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					Photography Workshops Report Pre-Trip Preparations Sourcing of Equipment - Developed photography donation letter. Approached several different retailers, with little success, particularly unfortunate was that The Camera Exchange, that donated in 2004 trip. General Guidelines Week 1- Introduction digital camera and its operation - explaining functions of camera/materials Week 2 – Continuation of past exercises, examine and critique photographs. Week 3 – Concept development. From results of past exercises continue on and produce resolved images. Technical Concepts - Camera cannot handle extremes of light and dark, unlike our eyes which can. - Example - don’t photograph with subject in front of light (unless wanting silhouette) - Camera needs to have a lot of light, better quality images. - Example - don’t photograph subject in shadows. - Hold camera still; press shutter button slowly and firmly. Photography as way of seeing - Focus on what you want the eye to be draw to. - What perspective are you taking from – high, low, first person? - Example – experiment with different perspectives and what effects this has. - Is it a wide angle or closeup? Why? - Is it horizontal or vertical? Concepts Elements: Contrast Can emphasise an element in the photo. Brainstorm different contrasts, take photos. emotion is it obvious or ambigious (re advertising obvious to sell). How can you express it other than with a face? mystery/abstraction making the viewer curious. Can you fool them? What are their expectations? story how can you tell one of your stories in the least photographs? Closeup

What can you discover in the world around you that is beautiful? That is neglected? Exercise – take picture that will be hard for us to know what it is – confuse us Repetition/symmetry Guidelines Not right or wrong, but you need to experiment Don’t copy others! Everyone can be interested in dif things – try to develop your own ideas, your way of seeing. Or work together but both be involved. identify what you want, and what you don’t want – what is everything doing in your image Extensions Exhibition at George Paton Exhibition at oxford books Getting a regular paid staff to continue workshops Having competetion at CCD, or a democratic rotating photo-wall. Photo-exchange timeline for 2007

India Lesson Plan – Lisa Stewart Week 1- introduction and some exercises -explaining functions of camera/materials Week 2 – continuation of past exercises and starting new ones Week 3 – From results of past exercises continue on with what they feel works best for them and try and produce resolved images. Example exercises -Exercise 1, Taxonomy, working in groups or individually, select a letter, symbol, shape, colour, object etc and record every instance of it that you can find in that day/ few days. Can record using camera but also drawing, or collecting physical object or combination of few methods. -Exercise 2, the candid photo, choose someone to photograph and capture them in a number of photos, some with their knowledge and some without them knowing. On development choose which images best capture the subject -Exercise 3, creating a photo, create a collage out of found images (ie from magazines, newspaper, food wrappers, your own drawings) to produce an image that you think would make an interesting photo, doesn’t have to be realistic -Exercise 4, free choice, expose a roll of film, photographing anything you like, try and capture some at different light environments, different levels of perspective, near far etc. -Exercise 5; from these photographs create a collage/series of collages, changing as much or little as you like in each image, can introduce other images from magazines etc if like Exercise 6, different ways of observation, choose one place/thing, take one photo and make one sketch of it. Once picture developed incorporate the sketch onto the photograph Exercise 7, working with text, pick a word, or phrase and best try to represent it up in a photograph. **These exercises rough guide, can be changed if not suitable, or if one is really successful can follow that disregarding others. Would like to keep it all flexible. Aims: student enjoyment and creative outlet, to open views about what photography can be, and different ways it can be approached and used. To produce work that could potentially be exhibited back in Australia, or perhaps auctioned off at a fundraiser night. Materials -cameras, preferably slr but disposable would be fine also (I have one digital, slr and polariod with me) -film, b&w and colour 35mm and Polaroid -scissors -glue

-pencils/textas/permanent markers -paper -objects found around India ie cardboard, magazines etc Photography workshops Everyday Macro Story Setup action Landscape Portrait -Story, imaginary, day in the life -Macro function -Portrait exercise getting them to place subject in background that ties in with their interests. Portrait show not only picture, but whole photo talks about person. Elements of a photo Foreground/background – both tell about subject. Brainstorm 4 words to describe yourself. Take 2 portraits in pairs representing this, draw -background/foreground. Think about background of your image not just subject– show some of their pictures as examples, - taxonomy. In/out of place. Shapes/symbols,colour. We assign, +one chosen. - candid vs setup. - words->image. General Things - staying in pairs as much as possible - not copying each other so much, try and take picture as different from last picture taken as possible - showing some of their past pictures and talk about what is successful and what doesn’t work as well. -Holding camera still and thinking about image before just snapping PHOTOGRAPHY LESSONS JAN07 1. 2. 3. 4. Intro – identifying different photo types and explaining camera functions Free camera time – trying to show different ‘types’ of photos Foreground/background theory and exercise DOUBLE Macro function/exercise + Word exercise. Emotions. Represent with a story. MAKE LIST. SWAPAN

