Talking Pictures, World Wide Webbers

For this post i would like to talk about the writing element to the project. I am not a writer by any means but the writing was given as much time as the photographs, with much assistance from the teachers. After a class discussion about photography we introduced the project itself. Below is the information sheet sent to teaching staff prior to this lesson. After several meetings and emails i had a good understanding of what we could achieve and this allowed me to accurately research and then inform teaching staff;

TALKING PICTURES

PICTURE MAKING WITH WRITING AND CRITICAL THINKING

TO BUILD ON INFORMATION CHILDREN ALREADY NATURALLY POSSESS

TO INCREASE LITERACY THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

We will learn how to use photography to illustrate our stories

We will use photography to show a range of human emotions

We will learn camera techniques to introduce light and darkness, to give mood and emotion to our pictures which will illuminate our stories

 We will learn how to capture movement with our cameras

 We will learn how to take better pictures

 Inspire, inform, connect, values for schools, determination, resilience, excellence, community spirit, confidence, leadership, communication, peace, understanding

 We will look at the skills required for each of the sports in the Games and how these are different for a runner compared to a weightlifter compared to a shooter

 We will look at the skills required to become a world-class athlete;

Determination, stamina, confidence, state of mind, diet, training programme

 We will find stories of past Commonwealth games in Scotland (Edinburgh 1970 & 1986)

 We will look to develop our own sport for inclusion in the Commonwealth games which takes it’s inspiration from what we have around us

 We will look at the theatre, drama and spectacle in sporting events

 We will look to the animal kingdom for comparisons in human athletes

 We will look at the cult of winning prizes- is it winning or taking part? What about those who come second? Or third?

 We will think about what equipment is used, how it is made and by whom

 We will look at the human body and it’s capapbilities

 We will look at sport as a tool for revolution

 We will try to imagine how it feels to be at the Games;

Who wins

Who comes second

Who has trained hard

Who have travelled very far to be here

All the writing created by the groups was inspired by the above. The main thing for me was to try and have them see past the obvious Hussein Bolt runs 100m race and wins a gold medal. The children’s imaginitive ideas far surpassed my expectations. They would spend a few hours with me creating their ideas using mind-maps and then writing up their stories on the computer, and adding their proposed image ideas. I did not interfere with their writing process, and the children were more than adept and confident at managing their writing on their own- they actually informed me! I learned about ‘wow’ words for starters!!

As an example, here are the World-Wide Webbers making their mind-map for their idea of the Games being open to people of varying ability…

World Wide Webbers writing their story “My Gran”…

Once the children have written up their word document of story/image/props list/list of tasks i email it to their teacher who then works with the children to ‘upscale’ their story. I provided nice heavy paper and writing pens for the children to write their stories up ready for me to scan and lay on to their images in Photoshop. Below is the World Wide Webbers written text without any editing in Photoshop…

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The Webber’s finished text written up ready to be scanned and added to their chosen picture…

The writing process is something that is started with me and finished with their teacher in class. Once their story is finished the children then do a test shoot to work out their best angle of view, composition, timing, etc. Below are some of the test shoots done by the Webbers demonstrating their ideas…

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These practice images demonstrate composition and help the children work out props and pose- in this series it became obvious which hand the ball should be in and what the crop should be. This informs how they should pose their model for the final shoot. The Webbers chose to ask the school secretary, Mrs. Mockery to pose for their image. It was their responsibility to ask Mrs Mockery, plan her session and organise the props and costume.  This maintains their ownership of the work and reinforces their responsibility.

Here are some of their images from their shoot with Mrs Mockery…

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Below is their chosen final image- they liked the determination in Mrs Mockery’s eyes and the pose was good…You can still make out the symbols showing which country she plays for and what the actual sport is. I should also add that all the teaching staff loved seeing Mrs Mockery in the photographs…

The Webbers working with their teacher Miss Baird to choose their photograph...
The Webbers working with their teacher Miss Baird to choose their photograph…
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World Wide Webbers chosen final image with their text

 

Published by lisafotos

I live in Edinburgh and graduated with a degree in Photography from napier University. I loved travelling when i was younger which helped me form a strong world-view. I specialised my career to working with predominantly children and young people to develop their creative skills and, hopefully in the process, some additional skills and knowledge

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