17 February 2017


In the spirit of photography being a medium that informs us about the wider world and the human condition, this rubric will help guide you to a topic with weight and significance. That significance and/or weight can be serious in tone, or light-hearted in nature, or anywhere in-between the two.

This rubric is intended as a means of helping you choose a topic that will expand and enrich your intellectual thought, (perhaps) inform your emotional self, and (certainly) open and clarify your artistic photographic eye.

Choose a topic for your photo essay accordingly. 


The topic/theme/event is exceptionally outward looking and concerned with the wider world. That is to say, it is not a topic wherein you will investigate something with which you are directly involved. 
The topic is well outside your current life experience. 
In significant ways, the topic/theme/event is separate from you and your own interests, and will require your time/effort/research to step outside of your life (friends, family, personal endeavors, etc.) and investigate something anew. 
The weight and significance of the topic will have meaning and relevance to others as an investigation of the human condition. 

The topic/theme/event is outward looking and concerned with the wider world.
That is to say that it is not a topic you will record something that you are directly involved with.  
The topic is mostly outside your current life experience. 
It is a topic/theme/event that is separate from you and your own interests, and will require your time/effort/concern to step outside of your life (friends, family, etc.) and investigate something anew. 
The weight and significance of the topic will be interesting to others as a glimpse into the human condition. 

2 - LOCAL 
The topic is somewhat outward looking, but it is still centered around your own life. 
It might show some concern with the wider world, but is still driven by your own existence.
The need to step outside your own life might be apparent, but is not crucial to telling the story. That is to say it is a topic that concerns you and your own existence and experience,
The topic is within your current life experience, and does not require you to step outside your life.

1 - SELF
The topic is inward looking.
That is to say it is a topic that concerns you and your own existence and experience. 
The topic is within your current life experience, and does not require you to step outside your life in any way. 
The topic is one that has little relevance to others outside you and your friend/family. 

Look at your list of ideas.
Measure them against this scale of relevance and weight.
Then, let's chat about your ideas and flesh-out the ideas and questions you might have.
This is going to be exciting, and incredibly rewarding for you. I am sure of it. 


Andre Kertesz
To test your powers of seeing, composing an image, and thinking outside the box.

First, recreate the Kertesz photo.
Then, make 24+ distinctly different photographs of your fork(s).

15 February 2017


DIRECTIONS. The topic is rain. Make 12+ photographs. Simple as that. I am leaving it intentionally open.

13 February 2017


“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” —  Elliott Erwitt


1. When/where was the photo made?
2. Who made it?
3. What is the significance of it?

PROJECT #1 (Bring to next class)

Choose something to photograph (place, person, object, event, etc.).
Photograph it in at least EIGHT DIFFERENT ways.
Use this link to think outside the box. CLICK HERE. 


After our discussion in class, begin looking for an event or topic that you can investigate and photograph - in depth - over the next few months. You will need a solid/do-able list of three ideas by Friday. 

Pramila Jayapal. CLICK HERE.
Botswana's Heavy Metal Women. CLICK HERE.
Tokyo At Night. CLICK HERE.
Train Portraits. CLICK HERE.

Portland Photo Essays. CLICK HERE.

Spring events in PDX. CLICK HERE.
More events in PDX. CLICK HERE.
...or, do your own search. 


Hi there, Photogs!
You being here makes me happy. I love teaching, and learning, and both are going to happen in this symbiotic relationship we start today. I am sure that you will exit this class having learned a lot about photography, but equally as much about yourself. Photography can be a centering and reassuring activity, and a great antidote for the hectic times. I believe that by the end of our time together you will be seeing the world around you in new and creative ways. The visual challenges I will give you will help to develop your creative self. This, alone, is priceless, and isn't about me as your teacher, but photography itself. Your journey is your own, and I am excited to help you on your way.
Do your best, and I will do mine. 
Let's have a great semester together. 
I appreciate you being here. 
Thank you,
Hohman. :)
WHAT IS PHOTO 2? An image-making class where you will continue your investigation of making intentional photographsThe components of the class are:

1. Mastery of the camera (SLR) (Standards strand #1)                           4. History of photography (#3)
2. Investigate darkroom processes and skill (#1)                                       5. Mastery of the elements of 2D design (#1, #2)
3. Continued digital darkroom processes and skills (#1)                       6. Applying aesthetic choices (#2

THE PLAN (Objectives). 

·  Continue to investigate photographic elements of art and principles of design, composition, and lighting.
·  Continue to explore the history of photography, learning about its scientific and technological developments, important innovators in the field, and relevance within diverse cultural contexts.
·  Blog and speak about aesthetic, technical and expressive qualities in a photograph, learning to critique their own and others work.
·  Continue to investigate image techniques and digital manipulation using Adobe Photoshop.
·  Continue to creatively alter digital images as well as critically analyze the use of visual media as a means of communication in our society today.
·  Continue to explore the significance of photography within the larger context of the art word, and learn about the critical and varied application it has to the modern working world.
·  Begin formulating and implementing your own personal visual vernacular (a visual language).
·  Be expected to pursue your own visual interests to help you develop your visual voice/vernacular.

