Thursday, May 7, 2009

Project #1: Visually Record Your Food

Photograph all the foods and drink you have consumed during one or two days. Use Photoshop to create a collage of your findings. Be aware of the types of foods and advertising for foods that you encounter and see if, at the end of the documentation process, you are more conscious of the foods that you eat. You can include pictures taken with a cellphone or other devices in your collages in addition to ones taken with a camera.

Think about what kind of documentary/artistic style you will use for your project. Check out some examples below and feel free to add more. As soon as we receive your email, we can add you as an author to the blog.

Artistic Strategies for documenting your food.
Camera Angle – low, aerial (stand on a chair…), eye level
Distance between you (photographer) and the subject (the food) - far away, macro shot
Style – staged like in “nutrition 101” or “Edward Weston’s vegetables” or more free flowing documentary like in Supersize Me (I know, that’s a movie…..just the style)

Presentation of a Series:
Combine your images in one or more collages using Photoshop OR
Print out individual images as a series – arrange as a grid, linear sequence, other pattern.

Peter Menzel and Faith D'AlusioPeter Menzel and Faith D'Alusio

Edward Weston Natural Studies – the famous pepper black & whites:

Humorous/social commentary as in Supersize Me

cameras, computer, photo paper
Please post on SandP meets MCG blog as you develop your work!

1 comment:

  1. Hey Kids: Glad to be a part of this wonderful project. I'm Peter Webb.
    Quick Question-
    Is the purpose of the documentation to spread awareness (to ourselves) of the food we eat?
    Best Wishes to all