Other than my intro post, I think this is the first thread I actually start. I am very new to photography, really learning the craft, both technically and artistically. To help me, Ive enrolled in a program at a local university, continuing education, to help me learn and progress. Im in my first course, already handed in a project that had to due with proper framing and exposure. Have 2 more projects due, one for depth of field and one for motion. However, we have a term project that is due late November that I want to get a head start on as its worth 60% of our final grade. Im not in this for the grade, more for the knowledge, but I want to do the best I can. Ok enough with the intro stuff. The term project consists of doing a minimum of 3 pictures (no maximum), printed on 8.5 x 11 paper, put on presentation boards and presented in front of the class. We need to chose a theme (totally open, but interesting) and a style either photojournalism style, purely artistic or marketing / advertisement. I decided to go with a photojournalism style. The overall theme I would like to explore in my visual essay is cultural change. I need some artistic inspiration as to what types of images I could capture. Id like to shoot as many as possible and then pick and chose the best. I would like the first few photos to be more happy, progressive changes and as I go through them, they get a bit darker. Here is what I have so far: - I have some friends in the gay community who would be willing to pose (I assume they would hehe). One is a trans-gendered woman and the other a lesbian. I was thinking of having them post with a backdrop of the pride flag or something similar - Another shot will be of a somewhat empty church. We have a few nice ones, bright colours, interesting architecture. Maybe with a few people sitting in the pews to show the change in religion, or lack of interest in. - As a darker tone picture, I was thinking of having a kid, ages 8-10, with a cigarette. I know a few nephews / nieces who smoke and are younger. Not that young, but Ill see what I can work with. Those are the main 3 I have thought of. Other ideas for cultural change are along the lines of how we have become a culture of waste, garbage, water bottles and so on. A video game culture, a desensitised to violence culture. Id love to tap into your collective artistic sides to see if you can inspire me for something else. Also, if you have tips or what not, that would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the long text, I felt it all needed to be explained to get a good idea of what is going on. Many thanks!