Saturday, April 24, 2010

From Dudley to Coolidge - Photography & Conflict along the 66 Bus

Ever wondered why neighborhoods in Boston are so different?  Ever been to Dudley Square? How about Coolidge Corner? The Boston crew has started a new group project, documenting life in two neighborhoods that both lie on the 66 bus route, but rarely interact with each other.  

We're gathering photo impressions as part of the Virtual Corners public art project:
Beginning in June 2010, a storefront in Coolidge Corner, Brookline, and in Dudley Square, Roxbury will be transformed into large video screens, providing pedestrians of each neighborhood with a portal into one another's worlds. Running 24/7, life-size screen images and AV technology will enable real-time communication between residents of the two neighborhoods.
We've been riding the bus, with cameras and lil notebooks in hand.
Today, we'll start doing some audio interviews with residents and bus riders, asking questions like:

How old are you?
Where are you from?
Are you in school? Where?
How do you feel about your community?
What's your favorite food?
Are you a photographer?
What's one word to describe you and why?
What do you think about this place?
How do you feel when you come here?
Do you like it?
How do you think people outside the community view it?
What's positive about this place? What would you change?

If you're around, come join us!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Announcing a Photography Competition

Peace in Focus 
International Photography Competition

Peace in Focus is launching an international photography competition for youth. Each month, we will accept submissions on a particular theme from young photographers around the world. The themes will reflect the core interests and values of Peace in Focus – youth leadership, non-violence, and socially conscious photography. Participants may submit literal or artistic interpretations of the subject, and photographs will be evaluated on their creativity, social message, and unique framing of the topic. Winners will receive a $25 prize and will be featured on our blog and website. All entries will be included in a monthly online slideshow, highlighting the vision and voices of young people around the world. 

  • Photographers must be 25 years old or under to be eligible to win.
  • Photographers may submit one to three photographs depicting the month’s theme. Each photograph or photo-essay must be accompanied by a title and caption that explains the photographer’s message or point of view.
  • Submissions must be emailed to by the 1st of each month. Remember to include your name, age, address, phone number, photo title and caption.
  • Please note that by participating in this competition, you grant permission for Peace in Focus to feature your work online and/or in print materials.
  • All entries, including the month’s winner, will be featured on the Peace in Focus website and blog. 

Monthly Themes
  • May 1, 2010: What is something you cannot live without?
  • June 1, 2010: What is your source of hope?
  • July 1, 2010: What does equality look like?
  • August 1, 2010: Whom do you most admire in your community?
  • September 1, 2010: Where do you get information about your community or the world?
  • October 1, 2010: Where do you find peace?
  • November 1, 2010: What is your dream for the future?
  • December 1, 2010: If you could say anything to one thousand people, what would you say?
Click here to download and share a .pdf version of this announcement. We look forward to seeing your photos!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Photography Concepts and Conflict

Here's some photos we took while talking about how photo concepts can illustrate issues of conflict.  We also learned photography techniques like focus, angle, point of view, framing, time and cropping/zooming.  We then went for a walk near USES at a park near Northeastern University and tried out our new skills.

This is a picture that shows focus,because it's only showing the little detail and not the entire photo.

This picture show Angle/ Point of View.

These 2 pictures represent the Time concept and I used them because the second picture shows that overtime events occur that change peoples moods or facial expression.
                                                                    -Devaughn White

These 2 pictures represent the Cropping and Zoom concept. I decided to use these two pictures because without seeing the computer in the second image, you would not know where the plant was.
                                                                        -Devaughn White 

These 2 images kind of represent the Framing concept because it excludes something (the books) and it also shows Timing again because the first image, the books are included. In the second image it shows that some people passed by and helped themselves to the books.
                                                                       -Devaughn White