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Joe returned to the village of Juanga in Odisha, India to run another digital photography class for local students. The introductory class presented students with a variety of photography concepts including: composition, framing, subject matter, light & shadow, posed vs. candid shots and perspective. Ten students took part in the class and were able to express themselves creatively through the art of photography.
The class started with the students being given cardboard frames as their first “camera” to work with. This exercise starts to give the students an understanding of how to frame a shot and to think about the subject matter they are focusing on within the limited space that a camera sees. The students were given more challenging ideas of what to focus on in order to expand their idea of what might make a good image.
The following day the students moved on to being introduced to the digital camera they would be working with. Five cameras were available for use and the students were broken into teams of two. Over the course of the class, the group shot photographs in different local settings to diversify the subjects and offer a changing landscape.
The goal of the course was to give the students a different visual understanding of their own environment and to think about photography as a way to express an idea and tell a story. Outside of just snapping a picture, they could think more about the whole image and how their subject is positioned within the frame. Joe wanted them to be able to see everything a little differently than they did before. Lines, patterns, shapes, angles, these are what make up our everyday life but we typically walk past it all without giving it a second thought. Hopefully for a few students, they might stop and look at something and appreciate it more even if they aren’t carrying a camera with them.
This program will culminate with a gallery show (tentatively scheduled for the Spring of 2013) where a selection of final images made by the students will be shown. A silent auction will be held and funds raised for the student artists and their school.
Many thanks to Manu Lenka who helped out every day with some translations and wrangling the kids. Travel funding for this trip was provided by Nelsen Dental Excellence and Dr. Jason Nelsen of Charlotte, NC.