Sunday, July 26, 2009

FGPO Photo Outing/Assignment: Creating a Photo Essay about Coney Island or Brighton Beach

This month, I assigned my photoclub members, (The Fort Greene Photography Organization) a two-part Outing/Photo-essay project. The assignment is to photograph at Coney Island or Brighton Beach and shoots images to create a photo-essay.

A photo essay is a set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story or evoke a series of emotions in the viewer. Photo essays range from purely photographic works to photographs with captions or small notes to full text essays with a few or many accompanying photographs. Photo essays can be sequential in nature, intended to be viewed in a particular order, or they may consist of non-ordered photographs which may be viewed all at once or in an order chosen by the viewer. All photo essays are collections of photographs, but not all collections of photographs are photo essays. Photo essays often address a certain issue or attempt to capture the character of places and events. (you might note that most of my work that appears on this blog are photo essays.)

The second part of the assignment is to edit down the shoot to just 10 images to compile a picture story/essay, accompanied by words. All essays will be published on the blog and a photo book, and presented for critique at the August FGPO meeting. Feel Free to comment on the essays as well as any other images on the blog at!


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