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For a photographic storyteller, family members are great but challenging subjects, often more challenging than strangers to capture objectively. In this course, photojournalist Paul Taggart explores the unique challenges of documenting family as he shoots a photo essay about his brother, an amateur astronomer, avid ham radio operator, off-roading enthusiast, and dedicated father in rural Oklahoma.
Skill Level Intermediate
(upbeat music) (camera flash) (camera shutter) - Hi, I'm Paul Taggart. I'm a photojournalist. But for this course, I'm just another photographer that wants to document his own family. I've flown back here to Oklahoma to take some pictures and do a documentary photo essay of my brother, James.
I'm really excited to do this because for years I've been wanting to take the time away from work and just spend two or three days focusing all my energy and passion on nothing but my family. It'd be fun to kinda look back at these pictures and see what's going on and you know, it'll just be a-- - Get some really cool pictures out of it, yeah. - A little time capsule. So it'll be fun for me and hopefully it'll be fun for you guys too. (upbeat music) (camera shutter) - What I'm gonna do now, is I'm actually gonna go out there and focus all of my time on one element of a much bigger project.
That bigger project is document my family, but today, and for this week, I'm just gonna focus on this one chapter, and that chapter is my brother, this week in his life. His hobbies, his interests, and his family, they're gonna change over the years. I wanna capture this moment in their lives. (upbeat music) (camera shutter) Join me as I travel back to my home state of Oklahoma, to document my brother, his family, and some of his quirky hobbies, in this attempt to construct a photo-essay about his life.