Friday, August 27, 2010

Jamie Miller and Pin Hole Photography

The last session of the summer program Jamie Miller presented and had a short history and technical lesson about pin hole photography and working with paper negatives. (If you would like to learn more about pin hole cameras or how to make one, visit:

We used oatmeal cans, aluminum baking sheets, black trash bags (to help keep light out), photo paper (like what people used to use in dark rooms), tape, black spray paint, and etc. We set up a make-shift darkroom and all the kids had their first ever paper developing experience.

We all learned a lot, including that our pin hole cameras were best at less than three feet away from your subject and exposures were about 10 seconds, instead of the 30 seconds we'd read about. But, we all had fun.

Images scanned in from the paper negatives...
From Nakia

From LJ

From Judy

From Darius

From Darius

From Paul

From Estrella

From the Volunteers

Friday, August 20, 2010

Kat Petersen and Photojournalism

Kat Petersen, a local photojournalist, spoke to the class this week about taking pictures of an event and writing solid captions for newspapers. The class went to the Back to School Explosion at Sharp Park. They spoke to event organizers and had the opportunity to spend the day like real photojournalists.
The students learned all good captions include: who, what, why, when, and where. Their captions and images are below...

From Judy - "If you could be a photojournalist at any event in the world. what would it be and why?" ...I would be in Paris at the soccer tournament. 

"Paul giving Judy love at Sharp Park on Friday." - Judy

"Alton sitting down for pictures at Sharp Park Friday." - Judy
From Estrella

"Gregory the duck said to me that he loved swimming and so we went swimming after he told me that he loved swimming." - Estrella

From Nick

"Rick the duck lays down Friday at Sharp Park." - Nick
From Paul

"The geese are funny at the park on Friday." - Paul

From LJ

From Nakia

"Darrell Watts cooks hot dogs at Sharp Park on Friday at the Back to School Youth Explosion. Watts is head security at Church of god International Outreach Ministries. 'I take care of the bad people,' he said. 'I keep the peace and keep the church safe.'" - Nakia

From Brianna

"The goose was floating in the water and past the waterfall and and got a breeze of water." - Brianna
From Darius

Friday, August 13, 2010

Andy Goldsworthy and Pictures of Conjunctions

Conjunctions link words together. The ephemeral artist Andy Goldsworthy links natural elements together to make art and photographs them. Class this week did all of the above: conjunctions, art and photography.

Goldsworthy is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist. He makes natural art that is both temporary and permanent. The materials he uses include brightly-colored flowers, icicles, leaves, mud, pine cones, snow, stone, twigs, and thorns.
"I think it's incredibly brave to be working with flowers and leaves and petals. But I have to: I can't edit the materials I work with. My remit is to work with nature as a whole." - Goldsworthy
Below are short stories and images from the students.

From Tatyana, Estrella and Judy

"Tatyana, Estrella and Babak with their glasses" - Judy

From Ty'shon and Angel

From Jalen and Patrick

From LJ

From Nick and Lauren

From Mikayla and Rachel

"The nest was made out of sticks, dead grass, weeds and grass." - Mikayla

"The sun shines and sparkles. The sky makes it look as blue as it can be." -Rachel

From Paul

"My pictures are cazy! My pictures are funny. My pictures are cool. Zach and Cody made a weird face. Zach and Cody went BOOM up the stairs. They got mad at me because of the alligator. They went to my room and stomped my foot. My dad got mad at me. And, then he went up in a big airplane and his ears popped. Me and my dad went ZOOM in the airplane. The End." - Paul