Our blog is intended to inspire and educate others about documentary photography. In our Behind the Frame series, our staff and students recall their favorite images over the years and answer the question, “Why does this stand out to you as an exceptional documentary moment?”
Photo © Bernadette Fox/Momenta Workshops 2018
Student: Bernadette Fox
Workshop: Project Los Angeles
Nonprofit: LA Conservation Corps
Instructor: Matt Rose
“We talk a lot about “moments” during our workshops. Yes, we stress the importance of visual variety with wide/medium/tight etc. But, in all of those things, the moment is what makes an image successful, and this image is a perfect example of a moment.
Everything from the lighting to the framing/composition and color to the interaction between the two subjects, to their facial expressions is a moment. Images like this are fantastic for non-profits to have; the semiotics of it demonstrate multicultural diversity, cooperation, collaboration, and teamwork.
This image can be used as collateral on their website or in their annual report and for many new non-profit photographers, capturing a moment like this isn’t always easy.
Delightfully, Bernadette turned in many moments like this in her final portfolio. And, on top of being such a fun energetic presence during the workshop, she also managed to make a separate multimedia piece simultaneously, unbeknownst to the instructors. This type of over-the-top ambition plus a true understanding of the decisive moment plus a great attitude is a rare and wonderful combination in a photographer!” – Matt Rose, Project Los Angeles Instructor
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