Personal Photo Projects
Personal Photo Projects
Monday, October 2, 2023
More Than One Shot at a Time
Hybrid Meeting (See Instructions/Get Zoom Link Emailed)
United Parish of Auburndale
64 Hancock Street
Kicking off this year's theme, we'll talk about what it means to think about photography projects. What makes a project, or a series, more powerful than a single shot? How do you develop or find projects in your own work?
Using my own projects as case studies, I'll talk about both what it means to take on a "Personal Project" as well as what it means to shoot in series. We'll talk about why these projects are valuable and important for both Pros and Amateurs, what makes them effective, and we'll spend some time looking at what worked and what didn't work for me in two example projects: photographing a huge rock band for 18 years; and a shorter project I did back when it used to snow. Along the way, hopefully we'll inspire people to think about the projects that they may want to take on for themselves and how to get started.
We'll talk about planning projects, but also about discovering connections in work you may already have made. Lastly, we'll talk about why editing is so hard, and so critical to your storytelling.
You already know him, because Marshall has been part of NCC for most of two decades. He has also judged both digital and print competitions at other camera clubs for the last several years, and somehow isn't hated by every club in the area yet. At least not that they have told him.
Marshall’s photographs have been used on CD covers, promotional posters, and in magazines, including putting sports images on the cover of the national magazine of the Ultimate Players Association and in Men’s Health (Germany). He has been the official photographer for the Boston Poetry Slam, the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra, and once got a photo into the Griffin Museum's Juried Show, after which he was insufferable for weeks.
If being a photography “generalist” means “shooting whatever happens nearby”, then the shoe fits. Marshall’s photography pursuits include outdoor work, but also a lot of work with people. For a decade, he has photographed musicians and poets in performance, serving as the photography lead for the National Poetry Slam in Boston in both 2011 and 2013. He also enjoys photographing sports, especially Ultimate Frisbee.
When he’s not shooting, reading about, or looking at photography, Marshall works at an educational non-profit, and plays guitar as much as he can. He also coaches and plays ultimate Frisbee, which is why his knees are sore.