The Parks of Chandler
Photograph the parks in Chandler, AZ, emphasizing their beauty and features. The goal for this topic is to take photos that would be suitable for advertising the desirability of Chandler to potential residents and to let current residents see what is available in Chandler.
Photograph graffiti around metropolitan Phoenix. Shoot both graffiti that some might consider artistic (ignoring its location and possible defacement of others property) and of graffiti which, by common standards, would be considered defacing and without merit. A goal for this topic might be to provide a framework for a discussion of graffiti and to determine how prevalent graffiti is in our area.
Candid Shots of People
Photograph people in ordinary situations, for example at the zoo or on a downtown street. The goal of this topic would be to overcome my reluctance to photograph people and to take pictures that viewers of the pictures can relate to.
I am most drawn to your first and second concepts as I feel they have the most depth and are open for a great deal of discovery. My first choice would be the graffiti project as I believe that this would be a new direction in your work and it might open up new avenues for you in the future. I think rather then focusing on what you feel does and does not have merit as far as the work you encounter, try to photograph the work you find with a neutral position towards all of it. Of course your own opinion might come across in the photographs, or you may find that you only shoot the work that interests you. Thanks Charles.
Love the graffiti idea!! I am amazed at what graffiti artists can do and wonder how they are able to do it without getting caught. Don’t forget train cars!! I am not sure where trains park in AZ but that may be something to look into for a good place to shoot.
I love the graffiti idea. I think it would be the most interesting.
If you decide to do the first idea, you could incorporate the third idea with it. I see people at the park that go there to get away, take a snooze, meditate, study for a test, get the kids out of the house, get away from the kids, and for many reasons. You could have something that tells those stories in your pics. I also like the graffiti idea. If I see some, I will let you know where it is at.
Your idea about graffitiwould be interesting, I think if you were able to work with a couple writers(graffiti artists) for action shots would be cool. Also the super detail shots that could be done with the pieces themselves. And making panoramics, diptychs and triptychs that could be incorporated into the series would be cool. If you need any ideas of where to shoot, and people to talk to let me know.