THE FUN (Photo Projects). 
·  As you know, photography is the observance and recording of light, and we will continue to study it.
·  Projects will range in duration from one-class, overnight, multi-day, to a week (plus).
·  Critiques (partner, small group, full class) will happen periodically.
·  Critiques will have a participation rubric that will help you question the work you are seeing/presenting.
·  Projects will include (amongst others):

o  Film developing
o  Darkroom printing
o  Light & Shadow
o  Still life
o  Portraiture V.2
o  Self-portrait V.2
o  Abstraction
o  Architecture/cityscape
o  Landscape
o  Diptychs & triptychs
o  Animated GIF
o  Symbolism
o  Photo essay
o  Sports
o  Specialized topic of your choice
o  Photo blog for your work
o  We will periodically revisit topics/methods from Photo 1 for review, practice, and growth.

THE EQUIPMENT (Cameras+) You will need to have access to the following:
  1. DIGITAL CAMERA. (Ideally) A digital SLR (the kind with a removable lens) – or – digital point-and-shoot. The smartphone that got you through Photo 1 is probably not advanced enough for your needs. Probably.
  2. CABLE to connect the camera to a computer – or – a card reader for your memory card. Bring daily.
  3. 35mm FILM CAMERA. ¼ of the semester will be darkroom/film based. Start looking/asking now. Grandparents, neighbors, coworkers, garage sales, Craigslist, stuff-for-free sites. Begin asking now! You might be able to find one for free. 
  4. $15 CLASS FEE paid to the bookkeeperThis goes to our chemical, paper, and printing costs.
YES, YOU CAN! (The Grade). 
·  If all assignments are completed on time, your final semester grade will raise to an “A.”
·  The semester grade is cumulative.
·  Each project/assignment will be scored on parts the Seven C’s Rubric.
·  A few projects will be worth more than 4 points, as they will involve multiple components.

·  Do substantially (TBD per project) more than the minimum for an assignment and you will earn extra credit.
·  Extra credit points are only added in to your grade after you have turned in the final project.
·  Missing assignments nullify any extra credit earned (it cannot take the place of an assigned project).

CURIOSITY SCORE. For each day we meet during the semester that you are intellectually engaged for the duration of class you will earn one point. If time is spent on non-photo endeavors (texting, other homework, sleeping, etc.), the point for that day is forfeited.

OUR SHARED SPACE (Classroom). 
·  My top two priorities are safety and intellectual growth.
·  If learning & safety is compromised, a verbal request to adjust behavior will be given.
·  If learning/safety is continually compromised, that student will have to be removed from the class for the benefit of all
·  Autonomy is inherent to the class. You are trusted to make all you do appropriate. Please use your autonomy positively, productively, and responsibly.

·  Please be in class, unless you have a fever and are contagious.
·  After an excused absence (with a note) you will be briefed on what was presented when you were absent.

·  Being late is disruptive, and a delinquent tardy is inconsiderate to all.
·  Be in the room at the bell. Teaching will begin promptly.
·  Every two tardies for the semester will result in your final cumulative grade being lowered by 2%.

ABSENT/MISSED/LATE WORK. If you are absent, do the following, in this order:
1.   Check the blog for the current/new assignment. Complete that assignment to the best of your ability - even if you were not here for the explanation. Read the class blog and follow the directions.
2.   If you are unable to complete the project as it is posted - do something(!) - so your return can be productive.
3.   Ask me to review your blog/work when you have completed the missing work.  

*As per school policy, the number of excused absences are the number of class periods you will have to complete missed work.

THE END (Will you continue?) If you do your best, the outcomes should be:
·  Better understand technical and aesthetic differences between traditional and digital photography.
·  Make informed choices about composition when photographing and editing digital images.
·  Make informed choices about appropriate technologies for use in a variety of photographic assignments
·  Analyze and discuss complex ideas in works of art and photography.
·  Create original works of art of increasing complexity and skill that reflect their feelings and point of view.
·  Describe the relationship involving the art maker, the process, the product and the viewer.
·  Demonstrate proper camera and digital processing techniques in production of a work of art
·  Understand and utilize the steps in the creative process
·  Be aware of the vast amount of career choices in the visual arts.
·  Produce and compile a portfolio of work from Photo 1 through Photo 2.

TAG STUDENTS: To ensure that students designated as "Talented and Gifted (TAG) receive academic instruction that is appropriate to their rate and level of learning, the curriculum and instruction of this course may be differentiated to include specialized groupings, compacting of curriculum, accelerated pacing, and providing of extension/challenge activities.