Join Paul Taggart for an in-depth discussion in this video Shooting the prep work for the family dinner, part of Shooting a Photo Essay: Telling a Family Story.
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…So I just photographed my brother sort of prepping dinner the family dinner.…This is one of those quintessential family moments.…This is a great time to make some pictures and…it's fun too because there's a lots of stuff going on.…The kitchen was sort of a smaller, space.…A little bit cramped to be working in, which you know, you can look at…as being an obstacle or you can look at as being a really great advantage.…And for me it was great advantage because, the whole point of a family is intimacy.…And automatically the whole family's forced to be within the…same space and make pictures, which as a photographer is great.…
And you know there was elements within the,…the space of that kitchen to play with.…There was a mirror on one of the walls that I could shoot in.…You know, maybe it'll work, maybe it won't.…But it gives me some material to play with when I'm editing this photo essay.…Have you ever had anybody take your picture before this, Scout?…>> No,…No, I've never taken your picture before?…>> No,…And also there's a very cool cut out space…
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.