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Into The Distance

Posted in PHOT 167 by Paul Turounet on August 20, 2012

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“The path is frequently used as a metaphor for life, employed in generations of church sermons.  Do we take the smooth, broad highway, the easy road sought by those who will selfishly do anything to make things comfortable for themselves, even to the detriment of others?  Or do we choose the hard, stony road, fringed on either side with thorns, the path of the righteous?  Frequently, as in the path of life, the way ahead is never as straight-forward as it seems, and the road is blocked, requiring detours of one kind or another.  At other times, we can be swept along irresistibly, never quite in control.

The path is also the great symbol for hope, for moving on.  If life is hard, pick up sticks, load the furniture onto the back of a truck, and head down the highway for the promised land.  This of course is a particular part of American mythology, but the impulse to move on to pastures new is a fundamental one, embedded deep within the human psyche, as can be seen by the various religious as well as cultural diaspora, which have been such a feature in the world as forms of transport have improved.  Whether hopes are fulfilled or dashed, it does not matter – initially the path is seen as the route to salvation.

– from Interlude: The Walk To Paradise Garden, by Gerry Badger in The Pleasures of Good Photographs

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Assignment

Shoot images that reveal your interpretation of the “path” photograph through your photographic vision and sense of technical execution and craftsmanship.

In considering your photographic vision and use of camera aesthetics, give particular attention to your use of the photographic frame, vantage point, moments of exposure and the role and use of light to reveal your interpretation of the thing itself and details as they relate to your interpretation of the “path” photograph.

It is essential that your efforts reflect a sense of considered thought, active visual exploration and is articulated with a cohesive vision and photographic sensibility.

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Requirements

For the critique (see Calendar for Due Date) and evaluation, please complete the following:

Minimum of 2 – digital contact sheets (6 images on each contact) that reveals your interpretation of the “path” photograph through your photographic vision and sense of technical execution and craftsmanship.

Minimum of 2 – finished photographic prints (one – Grayscale & one –  Color) that reveals your interpretation of the “path” photograph through your photographic vision and sense of technical execution and craftsmanship.

All photographic prints are required to be made in the Grossmont College Digital Imaging/Photography Lab.

Turn-in all critique materials in a manila envelope for evaluation and feedback.

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