My Narrative Story
A Friend’s Narrative Story
Photojournalism Happening in School
Photojournalism Happening Locally
All photographs by Alysa Tarrant
The first narrative series of images was taken during the day at a friend’s house. I liked her door so I asked her to model for me in front of it. I had her wear dark clothing just to add to the general mood of the photos. In the narrative story of a friend I had her wear a t-shirt with the name of her exchange program on it and I had her lay on the Spanish flag because she is on exchange from Spain. She is looking at the symbol on the flag because she will soon be returning. I had her lay near the window because it had the best lighting though the photo is still a bit grainy because I had to keep my ISO high. In the photojournalism photo of something happening at school I took a photograph at French club. People were standing around talking and eating snacks so I took a few pictures next to the snack table. I had to keep my ISO high and my shutter speed high to capture the movement and to let enough light into the camera. Finally, for the photojournalism photos of something happening locally, I took a series of images at the Farmer’s Market. They also happened to be setting up for the Brick Street Market. I keep my ISO fairly low because it was bright out and I kept my shutter speed higher in order to capture people as they walked around. I also had a wider depth of field so that the viewer can see what’s happening in the background of the photo and it’s not just one person that’s the focus.
My first series of narrative images are about moving forward in life and not staying looking at the past for too long. This year has been full of changes for me, and as friendships and relationships end it has been hard to move forward and be excited about the future (college) and what it has to offer. I wanted to visually portray the idea that when one door closes, another one opens, you just have to be brave enough to look. There are quotes hidden in each of the images (for this narrative series). I really love quotes and I felt like this would be a perfect opportunity to include them. I didn’t want them to distract from the image so I lowered the opacity and hid them within the images. As for the narrative image of a friend, I chose to take a photograph of my friend who is a foreign exchange student from Spain. In this image she is laying down on the Spanish flag and looking toward the symbol on the flag because she will be returning soon. She is also wearing the shirt from her exchange program. In the photojournalism image of something happening at school, I took a photo at French club. I wanted to capture some of the action, as well as something that everyone loved about French club: the food. I actually made those cupcakes and have often made food for French club so I was happy to include that in my picture. Finally, for the series of photojournalism images happening locally, I took pictures of the farmer’s market and the Brick Street Market set up. I really like the first image becaue of the bricks and the horizon line they create. I was also very happy with that image because the lady is walking towards me but she is looking away which feels very visually intriguing. I wanted to capture “action” in each of those photos. By action, I just mean that people were doing things and were portraying real emotion.
Overall I am very happy with my images for this project! I had higher hopes for my narrative images but what I had originally planned relied on my Photoshop skills being at a much higher level than they are. I will keep trying though and I really enjoyed learning about narrative and photojournalism photography. I also found it really interesting to learn about the laws and cases involving photography.