They allow you to be creative and fully explore an idea. Choose one that you can do easily based on your photographic level and equipment. You will find people, some will be standing, some will be moving, some will be holding banners and signs. Try to capture the essence and atmosphere of the protest itself.
There are many ways to do so and you will need to utilise all your skills. Run to the front and capture the head of the group moving forward.
Think about men growing their moustaches for Movember.
Or someone who wants to shave their head for charity.
You will need to be creative and meticulous in your approach.
You will need to take the same image over and over again, but changing them enough to be interesting.Have you seen the movie ‘Smoke‘ with Harvey Keitel?His character goes out every morning at the same time and takes a photograph. He then prints the image and stores them in huge photo albums.Once you know that route inside out, start again in a different area.This photo essay is like the transformation essay but on a short-term basis.The change can be slow, such as a woman going through pregnancy, or watching a baby turn into a toddler and beyond.As a photo essay project, this doesn’t even need to be about people.Have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, and create it as if you were teaching someone else. Or change your perspective to photograph people in different settings.Repeat this until you are comfortable enough to give this as a tour.The idea is that you join me for three hours, and in that time I show you the streets and how to photograph them.You will learn about your camera, how to use composition and know what to look for.