJECT

2: UNDOCUMENTED