empowering students with media tools to develop their creative voice and promote change
Is that for real? The answer to that is up for debate and no doubt Media Arts students still cringe at the though of adding one more detailed shadow after it being so drilled into them. It sells the photo though and whether your being stepped on, levitating or flying above the city, the blending of reality and imagination was the topic of our most recent projects.
Steel Wool Photography
Several weeks ago, AIMS photography students met up at night for an evening photo shoot where we lit steel wool on fire and spun it around. By setting a 15 second shutter speed and adjusting our other light controls accordingly, our cameras recorded every spark and light trail which produced the photos above.
In some way, each of us are affected by gun violence, and some more than others. After discussing why so much gun violence exists we took to our cameras and Photoshop to capture and share our response. While focusing on learning the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO in the context of portraiture, students paired up and took photos of each other. Every portrait was captured by a student and all the post production and editing was done by the student in the photo.
Double exposing photos is a practice that has existed for decades and that was the focus of this project while seeking to better understand composition and focal points in photography and the basics of masking in Photoshop. Students had to connect the overlaid photo in some way to an interest they have in order to make a deeper and more personal connection. All portraits and post production was completed by students.
I'm Mr. Clemente and it's my joy every day to develop and encourage the next generation of young artists. My goal in this course whether we are learning about photography, graphic design, filmmaking or audio production is to use these media tools to empower students to share their voice about the world around them and to develop their creative voice. In addition to what I teach my own students, I partner with many of our academic teachers to integrate media arts into their classrooms.
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