Artist Statement and Final Photo Collection

Here are some of my favorite photos taken by SOTA students during the macro photography unit:

Photo Credit: Marina, 11th Grade

Photo Credit: Marina, 11th Grade

Photo Credit: Nelsie, 12th Grade

Photo Credit: Nelsie, 12th Grade

Photo Credit: Brian, 11th Grade

Photo Credit: Brian, 11th Grade

Photo Credit: Damare, 12th Grade

Photo Credit: Damare, 12th Grade

Photo Credit: Alyssa, 11th Grade

Photo Credit: Alyssa, 11th Grade

Photo Credit: Yolie, 12th Grade

Photo Credit: Yolie, 12th Grade

Photo Credit: Sean, 11th Grade

Photo Credit: Sean, 11th Grade

Photo Credit: Jenny, 12th Grade

Photo Credit: Jenny, 12th Grade

Photo Credit: Michele, 12th Grade

Photo Credit: Michele, 12th Grade

Wrapping Up the Macro Photography Unit

Today we will begin compiling our final project. In today’s blog post, you should post your favorite 15-20 unedited photos and a draft of your artist statement. Begin your artist statement by answering the questions below, then edit them into a smooth paragraph. Lizzy and Deanna have great examples of artist statements and photo collections.

If you still have class time remaining after publishing your first post, consult Ms. Lawson about which photos you can improve by editing, and use this blog post as a guide.

Artist statement brainstorming questions

Ask yourself what you’re photographing

  • What does your photo essay express?
  • What makes your photo essay unique?

Ask yourself why you’re photographing it

  • What motivates you to create this photo essay?
  • What emotions or feelings are you trying to convey?
  • What does this photo essay mean to you?

Ask yourself how you’re doing it

  • What do you draw inspiration from?
  • What tools and materials do you use? (What type of camera? Are you using color or black and white? What type of lighting?)
  • How does your equipment and color mode choice affect the end product?

Consider your influences

  • What influences you (ex. Art, music, literature, politics, the environment)?
  • How have these influences made an impression on you?
  • How do these influences manifest themselves in your photo essay? Try to be as specific as possible.

Determine what you want people to understand

  • What do you want people to take away from your photo essay?
  • What message or emotion are you trying to convey?

Today we will:

  • Create a new blog post with the following:
    • a draft of our artist statement in paragraph form
    • our strongest 15-20 photos that you may use in the project
  • If time allows:
    • Begin editing any photos that can be improved. Click here for more information.
    • Create a second blog post with before and after examples. See Michele’s blog post for a great example.
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