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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.
So, I woke up early this morning and finished editing all the pictures. And I gotta pretty, what I think, pretty solid 31 images that I might whittle down to about 22. But before I do that, I wanted to head out here to Art City and let Kevin have one last look at photo essay, and get his reaction to some of these pictures. And see if I'm going in the wrong direction, or maybe I've just totally gone off on my own thing, and I didn't represent him right. But I'm just going to check in with him and get his responses to these images real fast. And then after that, I can go back to editing and making my final choices for the images for this photo story. So Kevin, I just wanted to thank you for letting me kind of come in here and invade your private space, and your outdoor studio, and your home, and meet your buddies.
it's been a inspiration to me and I just want to sort of check in with you before I leave. And show you some of the photos. And let me know if I got it right or if I'm in the right direction with representing you. >> I love these, wow. that's a great shot there too. Wow, (LAUGH) love that. >> (LAUGH).
>> Getting in there? >> Oh, that string in that, bead, the shells. >> Mm-hm. And we'll play around with the sequencing (CROSSTALK) a bit. >> Sure, sure. >> And one of the things that I'm thinking is, I'll put all the stuff with the with the jellyfish sort of in a sequence of like three or four pictures. So, we got you from, you know, beating the tentacles, to actually hanging the piece. >> Mm-hm. >> And then just the piece by itself. >> Nice (LAUGH). >> Your boys.
>> Everybody's boys (CROSSTALK). >> (CROSSTALK) Figured we need a little humor in there. >> Right. >> Thinking that it'll go in the front. >> Art City, right. Oh, I like that, that's great. >> That was awesome, I just climbed right up there. >> (LAUGH) That is killer, too. Man, I love that curve of the wing. >> Yeah, your space at night just pops, it's really amazing. >> Very cool.
(LAUGH) That looks really cool too. >> (LAUGH) Taken in the room. >> Uh-huh, uh-huh, I love the the angles that you get, it creates really nice perspectives. >> The sculptures is once that light goes on it's like pow. It's great. >> Oh, yeah. Golly. >> So that's, that's it there. >> That's it. That's the edit. We took probably I don't know like maybe 1600 or so pictures.
>> Wow. >> And then I edited them down to see that's 31. And I'm actually edit it down even more to like 20. >> Fantastic. >> but you know, give me your e-mail address and I'll send all this stuff to you and then. >> I'll, I'll just leave you with a card, give you a card. >> Sweet, yeah. And then you can use them for whatever you want. but it's been a real privilege, this is. >> Oh, man. >> This is awesome. >> It's been my pleasure, very pleased that I could be a part of it. >> Thanks, dude. >> Right on. >> I've got to say I was a little bit nervous showing them to him. I always get a little bit nervous before I show my images to the subject that I've just been photographing.
but he was a great sport about it. I think he enjoyed what he saw. I do think I need to consolidate my essay a little bit more. Right now it's at 31 images. I kind of want to get it down to maybe 22 to 23, cause I noticed while watching him look at the photo stories that there's a couple repetitive images in there. But overall it's been a great experience. he's inspired me as an artist, which you know that's priceless. And I'm a little bit sad to say, that I'm going, but I need to finish up editing. So, I'm going to head back to the hotel, edit this up and then I gotta head out of town. So, it's overall a good experience.
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