Our last Series and Sequence event was interesting, challenging and fun. This time we'll explore an area often skipped over, upper Commercial Drive. So come and join your hosts, Sharon and Dionysios, for a photographic exploration of a city hot-spot.
Our co-organizer Carissa has set up a co-event in Calgary! VCFCP will be joined by Calgary Photo Walkers in hosting a Series and Sequence event. Please visit the link http://www.meetup.com/Calgary-P... for more details.
When we make a photograph, we present a message. We interpret an issue in a scene and present our understanding in a manner that can be deep or concise, cryptic or dazzling. Just like one word or sentence might not be enough to state our intention, then perhaps one image might not be enough to present our understanding of a subject (your message). Here we will produce a set of three or more images, mounted together, that will exhibit our message as either a series or a sequence.
A series is a set of photographs that does not require a viewing order to be understood. If re-ordered, meaning is not lost. What ties the images together is a common idea, subject, style or content such as "Vancouver's Mt Pleasant neighborhood", "Textures of Venice" and "New Orleans from the hip". With a series, there is consistency.
A sequence is a set of photographs that does require a viewing order to be understood. If re-ordered, the meaning is lost. What ties the images together is a movement through time and space or a narrative, which has a beginning, middle and end (in French, l'exposition, le development et le denouement), such as "A day with gypsies in Triana" or "Learning from each other while baking". With a sequence, there is continuance.
The similarity with a series or a sequence is they tell a story, whether it's a short or long one, but one that cannot be told with just one frame. The challenge, after choosing a subject, is finding appropriate scenes while photographing and then selecting images from the contact sheet that will successfully illustrate the story; it is relating multiple images into a coherent whole, which is our message.
Above: I Would Have Liked to Have Seen, Montana, 2011 by Dionysios Psychas
Following are some examples. Some are staged or span years.
Duane Michals: Chance Meeting
Michael von Graffenried: Shoreditch Stories and Cocainelove
Greg Miller: School Bus Stop and County Fair
Bernd and Hilla Becher: Typologies Photographic Series here
Ryan Schude: Vintage cars portraits
Michael Eastman: Vanishing America
John Bennett Fitts: Industrial landscaping
Claire Martin: The Misfits: Downtown East Side
I don't want to see a set of stopped motion images (continuous or multi-shot) or one image simply divided into three. And you'll need a piece of software that can create a "strip" of images.
We'll explore Commercial Drive - between Venables St and E 2nd Ave, including Britannia Community Centre, Grandview Park and Victoria Park. We'll meet in front of Bump N Grind Cafe (916 Commercial Drive near Venables St) at 15:00.
As usual, we will make introductions, the subject will be presented, there will be tips, we'll have a short Q&A, identify members with like camera brands to help each other navigate their gear and then we'll head out to try to make memorable photographs and have fun. We'll also buddy up.
We'll have a half-time regroup at 16:00 at Grandview Park (north-west corner of Commercial Dr and Charles St) where we can assess and answer new questions. We'll end the event at 17:00 in front of the mural next to Fratelli's Bakery (corner Commercial Dr and E 2nd Ave). Afterwards, we'll head over to Café Calabria (1745 Commercial Drive, near E 2nd Ave) where we'll have a cuppa, and share photos and conversations.
NB: This is not a lesson, just a photo exploration. The event will go on dry or wet, so be prepared for the weather. If you participate in the event you should also participate by sharing your images in the album (up to 3); ask us questions and we'll get a discussion going to help each other with technique and composition.
The function of the group is to learn and practice the techniques of photography. This involves learning photography not only from your guides but also by sharing knowledge with your group-mates. The intention is also to organize and get to know new people. The attendant size of the meets will be small so participants can have the opportunity to get to know all their group-mates and spend time with a guide. If you select to attend a meet and then cannot make it, please be courteous to others in the group and change your RSVP status as soon as possible to allow others the chance to participate.
Please feel comfortable in posting your photographs and advising others; critical appraisal is helpful. What will also be appreciated are ratings and, especially, comments to individual meets and the group dynamic as a whole. This is important because it will ultimately add value to our meetings and improve our experience.