The layout was furnished and the photographers had to shoot to a fixed set of parameters. Size and position of the type could not change.
Project 52 members sharing recent work.
“These four images come from a larger selection of images that I recently shot for The Cheese Lover’s Cookbook, so the common thread is, of course, cheese. The cookbook author made most of the food, and we worked together to style the shots—and sample the food. Bonus. I was grateful that Don had said over and over “Shoot to layout!” because I had the sense to ask for image size. Finding out the images were expected to fill an 8×9 page was extremely helpful—limiting, but helpful.
This set is probably not as personal as Don had expected for this final assignment, but I’m submitting them because they represent something important to me—my first paying commercial photography assignment. At the beginning of Project 52, Don had said he hoped everyone would get at least one paying commercial gig before the Project was over. I was pretty sure I was going to be the exception because I had so much more to learn than everybody else. Surprise! I got a gig. And it kicked my butt…but I learned a lot.”
“This project grew out of some recent discussions about drawing inspiration from anyone, anything, and everything around you. I admit, I drew a lot of inspiration for this idea from Irene Liebler’s series she did across last year of Common and Idiomatic Phrases – Feet To The Fire, Leaving The Nest, and so on. I thought that idea would be something I could do in my own style. I love her work, but I don’t see the world the way she does, and that’s a Good Thing™. I love that, having seen it week in and week out, we can all take the same subject and come up with completely different results.
I am doing this idea of taking old proverbs, common phrases, and idioms because it will lead to some interesting photographic possibilities, and be expandable far beyond a 5-10 shot series. I like this personal project for me, specifically, because those possibilities can extend through all of the artistic forms I enjoy working with, from portraits to still life, composites, and a whole lot of concept work. Heh, concept work: This was the area I really wanted to concentrate on for this last P52 project, as I see it as needing the most development in my own artistic growth going forward.
I hope you enjoy the series. I did!”
Check it out for some wonderful portrait work.
“I chose to make a series of portraits of a single person. I chose this project because I am very interested in everything that constitutes a person as it is important to me to capture who a person is not just a pretty picture. I photographed parts of the subject, which progressively make up the most of the entire individual but never completely. We made many images and it was difficult to limit the choices and parts to create a whole person. Is it just parts of the body, personal interests or a combination of both? I changed my choices a hundred times as she also loves reading, writing and hot chocolate. Choosing an editing style was also difficult because finding a style that suited all the images was a challenge. I feel like I captured a part of her being – attractive, edgy, confident, private, and capable… We shot outdoors at different times over a couple day to maximize the effects of the sun. I brought strobes and flashes but only ended up using the sun and reflectors.”