1. What is your inquiry question? What initially drew you to this question? Did your question stay the same, or did it change over time? Why?
What type of descriptive language makes an effective story through a single photo?
I am already fascinated in photography and the one thing that I was still not so sure on was how to create a story through a singular photo. It’s interesting how the angle of the photo or the composition can spark a conversation between the photographer and the audience. I also chose this topic because it puts me in a better position for a future career. Having this as a skill will allow me to put it on an application and have a higher chance of being accepted to a university. My inquiry question technically stayed the same as it all revolved around the idea of storytelling. However, I had to make some adjustments as my original question was too general.
2. What skills have you expanded on / learned during the inquiry process? How are these skills applicable to your success as a student?
Throughout this project, I have learned how to effectively synthesize a general inquiry question into a specific point that I can research in the given time in class. This skill is crucial to my success as a student as I have the ability to apply this to other assignments such as essays where I must create a theme and then turn it into a thesis statement. Having this skill will allow me to begin the researching phase a lot quicker instead of figuring how to synthesize something.
3. What did you learn about / what is your answer to this inquiry question? Remember to be specific and provide direct evidence from your research.
I learned how I could spend more time taking a photo to make sure it sparks a story in the audience’s mind. This includes:
- Choose a theme (be specific)
- Start with a simple story composed of simple elements
- Think about your audience
- Be aware of the background (try to make it work with you, not against)
- Engage emotions
- Stay candid!
The last point being “stay candid” has shown the most amount of help when it comes to taking photos as it makes me think about capturing images “in the moment”. This allows the audience to feel like they were there when the image was taken!
4. In what ways does your final learning artifact demonstrate your learning/answer to your inquiry question? How does it connect to your chosen curricular competencies? Consider listing your competencies and including images, links, or excerpts from your work to demonstrate this.
My final artifact are the photos I have taken in sort of game-like style where the audience and I choose a photo and discuss the emotions we feel and what ideas it sparks up in our minds. After I will give them the choice of a story starter and we will go back and forth, creating a story about the image. Presenting in this format will demonstrate my work immensely as I can learn which photos are more effective in storytelling. This also connects to the Creative Thinking competencies as it requires both the audience and me to conjure up a story with only a photo and a story starter to assist us. As for the curricular competencies, my artifact connects to the “Recognize and appreciate how different features, forms, and genres of texts” as I share the photos I have taken and explain how stories and creative texts can be expanded out of literature and into artistic pieces. As for the second Competence, my artifact demonstrates this by using a variety of language within the photo, helping readers understand my research more. Finally, my artifact connects to the final curricular competencies by showing the fact that pieces of texts and art can be viewed in more than one way and the audience can feel many different emotions of said text.
5. What resources did you find useful during your inquiry and why were they useful? (Cite at least four sources you consulted, with links, and write a brief 25-50 word response as to was important to your learning).
“Stories of Animals, Nature, and Culture.” National Geographic, National Geographic, www.nationalgeographic.com/.
- I know this is a very general link, but it’s proven itself useful so many times! National Geographic is a website for people with their own stories to share through the art of photography. NatGeo is also an amazing place for people to share their photography skills, further inspiring photographers like me to go out and capture beautiful images.
Gabriel, Michael, and Michael Gabriel L. Sumastre. “Storytelling Through Photographs.” Contrastly, Contrastly, 21 May 2016, contrastly.com/storytelling/.
- This website deemed itself useful because It gave very specific information about the things I needed to consider when taking a photo. It lists each element I should think about and explained what each one meant in full detail.
“Storytelling Through Photography – a Case Study.” Brent Mail Photography, brentmailphotography.com/creativity-inspiration/storytelling-through-photography-a-case-study.html.
- This is definitely one of the most helpful websites I have stumbled across. The publisher has given many examples of his own photography to help guide me when I go on my own photo shoots. I am a kinesthetic/visual learner and this website allows me to connect and learn much more than just an article.
“Storytelling.” Artifact Uprising, www.artifactuprising.com/photography-tips/everyday-storytelling-through-photography.
- This website was very useful as it showed the steps in storytelling through photography in an organized, concise way, with a clear step one, step two and so on. The steps were also in a progressive manner helping me be able to build up and visually learn how to complete the task.
6. What new questions do you have about your inquiry? What motivates you or excites you about these questions?
- How can this be applied to graphic novels?
- Is this skill useful in any other careers other than a photographer?
- Are there courses that could enhance these skills?
- What would the definition of a “perfect” photo be like?
These questions excite me because they are all questions that I can learn throughout my In-Depth. As you may know, I am learning all about Film Photography and the entire process of the chemicals and the dark room. My research from ZIP! can be applied to further illustrate stories through my photography both in In-Depth and my future as a photographer.