Close up Baltimore toolbox: TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR APPLYING
Please take a look at our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/closeupbaltimore, to look at examples of past work.
Their Environment Matters
Think about your subject’s environment and how it relates to or enhances their story. For example, are they in their home? Working on an urban farm? Near a group of friends? Perhaps you catch your subject in action, or interacting with an object that is illustrative of their personality. Please feel free to embrace your subject’s surroundings as a way to better portray them.
For most photographs, the face of your subject should be at least partially visible but does not need to be facing the viewer directly. You shouldn’t feel compelled to photograph your subject straight on or from close range. We are looking for dynamic compositions, so feel free to deviate from the classic portrait style.
Most importantly, we want to see how your artistic style interacts with the individuals you are photographing.
Engage in Meaningful Conversation
We want to learn more about your subjects than where they work or their basic biography. We want to hear about the moments that shaped them, the dreams they have, the things that keep them up at night, and much more. Speaking even to friends on this level can be daunting. We recommend that your interactions with your subjects feel more like conversations than interviews.
To get you started, here are some sample questions that push people to dig deeper:
- Would you like to be famous? In what way?
- For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
- If you could change anything about the way you were raised, what would it be?
- What is your most treasured memory?
- What is your most terrible memory?
- When did you last cry in front of another person? By yourself?
You can find more here.
More Helpful Links
- Seven Lessons from Humans of New York Brandon Stanton
- On How I Approach Strangers in the Street
- Syrian Refugee Stories Told By Human of New York
And Please Remember
- All photos must be digital
- Applications must be submitted online
- By submitting an application you agree to Close Up Baltimore's terms and conditions which can be read here.