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Consider things that you keep specifically

for the purpose of remembering - an


object or piece of ephemera that exists
only because of its significance to you
and its ability to symbolize something
larger than itself

Bring in one object or


piece of ephemera that is
tied to a specific memory
you have of a person and
one tied to a place.

Nostalgia
remembering the past and shooting with slow film

Nostalgia is a wistful or excessively sentimental yearning for a return to some past period.
You will use 100 ISO film shot at 50 ISO and then develop it shorter, a method called
pulling film, in order to explore people and places that evoke a sense of longing and
memory. This film is slow, like memory. It is less sensitive to light, it has small grain that
gives you a wide range of light values - like the softness of reminiscing. It produces sharp
details like those within our memories.

You will shoot a roll of 50 ISO black


and white film to capture the memories
you have of people and places.

of your roll should capture


the sense of nostalgia you have
for a person or people

Capture the person from

unique points of view (get


close, look up, look down)
to explore how memory
distorts things

How does the person

become part of an
environment, what is it
that triggers your memory
or longing? Is it a feature
of theirs? A smell? A look?

How will you capture

someone that cannot be in


your photo?

of your roll should capture the sense of nostalgia you have for a place or places.

Consider what is significant about this place, showcase that.


Explore unusual points of viewhow does your memory see the place?
What could stand in for the actual place if you cannot return there?
How can you capture the unusual, beautiful, longing quality of a memory

- TIPS Make sure to change your cameras ISO to 50


(some cameras will set it for you, but check)

You will not get deep black values or high

contrast, so make sure you have good light

It is imperative you light meter correctly as

your photos will easily look very gray if you do


not.

This emulsion is 3 stops less sensitive to light

then 400 ISO film, therefore if you normally


have an exposure of /11 and 250 for
afternoon sun, your meter will read /4 and
250. You will need sunlight and probably wont
be able to shoot indoors.

You should evoke a sense of light and time of


day or season in your work as this is directly
connected to memory

Photographic Memory

Bring in one object or piece of ephemera that carries some nostalgia for you
Write two sentences:
1. Physically describe the object you brought in
2. Describe the memory or feeling associated with your object

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As you listen, write down any additional thoughts, words, stories, ideas that come to
mind or are a reaction to what you are hearing.

your thoughts and

thoughts on memo
ry

reactions to the au

dio piece

and nostalgia

reflections on your

longing for things in

the past

Together at your table


arrange your objects with
everyone elses.

Choose 2
objects that
are not your
own.

physically describe an object you think is related to a person

describe a memory you associate with this object

physically describe an object you think is related to a place

describe a memory you associate with this object

What are the qualities of memory?

What would that look like in a photograph?

What technical things could you do when photographing?


What compositional things could you do when photographing?

Photographic Techniques

Memory

blurry
soft
an echo
changing
temporary
repeating
biased
comforting

shallow depth of field


focus to create unexpected focal point
zooming and cropping
dramatic or uncommon points of view

Look through the books on your table, find a photograph that


you feel has the look of a memory.
Find a photo that has the technical and compositional
characteristics we mentioned.

What did you find?

Explain to the person next to you why you chose that photo.

Choose the one you both feel represents a memory best.

Subject Matter
consider how you can capture your subject from a different angle, point of view,
or approach, just as memory is reality from a different angle, such as:
through something transparent or translucent
as reflections
as shadows
something obscuring your subject partially
laying your camera on the ground, turning it upside down, shooting from
below

Daniel Southard

Working with at least 1 other


person, arrange your new
objects together into a still life
composition.

Photograph these objects with


your phone. Consider how you
can evoke a feeling of
memory and nostalgia.
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