No, I'm not leaving deviantART, nor do I plan to anytime soon. The blog I'm talking on is a new tumblr blog I created a month or so ago. The blog is focused on documentary and I've included at least one sample of one entry in my gallery.
So why did I create this blog? Well mostly because I was assigned to, but I also find it's a good way to sort out my different styles and phases. The blog I've created is for placing direct documentary stories onto it, for the moment I can't include my Thistle or Objects series as I need to keep it easy for my professor to more thuroughly assess my work, though I hope to include a link to these different series at the end of the year. The biggest reason I'm not posting it here though is that I've found deviantART's format to be a wonderful place for one trick photos, where one photo says enough, whereas tumblr's is the best format I've found for photo series, due to it's sorting and caption options.
I unfortunately feel that cheats you, my dear viewers, from seeing the full scope of my works and more importantly my more polished works. So in an effort to alleviate my guilt and allow you to see the full picture, I'm posting the link to the new blog.www.siegelsdocumentary.tumblr.…
So far there are four and soon to be five projects on currently. Each one is a documentary challenge and perhaps if you are considering documentary photography these challenges will be beneficial for you. Here are the current five projects:
1. Find a place you know something of or have a strong feeling about, do some research and find the story of that place and capture the feeling of that place. Remember that if architecture's involved it likes sunrise and sunset.
2. Take a portrait of someone in the spot they first heard about 9/11 and make sure to include their story. If you don't feel comfortable enough with that try other historical events that match the age of someone available to you.
3. Take around 5 portraits of people that have something in common, for me I had a bunch of wonderful quilters around, but you have a unique group of people around you that no other photographer, other than perhaps a conjoined twin, can reach.
4. Take a dime and throw it on a local map or use any random uncontrollable method to land yourself somewhere you've never been to or seen and search for a story. Look for people, places, objects, or anything where a series of around 10 photos could tell the story. The first key is to go there, find some maps and wander down the roads and trails a bit. I'll write later on some recommendations to start a search.
5. Take pictures of a process, it's better if you feel strongly about the process. If using cooking I'd recommend making sure that you either a) have your own recipe or b) create a variant of a recipe. Just create a visual guide, kinda like IKEA.
For now that's the assignments I've been given and I really see how beneficial they are. So while I may not be posting them here, I do want you to experience this journey with me. So please take time to look at the blog, write comments here if you'd like about it or just have fun looking in my gallery here.
Until next time...Upload ya Later!