In this discussion, we continue our quest to find beauty in the most mundane objects and places. Picking a subject to photograph is difficult for most people unless your teacher gives you a specific theme or image. This discussion aims to help you understand how artists/photographers choose their subjects. It also aims to help you SEE beauty in everyday things, ordinary activities, or people. For this discussion, here is the process:
Watch all 4 videos below.
Documenting unusual human lives.
https://www.ted.com/talks/ryan_lobo_through_the_lens_of_compassion?referrer=playlist-close_up_and_personal (Links to an external site.)
Documenting nomad lives.
https://www.ted.com/talks/kitra_cahana_stories_of_the_homeless_and_hidden?referrer=playlist-close_up_and_personal (Links to an external site.)
Documenting everyday objects from mass graves in Bosnia. These are used to identify victims but they also become a visual archive of people once lived.
https://www.ted.com/talks/ziyah_gafic_everyday_objects_tragic_histories?referrer=playlist-history_visualized (Links to an external site.)
Documenting microscopic details of objects.
https://www.ted.com/talks/gary_greenberg_the_beautiful_nano_details_of_our_world (Links to an external site.)
2. Choose one that made the most impact for you.
3. Respond to teacher’s prompt (14pts):
A. Discuss and explain the impact and why you are drawn to the subject/photographs.
B. If you have an opportunity to produce a series as such, what subject would you document and why?