Wrinkle in Time – Photo Project

So, for our last photo project we get to choose our theme.  I am really bad about that, so many ideas pop into my head and I’m such a sporatic photographer.  I can change photographic styles on a whim, and often do.  Because I have gotten such kind remarks about the dark and unique lighting photos, I’ve been hanging on that style for a good long while.

But now I feel I want to branch out again.

My project idea is photos featuring and showing off older people, as well as younger people but highlighting the way people age.  It is something that has always intrigued me and I see such beauty in age.

I found some beautiful pictures from a Flickr photographer named lonedfx.  My pictures would be similar to these.  It is as if he read my mind!  I would, however, use a ring light to create some fun light effects.  I would also like to feature faces more, at least five or ten pictures of just straight on head shots.

The only difficulty in getting these pictures is access.  But here’s my plan.

  1. Offer free 8×10’s for those who participate, could be a Christmas or Thanksgiving gift to family.
  2. Offer free 17×22 of those who participate as a group photo for the nursing home.
  3. … Thoughts?

What else could I do?  Should I drive to the nursing homes or call?  Should I have a collection of pictures to show I’m legit, even though I don’t have any really of people?  How should I approach the local nursing homes?  Should I go to hospices and if so, how do you treat that?  I feel that everyone is beautiful and I want to both showcase that as well as create a constructive social narrative of how people deal with age, time, money/consumption etc through a picture.

What kind of thoughts do you guys have?  I need to have pictures for class on Tuesday for my professor to look over.

I, as usual, appreciate any suggestions and thoughts.  If you have any ideas of how I could capture kids and families as well, that’d be great.  Seems like I don’t know anyone with kids.  Guess that happens when you’re surrounded by other college students!

3 thoughts on “Wrinkle in Time – Photo Project

  1. Call nursing homes before going, and yes, I would take pictures to show you are legit. I would stay away from hospices but if you are set on that, you most definitely should call first. I don’t know about Columbia but there are sometimes senior centers in towns, that might be a good place to find active older people. So is my building, feel free to come on over! 🙂

  2. Definitely call ahead and bring a small portfolio with you. I think the offer of free 8x10s is a great idea. I’m sure most people there would be happy to help. Hospice is kind of tricky, I would probably stay away from that. some nursing homes have different levels of care, though, from assisted living down to full nursing care. You could probably get some shots there, which could show almost as much as hospice.

    Caps last blog post…please hire me

  3. Sorry, it’s Sunday night, and I am only just now reading this. Just in case you are still working on the project / seeking help here are my thoughts: I agree; you should both call and offer a portfolio of some sort for legitimacy issues. I think you should call The ARC as well. It’s my understanding that they have some senior-geared fitness. Blue-hairs at water aerobics would be awesome 🙂 At the hospital we have the elderly Service League Auxillary ladies too. They volunteer in the gift shop, change out waiting room magazines, etc. They might make for some good pics. If you really want to get some family / kid pics I am friends with lots o’ people with little ones and could probably hook you up in that respect. Good luck, and if there is anything I can do just holla 😉

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