Hello, let’s talk about taking photos
Here is the key:
It is all about sharing your experience.
1) What is proper etiquette and ethics (as well as safety considerations) while photographing in public spaces.
2) How photos tell stories and shape perceptions.
3) What subjects/images or moments of time might be documented with this project.
WHAT ARE WE GOING TO BE TALKING ABOUT?
What is in your covenant of best practices?
YOUR PHOTO RIGHTS
What are some things that stand out to you on this?
Why are these rules important?
How does this specifically relate to you?
Overgeneralized and not formal law advice, comes down to these things:
- You can take photos if it is on public property
- Ask for permission to take photos of people to avoid any issues
- Do the right thing when sharing photos and images
Photos tell stories and shape perceptions
so be intentional about the message you want to convey
What does a photo say about a photographer?
What does it mean for me to capture a photograph?
What does it mean for me to capture a photograph of someone else?
What do we bring to an experience?
How does your past influence you in the present?
How are you feeling about the project so far?
- Ride 5 times
- Reflective Journals
- Observation Notes
What lens are you looking at this project though?
- Will that lens change the outcome of the project?
What are you fears, your hesitations, your judgements before you even ride?
- Will that change the outcome?
Here is a simple example of story structure:
TELLING A STORY
TELLING A STORY WITH PHOTOGRAPHY
Why do we tell a story though photography?
- Isolation vs. Exploration
Storytelling elements using photography:
How is photography different from other media forms (video, painting, drawing, etc.)
2) What subjects/images or moments of time might be documented.
*START WITH ONE BRICK
Suggestions of what you can take photos of with your project:
Getting on/off bus
How to navigate
People waiting for the bus
*Most anything else
TELLING THIS STORY ABOUT RIDING A BUS
If I had a camera in my hands and came up to you, what would I need to do to gain your respect and trust?
How do you get permission?
Let’s make it personal:
- How do you feel when someone approaches you?
- How do they treat you?
- How can you break the ice?
- How can you create comfort and trust?
How can you take photos without exploiting people?
PHOTOGRAPHING OTHER PEOPLE
Advice: Do what is needed, then get the good stuff.
I rode the DART bus for the first time ever yesterday.
My experience and observations (don’t compare):
I met Ruth
I focused on patterns
I focused the terminal
Whatever story you tell, it matters.
Be honest to YOUR story and know what you are bringing to the table.