“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.”
Project 52 Member shares recent work.
“Concept: a girl who carries her dreams in a suitcase. These dreams aren’t plans, or in any way constructive – they are merely a distraction from the beautiful, fleeting moments that life places in front of her. Yet they are so dominant over her, so heavy, that they spill out of the suitcase and intertwine with the real world… and still she carries them around.”
Project 52 Members share some of their recent project work over the next five posts.
“Environmental Portraits & Personal Branding. Through the course of the year of the Project 52, I found that my favorite subject to shoot is people. I especially love to photograph people doing what they love to do. All of the people in these photographs work for themselves, determine their own hours, their own schedules, and have built their worlds out of a passion for their work. I wanted to tell the story of what they do when that was possible. I went to each of their houses and photographed the story of their day. These images, combined with written stories, will be used on my blog to promote my marketing plan, which is to help people get beyond stock photography on their websites and social media. To help small businesses have beautiful images that tell their stories, so their customers can connect with the real human beings behind the brand.”
TWENTY FOUR FRAMES IN MAY
Last year the Project 52 folks were invited to a special project: shoot 24 frames of film in the month of May. The idea was to treat a single frame of film with the same deliberate attention we would give it if it were a sheet of 8×10. Carefully decide what you want in the frame, make an accurate exposure calculation and shoot the image. Not mad bursts or ‘shoot it till you get it” – the idea is to think enough about the image in your camera that you do indeed ‘get it’ with that single frame.
Not many rules, but a few guidelines:
- This is for film cameras only.
- Black and White or Color is fine, and there are no restrictions on the type of film you shoot.
- Polaroid is OK.
- 4×5 or sheet film cameras are OK.
- Tintype / alternate process is OK.
- Images must be on a contact sheet as well as individually presented (Use Photoshop’s excellent “Contact Sheet” tool if you have had your film scanned.)
- Only one roll of 35mm film (or the first 24 frames of a roll of 36)
- Two rolls + for 6×7 120/220.
- No more than three exposures taken on any single day, no more than two of any single subject.
- Images must be presented in order of exposure.
Uploading instructions will be posted on May 31. Upload from June 1 to June 15.
If you are planning on being involved, let us all know in the comments.
Submissions will include:
- Contact sheet
- Camera format / brand
- Lenses used
- Film type and name
- Lab used (with link please)
- 24 individual frames ready for web at 1000 pixels on the long side.
Here is a link to last year’s submissions. I am hoping for triple the involvement this year.
Considering an option for a contest… thinking more about it and will announce before May if you can choose to be in the optional contest.
Need a film camera? Here is a list of my favorite film cameras. Let me know if you think I missed any amazing cameras. (Yeah, I gotta ad the Olympus OM-1 soon…)