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See Mary Ellen Mark’s Most Memorable Photo Essay


Mary Ellen Mark frequently photographed people on the fringes of society. By training her camera on those who went unseen, she willed them to be just the opposite.

In 1983, a collection of these photographs was published in a LIFE Magazine photo essay called “Streets of the Lost.” The unseen in this case were the homeless youth of Seattle. When Mark’s indelible images hit newsstands, a once-invisible population was brought to life by an unforgettable collection of very real human faces.

Mark, who died Monday at 75, chose Seattle for this project because it was known as one of America’s most livable cities. She wanted to show that if kids were living on the street there, then they were living on the streets of every major American city. She didn’t photograph from a distance, but rather implanted herself in the daily lives of her subjects, and this intimacy allowed her…

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June 12, 2015 – What’s Happening?

Dive-in and get caught up today!

Family vacation to California. (Photo by Troy Wayrynen)

Family vacation to California. (Photo by Troy Wayrynen)

1. Turn in your Dream Photo Challenge art to today’s blog post.

  • –Upload your photo to Flickr
  • –Add to Group HHS Photography
  • –Paste URL’s to the reply link of this post.

2. Work on your Final Portfolio Project, due Monday next week.

3. Complete the end of course CCTE Survey – Required for all students.

4. Check your Skyward account for anything else you think might be missing.

5. Have a great weekend!

May 20, 2015 – What’s Happening?

Learning targets:

  • I can start/continue working on photos for my personal essay/story.
  • I know the requirements and how to turn in my personal essay/story.

Telling a story with pictures requires thoughtful reflection and reviewing the essence of your essay/story. Select photographic opportunities which help tell a visual story. Ideally you want your imagery to compliment your story/essay. Be cautious of making the same kind of photograph. This is called redundancy in the profession.

Below are examples of variety of imagery taken of my daughter making mud pies last weekend. Notice how each image provides a different view of her experience and process.

“I found a worm,” Eilish said as she began digging at the edge of the family garden. For many years, since she was five-years-old, Eilish’s mud pies have become a tradition during our spring planting. This year Eilish not only discovered a worm, but also a tree frog. Eilish and I love tree frogs and Eilish had a great time getting to know our little visitor. Having a daughter who loves to garden and get muddy is such a treat for a father. Thanks Eilish for a great afternoon of gardening!

April 24, 2015 – What’s Happening?

Learning Targets:

  • I can understand the process and successfully merge two images into a single image using Photoshop.
  • I can complete and turn in my double exposure portrait.
  • I can write a short description about my double exposure portrait and what my image says about me.
Double Exposure portrait by Olivia Agard.

Double Exposure portrait by Olivia Agard.

Turning in your Double Exposure Photo Challenge:

  • Upload your double exposure portraits to your Flickr page.
  • Upload your double exposure portraits to HHS Flickr page.
  • Add a Flickr link to your double exposure portrait to today’s post by clicking on the reply link at the top of this post.
  • Write a description about your double exposure in the reply box.
  • Congratulations you are done!
  • Have a fantastic weekend!

April 22, 2015 – What’s Happening Today?

Today we will work together in Photoshop and discover the magic of combining your double exposure images into one image!

Below is an example of two images I made of my son, one combining a studio portrait and the other an image of a flower. I see my son as a graceful, sensitive individual who is loving and compassionate. I also love the shape of the flower in relationship to his body and how it gently curves.

Learning Targets:

I can use Photoshop to combine two images into a double exposure portrait.