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Walking About Rochester

School has started for me here in Rochester, NY. I’m attending RIT and this is my first fall quarter. One of my first assignments was for a class called “Photo as a Narrative.” The assignment was to go out and photograph 720 unique images. These are just some of what I took. I’ve been playing with an app that mimics film effects. I’m undecided but thought I’d throw some up and see what people thought.


Geese are becoming more active as winter approaches


A man is making pottery, I shot this through a window with a 70-200 f/2.8 Lens


Lindsey’s camera and my coffee mug as we take a break and absorb some caffeine for the rest of the day.


Vines grow up the side of the Eastman House on East ave.


Lindsey waits for cars to pass as she attempts to cross the street.


I took this image because of it’s pattern. The human eye is drawn to pattern, look at most desktop wallpapers, or REAL wallpapers for that matter. My photojournalism teacher Owen Butler calls these photographs of “infinity.” In modernist photography, you can introduce disorder into a pattern and create some tension.


Inside the Postal Service truck.


Funny that Rochester has Seagulls.


Lindsey walks ahead, attempting to capture the required shots


Lindsey says goodnight to Christian as we get ready to head out at 11pm to try and finish our assignment.




Don sells his tomatoes at the Genessee Farmer’s Market


An old pizza shop under construction. Hats lay on the ground, forgotten by their owners.


Working the night shift at CVS, this security guard lives in a constant state of boredom.

This assignment was crazy difficult, but was extremely fun. The idea of the assignment was to find the weak link in the work flow. Why are we not carrying camera’s with us everywhere we go and taking pictures. I found that the number one reason I don’t carry a camera with me everywhere I go is that the equipment is just way to heavy. In our desire for better equipment we’ve unintentionally reduced our stamina for taking photographs.


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  1. Matt Hyatt

    I love that assignment! We should all do that every once in a while, just as a personal project. I think your comment is interesting, too. I almost always have a camera (iPhone in my pocket, Nikon in my backpack), but I probably don’t stop to take photos often enough.

    I’d be curious to know how many of the 720 shots you took were taken because you thought your subjects would make good photos, and how many were taken just because you had to get through 720? Also, how many of the 720 do you think turned out to be what you’d consider “good”? (My rate is about 1 in 100.)

    Oct 11, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

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