Amid the note-taking, the ABC-finding, the software learning, and everything else school related, we were also been tasked with a longer term project which is due in class today: The Faces Project.
Our directive: Take photos of 50 faces.
That was it. We were encouraged to think of a “face” in any way we wanted to, to have a concept, or not. The important thing was to get out there and start shooting.
My mind immediately ran through a bunch of ideas I soon discarded: clock faces, animal faces, cliff faces (where would I find one cliff, let alone fifty?), faces from billboards, faces on statues, going around sticking googly eyes onto everyday objects (instant anthropomorphic faces!) …
My mother suggested an excellent concept that I think I’ll still pursue, but felt overwhelmed by with the time frame of two weeks to complete the assignment: taking photos of people aged one through fifty. Wouldn’t that be lovely? My mother is the ultimate idea person.
However, the concept I settled on was getting one model to make fifty different expressions for me.
The model? None other than my ever-patient, good-natured husband. Good thing he was in theater in high school; not everyone has such an expressive face! Or the willingness to have cues barked at you and the results of the session projected on a big screen and critiqued in front of forty people and then posted on the internet.
I married an amazing man, though, and he was willing to do this for me, though he did find it necessary to remind me that I couldn’t use him for all of my projects. Point taken.
Here are some of my favorite shots. If you can’t guess what the cues were, take a look at the pic of all the faces (though the text is very small when viewed here!) and the video slideshow I presented to the class, both of which have the cues written out on them and are posted below.
And, the filmstrip:
And the video:
I love love love taking portraits. This exercise has only solidified that!
Wish me good luck in my critique this afternoon!