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Jordi Delgado

How to Make a Photography Project

Hi! I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, but I here it is: How do you start a photography project?
I guess the answer may be easy: "Just think about something you want to shoot, and that's all", but I wonder if there is something more to think about. I'm sure there must be something else than, say, "I'll make a project about roses, so I'll picture 1000 of them".
Do you have any experience with that?? Thanks in advance.

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10/28/2004 2:52:00 AM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/28/2002
  Although I have not done any "projects", here's a thought. You want to tell a "story" with your photos. Ho about taking a photo of a rose at the florist? Then, a photo of the rose being wrapped. A photo of the rose being delivered. A photo of the facial expression of the recipient. That's a story. That's a project. Just shooting the rose 1000 times is just shooting it at different angle. Got the idea? Hope this helps.

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10/28/2004 8:57:55 AM

Jordi Delgado   Yes, I thing I get it. Never thought about it this way. I didn't know what, but I felt there had to be something else.
Thanks for your answer, Andy. It's helped me a lot!!!

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10/28/2004 11:20:56 PM

John Tremblay   Instead of picking something, a subject that is so concrete (like roses), try a theme that is more abstract. For example - "photograph an echo". Then - let your mind run a bit. Let your imagination open up. Later, when you look at the photos you have, you will likely be more impressed.

Obviously - if you have an assignment, that's a different thing.

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11/2/2004 4:47:11 AM

Bikram G Roy
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/29/2004
  Hi Jordi! Determine your assignment yourself and do the project keeping in mind its objective. What do you want to create? what to show?

Do you want to do a documentation type work? Well, then you can start with subjects like, say, making of a straw hat and go ahead to shoot the people collecting hay from the fields, rolling into ropes, weaving out the hat in definite patterns and then the final product being sold.
You can follow a course of a river from its source to the sea. Shoot the river (landscapes)at different places at different times of the day and also shoot life of people of different communities around the river; people who live in it, with it, beside it. Shoot the historic structures associated with the river.

Now if you don't want these type of documentations then try for any abstract ideas like friendship, emotions, love, chilling out etc. Goodluck.

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11/2/2004 9:24:45 PM

David King   Hi Jordi,

Writers are told to write what they know and love; that is excellent advice for photographers as well. What are your passions? What do you know so well you can see things others miss? What are your personal, unique, emotional responses to those things. That personal response is what you and you alone can show the world.
When you hone in on those things that touch your heart then think about images of them, especially photographic images. What, for example, does the photo image DO for you? Does it reveal things others miss, does it stop time for better examination, does it help examination and analysis by removing context, or by providing context? Do your photos speak to the viewer literally or metaphorically? These insights will help you to decide HOW to approach the topics or subjects toward which your heart is drawn.


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11/3/2004 8:53:38 AM

Jordi Delgado   WOW, that's a lot of ideas to think about!! Thanks a lot EVERYBODY for your time and help!!!!


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11/4/2004 12:44:14 AM

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