Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Party

During our time in college, we have all had the opportunity to photograph at a party. In fact, it would be hard to go through college without doing such a thing. Parties are a regular occurrence not only during college years, they continue whether it be wedding receptions, 50th birthday bashes, bachelor/bachelorette parties, and even funerals receptions. There is almost always something being celebrated somewhere. It’s the perfect sort of event to photograph because not only is there a story unraveling, there are moments, and there is time to anticipate, compose, and create powerful images. All 5 of us have the strong creative impulse to make images that communicate with us and our viewers.

Shooting parties isn't usually a photographer's primary work. But ceremonies and customs are a huge part of all of our lives, and if we're trying to understand and document life they're a big part of that. The elements we search for in our favorite subject matter exists at ceremonies as well, and photographing at these events is a great way to shoot different subjects that challenge us and give us ideas to bring back to our "serious" work.

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