Snapshot Project Update : Rio, Brazil

Behind-the-scenes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with Snapshot Project Leader, Scott Bennett.
All images credited to Scott Bennett and Snapshot Project: Rio, Brazil

All images credited to Scott Bennett and Snapshot Project: Rio, Brazil

This collaboration between 100cameras and French artist JR’s nonprofit, CoFondation, will be a month-long course on photography and storytelling that gives the youth involved a chance to give back to their own community through creative expression.

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Read on as Scott shares experiences from the first three classes directly from the field below:

LESSON ONE:

Today, we learned about the 100cameras model and how the group is now connected with other 100cameras students around the world. We also learned about camera basics, and what it means to have a personal voice in creative expression. We then went out to do a “Photo Scavenger Hunt” to start taking photos. It was wonderful to see the group start taking photos and exploring the neighborhood in search of the items on their list. The students will be taking more photos over the next few days, and they have a written assignment for their journals as well. 

LESSON TWO:

First, we reviewed about the 100cameras model and how the group is now connected with other 100cameras students around the world. We also learned about composition basics, such as telling a story in the frame, point of view, leading lines, vanishing point, having a clear subject, symmetry and patterns, the rule of thirds etc. We looked at some examples of master photographers and discussed some of the techniques. We then went out to do a “Photo Scavenger Hunt” to take photos and practice with some of the composition techniques we learned in class. It was wonderful to see the group taking photos and exploring the neighborhood in search of the items on their list. The students will be taking more photos over the next few days, and they have a written assignment for their journals as well. For all of the supporters who donated to make this happen, I just want to let you know that the second day was a success! There was much more content in our second class, so it is really stretching the students’ minds some! 

LESSON THREE:

Our third class for the 100cameras Snapshot Project in Rio was a success! We reviewed some composition techniques, and we are now learning about framing, emotion, exposure, motion, and telling a story with photos. I have been impressed with the improvement in photos in only three classes, and I’m sure that the students will continue to get better as they practice and learn. At first they were very interested in checking out the cameras, and taking a few photos…but now they are actually thinking about the photo that they want to make before doing it!