Through My Eyes Assignment Part 2:
Often we use photographs to document the big stuff of life–weddings, birthdays, graduations, celebrations. But it is our daily lives that build up time, space, encounter, and place into a palimpsest that creates the complexity of our experiences. These small daily moments are just as important as the big ones.
Your Main Assignment:
Step 1: Keep your camera with you for several days (at least three).
Step 2: Take photographs constantly to document your daily life. Keep in mind all you are learning about taking photographs.
Step 3: Take more than one shot of your subject matter. (For example if the morning light casts interesting shadows across your desk, take at least 4 or 5 photographs of your desk experimenting with framing, point of view, negative spaces and the rule of thirds. )
If you are being mindful of your daily life and working with your camera constantly, you will take many photographs, perhaps 100 or more. After a few days have passed, begin sorting through your photographs and create a gallery of your top 8 images.
**NOTE: These 8 images are different than your “good, better, best” warm up images.Make sure to distinguish the main assignment from the warm up assignment.**
Step 4: Post the date, time, and location of each photograph. Label and narrate each one for the viewer. Explain your photography process, your decision making. You are essentially curating a gallery, telling a story with your photographs. Consider, what the story is you want to tell the viewer with your images, what words are needed to bring the images alive?