I decided to carry out the following assignment that I give to my Digital Photography II class at American International College.
Create a Multiple Image Photo Story:
A. Choose a certain scene or location and make two visits at different times of day to photograph the activities.
B. I suggest that you spend between 45 minutes to 1 hour on each visit to fully document the situation.
C. Take a variety of types of images. Establishing shot. Medium shot. Close up. Portraits. Small details. Extreme angles (ant & giraffe).
|Saturday Farmers' Market - Greenfield, MA|
I climbed atop an electrical box to capture this overview of the Greenfield Farmers' held at the edge of the Town Common. As I photographed, an older grey haired woman passed by, pushing a cart containing fresh peaches.
"I thought out of the corner of my eye I saw someone climbing up on that thing," she told me. "I am glad to see that you are actually up there!"
"I am glad I was able to confirm reality for you," I reply. We both laugh.
|Source of the Peaches|
|Who is in Charge?|
Though the morning sun occasionally dipped behind clouds, there were shadows to work with. And I challenged myself to shoot beyond the ordinary from a unique variety of angles.
I myself bought some baby bok choy. Later, I slathered it in olive oil and Adobo and grilled it.
|Actual Social Networking|
|Basis for a Novel|
I returned to the same location late in the afternoon, hoping for golden sunlight and long shadows. However, I was greeted with clouds and sprinkles.
The bustling market was over and the streets basically deserted. There was nothing exciting to photograph!
I was grateful to encounter Heather, Liam, Seoul and McEwan, waiting for a shuttle bus to ferry them to the Franklin County Fair.
However, nearby, I noticed a neon sign at Magpie Woodfired Pizza.
|Light is Life|
Wanting to add life to the sign's neon blue glow, I waited to snap this image, catching a car's brake lights. Okay, I am making progress. What other techniques can I employ?
Using the reflective properties of a store window to create some mystery, I framed this setting. Before clicking the shutter, I waited for human activity to add life and story. Creativity can be forged from struggle.
|Book and Brew|
Never give up!
Artist, educator and photojournalist John Nordell, Assistant Professor of Communication at American International College in Springfield, Mass., blogs about the creative process at CreateLookEnjoy.com