Film Photography Final: Part 1

by Katie Ann in ,

The second semester of my junior year I took Photography 1 which was an introduction to black and white film photography.  I am really glad I took the class and looking back at it I'm realizing I need to keep up the skills I learned in shooting, developing, and printing black and white film so I might take some more classes in this area in the fall somewhere close to me.  I finally got my hands on some scans of my project thanks to Taylor but I still need to scan others so below is part 1 of my photos for my final in the class.

It started with the first shot I took below in which I was attempting to shoot my beautiful friend and dance model,


, in dance poses with the Chicago Metra train moving in the background to give the illusion of the movement needed in the for the dance pose. 

This is another shot from the same evening with the Taylor but the train was gone, it was raining, and I still had at least 6 shots to fill up the role of film so we took some shots of her in the rain and this one turned out really well.

So I showed the first photo and three similar photos with different poses to my professor for our first critique in the project and while he didn't like my concept at all he did really love the first photo above (but that was about it).  He said it reminded him of the musical Sound of Music and heavily suggested that I should focus on capturing the essence of different musicals.  I still wanted to focus on dance so I decided to focus on dance musicals, with the exception of Sound of Music.  The Musicals I decided to focus on were Singin' in the Rain, Bandwagon, and An American in Paris.  I again asked Taylor to model and our friend Kai, an awesome football player, lacrosse star, and dancer.

Here are the shots I took for An American in Paris (Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron) in trying to capture 



of a very iconic dance scene at the end of the movie.

I then took these shots to encapsulate


scene from Bandwagon with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse.

Check back for part 2 where I'll show my photos of Kai replicating Gene Kelly in Singin' in the Rain and my final four photos I submitted for my project.