5. Feedback with TRANSLATOR, Placing words into a space – how a particular place or object makes them feel. (need chalk, paper, textas, labels, string etc) 6. Portraits, theory and exercise. 7. Blackboard, mirror, curtains, Feedback 8. Set-up, create a scene – get comics, create own story, possible group exercise 9. Mystery workshop – macro, ambiguous photos, obscuring image 10. Field trip, free photo choice 11. Film workshop 12. Idea concept workshop SWAPAN 13. ***Anything brilliant must be repeated in film! Set up practice Kiddapore 1. Words to images, portraits – bring dig and film 2. film, Concepts and ideas, Daily life – potential picture exchange with boys???? Placing words into a space – how a particular place or object makes them feel. Little tykes 1. Portraits – props, blackboard – draw pictures on blackboard for portrait background. Trace outline. Words. Thought bubbles. mosquito nets! 2. Words and emotions 3. Close-up and mystery 4. blanket sheet exercise, how each interacts with object using imagination. Misc Get film Ask swapan about old cameras Get set up props - playdo? Plasticine, cardboard big sheets, toys, look in hobby room, Comics GOOD CHALK! ASK angili about props, explore hobby centre and physio therapy. Blanket sheet. Lesson Outlines Lesson 4 – Friday 19th 8 – 10 – Double lesson Macro/word exercises - Explain how macro functions on cameras work, hold camera still! Take example shots and show example pictures. - texture. Mystery/abstraction - Set Macro Exercise; each boy takes 2photos each, NO MORE! making sure crisp and unblurred, holding camera still etc. Try to make as mysterious as possible so it is hard for us to know what you photographed. Take photos in secret so other

groups will have to guess what you’ve been snapping. Guess at end of lesson. Try and stay in groups! 1st 45min - Go over how a photographs are often used to represent ideas and concepts, give examples (emotions etc), show examples if possible. LIST: happy, sad, angry, jealous, sick, proud, dissapointed, excited, bored, frightened, embarassed, worried, lonely, tired, satisfied, overjoyed, calm, focused, thoughtful, interested, reflective, obedient,relaxed, searching. Can add your own. Exercise: pairs 2 photos each (per person). One face, another scene. Lesson 5 *Feedback with TRANSLATOR Placing words into a space – how a particular place or object makes them feel. (need chalk, paper, textas, labels, string etc) our examples:braclet, journal. Show pictures. spaces: bed, classroom,eating,rooftop,courtyard. Objects: toothbrush shoes, buckets, plate, textbook, taps, gate, mosquito net Make mindmaps – words associate with a particular object. Lesson 6 Portraits, theory and exercise Lesson 7 Blackboard, mirror, curtains, Feedback Lesson 8 Set-up, create a scene – get comics, create own story, possible group exercise Lesson 9 Mystery workshop – macro, ambiguous photos, obscuring image??? Still do? Lesson 10 Field trip, free photo choice Lesson 11 Film workshop

Lesson plans show photographs- what do you like? -why - some principles – brainstorm +draw examples -some themes brainstorm + draw examples - so you must think, but be intuitive- good photos have them and principle identify what you want, and what you don’t want – what is everything doing in your image recap: to is focus important!! Try these: 6 inside/outside 3 strange 3 boy 3 nature 3 important to you Issues concepts took a while: sym/rep was confusing, but eventually made it difficulties due to interpretor, not speaking directly practical – boys fairly good at sharing - don’t hold camera still - just taking pictures of me - overloading them with ideas? - difficult supervising them with paris running around everywhere - boys copying each other cameras had to be finished so the film could be taken to be developed camera place would print only negs that they thought were acceptable, ie not blurred, too dark/light etc, b//c of economic constraints

class 2 Try these 3 mystery 3 contrast 2 closeup

Some Feedback striving to ‘get at’ local, inside view, not the outsider. object not print, but process dif children – anonyminity? lvel of control/direction future directions email images – get kids to title them, draw pictures, poems about them, then send back get second installment of images of kids brother/sister school idea aust concept map of all the issues etc tram project research india photography research other simlar prohjects for every buyer, send a special letter thing that they can send to the children, photograph of them, a note etc, in a prepaid letter pack. -> get a group of the people who have bought the photographs – get them to generate images about their worlds, send them to the kids. -the two groups Some relevant groups: Damp – (uplands gallery) collaborative group A constructed world (geoff lowe) Art fan Speech Clubs (artist run space above builders arm) Rirkrit Tiravanija– relational aesthetics Nicholas Bourriard Palais de Tokyo asialink – arts bringing the aesthetic and the community together…? Burnt objects

