Do a Photovoice Project with your Mentor!

 

The above is an example of a photovoice project

DO A PHOTOVOICE SESSION WITH YOUR MENTOR!

Local St Kilda photographer Emmanuel Santos ran a wonderful and inspiring ‘photovoice’ workshop called ‘The Language of Photography’ for our Asista Community day on December 3rd 2016.

Below are the photography training notes from the day with guidelines on how to start the photography journey.

This is all you need to do an activity together with your mentor.

All you need is a phone or tablet with a camera, or even just a disposable camer!

 

GUIDELINE 1: THE CAMERA

A camera should not be an obstacle to expression! Find a camera that you know how to use or can learn to use relatively easy

The only rule in photography is that there are no rules! However, there are some guidelines that can be applied in almost any situation. These guidelines will help you take cool photographs.

 

GUIDELINE 2: YOUR SUBJECT

Who or what is your subject? What are you interested in?

Brainstorm with your mentor the things you are both interested in exploring through the camera – there are already some ideas you may want to circle if you like.

People Nature Bright Colours Shadows Buildings Fashion
Different Emotions Tree trunks Graffiti The changing sky    
People showing caring          
           
           

Choose which one of these Subjects you want to focus on…

 

GUIDELINE 3: THE COMPOSITION

How to get the most out of your chosen subject?

Bring your unique approach by considering how you will compose the subject

What do you want to reveal? What do I want to conceal?

Do you want to focus on the dark, the light, or the bright?

Is it a picture that captures the whole scene?

Or a close up where it is not clear what the photo is taken of

Consider the following elements of composition with your mentor:

  1. Viewpoint
  2. Background Balance
  3. Symmetry
  4. Patterns
  5. Framing

 

GUIDELINE 4: YOUR PRESENCE

Do you want to be invisible to capture the moment? Like the wildlife photographers who capture animals in their natural habitat…

Or do you want to design the shot. Direct how people are standing – their expressions on their face. Like a fashion photographer

Or ask people to smile or wave at you as they go about their day….capturing natural expressions on faces

 

ACTIVITY 1: EXPLORATION

Look around and take photographs of what is of interest to you….

Choose your passion and spend time taking photos with feedback from your mentor

With your mentor choose your three best photographs from the shoot

Identify a point of interest as an anchor to continue to expand your journey

 

ACTIVITY 2: EMOTIONS, EXPRESSIONS & METAPHOR

Take pictures of a range of emotions. Take photos of any emotions you want – add ideas below…

 

Loving Generous   Hate Selfish  
Happy Inspiration   Angry Boredom  
Excited Connected   Sad Isolation  
Relaxed     Frustrated    
Calm     Confused    

 

Take photos of the spectrum of emotions. They don’t need to be of people, can you use a metaphor to show the emotions.

How do you portray a feeling through things? Metaphors extends your imagination to new ideas and ways of seeing the world.

For example: Solitude – can be shown by a leaf fallen from a tree.

You and your mentor can take photos of each other first.

Consider the environment around the feeling and how it can support the expression you are photographing. Background, Objects, Close up, Lighting…

 

ACTIVITY 3: MY PROJECT

Here you can go out and take photos that expand on your chosen topic!

Something that seems to inspire your passion.

 

ACTIVITY 4: THREE MONTHS ON….

Continue with the project you have begun with your mentor and/or on your own over the next three months.

We will share your photos of choice at our next Community day & talk about whether we want to create a fund raising exhibition & towards what.

We thank you all who were able to participate in this special day and hope those who could not , can do the same using these guidelines to explore!

 

EMMANUEL SANTOS:

Born in the Philippines, Emmanuel is an internationally celebrated documentary and art photographer. He has travelled to almost every corner of the world, creating photo essays on tribal traditions, struggle, hope and humanity. His work and his life highlight the universality of human existence. Emmanuel is constantly curious about the world and the people in it. He wants to make a difference and is involved in social change projects. He guides people with humility, wisdom &inspiration.

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