Photo Essay/ Narrative Project

For this assignment we were asked to create a photo essay in the style of a famous photographer. I chose to reference Cole Thompson in my photo essay. I thought he has a really interesting way of capturing the sense of a place through black and white photography, and I’ve never done any black and white work before so I figured this would be good practice for me. In my essay I tried to capture the spirit of my grandparent’s house. They died when I was 7 or 8 and the family decided to keep the house as a kind of summer home/gathering place. Recently there’s been a push to do a lot of updates/renovation and I just wanted to capture some things I remembered about the house before everything changed. Cole Thompson does some work with old metal/ tools that I chose to emulate in the shots of the workshed. He does a lot of work with clouds and natural textures/patterns that I tried to model some of my shots after as well. He does a motion blur on most of his work with water, and the Rappahannock isn’t a fast moving river so I chose to keep my water shots pretty sharp and contrasty instead. One of the challenges I dealt with was making sure no sand got anywhere near my camera (or rain, or sawdust)


“Seaglass” : f11, ISO 400, 40 mm focal length, 1/100 shutter

“Rappahannock River Bridge” : f11, ISO 400, 45mm focal length, 1/1250 shutter

“Saltines” : f11, ISO 800, 55mm focal length, 3/10 shutter

“Wave Edge”: f11, ISO 800, 55mm focal length, 1/2000 shutter

“Crabshell” : f11, ISO 800, 55mm focal length, 1/640 shutter

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