Great job so far for Street Hunt (Assignment 1 Cafe and Assignment 2 Park)! For Assignment 3, we wanted to inspire everyone to engage with their subjects and get close by photographing the elderly. Try to take photos with and without permission. Ask your subject “What is your life story?” and photograph them while they speak to you.
Each Monday, I will post the assignment here. During the week, complete the assignment and upload your 1-3 best new photos from the week to this thread. Feel free to answer the reflection questions or add your own reflections on the assignment: What were your challenges and successes?
Each photo you upload, you must provide constructive critique on 3 other photos uploaded. At the end of the week on Sunday, Eric and I will choose our favorite images and explain why.
HAVE FUN! Love, Cindy, Eric (Annette, and Jennifer– currently here together at HAPTICLABS Saigon office!)
P.S. Use STREET HUNT as our school “textbook” to complete assignments, share photos and reflections, and receive feedback. It is not mandatory to purchase Street Hunt, but it would be useful and valuable to have a printed or mobile edition copy to follow along and write down notes.
The summer school begins July 2, 2018 and winners will be announced August 13, 2018. Feel free to continue posting new photos and comments in previous week’s assignments!
Assignment 3: Elderly
- LAUGHING PHOTO: Ask your subject to stand against a simple background. Tell them a bad joke to get them to laugh or you can ask them “Can I get a photo of you laughing? Think about a happy life experience.” You can also start fake laughing to get them to mimic you (Eric Kim technique for approaching strangers). Photographing elderly people laughing can bring a huge smile to yourself and joy to your subject!
- TEXTURE & NATURAL LIGHT: If your subject has beautiful wrinkles on their face, ask them to stand next to a window or in front of a doorway and photograph them with natural light. Experiment shooting with -1 exposure compensation to draw out more textures in their wrinkles.
- HANDS & HAND GESTURES: make a portrait of your subject by just photographing their hands. Ask them to do different hand gestures (crossing their fingers, putting their hands on their chin or forehead). Don’t show their face, show their soul through their hands.
Purpose: We hope that this assignment can encourage you to engage with subjects and learn from other’s life stories.
- How did it feel approaching the elderly to take their photo?
- How did the emotions of my subjects change after I photographed them?
- How were some of the most interesting stories I learned from engaging with elderly subjects?
Example photo (Laughing photo):