greg betza i l l u s t r a t i o n
I’m at university studying illustration and I’m starting a project called ‘the politics of identity’, it’s a reportage project that will end in a series of 4 images. The subjects I choose to depict need to be located within a physical environment and context that illuminates their identity. I’m really interested in your reportage work and was wondering if you maybe have any tips?
Hi Jade. Thank you for writing. Your assignment sounds very interesting and I’d like to hear more about it…Who will be the subjects? How will you decide who they are? The context of your subjects can be derived right from their environment. For example, if you decided to reportage a chef, the kitchen/restaurant could be the context. However, you could embellish and exaggerate the context as well, in order to inject your point-of-view into the image. You are the artist and your subject/environment are just a point of departure. Research your subjects and know what you want to say about them, that will make your images purposeful, not just pretty.
I’ve written to a few students on my blog that had specific questions about reportage, and I think that will be a good place for you to gather some tips and overall information about reportage. Here is the link http://www.gregbetza.com/?p=4
Best of luck and feel free to write again.
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