STUDENT WORK

Composition Assignment

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Another semester of my “Special Projects in Photography” classes is drawing to a close, and I continue to enjoy it. One regular assignment, “Composition”, is presented as a photographic scavenger hunt. We were given three pages of graphic shapes-grids swirls, polka dots, zig zags, and other patterns. Last semester, we were told to team up with a fellow student, go out onto campus and the surrounding neighborhood, find these shapes, photograph them, and present them to the class in slideshow format the following week.

Composition Assignment

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Assignments are good. They instill much needed discipline, and I especially like this type because they force me out of my comfort zone. This morning, I read a quote that reflects my own photographic experience -a photographer said something like “I am not good at being consciously creative”. I think I can make a good photograph, but when I try too hard to be “photographic”, I often fail. I view these composition assignments as exercises, and try to be as spontaneous as possible when shooting. My “finished” work tends to reflect my reality, but I know that I am not going to put these images into a portfolio. I feel free to use camera movement and  push the sliders to distort and abstract the images.

We took a few hundred pics that night, my submissions are here.

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Composition Assignment

As Terry Allen would say (http://terryallenartmusic.com/, “It ain’t Art, but it ain’t bad”.

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