Hello, let’s talk about taking photos

Here is the key:
It is all about sharing your experience.
That’s it.


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?

#DrakeServes Handout

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

 
 

INTENTIONALITY

Photos tell stories and shape perceptions
so be intentional about the message you want to convey

 
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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?

 
 

PERCEPTION

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?

 
A photograph is shaped more by the person behind the camera than by what's in front of it. To prove this we invited six photographers to a portrait session with a twist. 'Decoy' is one of six experiments from The Lab, designed to shift creative thinking behind the lens.
 
 
 

Fisherman

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Alcoholic

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Millionaire

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Convict

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Life Saver

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Psychic

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I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.
— Joseph Campbell

Here is a simple example of story structure:

TELLING A STORY

 
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TELLING A STORY WITH PHOTOGRAPHY

A way of certifying experience, taking photographs is also a way of refusing it - by limiting experience to a search for the photogenic, by converting experience into an image, a souvenir. Travel becomes a strategy for accumulating photographs.
— Susan Sontag, “On Photography”

Why do we tell a story though photography?
- Isolation vs. Exploration

Storytelling elements using photography:

  • Light

  • Composition

  • Familiarity (Nostalgia)

  • Motion

  • Background

  • Focus

  • Angle

  • Surroundings

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:

Buildings 

Patterns 

Grafitti 

Trash 

Nature 

Getting on/off bus 

Signs 

Accessibility 

How to navigate  

Emotion
Neighborhoods

Power 

People waiting for the bus 

Food/Drink 

Comfort 

Other Riders 

Clothing 

Shoes 

Bags 

Hands 

Colors
*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?


*Let’s practice

PHOTOGRAPHING OTHER PEOPLE

 
 

MY EXPERIENCE

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

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I focused on patterns

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I focused the terminal

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Whatever story you tell, it matters.

Be honest to YOUR story and know what you are bringing to the table.


FINISHING UP


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