Interview two people who identify as working photographers. They can not be current students. Choose 1 photographer who you believe is “succeeding” and another one that you identify as “struggling”. You don’t need to tell your subject, which they are. Talk to them about the status of their careers and what they are doing or not doing to influence that. Ask questions about networking, promotions, advertising, etc. Focus on how they contend with fear, self-doubt, and insecurity in completing the footwork towards building and sustaining their careers.
Write a 500 word evaluation on each subject with your assessment as to why each is succeeding or struggling. Try to identify what choices each is making which you believe has made the greater impact either good or ill to their careers. Be prepared to do a presentation on each subject for class. You can bring samples of their work or refer to their website during this presentation.
Part 2. Audio Interview (Due in 2 weeks)
Select a partner in the class with who you will partner. This person will be your subject for your first two multimedia project. Conduct an audio interview with them focusing on their photography. Record the audio using a digital audio recorder. Collect a selection of still images that represents their work. Take the audio and still and using Final Cut or iMovie cut together a one-minute piece. This will provide you the opportunity for you to cut your teeth on editing and producing good audio.
Take advantage of the Lynda.com tutorial on editing before class next week to best prepare you for the training that Rosa will provide you next week.
Part 3. Blog entry
Post a blog entry discussing your personal project, explaining your goals and how this project will challenge you personally and creatively. Remember to put on entry on the class’ Facebook page to get full credit for the entry.
Photographers Discussed in Glass
Articles on the Role of Personal Projects