In my photojournalism class I learned what an “environmental” photograph is, which has to do with paying attention to your surroundings and background of a shot, to help define the context of your photograph.
I took several photos during a movie shoot here in Port Angeles and for my homework assignment I chose this photo of director Dickie Flicks because I captured a commanding expression on his face, catch light in his eyes, the texture of his shirt, skin, and tatoos,; the courthouse building behind him is defined by the doors, pillars and the sign. However, during my class critique, the photo did not give enough context about what was happening at this moment. The photo would have been stronger if I included a camera, or anything that gave me context explaining that a movie was being shot at this location.
I included additional photos which MAY have been better choices to illustrate an environmental photograph. I’m enjoying my class and happy to be learning what it takes to capture a photojournalistic shot. 🙂