Project 5 Proposal

Tentative Series Name:

The Hidden World Underneath Our Feet

The Hidden Microcosm/Macrocosm

Idea:

For the series I want to focus primarily on macro insect photography

How will you execute the idea?

Since the idea revolves around insects the idea would be more of a series of portraits of different insects. I will go to different locations like hiking trails, botanical gardens, etc.. to see what I can find and see what kind of insect I can find.

Why is this topic important to you? What do you want other people to understand? What do you hope this series will accomplish?

This topic is important to me because I’ve always had an affinity for small organisms like insects and I think it is important to slow down and take a good long look around and be able to take it all in instead of always being busy with everyday life. I would like people to understand the importance of even the smallest organism that we share this planet with. I hope that this series will open up the idea of taking a closer look at the world instead of passively living in it. 

Any special conditions, equipment, or techniques needed?

To be able to execute this idea I will have to research methods of how to be able to take these close of macro shots of insects. Also research some materials that may be required to make it possible as well. 

Output Method and Size:

I am thinking of making a photo album setting where I would put simple information like date and location next to each photo and have the photos in an 8×10 or 8.5×11 size.

Second Idea:

Tentative Series Name:

Running Man

Friendly Competition

Idea:

For the series I want to focus on telling a story of friendly competition between friends.

(A little history of where I grew up with my friend)

How will you execute the idea?

I will achieve this by going to locations where I have grown up with my friend and when we are on location we will race each other to the timer of the camera (setting up a 30s timer) and see who ends up going a longer distance within that time. 

Why is this topic important to you? What do you want other people to understand? What do you hope this series will accomplish?

This topic stemmed off of the idea of the importance of friends and the inevitable competitions that they get into. This is important because I believe friendly competition is a good drive to be able to reach one’s goals. With this I want people to have an idea of where I grew up and the importance of my friends along the way. I hope this will get people to appreciate the friendships they have, especially long term friendships that they may still have.

Any special conditions, equipment, or techniques needed?

A special condition would be framing the photo to make an interesting composition and give enough information about the location. Equipment will be a tripod and a tool to figure out the distance we will have ran.

Output Method and Size:

I am thinking of just making a series of pictures with information under it about who is in the photo, the distance ran, and some information about the location. The series may be put in a booklet where the picture will be on one page and on the opposite the information. Size wise I was thinking 8.5×11 or possibly smaller.

Portrait Research

Self Portrait:
With a few ideas floating around my head for the self portrait I might end up with a few different pictures. One of the ideas was to try to portray an idea of wandering and being mindless. This is a major thought because I was never sure of what to do with my life , so most of it was wandering around trying to see what would stick. A different idea that’s remained prominent was utilizing the use of a slow shutter speed and show different emotions throughout one picture.

One Location:
The first thing that came to mind was the idea of taking photos of my friends in their rooms. This would show most of what and who they are in a comfortable environment for them. The other idea I had for this was possibly going to one of their workspaces and see what they are like at those location compared to how they are in their rooms.

Formal/Simple:
This I had trouble really thinking of something to do about it. I had ideas of having people/friends in their work attire in front of a blank wall or make use of a shallow depth of field with a background outside somewhere. The meaning of this would be about backing up the idea of what they do to make a living. I was also thinking about possibly using shadows being cast on the subject to represent different ideas as well.

Creative Portrait:
When we were viewing the examples in class the examples with the use of a mirror really resonated with me. A use of a mirror in different lighting and different types of mirrors could have different meanings. Other ideas were showing off physical ability or musical ability. The idea with musical ability I was thinking of having the subject stand in front of a wall that would be decorated to make it look like the subject was performing.