Photo Essay Project
Calling all iPhone owners and writers!
Announcing my latest community experience:
The Photo Essay Project.
STARTS SEP 26, 2011 // 5 WEEKS // INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEY INCLUDED
If you love to take photos with your iPhone and you love to write, this course is for you!
What it is:
The Photo Essay Project is an iPhone exclusive community experience where you will:
SEE: the world around you. In this course, we will get out in the world with our iPhones. We will be using our eyes to move from looking at ourselves to looking at the world and others. We will use what we see to tell our stories or to tell the stories of others.
TELL: without the pressure of a longer manuscript, we delve into the writing style of the photo essay which is wide open to us to pick and choose or be collagists from the genres of journalism, prose-poetry, memoir, and poetry.
CONNECT: If happiness was to be found in focusing on ourselves, we would surely be happy by now! I deeply believe that happiness in found in connecting with others and connecting to the world. With the iPhone in hand, our perception and awareness is naturally and easily changed in amazing ways.
DOCUMENT: A photo-essay, or photographic essay, is a set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story or evoke a series of emotions in the viewer. A photo essay will often show pictures in deep emotional stages.
Photo essays range from purely photographic works to photographs with captions or small notes to full text essays with a few or many accompanying photographs.
Photo essays can be sequential in nature, intended to be viewed in a particular order, or they may consist of non-ordered photographs that may be viewed all at once or in an order chosen by the viewer.
There is an inter-relationship between photo essays and documentary photography, street photography, and photojournalism.
SHARE: telling stories with photos can be powerful and highly communicative. To see ourselves in others and in the world is an expansive and tenderizing endevour.
We will be telling the story of our photos with singularity or as a thematic continuum over the course of the project. Yes, this class will be a Photo Essay course.
How does it work?
The course will run for 5 weeks.
Week 1 is preparation week. This is when you set up your Tumblr blog, Instagram account and familiarize yourself with both platforms.
Week 2 to 5 you will be given a photography and writing assignment that will send you out into the world to capture with your iPhone and your words.
The photography assignments are designed to get you progressively outside your comfort zone both photographically and emotionally.
The writing assignments are designed to support that weeks photo assignment as well as support the overall essay if you choose to have a complete thematic work over the month, which I hope you will.
Worried it will be beyond your technical abilities?
We will be working with:
- iPhone and iPhone apps
I will be making recommendations for iPhone apps to use for photo processing as well as support you in setting up your Tumblr blog and Instagram account. Because I am not the most tech-savvy gal out there, the apps I will recommend are very user-friendly and bring amazing results that you will have so much fun with.
Each participant will be encouraged to set up a Tumblr blog where we will upload our photos on a specified day. We will circulate a list of everyone’s Tumblr site URL prior to the first posting day assignment so we can surf around and see and comment on what everyone is doing.
The reason we are choosing Tumblr instead of a Flickr group is we want to use the Tumblr site as a virtual gallery for your project in a continuum in one place so that people can see the flow and narration of your photo essay. Posting to Flickr becomes a clusterf*#k of images that is difficult to view.
But don’t worry, I am one of the most technically challenged people on the planet and I made my Tumblr site all alone from my iPhone!
Everyone will also get onto Instagram and we will have a hashtag specifically for the project. Best thing: from Instagram, you can upload directly to your Tumblr site.
So in summary:
Each week you will receive to your inbox that week’s assignment, and a week later, everyone will post to their Tumblr sites that photo essay.
During the week, I will be doing an interactive live Q & A/teaching/inspiration call that you can attend live or at your own convenience (it will be recorded). I will be talking about apps, my approach and process and anything under the sun that you want to know or discuss. There will be an opportunity for you to submit your questions to me either by email or live on the call.
What you will get from the course:
- new connections with other like-minded people
- new iPhone photo app know-how
- exposure to other people’s stories and artistic expression which is often extremely inspiring
- practice in learning to write a photo essay
- a designated arena to stretch your imagination
- the wonderful combination of photos and words for a story
- interaction with fear
- a complete photo essay
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