irving penn What I’ve been up to this semester so far… Preparing and executing the exhibition ‘ India within, India without’. Designing/printing invites Designing/printing postcards (with children’s images, sold for $3, to be posted to India) Photographs (mine) Selecting from approx 1500 photographs, shortlisting to 65, then to 47 finals, film scanning, cropping, colour correction, printing. Designing/printing posters Photographs (children’s) selecting from approx 400, shortlisting to 50, then to 40 finals, film scanning,colour correction, printing. Information displays – editing background information for Indian NGO, poster printing to A0 size Outputting A0 trace images for children’s group photographs Sourcing funding – MUSU, VCASU Sourcing donations from local companies Publicity – local councils, radio, community newspapers, art-almanac, VCA VIP list, university elists, local arts organizations, local Indian organizations Editing and distributing press releases Creating hanging structures (hessian) for photographs to hang Have been sitting the gallery on Saturdays And another million things… Future directions email images back to Indian kids – get the kids to title them, draw pictures, poems about them, then send them back to Aust get second instalment of images of kids establish brother/sister school relationship with local Aust school and the India NGO for every photograph buyer, send a special letter thing that they can send to the children, photograph of them, a note etc, in a prepaid letter pack. -> get a group of the people who have bought the photographs – get them to generate images about their worlds, send them to the kids. -the two groups can then dialogue

Delivered-To: From: "email id 4817 cust 11105" <> To: VCASU President <> Subject: lesson plan Date: Sun, 12 Nov 2006 04:15:36 +1000 X-OriginatingIP: ::ffff: (lisastewart) Hi Michael, sorry about the delay, but here is my ideas for lessons in india, let me know if thats an ok starting point. At the bottom Iv listed a number of materials Id like to use in my lessons, you said you were sourcing camera donations, but in terms of things like film and pencils, scissors etc, is it easy enough to find that stuff over in india for resonable prices, or should I try and organise for things to be brought over from aus or try and see if someone could donate some materials? Matt had offered to try and help me get donations organised back home. Oh and with the agreement form can I give it to you in india or do you want me to send it back to you by post, if so what address? Also with my flights I have option to arrive at night on the 10th of Jan or else could come a day earlier, which would be preferable? And is my stay strictly til the 31st or would it be fine to stay one more day and leave on 1st feb?? let me know so I can confirm flight dates. Thanks a lot Lisa ---------- Original Message ----------From: VCASU President <> To: email id 4817 cust 11105 <> Sent: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 16:31:29 +1000 Subject: fok update > Hi Lisa, > Hope europe is going well (are you still there?). > We have had a very successful volunteer training for all the new > volunteers (except of course you, and kylie B), so things are going > well. there was a bollywood dancing fundraiser for the shelter last > night as well! > > Just writing to confirm we are meeting at 10th jan in kolkata (I'll > get specific details later). > > At the moment we have asked the new volunteers to write up there > projects, so if would be great if you could email over the project > ideas that you have for the photo workshops (lesson plans, scope, > aims, what you might want to do with it on return to aus, etc). > then it will help us co-ordinate the projects. I am sourcing camera

> donations currently, and another group (of melb uni students) are > working on school photo-cultural exchange (see attachment). > > we also developed a volunteer agreement to basically ensure that > everyone behaves nicely whilst over there, and to ensure that the > host organisation gets paid for its time and resources. it is > attached too. we need to have your agreement - please dont > hesitate to email me if you're unsure of anything about this or the projects. > > Tell me if you are in range of a cheap phone at some pt too. > > cool! > > Michael. > > >ooops; his number is 0402085740 and email is >> >> > >---------- Original Message ----------> >From: VCASU President <> > >To: email id 4817 cust 11105 <> > >Sent: Thu, 03 Aug 2006 12:25:10 +1000 > >Subject: Re: volunteer details >> > >> hi lisa, > >> thanks for the quick reply. was going to call matt but the number > >> you gave me has 11 digits (one extra), can you send me the right > >> one? what is matt's email? I'll have a chat to him about you guys' > >> project ideas and get back to you. cheers, Michael. > >> > >> >Hi Michael, > >> > Yes Matt and I where wanting to go 10-31st of Jan. My Contact number at > >the > > > >moment is +61421289426, its my aus number on global roaming (im currently > >in > >> >europe), so don't call it because it will cost us both about $5 an hour!