Photo Essays: Mark’s Thursday Morning Class

Last week everyone brought in tons of impressive photographs with interesting and diverse subject matters as we began to develop our photo essays. The projects people brought in ranged from self-portraits to urban landscapes to abstractions of light. While most of us had developed strong themes and gathered enough material to work with, our crit challenged us to resolve the overall composition of the essay, make more effective edits, and push the concept to be more cohesive and complete.

Juri tweaks the composition of her photoessay that used a warm, golden color palette to show different details of Grand Central, especially how the light sources interacted with reflective and ornate materials.

Today we had our second photo essay crit and had the opportunity to share and discuss our progress as it had evolved from our initial proposal. Although most people reused the same images, they were able to completely transform their board with a more purposeful composition. The results across the class were very strong, as everyone was able to resolve some of the obstacles and irresolute elements from last week.

Some of the design elements that we discussed today were continuity, balance, and negative space. Here are some examples of how these themes were resolved:

pattern photoessays
These photoessays by Sarah (left), Claire (middle), and Hejab (right) took a more graphic approach and considered the linear and geometric patterns that could be created through interesting image arrangement.
Naoya (left) explains his intention to use continuity and fluidity to create a framed compound image that follows the sky from sunrise to sunset. Jessica’s photo essay (right) used a similar continuum to arrive at a panoramic type vista of central park.
Chiharu (left) and Sarah’s (right) photo essays utilized a balance of continuity and disjuncture. The portrait and street scene that they created portray both a cohesive image and a variety of angles and perspectives.

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