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ABOUT PHOTO TWO

This course focuses on how the visual and verbal narrative inter relates through time and space. Principle of storytelling, narrative, structures, rhythm, audience and point of view will be developed.

Introduction to Photography (GD1125) provided students with both a working knowledge of the camera and a basic understanding of the concepts of looking. The second level of photography was therefore designed with an emphasis on applying those skills in practical applications. The initial class lectures emphasized elements such as the golden ratio and explored how students could look at the creation of a photograph in the same way that they consider the creation of a drawing or painting. Projects emphasized both planning and outcome, pushing students toward constructing an image rather than taking a snapshot. Readings were discussed during the planning stages of each of the three projects, highlighting characteristics of originality, social impact and personal expression.

Each of the first two projects required a series of photos that informed and interacted with each other. And each project explored the various purposes of the photographic image. The first project, portraiture, lead students into a discussion of the difference between a portrait and a “picture of a person” and the second project, photo essay, asked if photographs could tell a coherent and compelling story without the aid of text.

The final project was designed as a professional photo shoot, with the students becoming both photographer and art director. Advertising concepts were researched and created by one student (the art director) and communicated to another (the photographer) to create a finished piece combining their talents. Weekly class exercises reinforced this idea of communication, pairing students in sharing of equipment and assisting in each other’s shoots.

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