“May I please take a picture of you… please?”

In preparation for our field work at Revolution Foods next week, friends in the Thursday art groups continued to photograph with digital cameras.  We began the day by discussing what we might see at Revolution Foods…

Georgi: Machines and people.

Wallace: People that bring our food.

Michael: Chefs that have to cook for the judges.

Chris: Food and mint and salad.  Maybe a giant robot making food.

Owen: Ovens… fish… I don’t like the fish from there, though.

Darian: Maybe… yes… people!

Next, I shared with friends that they had a big job to do next week because I need their help as document photographers on the trip!  All groups thought that they would see people at Revolution Foods and we began discussing how to ask peers if they were okay with having their picture taken.

Wallace: Excuse me, can I take your picture?  They may say yes or no or maybe.

Michael: May I please take a picture of you… please?

Jasper: If they say no, don’t take it.

Michael: And if you do, you might get a ticket from the police.

Sarah: You can tell them that they look gorgeous.

Gabby: You can say thank you!

A big job like this comes with big responsibilities!  Friends decided that they must always walk while holding cameras and that they should wear the strap to the camera around their wrist. We decided that when I say “wrist check,” friends would hold up their cameras and we make sure they are all safe and secure.

Jasper: Keep it on your wrist so it’s safe and doesn’t fall.

Michael: They are really expensive… like infinity dollars.

Next, children asked their friends in the Studio if they could take their photograph.

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Once we practiced in the Studio, we decided to take a walk around the school to see if there was anyone that we could ask to photograph.  Children became incredibly excited whenever they saw a teacher or another student in the hallway.  Here are some of their photographs from our adventure!

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Many thanks to everyone for being so open to us photographing them today!  Friends really loved it and it was great practice for our fieldwork next week.  Here are some of my photos from my perspective today…

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“The camera looks like yours!”

Yesterday was an incredibly exciting day in the Studio as we began learning about photography!  As some of you may know, I was an education and photography major in college.  I have always wondered how/when/if I could incorporate my love of photography into the Studio and finally decided to give it a try!  I had a feeling they would enjoy it… but I wasn’t necessarily expecting them to love it as much as they did!

We began by looking at old negatives on the light tables.  I went through my archived work and found all different sized (35mm, medium format and 4×5) negatives and brought them in.  I selected a wide array of photographs… portraits, still lives, landscapes, etc.  Children loved looking at the negatives and several groups decided to act out stories based on the way they were arranged on the light table.

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Wallace: I see a man with no face… they’re pictures!

Georgi: I see cupcakes.  We can make it into a story… it tells different parts.

Phoenix: This looks like a library.

Georgi: The elements of harmony… it’s like loyalty, kindness and My Little Pony.

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Jasper: We made the pictures in a row.  I see they are pictures because they look like a camera took them.  I see a person, a kitchen and another person.  I found two gates.

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Minna: This is awesome.

Darian: Are they food?  You can’t see them when they are on the ground but you can see it on the light table.

Minna: I put it back on… it’s something… it’s a monkey?  Oh no, it’s a person!

Next, friends gathered around the table as I passed out digital cameras that we were borrowing from the library!  Children were beyond thrilled that they were going to get to take photos with “adult cameras.”  We came up with some group rules about using the cameras safely and appropriately.  Next, we had a quick demo lesson about turning the cameras on and off, taking a photo and seeing the photos you’ve already taken.  Once children felt comfortable, they began taking photos of themselves, each other and objects in the Studio and hallway.  Yesterday I posted some of the children’s photography… here are some moments that I captured while they were exploring!

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