Another new project that has come with the new year is an assignment called ‘The 5 Picture Story’ which is as it sounds, tell a story using five pictures. Being able to tell a story through shooting, editing, layout and construction os images is an important part of becoming a successful press and editorial photographer. There are two parts to this project, part one is called ‘A Story in 5 Pictures’ and part two is called ‘The SDA: Self Directed Assignments. Essentially, it means that we must shoot two different stories for this assignment meaning that there will be ten images in total, five for each story. The aim is to construct a clear narrative with the selected images. As is with the other project we have been given recently, we are ask to have our captions either printed on an adhesive label or affixed to the prints rather than using double-sided tape to attach the paper labels to the prints when handing in for assessment.
The assignment is very broad, and the stories that we tell through our photographs are completely up to us. We can shoot anything. We can tell any story. We can do whatever we want for this project. Saying that that only scares me a little bit would be an understatement.
The challenge now is to find stories that are compelling and work out how to represent them in five photos. We can photograph whatever interests us and I already have one big idea in mind for this. There is a dog warden in my local home area of Kent that I’m aware of, who travels to rescue and house dogs which is something I really admire and am passionate about. I’ve already contacted him and am hoping to get a response that’ll give me an opportunity to go a photograph a story surrounding him and the dogs he rescues.
There is a group display of our work for this project on the 13th of March and the final deadline for submission is May 2nd. I have a feeling I’ll end up shooting more than two stories, as it’s most likely I’ll get an opportunity to shoot a story that I think is interesting and will end up not liking my depiction of it and realise it isn’t as compelling as I once believed and move on. Or maybe I’ll just shoot more than two stories anyway to have a wide option and then group tutorial discussions will help decide which two stories are best.