In Issue 6 of Special Projects, OCC photo students interpret Storytelling. Their photo series concepts range from the real to the surreal with subjects like personal Palestinian-American stories to... More > re-enactments of urban legends.< Less
In Issue 5 of Special Projects, OCC Royal Oak students have selected the theme of Movement to work on for the semester. Movement is revealed–or concealed–with time. Photography captures... More > time. As John Szarkowski wrote, “a discreet parcel of time.” Of all the themes elected so far, this one seems to have the most natural inclination towards photographic technology.
However, the most obvious interpretations aren’t always the best or most interesting. Students are always strongly encouraged to interpret the theme with their concept as creatively as possible, so long as they are able to intelligently discuss their interpretation. The following interpretations of movement explore techniques and/or concepts such as painting with light, the constant motion of children, movement associated with music, and even the absence of movement.< Less
In issue 9, Oakland Community College students explore the theme of Transformation with their photography. Concepts range from the transformation of the city of Detroit, to the visual transformation... More > of photographs using digital techniques inspired by Van Gogh.< Less
In the 10th issue of Special Projects, OCC digital photography students explore the theme of Broken. The word itself can bring up a variety of visuals, a few of which the students have explored with... More > broken objects, environments, and silhouettes. Broken was also applied conceptually, with concepts such as the broken economic system, broken faith, broken expectations.< Less
In Issue 4 of Special Projects, the elected theme is Senses. Initially, one begins with considering the obvious senses of sight, smell, touch, sound and taste. However, sense can also be... More > interpreted as an awareness or perception of an idea or concept. Once students began looking at the theme in this light, their ideas really began to evolve. The following photo series concepts range from the “sense of taste” to a “sense of wonder,” touching on topics such as natural beauty, fashion, sensuality, drug use and symbolisms of fear. Some students took a more lighthearted approach, while others delved deep into their own psyche.< Less
In Issue 8 of Special Projects, Oakland Community College photography students explore the theme of Reflection. Photo series concepts range from fairly straightforward, such as the reflections of... More > environments in puddles, to highly introspective, as with the series, "Reflections of an American Soldier."< Less