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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Layout:

Lulu.com has their own templates that are available for download based on which of the several book sizes and types you choose from, so I’ll most likely bring their template into InDesign and lay out the book page by page on my own, instead of using their website to do it. I also found a step-by-step help guide for publishing a book specific to this website, so that will be really helpful in creating my book.

Ordering:

From what I can find from Lulu.com, it will take 10-12 days to recieve the type of book I want to make. So I want to give myself at least two weeks for the book to get here, to be positive it will be here in time for the last day of class.

Model Permission:

I’m in the process of finding a good model release form that I can tweak a little bit to fit my exact purpose. I know it’ll be really important to have a release signed by every person I put in the book.

For my final project, I want to move forward on a project that I’ve already started but haven’t had the time to get as in depth as I would have liked to. I’m doing a photo documentary where I interview and photograph people from all different walks of life, different ages, ethnicities, upbringings, and career paths; and I’m asking all of these people the same basic question: “What one thing would you change about the world, and what’s stopping you from doing it?” I think that everyone spends so much time talking about the world being different, and things that should change, but not many people actually think they could do anything about it. I want to inspire the people I interview and the people who see my project to think that maybe they could do something, to at least move the world in the right direction towards the change they want to see. My final product of this project will be a book that I’m planning to publish myself using Lulu.com or a similar site if I find one that costs less.

I’ve looked into some famous documentary photographers, such as Jacob Riis, Lewis Hine, Diane Arbus, W. Eugene Smith, and Dorothea Lange. All of these photographers focused on documenting people and life as it happens everyday. Most of these photographers have used their work to show people the things in life that not everyone sees, like Diane Arbus with her Circus performers, W. Eugene Smith did with his images of WWII from the front lines, and Jacob Riis and Lewis Hine did with their work depicting child labor in the early 1900’s. All of these people wanted to create a social change with the work that they showed, whether it be educating people of the truths of life that they were unaware of, or making changes to the country’s child labor laws. Even just to make people believe in the power of themselves a little bit more, which is what I hope to accomplish.

Examples of documentary photography:

Jacob Riis

Dorothea Lange

W. Eugene Smith

Lewis Hine

Diane Arbus

Classical Music Interpretation

Final Video: