Project 5 Proposal

Project 5 Proposal

Tentative Series Name:


State Idea:

For this series I want to document the scars of my friends and family.

How will you execute idea?

I plan to take portraits, and close up shots of people and their scars. I will use a low aperture to have close up detail and blurred background. I want to shoot in natural light if possible, and the primary focus being the scars. I will also ask them to write a brief description of how they got the scars that they are willing to share..

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

I want scars to have a less negative connotation around them. I feel like everyone has at least one and they are all unique and have different stories revolving around them. Most are probably stories of clumsiness but others may be more serious. I want to people to understand that scars are normal and shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing. I hope this series will let people feel more comfortable in their skin and feel stronger knowing they’ve healed from something that once brought them harm.

Any special conditions, equipment, or techniques needed?

I may need some sort of spotlight or flashlight to highlight the scars more so that they pop out.

Output Method and Size:

For the series I plan on using traditional prints sized 8×12. I want the images to be large enough to clearly see the scars. 


Portrait Research

For the majority of my shots, I will most likely be photographing myself because of my school and work schedule. I may be able to get pictures of some coworkers in the office space, but that may only be good for a couple of shots because the space is very limited. My self portrait shots will be in my room because that is where I spend most of my time at home. For the formal shots and environmental shots, I will most likely photograph my parents on a church day because of the different environments and plain walls. For the creative, I probably won’t have too many shots with faces and focus more on the body in different locations and props.