Making Memories

Smith, Eugene - Walk to Paradise Garden, 1946
Smith, Eugene – Walk to Paradise Garden, 1946

Essential Questions:

  • What are key images that represent the most important people, places and things in your life?
  • How can photography be used to preserve or remind us of memories?
  • How does the way an image is shot and printed affect the tone, mood and meaning of that image?
  • What power do photographic images have to tell a personal story? What is not visible in images?
  • How do words–titles, captions and descriptions–enhance (or take away) from the meaning of a photographic image?

Directions: Shoot two rolls of black and white film. You need to capture of the following seven subjects from your daily life…

  • People who matter the most to you (2 or more)
  • Places that matter the most to you (2 or more)
  • Things (objects) that matter the most to you (2 or more)
  • A person, place or thing that will disappear for you in the next three years, or will never be the same (at least 1 image)

Each subject needs to be photographed two different ways (ie, up close and far away; different angles; different light). Remember, every choice you make as a photographer can add to the meaning of the subject in some way. Think about what you know about design from previous assignments.

Keep a journal for this projects (can be on your laptop). Write freely about each of your subjects (people, places and things). What do they mean to you? Why did they deserve to be preserved or remembered through photography?

Printing: You need to print the following:

  • Two contact sheets (one for each roll)
  • One image of each subject (you may choose your best shot)–so, at least seven images
  • 8×10″ standard size for all images
  • One 16×20″ print per student optional (if you haven’t printed one yet, you must print one for this assignment!)
  • At least one lith print (choose one image to reprint using lith developer…so you have a normal black and white print, plus the lith print to compare)
Bonnie, Shotgun Lounge by Alec Soth
Bonnie, Shotgun Lounge by Alec Soth