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A photo essay is a series of photographs that tell a story about a person, place, event, or trend. In this course, photojournalist Paul Taggart takes us on assignment as he photographs Kevin Carman, an artist in Ventura, California.
Paul, whose work has appeared in publications such the New York Times and National Geographic, shares insights into how he prepares for an assignment, how he engages his subject, and how he takes advantage of unpredictable and unforeseen situations. The course concludes with a look at how the final essay might be sequenced and distributed.
I've just arrived here in Ventura, California for the first time. Lynda.com has asked me to come out here to shoot a photo essay or photo story about a local sculptor named Kevin that lives in a really cool space called Art City. I've never met Kevin before. Linda's found the subject matter, sent me a little background information of him and some slides of his artwork so I get to, an idea of what I'm going to be shooting. The thing that's really different about this for me, because usually I would do this from a magazine or newspaper. Is that Lynda has asked me out here, along with her crew, who's going to be documenting me as I do this shoot. In an attempt to sort of give you guys an idea of my process, and the way that I like to craft a story.
So, before you get started, I need to give Kevin a call and introduce myself to him and go over some of the logistics and schedules. for the next couple days on how we're going to do this. But the most important part of this phone call is really setting a tempo for a relationship, which I want it to just be casual. Because this is really going to be a collaboration between me and Kevin. in an attempt to make a photo essay that's meaningful to both of us. So lets get Kevin on the phone an introduce ourselves. >> Hello? >>Hey, is this Kevin Carmine? >>This is. >>Hi, this is Paul Tiger the photographer with lynda.com. >>Hey Paul.
>>Do you have a sec? >>I do. I, I sure do. Well, I just wanted to go over sort of, tomorrow's schedule >> mm hmm >> and also, sort of, what I want to do with you over the next two days. >> Okay >> so just so you know a little bit about me, I'm a photographer and I sort of specialize in doing photo essays, photo stories portraiture, repertoires kind of photography. >>Right. >>What I want to do is just sort of engross myself in your life in the next two days.
and you can show me around your work space, your living space your daily routines, your artwork. basically everything, so >> Okay. >> You know, I know a couple little things about, I've seen, I've seen pictures of your artwork, it's amazing. I saw a couple of pictures of sort of your work space. >> mm hmm. >> just explain to me what Art City is. >> Well, Art City is a, it's a, it's a retail Stone yard, but not necessarily for building stone. More for sculpting stone.
It's a, it's a one of a kind place, in America for sure. There's very few places like it on the planet. and not only is it a, a retail yard for sculpting stone, but it is also a, a you know, home to probably 20 plus sculptors. >> So do you, do you live near Art City or >> No, I live right in Art City. Yeah. >> You live in Art City. So you actually live in the space? >> Yeah, it's probably not (CROSSTALK) >> Is, so it's like, is it communal? Is there more than, I mean, are there a couple of artists that live there? (CROSSTALK) >> No, just me. I (CROSSTALK) >> Uh-huh. >> Yeah.
I get to, y'know, live here, but I kind of watch the place you know, and I make sure there's nobody comin' in here and all that kind of stuff. >> Cool. and then in the next two days, do you have any installations or anything you're working on that, like in a different space that you're actually putting in? >>Yeah. I'm, I'm making these jellyfish lamps. >>That sounds cool. >>And I, I can't I can't keep 'em here at the yard because they're an interior pieces.
so, so I have an agreement with this other space. >>Okay, and where's that at? >> Green Art People over on, on Ventura Avenue When I finish one of the jellyfishes I hang them over there and I get to expose them to the community and stuff, you know. And then they'll be kind of hang there until I'm ready to show them somewhere. >> Cool, cool. Well, just so you know a little bit about, you know, what we're kind of hoping to accomplish here.
you know, I'll come over and I'll make my pictures, and I'll shoot a lot of pictures. And then, you know, each night I'll edit 'em down and I'll kind of, like, see where I'm at. So, I mean, I'm pretty excited to do this. I'm really excited just to kind of come down and see the space. I feel like you've got, I feel like you've got a lot of that going on. >> Yeah, yeah, you'll dig it. You'll know what I mean when I say that there's, because obviously, you traveled around a lot. It's an interesting place, beyond a shadow of a doubt. >> Yeah, I just want to show, and kind of get my eyes on it and kind of go from there.
So like I kind of think you know with whatever real life stuff you've got going on in the next two days you know hopefully I can shoot those. But then also you know tomorrow will be like my homework. Its like I'll come over there and we will kind of check it out and all that kind of stuff and we will make some pictures. >> Yeah and you can put it into perspective for your self yeah. >> Well lets aim for between 9:30 and 10:00. >> Okay sounds. >> Good, man. >> I am really looking forward to it. >> Yeah. Me, too. >> All right. Cheers. Have a great night. >> Take care. You, too. >> Yeah. Bye.
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