Photography for Artists & Designers

Art & Design 265: Project


Project: Seven Deadly Sins

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Goals & Concept 

The Short Version

Create one image that stands on its own, expressing your point of view on the seven deadly sins.

Create a series of 7 images that address your point of view on each of the seven sins.

Seven Deadly Sins

Historically artists have repeatedly dealt with the theme of the Seven Deadly Sins — those evil acts that are widely recognized as wrong and/or destructive.

The longstanding list includes: Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed and Sloth

Paintings | Photos

Each sin, according to some doctines, result in particular punishments in Hell.
Also, each sin is symbolized by a particular animal, and by a particular color. | CatholicBible101 |

Typically imagery alludes to or depicts those sins and/or the temptations that lead to those sins. Artists usually take a moral stance of some kind, often presenting the inevitable consequences of the sins as a warning to those tempted to indulge themselves.

Develop a concept for the series that addresses what you want to say about the sins.
Go beyond the obvious and consider how you view the sinner,
the sources of temptation,
the rationale by which we justify participation in such sins, and
the consequences of those sins.

Work to make yours a contemporary statement about present day temptations — how and when do we, today, face such choices?
How do we, today, view participation in such activities or attitudes?
If you were going back to your own high school to persuade your classmates to make better choices, how might you do that? How might imagery help you persuade others to consider their own actions differently than they usually do?

Create a series of seven images that illustrate the "Seven Deadly Sins" and express a point-of-view with respect to those sins.

Explain the technique(s) used to create the image.











e) Upload to Google+ into “013 Seven Deadly Sins” folder.  Drag that into your Art 265 circle.

f) Describe the traits that unify this set of images.  Write a short (25-75 words) concept statement that describes the visual traits or ideas that this set of images emphasizes.

g) Review and comment* on the photos uploaded by at least 7 other students before class.
* Provide relevant comments (25+ more words) discussing what you see in the photos presented -- comment particularly on what impresses you or what catches your eye.  Comment on what you think might improve the cropping or editing of the presented photos.


By Tuesday, 8am

Shoot at least 90 images.
Select (at least) 20 of those for editing.
Select 7 of those for G+ presentation as a theme-unified series.

Downsize images to 2Mpix JPGs before upload.

Post to G+ :
Project Photo Album: 013_SevenDeadlySins

Album: Edited (13+ images)
Album: Final Series (8 images)

Write an artists statement for the final series.
— Discuss whatever theme or emphases you discovered. You might describe what you found as you surveyed your images in Bridge. What surprised you? How did your direction change as you went?

Write critical comments about the final series images:
— Discuss the strengths of the final images in relation to that theme.


Thursday, before Class

Crit your Peers:
Go to G+ and review what your classmates have uploaded.

For each classmate, go to their 006_PortraitLighting album, and then to their Final Series sub album.

Add comments to at least one image, or to the series as a whole.
Discuss ways in which the series is formally unified — what traits tie the separate images together?
How compositionally successful are the images? What is interesting about them?



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