So, as all of you know, I have been working on a 365 project since the beginning of July as a way of filling time over the summer, but also as a physical reminder of showing an interesting thing or person that I met that day.
So, these are the first 3 posts since getting back to Clark on Sunday and officially kicking off my 4 months of zero social media presence.
I am going to be posting these photographs in posts of 3 images with the number, the date, and the person, place, or thing that I document.
So. For those of you who have been keeping up with my fall semester photography project, titled: “A Conversation”, you all know that I have photographed quite a few humans.
Before this project, I had never shot a portrait. So, to practice, I made a plan: to meet people at Clark who would be comfortable with me photographing them. Good amount of people were interested, and out of the 45-ish people who expressed interest, I got the chance to shoot about 30-ish people. The project first started out pretty small, photographing about 3 to 4 people per week, and on average about 200-300 shots per person. However, time went on, and as my skills with my all manual lens (a new addition to my kit) got better, people started to notice more and more the job that I was doing. People were posting the photographs on their instagram’s and social media and after certain shoots, a lot of people came up to me and wanted to be photographed as well.
At times, it was very overwhelming. I would be telling a lie if I said every shoot went perfectly and every shot was a work of art, because that was far from the reality. Soon, mid way into the project, I stepped back and analyzed all the photos I had taken through the mid way point and I understood why people were getting excited — the photos were real. They had their own aesthetic. Even though the humans I was photographing were all unique in their own ways, there was a common thread which ran through all the portraits: the frozen shots were immortalized moments within a conversation that portrayed them how they really are (at least from my point of view). I wanted them to feel comfortable talking to me whatever they wanted to talk to me about — i gave them the space and it was such a humbling experience to get to know the humans who made the Clark community as rich and vibrant as it is now.
Honestly, I can say that this project has given me a unique insight on how I use photography to connect with the people around me. The search for a genuine connection is really the main focus of my photos, emphasizing the spontaneity of a moment that is unique.
And I would not want it to be any other way.
But, Here are the best shots (1 for each person 🙂 ) No particular order.
Honestly, I can confidently say Quinn Mitchell (@quinnmitchell1 on insta) makes for one of the best friends ive had in a super long time. She is an incredible human being who has one of the best ranges of facial expressions that I have ever caught on camera.
I wanted to show who I think Quinn really is, and here she is:
More portrait photography, this time featuring Bao Kim (@baozergram on insta), a sophomore and good friend of mine. Ive been working on a self organized project titled Oscuro, where I do mini photoshoots of people combined with natural shadows that occur during Golden Hour (equates to roughly 2pm to 5pm, when the suns rays are at its harshest, and right before sundown) in and around campus.
Ive been shooting people since the beginning of the semester (im going to post those in the next post), and so far, so good.
Todays shoot was near a fence, messing with the diamond shaped shadows.
My photographical experimentation today centered around the fact that I didnt know the surrouding areas to Clark University. So I did some exploring, and here are my results:
Ive also been making a concentrated effort to make my photographs more moody and emotive when looked upon. Still trying to figure out my style as well, and condensing my daily shots to subjects that really matter to me.