Series Proposal

Tentative Series Name:

My Lords and Ladies


For my series I want to study people who escape from everyday life into the Renaissance Fair. My plan is to make a book filled with portrait images, landscapes, and quotes from Renaissance Fair Actors. I want to study why it is they do what they do and showcase a niche slice of life.

How will you execute idea?:

The plan is simply to go to the Renaissance Fair interview some of the actors and snap their picture. Adding in Landscapes and any other cool things I might find.

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

When I was a kid I always wanted to be a knight. There was always something fantastic to me about the medieval ages. The Renaissance Fair was always one of my favorite things to do. I want to capture that magic I felt as a child. I am also curious to see if the magic holds up like I remember.

Any special conditions, equipment, or techniques needed?:

I shouldn’t need any equipment as there should be plenty of natural light considering it is an outdoor event. I may bring my tripod for some better portraits, but I shouldn’t be needing anything else.

Output Method and Size:

The book will be oversized 10X15 pages. A Spread will be 10×30. It will be a large book. I wanted to do Spiral bound so the book can sit flat.

In my analysis of the portraits I found the one’s that stuck with me the longest were the one’s that heavily featured props. While the use of props and dressing may not be the focus of the portrait, they seem to make the whole thing much more impactful. Though I realize there is a careful balance as the prop could easily steal the attention away from the subject of the photograph. In addition interesting dress and pose are just as important. I think I might pay a visit to the costume shop before I start taking pictures. Luckily for me I have a friend who I think will be obliging in posing in some odd fashions. For my own part I think I will be taking some less than flattering images of myself, a good amount of humor can make a image much more lasting.