Portraits of Time
You will use everything you’ve learned about
composition and light to create a series of self-
portraits and still life photographs.
These images will capture the essence of your best
moment, a favorite place, etc. as if you could make
time stand still and savor just that.
• The Best Time of The Day
by Raymond Carver
In your sketchbooks, either drawing or with words, show
me your best time of day or time of life. If you could
make time stand still and savor a moment…
• What would it be?
• What would you look like?
• Where would you be?
• What would you be doing?
• How would you be feeling?
• Who would you be with?
** Include at least 5 different ideas. **
To practice the skills you have learned, you will take a
series of self-portraits and still life photographs that
capture a moment in time.
To help you understand the concept of capturing a
moment, you will analyze the work of Elliott Erwitt.
What You Will Do:
Using what you have learned about composition
and lighting, take a minimum of 40 pictures that
reflect your best time of day.
As part of your 40 (or more) pictures…
• self-portrait of your hands
• self-portrait of your feet
• self-portrait of your face
• self-portrait of your whole body
• still life images related to overall theme
*** These should all focus on the SAME moment
– one of your best moments in time. ***
What You Will Do:
Use demonstration and tutorial
as a guide to edit your images,
then combine them to create a
final “Portrait of Time”
Your final piece should include
between 3 and 5 images that
emphasize the meaning and
mood of your best moment.
Due Dates & Evaluation:
Thursday, March 6th
* I will meet with each of you individually during class to discuss
your plan and ideas and help you work though how to accomplish
40 Image Contact Sheet PLUS Best 5 Images:
Monday, March 10th
Final Portrait of Time:
Wednesday, March 12th