A Photographic Composition
October 18, 2009
Your assignment for the Creative Project is to produce
a photographic composition
. A photographic
composition is a collection of photographic images that communicate some concept, theme, or
narrative. You have two primary options for the type of composition you choose for your project.
The first option is to construct a
, which is a composition on a single subject or
theme. The nature or conceptual basis of the composition can be interpretive, meditative, or analytic.
The second option is to construct a
. A photographic narrative is a set of
images that communicate a sequence with a defined beginning and end: an act, an occurrence, a
story, a set of events, or a process of some kind. The key in a photographic narrative is to capture a
sequence of moments that contains some kind of change or transformation in the subject being
depicted. Whether you choose to do a photographic essay or a photographic narrative, you need to
an underlying concept
that gives structure to the essay or meaning to the narrative.
Your photographic composition will consist of
no less than 8 images and no more than 10
. Note that a prudent production strategy would be to create at least twice as many
images as you need for the final product, giving yourself the opportunity to choose those
images that are most effective in satisfying your goal. (It’s seldom the case that every shot
turns out the way you wanted it.) In other words, leave yourself room to choose, cull, and
Before the collection of images, there should be some kind of title page or slide or panel
(depending on the kind of program/file format that you use). The only information needed
here is a title for the composition (which should appear first and more prominently) and your
name. Also, after the composition, you will include a “critical commentary” (about which I will
say more in a moment).
images for your photographic composition
must be produced specifically for this
. In other words, you are not to use existing images found elsewhere or produced by
you at some other time for some other purpose. If you're uncertain of your photographic skills
and/or your ability to create images of an adequate quality for your purpose, you may get
help from someone who has more experience with photography.
, all images must
be produced at your direction and to your own design. In other words, even if you aren't the
person pressing the shutter button, you must be directly in control of the creation of the
images. The end product – the underlying idea, the design and selection of the images, the