Monday, September 14, 2015

Create > Contemporary Issue Photo Essay

Create > Contemporary Issue Photo Essay

A social, ethical or moral issue can be visually signified.

Create a series of 12 related images portraying your views on a contemporary issue.

Access Prior Knowledge:
Instructional Strategy
  • Cues and Questions
Learning Activity
Social Dialogue > Socratic Seminar > What are you passionate about?

New Information:
Instructional Strategy
  • Cooperative Learning
Learning Activity
Research > Sample contemporary photo essays

Instructional Strategy
  • Deepen Understanding
Learning Activity
Understand >
Apply Knowledge & Skills:
Instructional Strategy
  • Nonlinguistic Representations
Learning Activity
Create > Contemporary Issue Photo Essay
  1. Portray your views on a contemporary issue such as: politics, gun control, endangered species, capital punishment, terrorism, poverty, open campus, women’s issues...  
  2. Choose and research a topic of importance or special interest to you that will be the subject of your own social-documentary project, presented in the form of a photo essay.  
  3. Present the essay as a series of 12 related photographs focusing on a specific topic.
  4. Include captions or other meaningful text.

Trigger Mechanisms: Empathize, Symbolize

Getting Started:
  1. Write down topics for your photo essays
  2. Brainstorm ideas for how to visually express them.
  3. Brainstorm interview questions for individuals you may photograph as part of the project.
  4. List the strategies for telling your story, keeping in mind the definition of “social documentary.”
  5. Research your topic then write a plan summarizing the story you hope to tell in photos.
  6. Create a title for the essay.
  7. Shoot a whole lot of photographs for your photo essay. The images should collectively tell the key story you defined and described earlier.
  8. During photo shoot, interview their subjects and record responses.
  9. Select texts from your interview materials and draft any captions for images you will include in the final grouping of images.  
  10. From your series of photographs, choose the essential ones to crop and edit.
  11. Prepare these essential essay photographs for printing.  
  12. Lay out your photo essay prints and texts.
  13. Mount and artfully arrange your images on heavy tag board interspersing them with text derived from your interviews. (This approach approximates the way in which photo essays were most often presented in magazines and other publications.)
  14. Include a final 50 to 100 word written essay summarizing of your contemporary issue.
  15. You may also make accordion books in which to present their images.  
  16. Read the Handout titled How to Make Art Books. >

Generalize, Reflect & Publish:
Instructional Strategy
  • Evaluate the results
Learning Activity
Reflect > Should I go back and rework anything?
  • How did you combine art elements (line, color, shape, texture, value)  to develop art principles? (Unity/variety, balance, emphasis contrast, rhythm, proportion/scale, figure/ground relationship)
  • Where are the dominant shapes, forms, colors, or textures that carry expressive significance?
  • Why Is the work ordered and balanced or chaotic and disturbing?
  • What gives the work its uniqueness?
  • Is symbolism used in the work to convey meaning other than what one sees?
  • Does the work evoke any feelings?

Instructional Strategy
  • Providing Recognition
Learning Activity
Publish > Share your album to our G+Community > Concepts & Creations category
Display > Add your photos to the Event

Instructional Strategy
  • Providing Feedback
Learning Activity
Critique >
  • Give positive feedback > +1 every image that deserves it
  • Give peer feedback > Give 2 peer images a VTS critique >
Self-assess >