Alec Soth’s third and latest Flickr project is in full gear aiming to have partiicpants find answers to the question, “Why are amateur photographer’s so damn good?” Soth has directed participants first to take a picture of a non-photographer; then have the non-photographer take a picture of them using either the same camera or a different one. These images are then placed side by side with a brief description of who this person is (friend, lover, stranger, child, etc.). By asking participants to be photographed themselves, it appears that immediately this assignment has them adventuring outside of their comfort zone behind the lens.
It’s uncomfortable having my camera pointed at me, but I’m enjoying seeing what they do with it. I think both of their pictures are better then the ones I took but obviously it’s because I’m such a great model 😉 Hahahaha!
No doubt the first of a few additions 🙂
EvisNP relates assignment 3 to a “directing” experience:
The top picture is me . I directed (directed …whoa!) so much of it not much was left apart from pressing the button …but I had to feel comfortable (didn’t) and I hate having my picture taken. The second one of a pal was a bit experimental but I was pleased that something of the persona still comes through. Oh and we are both chess players. Hence a wee bit of the black and white.