Examples Of student work
Have students study the artist duo, Minimiam and complete group photo projects emulating their style while receiving instruction from professional photographer, Justin Paris on framing your shot, lighting your subject, and other basics of digital photography.
4th and 5th grade students studied the work of Minimiam and other photographers that complete photo studies of food and miniature objects. Students worked in small groups to develop a concept and composition by viewing and completing the following studies before they were scheduled to work with our visiting professional photographer during a two hour time slot to receive instruction on the basics of digital photography.
Information on Minimiam
"Since 2002, gastronomy fanatics Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida have been photographing a series of playful dioramas, called MINIMIAM, combining miniature figurines and various kinds of food.
MINIMIAM is an apt combination of the words miniature and “yummy“ (miam in French). The miniature dramas, featuring model train figurines and fruit, vegetables or sweets, introduce us to the lives of mini people of various vocations in their everyday situations. The photographers take the close-up shots of their scenes first, and then show us how the scene works in a bigger picture.
Through the MINIMIAM project, the two professional food photographers draw our attention to contemporary issues like global warming and our dominant relationship with nature. The main purpose of these mini dramas, however, is for the photographers to have some fun and make the viewer smile."
Information on our visiting artists
Information on visiting artist, Justin Paris
Justin is a visual artist who works in the field of photography. A love for cooking led him to a career in commercial food photography where he has been practicing his art for eight years. From mushrooms to chocolate, and farms to dinner tables, Justin has a way of allowing his subjects to tell their individual stories. His work has been published in books and magazines and is on permanent display on the walls in his office. Justin, his wife, and two young sons share a passion for the local food community and historical food culture. They live in the western suburbs of chicago where they garden, preserve, cook, play, and enjoy life. Find more information about Justin at www.justinbparis.com
Information on visiting artist, Kaitlyn McQuaid
Kaitlyn transplanted to Chicago a few years ago from Philadelphia and she chose the city almost exclusively for its food scene. As a freelance photographer, she is specifically interested in local food production and has photographed everything from animals on the farm to dish preparations in the kitchen to the final product on the table. Her work can be found in a variety of publications, blogs and sites specifically those with an emphasis on local Chicago food. Aside from conducting culinary experiments in her own kitchen, Kaitlyn can be found experimenting on various musical instruments. Her current instrument of choice? The banjo. Examples of Kaitlyn’s photographs can be found on her website. Find more information about Kaitlyn at www.kaitlynmcquaid.com.