Arguably my favorite (and best) assignment that I did in these photography courses was the fifth black and white assignment. The idea was to present a small series of photos that somehow interacted with each other. My inspiration came sort of randomly, if I remember correctly. I had stumbled upon a cover of Grease’s “You’re the One That I Want” in a Chanel perfume ad. The song, by artist Lo-Fang, had captured my attention.
While thinking more about the prompt and, at the same time, listening to this song, I came up with the idea of using my friends and myself as subjects in a visual representation of the song. “You’re the One That I Want” describes exactly what the title suggests. By having each person in the photos reacting with each other, I hoped to convey different narratives for them. Each of them depicting a relation with another. During the critique for this assignment, I found it interesting how other people viewed each person’s role in the series. Not everyone has the same idea as to how they all connect.
There are obviously some things that I would change about the photos. Some are technical and some are creative. I would love to have the ability to expand upon this assignment and perfect it someday. However, I strongly feel that this project had a more profound effect on myself because it was done on film. Having taken the time to develop each photo gave me the opportunity to really connect with the subjects and the project overall. As this is a digital space, I hope the same delicacy can be conveyed.
The six photos are meant to be viewed while listening to this particular rendition of “You’re the One That I Want.” So by all means, click on the video below to play Lo-Fang’s cover, take a look at the photos, and let me know how you think they all interact.