Emulated Image

Emulated Photograph

Learning about photography through close reading and emulation

Project Description and assigned work:

The photographic frame shapes what and how one ‘reads’ from it. In the same way that a poem may be read closely to understand how expression emerges from form, a well-crafted photograph may be closely examined, and then emulated. What is, and what is not in the frame has a profound effect on the way a photograph is interpreted. The way it is printed, and even presented for viewing, impacts meaning. 
This project will 
  • consolidate technical proficiency; 
  • sharpen one’s ability to ‘read’ a photograph and understand the connections between materials, expression and meaning 
  • result in a complete synthesis of technique and emotive expression, namely vision.
The project will be done using film-based cameras and traditional wet-lab processes. This will allow students to consolidate the fundamental technical and aesthetic principles of photography.

Assignment:

Select one photograph from the designated course text, and emulate it as exactly as possible. 
This project requires a fair bit of planning and pre-visualization. Be prepared to make several attempts!
 
 A 200 to 300-word written statement analyzes the project by addressing all of the following issues.
Describe the impact of the original photograph on you.
Give a clear example of what particular aspect of the image you were most drawn to and why.
Describe some aspect of the work that you had not been aware of until after having completed the project.
Refer to other photographer(s) whose work may have an impact on this project.

Submission Details

1. Submit only one print, along with a reference to the original image, citing the book and page it was referred from. This reference should be presented on a label, or caption, placed beside the print, as well as indicated in the next detail, #2.
 
2. The verso of each contact print must have written in pencil, in the lower left corner:
 
Your name
Emulated after < <photographer’s name>, <Title information>, <source citation>)
Art <class number> <semester> <YYYY> e.g. Art 103 Fall 2019
 
3. The Statement is to be emailed, as a document attachment, to the instructor by the start of the final critique. The email subject (as well as the attached file if submitting as such) should be named
 
<YourlastnameFirstinitial_<class number>_ContactSelfPortrait_Satement.doc>
e.g. MaldeP_103_COntactSelfPortrait_Satement.doc
 
The statement should have the standard heading:
 
First Last Name
Statement
Art <class number> – Contact Self Portrait
<semester> YYYY
 
followed by the body of the statement.
 

Description of goals and grading rubric:

Consolidate the relationship between pre-visualization and expression
Understand the relationship between lighting, camera and lens controls, processing and printing, and expression
Consolidate skills in wet-lab (traditional) printing
Learn read a photograph closely
Learn to write an artist statement.
 

Assessment Criteria:

 
Technical Skills:
  • Camera controls (exposure, focus, location)
  • Film-based photographic processes, tools and materials
  • Printing controls
  • Print finishing
 
Expressive Skills: 
  • Awareness of what is meant by form and expression in photographs
  • Understanding the photographic process, from pre-production to final presentation
 
Analytic Skills: To what extent does the work and the written project statement address the following
 
  • Establishes primary concerns. 
  • Addresses main objectives and how they were achieved. 
  • Considers the print as mark on paper and image.
  • Identifies some aspect of the work that becomes apparent after having completed the project.
  • Refers work by other photographers
 
Recursive Skills:
  • assesses VISUAL literacy and indicates the assimilation of technical, expressive and analytic skills through engagement.
  • Regular attendance of classes
  • Participation in the critique
 
 

Grading Rubric for Emulated Image

 
Student name:                                      Overall grade for project: 
 
Using negatives produced since the beginning of this semester (and only these), select and enlargement-print 10 images. The final prints will be enlarged, largely uncropped from the original negative, sequenced and exhibited on walls. A 200 to 300-word written statement analyzes the project must follow guidelines as described in the project assignment description.
 
+ = excellent – = needs some attention
√ = good \ = needs a lot of attention
o = satisfactory x = inadequate or incomplete
 
Technical Skills:
☐Proficiency with lighting and subject organization
☐Proficiency with processing and printing methods
☐Proficiency safe and healthy darkroom practices
 
 
Expressive Skills:
☐Awareness of form
☐Evidence of close reading
☐Indication cause and effect
 
 
Analytic Skills: To what extent does the work and the written project statement address the following
☐primary concerns
☐addresses main objectives and process
☐Identifies some aspect of the work that becomes apparent after having completed the project.
☐Refers to other work
 
Recursive Skills: indicates the assimilation of technical, expressive and analytic skills through engagement
☐Regular and engaged attendance
☐Engaged Participation in the critique