How does a photographer document one of the most significant shared human experiences in our recent history when, all over the world, streets are empty and people are in hiding at home? How can photographers reflect human connections when we must all keep our distance?
James Wrigley, co-director of the photography platform Public Source, launched a website called the Covid-19 Archive. He and Jonathan Tomlinson, both of whom are based in the north of England, began building a digital archive of images relating to life in the time of the coronavirus. They've received submissions from over 30 photographers from around the world so far.
Below are just a few examples of how photographers from MN and around the world have ben documenting this time.
ALSO CHECK OUT THE TWO LINKS FOR OPPORTUNITIES TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO A LARGER AUDIENCE
YOUR ASSIGNMENT Each of us have our own stories, emotions, coping mechanisms, happy escapes, etc. I want you to document how you see this time in our lives.
RULE NUMBER ONE - BE SAFE!!!!! YOU ARE NOT ALOWED TO PUT YOURSELF IN HARMS WAY!!!!! STAY AWAY FROM PEOPLE!!! - DON'T TOUCH STUFF!!!!! - WASH HANDS!!!!! IF YOU DO GO OUTSIDE COMMUNICATE BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER WITH YOUR PARENTS/GUARDIANS!!!!!
EXPECTATIONS FOR PROJECT - Have a recognizable theme that runs through all the photos - (human connection, isolation, anxiety, hope, disparity, community, etc). figure this out ahead of time so you know what you are trying to photograph. Have intention and purpose.
- Submit 5 edited photos - all your photos should have a similar visual feel; black and white, cool tinted, high contrast, bright, muted, etc.
- solid understanding of composition concepts- rule of thirds, leading lines, balance, emphasis, space, etc. Remember that this can be done with editing as well.
- Submitted through schoology as a minimum resolution of 150 pixels per inch. If you are unsure about this look at the file size it should be at least 1mb.
CAMERA OPTIONS Whatever you have available. - on the iphone I use the app procam. It allows you to adjust iso and shutter speed plus has a bunch of other post adjustments
EDITING SOFTWARE OPTIONS - Photoshop or lightroom if available. - lightroom cc on your chromebook (if working) or free app on phone - Snapseed on your chromebook - pixlr on chromebook - your phone - use the adjustments rather than just using a filter
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Understanding composition in photography