Showing the World Your Vision

Imagine this: an African girl wonders what it is like to live in America. We can show her in pictures!  This is what our Roots & Shoots group did.

First, my mom gave out cameras, and we went home and took pictures of whatever we liked.  Then our moms printed them out.  Lots of people made different pictures about different things.  When we got together again, we looked at the pictures and sorted them out.  We saw that our pictures were sometimes different than what we thought they were going to look like.  Sometimes they were blurry, and sometimes they were really clear.  Sometimes they were very dark, and sometimes they were very light.  But all of them were interesting.  We learned that photography is a big experiment.

Here are some of our projects…

Etolie, 8, made photos of her favorite thing – animals! – during a trip to some farms in Maine.   She used all natural light, outside, and the sunlight outlined certain features in her pictures.

Jayla, 8, made photos of things around her house, looking through doors and windows, and using the light and her subjects to play with perspective.

Zoe, 8, made a list of all of her favorite things, and then came up with ways to photograph each of them.  She played a lot with light, using natural light, flash, and even flashlight to achieve different looks.

Alana, 8, created a portrait series of her teacher, mom and friends in a homeschool Waldorf program she attends, arranging the photos in size order from smallest to biggest person and ending with a group photo.

Rachel, 8, was interested in looking at relationships between different objects.  When we looked at her portfolio, she decided to put pictures together that had a tonal theme.  And when making her book, she cropped the pictures more by cutting them.

Benny, 8, photographed a day in the life.  When we edited his photos for the portfolio, he created a narrative out of six of the photos that would also make a great film!

Forrest, 9, made photos of anything that caught his interest.  At some point in the process (while shooting? or while editing the pictures?), he became interested in turning some of the pictures into diptychs.

Benjamin, 11, made photos of various things in his life, creating a visual diary.  He wants to do another series of cool portraits of his beloved dog.

Then we made accordian albums and decorated the front with really awesome duct tape.  We also used sparkly letters and colorful markers to decorate the covers.

Thanks to everyone who came to our photography workshop!

the Hudson Valley Homeschool Roots & Shoots Group (left to right: Etolie, Forrest, Benny, Jayla, Benjamin, Zoe, Rachel and Alana)

-Zoe Flash (with italicized descriptions of the projects by Hillary)