Series Proposal

Tentative Series Name: Bon Voyage or Boa Viagem

State Idea: For this project I want to create a series of creative, funny and unique passport photos.

How will you execute idea? I plan on shooting a combination of formal and creative photos of different people. These photos will have the same size and aspect as a passport photo in a plain background but I plan to give more creativity with the lighting, people’s expression and makeup.

Why is this topic important to you? What do you want other people to understand? What do you hope this series will accomplish? This series is important to me because I travel a lot since I’m an international student so I always have to deal with passport pictures and they are always serious and boring. The whole process of entering in a country, specially the United States, is always stressful to me, so with this series I want to make this bureaucracy part more creative, and remember people that travelling can be fun. 

Any special conditions, equipment, or techniques needed? I plan on shooting different people, so I would need about 10 models. And I would like to explore different types of creative lighting.

Output Method and Size: I plan the prints to be the size of actual passport photos or maybe a bigger size so it adds to the theme of changing the pattern of typical passport photos. It would also be fun to create an actual passport to showcase and present the photos.

Portrait Research

Self Portrait – For this category I was was thinking about recreating some of my childhood photos if I could find similar elements and clothes. I think it would be nice to play with this idea of nostalgia. I’m also interested in exploring light and reflections in this category.   

Environmental Portrait – For this type of portrait it would be nice to shoot one of my friends in her room because she has a lot of nice decorations that represent her personality and her culture. I was also thinking about taking pictures of my other friend while working on her project to show her concentration.    

Formal Portrait – In this category I plan to explore more the studio lighting and the background colors that can match with the feelings of the person that I will be taking photos. The subject for this category will be some of my friends and I will tell them to express their feelings through facial expressions.  

Creative Portrait – I was thinking about exploring sports photography like surfing, soccer or volleyball for this category. I am also interested in experiments with reflections and the motion blur to show the action.