After the overwhelming success of last spring’s Northern Arizona University (NAU) Photography Students “Behind the Image: Guest Blogger” project, I’m thrilled to introduce a new group of photography students who will serve as guest bloggers on my blog starting tomorrow through early May!
Last spring, I partnered with my good friend, fellow photographer, and NAU photography instructor, Amy Horn, to offer her photography students real-world experience to put their school studies to practical use. Thirty-five students participated in this inaugural project (to see their entries, select Guest Blogger and Making the Image categories from the right side of this screen). After receiving many positive comments from both the students and this audience, Amy and I decided to team up again this year to offer a similar opportunity for one of her spring semester class.
On April 17, 2014, I visited her Intermediate Photography (PHO285) class to kick-off this year’s “Guest Blogger: Behind the Image” assignment. During the presentation, the students received instruction to select one image from this semester. Then, they would describe why and how they made the image in 800 words or less and in active-not passive-voice. We encouraged them to share what inspired them to make the photograph, what process they used to create it, and the technical information for the resulting frame. We also requested a 100-word bio so we could get to know the person behind the image. The students were not required to submit nature or outdoor-related images, as their interests varied greatly (and I feel strongly that we, as an audience, can improve our own work by reviewing and evaluating photography outside of our preferred domains).
Starting tomorrow and extending throughout the next 12 days, in no particular order, these 24 NAU Intermediate Photography students will share their visual expression with public audience via this blog – some blogging for the first time! I hope you enjoy the diversity, the unique perspectives, and honesty these students will share!
However, this project isn’t just for the students. It’s for you too!
You can make a difference in these students’ lives by reading their insights and providing your constructive comments. What do you like about the image? What might you improve? Do you have any similar experiences with this subject, technique, or approach? By actively participating in this project, you can also get new ideas for your own work. As I often share in my presentations and the Austin Kleon book suggests, “Steal like an artist!” How can you apply what you like to your own work in a different situation? Not only will the students get to hear your unique perspective and encouragement, but you also have the chance to polish your own style!
So without further ado, let’s welcome the 2014 NAU Intermediate Photography students and enjoy their photography and “Behind the Image” stories!