Digital Photo Final Projects, Hartford Art School

The spring of 2020 will forever be remembered as the Spring of COVID19. For my students in Digital Photography we had just completed our exploration of Adobe Lightroom and were ready to move into Photoshop. Our final critique before the…

Digital Photo Final Projects, Hartford Art School

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The spring of 2020 will forever be remembered as the Spring of COVID19. For my students in Digital Photography we had just completed our exploration of Adobe Lightroom and were ready to move into Photoshop. Our final critique before the break involved storytelling utilizing the organization, editing and processing capabilities of Lightroom. As we said goodbye at the end of the critique we assumed we would return in a matter of weeks and pick up where we left off. Suddenly we were plunged into the on-line world of teaching and communicating as we all coped with our different at home situations and all that entailed. The teaching of Photoshop now was in the form of weekly tutorials exploring selections, channels, and layers, the core of Photoshop that distinguishes it from Lightroom. The final project was storytelling as well, but now with the invented image as the theme and whatever that entailed. These resulting portfolios represent those stories as students confronted the crisis and isolation head on or ignored it altogether. There are recurrent themes of anxiety, anger, and frustration, longing for family or a time of security before our world was turned upside down. At the same time we see themes of optimism and joy and the beauty of the invented and combined image, drawing on the forbearers of Dada and Surrealism, our inspiration for the project.

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