Photography is an art of observation.
Alexandra Horowitz’s On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes shows us how to see the spectacle of the ordinary—to practice, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle put it, “the observation of trifles.”
On Looking is nutrition for the considered life, serving as a provocative response to our relentlessly virtual consciousness. So turn off the phone and other electronic devices and be in the real world—where strangers communicate by geometry as they walk toward one another, where sounds reveal shadows, where posture can display humility, and the underside of a leaf unveils a Lilliputian universe—where, indeed, there are worlds within worlds within worlds.
The purpose of this assignment is to get you involved with your own community and to bring attention to your perception of your surroundings.
1. Read this
2. Watch this 4 minute video
3. You are to take AT LEAST 4 slow and observant walks around your own block with your primary professional camera on different days or times of day. Your choice of materials (eg film, digital, video etc...) is up to you. You may NOT cross a single street.
4. Each walk you are to consider a different aspect of your own block and use your camera to show us that aspect.
5. In class next week you are to present between 5 and 10 PRINTS of your best images for discsussion and critique.
Read and Print this Photographer's Rights
Think Globally act locally
Suggestions (NOT REQUIREMENTS):
Details - with research to make them interesting
|Artists to consider:
All street phoographers e.g. Papageorge, Winogrand, Friedlander
Etc... List of Steeet Photographers
Etc... The New York Photo League
“The art of seeing has to be learned,” Marguerite Duras