Led by Emotion, or how I brought my emotions to the table.

by Adam Strong April. 24, 2019 145 views
There was darkness and gloom, and then the lights came on.

There was darkness and gloom, and then the lights came on.

Emotions, we all feel them. For some of us, we are different people, several times a day. Our emotions control so much, our heart rate, how much we sweat, our speech patterns. For me emotion always rules the roost when it comes to my art. Whether photography or writing, being in touch with my emotions is what allows me to express myself.

So it was only natural that I would want to share with my students this insight when it comes to photography, so once a day for each day of one week, Monday through Friday my students got in touch with how they were feeling, jotted down some notes and took photos that reflected how they were feeling. The results were eye opening, and akin to watching someone's thoughts inside their heads, but instead of audio, all that was there was a snapshot.

So it was only natural I had to do the same.

The Fun Dip chalk graffiti made me smile. Brightened my mood, then I asked my daughter to turn around so I could make a photo and make it seem like she was responsible, and she wasn’t thrilled.

The Fun Dip chalk graffiti made me smile. Brightened my mood, then I asked my daughter to turn around so I could make a photo and make it seem like she was responsible, and she wasn’t thrilled.

I felt free by the thought of sitting in that red chair, then felt trapped when I saw the bars all around it.

I felt free by the thought of sitting in that red chair, then felt trapped when I saw the bars all around it.

By following our emotions for one week, I noticed themes in my photography I hadn't seen before. Students who normally don't shoot photos started shooting photos. There was no wrong answers, we were only limited by what we were feeling and what was in front of us. In other words, for those five or so minutes, when we got in touch with who we were and how we felt about the world, we were free.

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