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Aug 03

Physical Issues Part II

Expanding on Physical Issues Part I, use your photos to come up with solutions to the problems you saw. 

With activism, kindness, and volunteerism in mind, create one or two solutions/actions you and your class could take to help fix each of these problems. Ask your class to brainstorm solutions with you. Add your solutions to your slideshow. 

Talk to your class. Should you present your slideshow to an appropriate party? You could use this opportunity to make some real change in your community. 

[Photo Credit: YWP Photo Library, Katlyn Schmigel, 2013]
Aug 02


Photograph the heart of each of your communities. 

Flex your photography skills, and analyze your communities and where their common meeting ground is. Use your photos to understand the behaviors of communities. 

1. Create a list of all of the communities you belong to. Really dig deep. 

2. Look at each of these communities and think: where do each of these communities converge? Where is the physical heart/common meeting place of each of these communities? (See also the Heart challenge.)

3. Take one photo of each heart of each of your communities. Don't stage the photos, but try to catch a moment when people are interacting with this place. 

Create a slideshow of each place. Ask yourself this question: why do these communities meet where they do? Try to write your answer; have your written answer end your slideshow. 

Comment on the slideshows of your peers. 

[Photo Credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Carla Gentner]

Aug 01
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Photojournalism — the photography you use in newsmedi articles — plays by different rules artistic photography doesn't. You have to be respectful, cannot alter your photos and you need to be careful or show a bias. 

Gathering Information. In any situation where you are gathering information from someone -- even if for a project that will only be seen in school -- it's good to exchange information with your subjects. HINT: When you take pictures of people, when you interview them, look at this process as a form of conversation; if you share information about yourself, they're more likely to share back. Tell them who you are associated with, why you are taking their photo, and where it might be published. Make sure they are OK with what you are doing.

Jul 27

Environmental Portrait

Create environmental portraits that describe the people in one of your communities. 

With this activity, you will be learning the digital art of taking environmental portraits. You will be analyzing your own community, as well as gaining a greater understanding of what a person's identity looks like in a certain community setting. 

An environmental portrait IS NOT a picture of nature. An environmental portrait is a staged photograph of a person in an specific environment, or with objects, that describe who they are visually. An environmental portrait could be a chef holding a cake, or a writer smiling in a library, etc. 

First, think of all of the communities you belong to. Think of communities that have multiple interesting and unique qualities to them. 

Second, take an environmental portrait of each person in that community — including yourself. Show who the person is through your photo. 

Third, create a slideshow of all of your images. Think: what connects this community, yet what are the traits that are unique to its members? 

Think: what about each of these people, and this community as a whole, can you not capture in an image? 

[Photo Credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Derek Pham]

Jul 26
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Jul 26

Physical Issues - Part I

Use photography to document areas that need some love in your community. 

By using your oberservational and photography skills, look around your community for physical issues. Use your pictures to create a positive change in your community. 

Think about some of the physical issues in your community. Are your roads dangerous to drive on? Has your local playground been vandalized? Have people stolen street signs in your town? 

1. Find a friend and take a walk around your community. Using a phone or a camera, document all of the physical issues you may see in your town (a broken swing, a cracking sidewalk, a road with faded lines, etc). 

2. Make a slideshow of these pictures and think about why each of these physical issues might cause a problem, or even a threat, to your community members. 

3. Be proactive. Send a letter and a link to your slideshow to local officials to point out the problems in the neighborhood!

[Photo Credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Harlie Johnson]  

Unique perspectives

Create a slideshow of unique perspectives of your community.

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Jul 26

Digital Summary

Take photos to summarize the main traits/qualities your family, school, and town possess. 

Use photography to learn how to isolate identifying features of your community, and how to create a photo story/summary.

There are often three communities you may find yourself in at this time in your life: your family community, your school community, and your town. You can probably identify in your mind certain traits that exemplify each of these communities. You can think it, but can you capture it in a digital summary?

1. Pick one, or all, of these communities. Take one to three pictures of each community that really summarize their essence.
What are the physical objects or places that represent the nature of the community and how close you are to it?


2. Reflect on these pictures. Are the identifying traits always positive? Look at the works of your peers, comment on their work. Did you and your peers pick the same traits for communities that you share?

Dig deeper. What trait does your town and school and family have that cannot be captured in pictures?

[Photo Credit: YWP Photo Library, photo by Deanna Davis, 2014]