A little bit late in posting about this year's projects, and though this particular project has zero process shots, the final works are already in digital form.
The project once again revolved around culture, and each student's individual cultural elements. Each student was asked to bring in an object of cultural significance to their family. The students were not allowed to bring something in simply because it represented an activity they personally enjoyed; it must be something that other members of their family or culture would recognize as significant.
Once an object was chosen and approved, the next step
was photographing the object. The key concept in both photography and studying culture is, "What you see
depends on where you stand."
Each object was photographed by the students from
4 different perspectives, most often focusing
closer and closer on the details of the object.
Students learned about depth of field, composition, and contrast, as well as how to focus a camera and manipulate a tripod.
The original plan for the photographs was to print them onto transparencies and adhere them to plexiglass, to be hung where light and background objects could show through them—what you see depends on where you stand...
Many installation complications arose, however, and the final projects are displayed with no transparency apparent. They were successfully adhered to the plexiglass, so though they are not transparent, the final result is strikingly vibrant photography displayed in the 6th grade classroom pod.